5/27: Lynn Willis, Community Embedded Employment Coach

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Lynn Willis shares her passion for helping people reach financial stability and success through her work as a community-embedded employment coach with Sound Outreach.

Interview begins at 7:39.


  • Just before airtime, Governor Inslee announced guidelines for how religious services can resume.
    • For Phase 1 counties, up to 100 people will be able to meet outdoors on a religious organization’s property, as long as individuals maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and members of other households, and all gatherers should wear face coverings.
    • Phase 2 counties can resume indoor religious services at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is less. In-home services and spiritual counseling are limited to 5 people who must wear face coverings if they are from separate households.
    • All organizations are encouraged keep a voluntary attendance log for several weeks in the case of an outbreak.
  • The governor has also extended protections of federal stimulus payments, along with state and federal unemployment payments, from bank account garnishments through at least May 31st, in an extension of the state’s emergency declaration.
  • The governor has issued an updated memo for all counties in phases 1 and 2 of reopening, clarifying that only businesses who can meet safety requirements, and maintain materials, schedules, and necessary equipment may operate, regardless of the county or state’s phase designation.
  • Individuals with concerns or complaints regarding employee workplace health and safety anywhere in the state may call the L&I’s safety line at 1-800-423-7233, or e-mail adag235@LNI.wa.gov.


  • Nearby Thurston County has entered Phase 2 of reopening which means the following activities are now permitted:
    • social gatherings, camping, and outdoor recreation involving up to five people per week from multiple households
    • In-home/domestic services, such as nannying and housecleaning
    • In-store retail purchases, with certain restrictions
    • Hair and nail care at barbers and salons
    • Pet grooming
    • Dine-in restaurant service at less than 50% capacity, with tables seating no more than five people and no bar-area seating
    • Office-based businesses, though telework will still be encouraged.
  • Nearby Kitsap County is eligible to apply for a variance to enter Phase 2.
  • Pierce and King Counties are still experiencing coronavirus transmission rates that are too high for consideration of movement to phase 2.


  • The Pierce County Diaper Bank is granting families a 3-day supply of diapers, once per month, for children in need.
    • The Tacoma-based pickup area is located at the Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center at 2021 S. 19th Street. Call 253-593-6641 ext. 7 to make an appointment.
  • Pierce County will soon make funds available for specific residents, services, and businesses as part of economic stabilization and recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
    • Up to $5,000 per household, along with mortgage counseling, will be available for eligible households as part of foreclosure prevention
    • $250,000 will go toward PPE for agricultural workers in the county
    • Some funds will support the Tacoma Farmers’ Markets mobile markets to reach areas where fresh produce for purchase is not easily accessible
    • Additional dollars will go to county-wide support for senior citizens and those accessing the Emergency Food Network.
    • More info, including how to apply for funds, is available at https://piercecountywa.gov


  • The Rainier to Ruston relay foot race, originally scheduled for this Saturday, May 30th, has been postponed.
    • A new date has not yet been determined.