Community Build Newsletter

June 2022
We're on the Move!
Summertime has brought renewed energy to our super volunteers and Community Build's Leadership Team who have been busy organizing new activities: renovation of a shed for an actual permanent living space, a community forum on housing, an inaugural fundraising activity in the form of a tool sale (see details below), and a new and improved website ( We're also in constant communication with other Jefferson County Housing organizations to offer our services on any projects for which they might need help. One of Community Build's main goals is to contribute to work force housing and next-step housing from Peter's and Pat's Place. We hope you can join the Community Housing Forum on June 30th and help brainstorm on how to improve our community housing options. At a minimum, find a tool or two and donate it to the tool sale. 
A Housing Conversation with the Community
Community Build will participate in a public forum that will address housing issues in Jefferson County, and you are invited! Several housing-focused and faith-based organizations as well as government entities will give updates on their current efforts. There will also be an opportunity for the public to participate in the dialog about possible solutions to our County's housing issues. 

The forum will be Thursday, June 30th from 4 PM to 6PM at the Evangelical Bible Church on San Juan at 22nd Street (our shelter build site). There will be light refreshments and snacks, courtesy of our generous Port Townsend Food Co-op and our volunteer bakers. If you would like to volunteer to bake cookies or bars, please go to our website,, and sign-up through the Sign-up Genius link. If by chance you can't sign up through the website, contact Debbi Steele, Volunteer Coordinator, at 805-312-6547.

The participating groups include: Bayside Housing and Services, City of Port Townsend, COAST, Community Boat Project, Community Build, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Solutions Network, Interfaith Council, Jefferson County, Jefferson Land Trust, OlyCAP, Olympic Housing Trust, Port Townsend Preservation Alliance. The forum will be a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with our fellow citizens. We hope you can join us.
First Annual Community Build Tool Sale

It seems appropriate that our first official fundraiser is a tool sale!  The sale will take place prior to the housing forum on June 30th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, at the Evangelical Bible Church at San Juan and 22nd Street. There will be new, used, and even antique tools for sale, at bargain prices, all of course, for a great cause. Tools can be donated or put on consignment. If you have questions about the tool sale or consignment options, please contact Michael Flickinger at When you are ready to deliver your tools, please contact Peter Bonyun at 360-531-2795 to arrange for a drop-off time. You can also deliver tools to the tool sale site on the day of the sale, up to 11:30 AM. This will be a fun event with food and refreshment options. 
New Life for an Old Shed
Volunteers from the New Life Church congregation and Community Build are bringing life back to an old shed located on the church property at 1636 Hastings Street. The dilapidated shed will become a beautiful studio apartment that will provide permanent shelter to a Jefferson County resident in need of housing. If you haven't yet stopped by to see the shed, please do. Volunteers work Thursday from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Better yet, join us in our efforts through Sign-up Genius on our website.

If you have a shed or structure that could be transformed into a living space, or know of someone who does, please contact Debbi Steele, Volunteer Coordinator, at 805-312-6547.
Our Wonderful Volunteers
Tim Lawson's roots with Community Build predate the actual construction of shelters. Tim met Peter Bonyun at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking before there was a Peter's Place. Peter was taking a 12-week wood-working course and Tim was the Executive Director of the school. They became fast friends and not surprisingly Tim was one of the first people Peter recruited to help build shelters. He quickly became an invaluable volunteer, overseeing the interior design of all the subsequent shelters. 

Tim hails from Brighton, England and is a man of many talents. He came to the United States in the late 1980's, worked as a Geologist and then transitioned to high-tech work for another ten years. He always had an interest in woodworking and when circumstances allowed him to quit his tech job with a financial cushion, he used the opportunity to take a course at the Center for Furniture Craftmanship in Rockport, Maine. Soon after, Tim  set up a workshop in his basement and started learning how to become a master woodworker.

Tim arrived in Port Townsend in 2004. One of the attractions of Port Townsend was that Jim Tolpin lived here. Jim is one of the biggest-selling authors of woodworking books in the country, if not the world, and Tim had read all of them. Serendipitously, Tim's new home was in Jim's neighborhood and they became friends. It didn't take long for the idea of a woodworking school to germinate. Jim had already started a woodworking guild with John Marckworth so the foundation was there. Much like the inception of Community Build, the woodworking school took shape through the three men meeting regularly for morning coffee. Along with strong woodworking skills, Tim brought his skills from the high-tech world, working with teams and organizing projects. He provided the administrative framework for the school and became the Executive Director, serving in that capacity from 2008 to 2017.

Due to the urgency of getting shelters built for Peter's Place, there wasn't much time for interior design. In fact, Tim installed the cabinets donated by Peninsula Cabinets after the residents had moved in. That experience helped shape his volunteer efforts on Pat's Place. Tim observed what residents of Peter's Place brought with them and inspired him to develop interior amenities such as a bedside table, sitting desk, a refrigerator cabinet, clothes rail, and hooks on the wall. He wanted the shelters to feel like a home for the residents. Any one who has seen the interior of the shelters at Pat's Place can appreciate Tim's incredible impact on the evolution of Community Build shelters. 

Thank you Tim for your dedication to our community and to improving the lives of our unsheltered citizens.
A special Thank You! to Michael Flickinger for organizing the Tool Sale. Also we are grateful to Bill Ferguson for all his help on our new and improved website.
Let's Party!
New Life Church is throwing us a party at Discovery Brewing in Port Townsend on Saturday July 23, 4 PM - 7PM.  There will be music and likely dancing. All proceeds from the donation jars will go to Community Build. Join us for a celebration of the newly renovated shed and at the same time help raise needed funds to keep Community Build going!
Community First: A Home for the Homeless Movie - Free Showing
If you haven't seen "Community First: A Home for the Homeless" now is your chance!  The JIAC (Jefferson Interfaith Action Coalition) is showing the film on Sunday, June 12th at Noon at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin Street.  It is free of charge (donations welcome!).  Bring your lunch and come watch this inspiring and important film.  See you there!

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