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Page A-8 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, July 17, 2014 Low-income apartments, emergency shelter now available By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com A choir featuring members from nine community and church choirs performed five songs at the open house for the new Crossroads Housing complex, formerly called the Mason County Shelter, at 71 Sargison Loop Road in Shelton on Thursday. One song in particular, "Some- where (There's a Place for Us)" from the 1961 musical "West Side Story" hit home for shelter board chairman Dick Taylor. "It's showing hope and that's what this does for us," he said. "There is a place for us." The new shelter's two buildings house administration offices, a large common room and kitchen, a seven- room emergency shelter where resi- dents can stay for up to 90 days rent- free and eight low-income apartments for rent. Some of the rooms in the emergency shelter are already full. "This is a great gift to our commu- nity," executive director Deb Nielsen said. "We know how big the need is. This is only going to touch that need." Taylor and other board members said Nielsen deserves much of the credit for seeing the project through to its completion. "This project is a tribute to Deb's te- nacity and her professionalism," Tay- lor said. Nielson, however, said the project was a group effort. "We can't do this by ourselves," she said. "It takes more than one person, it takes more than one encounter to change a life." Nielson said having a nice building shows shelter residents that they are worth the time and energy put into the building. The former Mason County Shelter on First Street in downtown Shel- ton was only a few feet from Shelton Creek, and frequently flooded, Nielsen said. The shelter's downtown apart- ments were in a building that is 100 years old, she said. The new complex overlooks Oak- land Bay and the Simpson Lumber Co. mill. "When you walk through these buildings, you will see two of the most beautiful buildings in Mason County," Nielsen said. The nearly $4 million project was funded in part by the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, a state "We are the only family shelter (in Mason County). This is just one step in a very long road." Deb Nielsen, executive director of the Mason County Shelter Journal photso by Natalie Johnson Deb Nielsen, left, executive director of the Mason County Shelter, now known as Crossroads Housing, shows a not-yet-completed, one-bedroom apartment in its new complex to county residents Lorna Burgwin and Marifran Shelley at a gala to celebrate the shelter's opening. Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant and the Ma- son County Housing Coalition. "This is just exciting," said board member Patti Sells while touring the emergency shelter with open house at- tendees. The tour, which took groups of five or six people through the buildings, showed rooms in the new emergency shelter, and unfinished apartment units at the Shelton View Apartments next door. About 50 people attended the event. The apartments due to be complet- ed later this summer. The choir that performed during the open house was made up of singers from the Anna's Bay Chorale, Shel- ton United Methodist Church, Faith Lutheran Church choir, St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, St. Edward Catholic Church, New Community Church of Union, the North Mason United Methodist Church and the Harstine Island Community Choir. The choir was directed and accom- panied by Suzanne Montgomery, di- The Mason County Shelter, now known as Crossroads Housing, officially opened with a gala Thursday. The complex includes two buildings. The emergency shelter has seven rooms where families can stay for up to 90 days rent-free. The Shelton View Apartments next door has eight low-income units for rent. rector of the Anna's Bay Chorale. While construction is nearly done,: the work isn't over, Nielsen said. "We are the only family shelter (in Mason County)," she said. "This is just one step in a very long road." al Society would like to say t .I i ii!i!i! !! iX REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Mason County is requesting proposals for the furnishing of all staffing and services necessary to provide real estate services on a competitive level for 2014/2015. The real estate listing and sales contract will be issued September of 2014 with an option for the County to extend the agreement for one year. The County's needs are outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP). Real Estate Services desired are for the contractor to market and offer for sale current Mason County surplus properties and additional services as might be deemed necessary. Deadline for submittal of RFP's, 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 24th. 411 North 5th Street, Shelton, WA 98584 To request the proposal specifications: Download from websitc: www.co.mason.wa.us./rfp Email: johnk@co.mason.wa.us Phone requests: 360-427-9670 ext. 669 or 360-275-4467 ext. 669 Contact: John Keates Mason County is an Equal Opportunity Employer