By Executive Director, Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater

It was an email seeking a potential Eagle Scout Project that initially resulted in a meeting between Carlos Contreras and me in the Fall of 2018. Carlos (pictured), a student at Jesuit High School at the time, was seeking a project that would address a need at Joshua’s House as well as fulfill the requirements for him to earn his Eagle Scout status.

 Carlos decided that his project would include creating a number of notebooks containing colorful scenic photos gathered from donated calendars and building a large, polished wood bookcase to hold the notebooks as well as other books. It was also decided that the notebooks could provide starting points for the “Writing as Healing” sessions that will be offered at Joshua’s House and could also simply provide solace to residents. In March of 2019, Carlos completed 45 notebooks with some help from fellow Scouts. By June of 2019, he had completed the bookcase and then reported on his successful project at the monthly Joshua’s House Board meeting.

The COVID-19 pandemic closed everything down in 2020, but things are finally starting back up and we received the bookcase and notebooks last month as we ready to open Joshua’s House in the spring of 2022. Carlos is off on his next adventure – he left this month to attend Seattle University where he will major in Computer Science. We are so grateful to have the beautiful bookcase and the collection of notebooks for the residents at Joshua’s House. We are also pleased that we were able to provide the opportunity that allowed Carlos to earn his Eagle Scout award! A win for everyone!

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