The Boiler Room is dedicated to building community by providing a safe space for the growth and improvement of individuals through a volunteer-
“We have old appliances that are definitely not energy efficient, single pane windows, an unheated office, daisy chains of power strips, a toilet that regularly clogs, and dripping sinks,” says Executive Director Amy Howard. “We’ve served over 22,000 free meals to the community this year from a stove that came from Waste Not Want Not. It has three working burners and the oven racks don’t fit!”
“I turned my life around. I was a homeless drug user when I came to The Boiler Room for the first time. Having a community that held me accountable for little things—like showing up to my shift on time—helped me in ways that I didn’t understand at the time. We’ve always made do with whatever second-
The Boiler Room will have an energy audit conducted by a third-
from local working artists, and is an all-
“Our vision is to have an unexpected community of eclectic people respectfully learning and creating together,” says Boiler Room Board Member Natalie Lagergren, the Program Director for Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County. “The Boiler Room is unique in our community. It’s pretty unique in the nonprofit world; we’re lucky to have it in Port Townsend.”
Many recognizable local folks were Boiler Kids; from Boiler Room founder Teresa Verraes, the current Executive Director of the Port Townsend School of the Arts, to David Faber, local attorney and City Councilor. Today, current and former Boiler Kids are students seeking high school diplomas and college degrees, doctors, Grammy-
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