Coalition News

Call for Nominations: Steering Committee Members

The Thurston Asset Building Coalition is recruiting new members to join our Steering Committee. Our Steering Committee, like the broader Coalition membership, is made up of engaged, passionate leaders who care deeply about our community. Our Governance Committee will consider all nominations and will seek to add 3 to 5 new members by January 2016. See below for job description and application information.

Steering Committee Job Description

About Thurston ABC

Thurston Asset Building Coalition’s mission is to connect partners and community resources that promote opportunities for people with limited incomes to become more resilient and prosperous.

The Thurston Asset Building Coalition (Thurston ABC) is a network of social service providers, healthcare agencies, financial institutions, community and economic developers, educators, workforce developers, faith communities, business leaders, government agencies, coalitions, and individuals.

We define asset building as the strategies and supports that broaden and stabilize an individual or family’s resources—including income, savings, housing, healthcare, education, and food—so that they may lead healthy, productive, and satisfying lives. Read More

Free Financial Coaching Available

We sponsor a free financial coaching program, and currently have a few financial coaching spots open and available. To apply download the application here, and email it to Mindie at


Financial coaching is available to assist people with limited incomes to achieve their financial goals. We match up a Coach to fit the goals and needs of the individual. Through one-on-one sessions we help to identify the individual’s highest financial priorities, and give the tools and support needed to turn those priorities into achievements. We are seeking applications from individuals who have a specific financial goal and who would like to work with a skilled coach to take steps to achieve their goal. All our coaching is strictly confidential, and has received very positive evaluations from our former participants.

We look forward to working with you!

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What We Learned: Shared Learning on Closing the Supportive Housing Gap

We had a spectacular turn-out and engaged audience at this quarter’s Shared Learning on Closing the Supportive Asset building Coalition finaloutlinedHousing Gap. Seventy-seven people were in attendance, including six panelists. The panelists included Brad Stewart (Diversion/Re-Entry Program of Thurston County), Meg Martin (SideWalk), John Nason (Behavioral Health
Resources), Don Sloma (Public Health and Social Services), Bary Hanson (Catholic Community Services), and TJ Larocque (Providence Hospital). The panelists focused on what the gap in supportive housing means for our community. Theresa Slusher, the Homeless System Coordinator for Thurston County, provided an overview of the gap in Supportive Housing. Kathy Wahto of Serenity House in Clallum County gave a wonderful Keynote presentation. Our Thurston ABC Chair, Schelli Slaughter, facilitated.

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ABC Leaders Meet with Congressman Heck

Congressman Heck ABC 3.27.2015

On Friday March 27, leaders of the Asset Building Coalition met with Representative Denny Heck. We took the opportunity to describe the ABC and what we do.

We described how the ABC coordinates information sharing and connection through our email list and quarterly Shared Learnings. We shared information about our most recent Shared Learning about Supportive Housing where 77 community members attended. We also talked with the Congressman about our belief that we are better together and the notion that so single organization can solve tough problems like poverty on their own.

We heard from the Congressman that he is seeing major cuts to low- and moderate-income programs in both the House and Senate budgets.  And he encouraged us to be ready to advocate on behalf of these programs in the Fall when the appropriations process occurs.

What Is Community Wealth Building?

On Tuesday, March 17 we co-hosted an event featuring Ted Howard, a co-founder of Democracy Collaborative and and a national leader in the community-based economic development movement.  TEd Howard

Ted Howard talks about a community-based approach to economic development that he calls community wealth building. This approach looks at economic development strategies that do more than just create jobs—they hope to also improve the quality of jobs, the benefits available to workers, and opportunities for advancement. Howard says that the competitiveness of a company or institution and the well-being of the community are not mutually exclusive activities.  Read More