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iS IN MASON COUNTY Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Shelton School District Superintendent Wayne Massie shows donated clothes that are available to homeless teens in the district. They are stored in the rafters of the school district headquarters at 700 S 1st St., in a building formerly used by the Simpson Lumber Co. Sh00ltbn ser00i00s ho00eless teens 'S COLD needy people from 9:30 a.m. to noon R S R Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  non- 10 chuzches andl7 businesses and -- its Backpack . civic z s -- a warm To make a , stop by the food and safe haven at its Cold Weather b, call 427-8847 or senda check Shelter at 218 N. Third St. in down- to The Saint's Pantry, P.O, Box 1064, Sh . The shelter is to Shelton, WA 98584. ess ns ages 18 and older Journal photo by Gordon Weeks 'outh Services, shows Cindy's Closet at Rosie's Place in downtown Olympia. In the and clothes, including outfits suitable for job interviews. :lcoming and safe' support and advocacy. One washer and dryer set was do- nated by the Olympia Rotary Club, the other by the Chehalis Tribe. In Cindy's Closet, youths can help themselves to shoes and clothes, including outfits suitable for job interviews, such as dresses, sports jackets and ties. The hygiene closet includes soap, shampoo, toothpaste and tampons. The showers are new. "That's gigantic," Marineau said. "That's a huge thing." Rosie's Place has six beds, which means they have to release some homeless youths at closing time. When youths enter the center, they check in by entering four facts into a computer at the front desk: their first and last initials, their birthdate, and where they're from. If they are inebriated or high on drugs, they can stay, as long as they obey the rules, Marineau said. "We want it welcoming and safe, with no barriers," she said. The rules include respecting each other and the neighbors, and being responsible for your belongings. Not allowed at the center: hate, vio- lence, drugs, alcohol, sexuaLbehav- ior, gang or prostitution recruiting. As for Shelton people eying the creation of a drop-in center, Mari- neau advises hiring compassionate, nonjudgmental staff members who are trained in the culture of the street and street-dependent youths. They should know how street fami- lies are formed, recognize the look of chemically dependent youth and what's it's like to be gay, lesbian or transgender on the street, she said. Shelton organizers will also need to develop a positive youth devel- opment framework, "wrap-around services," Marineau said. With Com- munity Youth Services, Rosie's Place is the "beginning of the continuum" that includes the Gravity program to earn a GED and housing, she said. "We're really blessed to have so much in-house that we can wrap around them." 426-1687. .... CO  CO  YOUTH S GIES are to  m 5 and has stag p hips with adiness to Lea Mason ,r teens to hang out and do things in the community' Pippins said his mother was addicted to pills and drinking heavily, and would beat herself up, then call police and claim she'd been assaulted by her children. Starting at age 15, Pippins was in and out of the house. He became homeless fulltime at 16 when his mother moved to Oklahoma, and two of his siblings joined their long-lost father in Missouri. Pippins stayed for a few days at a time at the homes of friends, in the woods and in the recyclable cardboard bins behind Fred Meyer and Evergreen Landscaping. "It was not out in the open, but easy to get to stay out of the rain," he said. Pippins said that on a typical day, if he'd slept at all, he'd wake up about 4 a.m., and the walk to downtown Shelton to wait for the soup kitchen to open. These days, Pippins receives help from the HOST program, and gets jeans and shoes and other items from Youth N Action, a statewide advocacy program that empowers underserved people ages 14 to 24 to share their opinions regarding public policy decisions. He said his plans include finding a part-time job, completing his GED and attending college, and perhaps incorporating his interests in tattooing and glass blowing. JESSE Dowty's father left him when he was 3. By the time he was 15, he was fighting with his stepfather. "I was pretty lazy, until they kicked me out when I was 18 ," he said. Dowty said his parents sent him to Job Corps, but he was shown the door aicer a dispute about his medications. Dowty said he was "shocked" by his parents' response. 'they didn't let me come home," Dowty said. 'Tney told me where the shelter was." At 18, Dowty was just old enough to be admitted to the Cold Weather Shelter in downtown Shelton. But, "I was running my mouth and getting my ass beat," he said. Dowty said he has nowhere to go, no income and no way to wash his one set of clothes for a possible see HOMELESS, page A-16 ii ! iil i :[ i - !111