Healthy Lifestyle events

All events start at 10 am at Lions Park.

  • June 10 – San Francisco Bakery & beyond bike ride – refreshments @ bakery [map at]
  • June 17 – Toddler/senior stroll to Bigelow Park w/ refreshments
  • June 24 – Longest downhill bike ride (I-5 bike path on Wheeler St.)
  • July 1 – Walk to San Francisco Bakery via scenic route – refreshments @ bakery
  • July 8 – I-5 bike path ride to Sleater-Kinney tunnel – ice cream @ McDonalds
  • July 15 – Walk to Eastside Food Co-op w/ refreshments
  • July 22 – Mystery bike ride
  • July 29 – Historic walk w/ refreshments at Swantown Inn
  • Aug. 5 – Ride to Farmer’s Market w/ refreshments

June Board Meeting

The June board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at 515 Central St. SE.


A. Welcome and Intros
Action: Review and Approve April Minutes

B. Unconfirmed Guest: K. Kraig Chalem, Associate Planner, City of Olympia, CP&D, re: Neighborhood Development Projects

C. Old Business

  • ENA Letter Re: Log Export Facility Development (Mark)
    Action: Vote on whether to send letter
  • Neighborhood Entrance Sign Project (Nathan/Jessica)
    Action: Vote on sign material

D. New Business

  • Bread & Roses Temporary Site Changes (Jody)
    Action: Vote on next steps, if any
  • National Guard Training at Madison Elementary (Margaret)
    Action: Vote on whether to draft letter
  • Treasurer’s Report (Mark)
  • Lakefair Fireworks (7-23) & ENA Ice Cream Distribution (Jody)
    Action: Vote on whether to continue this tradition, and set $ limit; identify distributors
  • Newsletter, Ad. Rep. & August Issue (7-31 content deadline) (Jody/Katie)
    Action: Appoint new rep.; determine length of Aug. issue

E. Announcements and Adjourn

Neighborhood meeting with B&R board chair

Michele Zodrow has arranged a meeting with the Bread & Roses board chair for May 31 at 7 p.m. at her home. Any of the neighbors are welcome to attend. Her goal is to impress upon the B&R board the need for communication prior to these changes
happening and to set a system into place.  Contact Michele at for address or more information.

Follow-up on Bread & Roses

An update from ENA president Jody Suhrbier:

Hello again everyone,

I hope to have this be my last blanket email about the temporary changes taking place at Bread & Roses, so as not to inundate you with email. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, and as always, feel free to use the forum on our website,, to share thoughts with neighbors, on this and other topics.

As you know from my message from May 16th, Bread & Roses has decided, with Thurston County Housing Authority input, to move 8 of 32 men from the current Devoe street shelter to the women’s shelter on 8th. This will last until approximately December of this year, depending on how quickly the new Devoe street shelter is completed.

The driving force behind this change is 1) Bread & Roses was originally told that all men at the old shelter could stay until the new facility was built; it was just recently that they found this not to be true, and 2) women are slightly easier to place into alternative housing than men, using federal tenant rent vouchers, available at the county level.

Comments received from neighbors in the last week have varied from strongly supporting Bread & Roses mission, and their place as one of our neighbors, to wanting more information about the situation, to wanting the ENA to step in and block this change.

Information that I have obtained from Bread & Roses administrator, Selena Kilmoyer since my last message includes:

  • the 8 men staying at the 8th Ave. shelter have been screened; there are no drug users or sexual predators.
  • 4 are on Social Security disability, and 4 are day laborers, when work is available.
  • Selena has successfully implemented a “no visitors” policy at the existing men’s shelter, and will do the same with the men on 8th Ave.
  • Selena is requesting the City of Olympia police department to do “run-throughs” of this portion of the neighborhood more frequently than they currently do, to help ensure further safety for surrounding neighbors.

I have also learned, from a City of Olympia housing specialist, information that is available for public viewing relating to Bread & Roses conditional use permit issued in 1988. At that time, a permit was issued that allowed B&R to have women and children only at the shelter. As of two years ago, families were placed elsewhere, and only single women were housed there.

Fair housing laws have changed since 1988, and there is the possibility that such laws barring discrimination on several issues, including sex, would override the conditional use permit, though a legal opinion has not been sought by the city.

That’s about it. Again, please let me know if you have further questions.

Jody M. Suhrbier
Board President
Eastside Neighborhood Association

Upcoming changes at Bread & Roses

Jody Suhrbier, the association president, recently sent this email to her list of regular contacts:

This evening, I received a phone call from Selena Kilmoyer, administrator at Bread & Roses, who operates the shelter on 8th Ave. Some temporary changes are coming to this location, and I suspect some of you will want to know about them.

Bread & Roses also operates a men’s shelter on Devoe St., which is being replaced by a larger facility. It was originally thought that the men in this shelter could stay in the old unit while the new one was being built. They have recently found out that this will not be possible. Selena met with members of the Transitional Housing Authority to identify the best solution to the situation last week, and together they decided the

-the women currently housed at the 8th Ave. women’s shelter (duplex) will be
moved into apartments ASAP.

-8 men will be moved from Devoe street to the 8th Ave. shelter as soon as
next week.

Selena assures me that the 8 men will be screened to be the safest men of the group, though we didn’t get into detail about this.

These changes are temporary and expected to last until December of 2006.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know, and I can compile them and speak again with Selena in a few days.

See the contact page for Jody’s email address and phone number.  You can also discuss this topic on the ENA forum.