Newcomers to Port Ludlow are often greeted with the phrase, “Welcome to paradise.” Although that greeting may be slightly overstated, most of us appreciate living here. Along with our friendly neighbors and rich history, the sparkling waters, forested mountains, farm-fresh produce, and abundant wildlife make us the envy of friends in traffic-choked urban areas. One organization that’s working hard to maintain our way of life here is Jefferson Land Trust.
by Nancy Budd-Garvan, ECHHO Driver and Board Member
When Cynthia heard the word “Cancer,” her heart sank. When they told her she faced 30 days of radiation treatments at a center in Poulsbo and that someone would need to drive her there and back every day, she was overwhelmed. She had just recently moved to Port Ludlow, and due to the pandemic, hadn’t had an opportunity to get acquainted with people. So how was she going to get to Poulsbo and back, every day, for a month?!
As many of our readers are aware, the issue of homelessness in Jefferson County remains an ongoing challenge. Our cover photo this month calls attention to one of the many efforts by social service organizations, churches, and individuals to address this issue. Thanks to the combined efforts of Community United Methodist Church (CUMC), Olympic Community Action Program (OlyCAP), Bayside Housing, Boeing Bluebills, the Port Townsend School of Wooden Boat Building, and others we may have missed, twelve new housing units for low-income residents are now available in Port Hadlock.
Although the Voice has previously published articles on Center Valley Animal Rescue (CVAR), it’s such a wonderful organization with so many innovative things happening that it’s time for an update. First, here’s a brief history.
In 2004 the Penhallegons purchased 32 acres north of Quilcene, and Sara Penhallegon founded CVAR. She has grown this organization, with the help of some great volunteers, into one of Washington’s best domestic and wildlife rescues. Currently CVAR rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts out over 100 domestic animals yearly. Wildlife rescue is a big part of the operation too, with CVAR being the only rescue facility in Jefferson County that takes in all animals.