Confluence Tukwila: Displaced Voices (Sept 12, 6:30-8pm at The Tukwila Library)

What is community for people living without a home? What is "home" without housing? Join us as we honor the stories of community members who are experiencing, or have experienced, homelessness. 

Cassandra Hunter will emcee. Featured storytellers will include Paloma Andazola-Reza, Michelle Orduña, and Paula Passmore. An open mic will follow.

Presented by Action Tukwila and The Tukwila Library.

When & where: Sept. 12, 6:30-8pm at The Tukwila Library (14380 Tukwila International Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98168)

Featured Storytellers

Paloma Andazola-Reza:
"I love anything spicy; food, people, stories. Like most New Mexican’s will tell you, we are proud of our cultures, our land, our communities, our families and our ancestors. I am a Norteña, Chicana, Mestiza, Taoseña, Burqueña. You don’t have to know what this means as much as know that this matters, always. I am torn between my love of the desert and awe of the Pacific Ocean. I am a social worker in Seattle who believes in justice, liberation, beauty, art, and the power of connection. I am working on my clinical license with a focus on community centered practices of healing from trauma, culturally responsive and integrative healing, and healing through expressive arts."

Michelle Orduña: 
"I was born and raised in Seattle and was a resident for 30 years. I moved to Omaha, Nebraska to raise my 3 girls and to get married. I had 2 more children in Omaha and am now the grandmother to 5 granddaughters and three grandsons. After 23 years away, I came back to Seattle because my mom got sick. I didn’t want her to go through heart surgery by her self so i came back to Seattle to help her. I discovered that Seattle is not home anymore. It’s hard to work, live or raise a family here. It’s just hard surviving in Washington—everything costs too much. Unless you have a very high paying job, you can’t live here without working 2 or 3 jobs.”

Paula Passmore:
"I moved to Tukwila to make a better living than I did in Richland, Wa. I currently work for Tukwila School District as a Bus Driver. I am living at the United Methodist Church as an inside manager and drive the food bank truck on the Weekends. I have three grown children and 5.5 grand children. I enjoy gardening, canning and fishing. I like to go skiing and stand up paddle boarding in my spare time. I also spend lots of time with my kids and grandchildren.”