To honor the International Day of Giving, we donated 32 boxes, each with about 80 items in them a piece (over 2500 items!), of clothes and underwear to three local charities, as well as victims of the California fires. We wanted to share the mission that drives each of these incredible Seattle-based non-profits we chose that help to make our community stronger.
Mary's Place was established in 1999 as a day center for homeless women. They provide safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. They’ve developed a structure and daily schedule that includes two meals a day, hygiene facilities, showers, laundry, medical care, support groups and ample resources for housing, employment, and benefits. Mary’s Place is a community where all families have safety, stability, and housing.
Lambert House began in the early 1980's as a group of youth and youth supporters who came together in order to create ways for sexual minority youth to meet. Today, they’re an international leader in LGBTQ youth community building – the primary prevention strategy for the constellation of risks that disproportionately affects all LGBTQ youth. They provide community dinners, support groups, youth-led community dances, performance events, outdoor recreation trips monthly, movies nights, writing groups, bicycle repair workshops, ESL classes, and activist training, as well as referral services for LGBT- friendly shelter beds, transitional housing, job training, GED programs, scholarship programs, and low-cost colleges. Lambert House is a long-time leader in programs led by youth for youth.
YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. For more than 40 years, they’ve been a leader in providing effective, innovative services to Seattle’s homeless young people. YouthCare created one of the first transitional living programs in the Northwest and one of the first low-barrier housing programs for homeless youth in the region. They also pioneered the first residential recovery program in the Northwest for sexually exploited children. Today, the program operates as a full continuum of services for sexually exploited youth and young adults, and includes dedicated beds in both emergency shelter and transitional living programs.
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Where did you donate this year for Giving Tuesday?