We reported last month that the MK Fish Building at 18th and Yesler, the current home of the Samarya Center’s yoga school, sold to a new owner.
That new owner is the Washington Community Action Network (CAN). The grassroots advocacy organization plans to use it as office space, relocating their current offices from Georgetown to the Central District.
Rachael DeCruz, Communications Director at Washington CAN cited several reasons for the move, the most significant of which is tied to the organization’s very mission.
“We’re advocating for racial, social, and economic justice,” DeCruz says. “A big piece of our work is organizing with low income communities and communities of color, and insuring that the people most impacted by the issues we’re fighitng for are front and center in the fight. We’re excited about the opportunity to move back to the community. It will feel like we’re coming home.”
DeCruz noted that the Georgetown location is also sometimes hard to find and isn’t centrally located.
Washington CAN plans to renovate the space and be settled around mid-March.
Meanwhile, the Samarya Center is still raising money for the purchase of a new space at 17th and Jackson for their yoga classes. Their online campaign has raised nearly $24,000 of the $50,000 goal so far.