There have been a lot of rumors floating around about FISH. Rumors that we are moving, that maybe we’ve been kicked out, or perhaps a rumor that we are mad. Those last two aren’t true. We are moving, yes, but it’s because both Mercer Creek Church and FISH are getting bigger and need bigger spaces.
We have big dreams.
FISH has a new building up by the airport. The Elmview recycling center used to be there, but it’s been closed for almost a year. Now it’s the FISH building, and like I said, we’ve got big plans.
While the timeline is still forming and the order of events is still shifting, I will say that we’re still going to keep all the programs we have now. Each one will improve though! The Pantry and Food Bank will be in a new building. There will be a dedicated waiting room and it will include resources and learning opportunities. Open Table will have a new commercial kitchen and a dining room to seat 100. There will be showers and laundry facilities for the Cold Weather Shelter guests. There will be a conference room, offices and a whole lot more. Picnic in the Park will continue, as will Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels.
This mid-week blog post is to dismiss those rumors. We at FISH are really excited by what is coming next, and we hope you will be too.
One of the possible hiccups is transportation to FISH at the airport. We know that many of our clients use the city bus as their main mode of travel and we want this to continue. The City of Ellensburg has put together a survey asking for your opinion on the direction that the buses should take. A flier will be included with your monthly utility bill. Looks something like this:
It’s an online survey that gives you the opportunity to voice your opinion on the future.
- Option 1 keeps the routes the same, though the timing of buses changes somewhat. Because the bus routes are the same, they do not include service to th
- e airport. They will not include service to FISH.
- Option 2 is another matter. There is a route which runs up to the airport. There are two groups of people who will benefit from that.
- Aviation students at Central Washington University. They will be able to take their flight classes without having to find a ride or own their own vehicle. This may open the classes up to more students.
- Clients of FISH. This new bus route will allow clients which access any number of our programs to come and leave FISH free of charge and in safety.
We ask you to choose Option 2. Help your neighbors. This option benefits those who need help, who need your compassion, who need your understanding. It allows people to come to FISH with dignity, not having to beg rides. It allows people to be self-reliant. It allows people to stay independent. Even if you do not ride the bus, choose option two and help the community to support those in need.