A Tribute to our Special Friends
It is with special Thanks that we Honor Mr. Kim Bosler, our Dear Friend and Founder of the People's Foundation. Without Mr. Bosler's Generous Heart, his Kindness and Thoughtfulness for all people, The People's Foundation would not be able to help and support the people we meet who are in need of a friend.
Our Shelter's Roots
In 1997, seeing a need for a wintertime, Low Barrier Men's Shelter in the Olympia area, Gene Hoover, with the support and assistance of his wife Monica and many parishioners, opened a small, partial week Wintertime Men's Shelter at Saint Michael Catholic Church in Olympia. This has grown over the years, extending to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacey. Both shelters are still in operation today caring for the poor and needy of our community.
December 2019, based on Gene's model, another Low Barrier Men's Shelter was opened in the Wenatchee Valley area at Holy Apostles Catholic Church. It shelters an average of 16 men a night through the snowy, winter months.
It is God's Blessings, working through Gene's caring Philosophy of "Love in Action... All Springs from Love and Returns to Love," that sustains these shelters, nourishing them to be successful - along with wonderful staff and volunteers! We are especially grateful to Gene and Monica for stepping out and helping the forgotten homeless in our cities.
It is with heartfelt sorrow that we make this last tribute to our friend, Sergio Jaramillow. It was through the Sacred Heart Men Shelter that we met Sergio and became friends. Sadly, it was the bitter cold of the Great Northwest that ultimately took Sergio's life. We remember Sergio's bright smile, joyful attitude, grandeur singing voice and talented guitar playing, his love for the Beatles, Pepsi and praying the Rosary! You are missed Sergio and will always be remembered in our prayers.