St. John the Baptist (Covington) hosts Covington Safe Parking.

COVINGTON, WA – Covington Safe Parking (CSP) began as a partnership between St. John the Baptist Church and Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services (CCS/CHS) in November of 2018. CSP provides a safe location for people experiencing homelessness to stay overnight and have access to services that will lead to permanent housing options. CSP guests receive a parking sticker, an assigned parking space and use of showers and bathrooms. Gretchen Marshall, Case Manager, works with CSP clients and believes, “They are all victims of poverty, abuse, and mental illness. Everyone is different but they are all special, and they all deserve a home and a job.” In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, CSP is currently at full capacity, and clients staying at the facility continue to pursue sustainable housing solutions. According to CCS staff member Gretchen, “Just this week, two guests are moving into permanent housing!”

We at CCS/CHS truly appreciate the efforts of the Covington City Council members, the Covington Chick-fil-A, and the Covington community to care for the guests of CSP. Collaboration and solidarity are crucial as we battle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Covington is a powerful example of strengthening community during a time of crisis through the provision of material and emotional support to neighbors in need.

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