As an adolescent male I found myself rejected from my own family and on the streets of Seattle, back in the 1980's. My very first morning, homeless, at 16 years old, I was introduced to Seattle Youthcare's Orion Center. That was when it was a small little "office" on Terry Avenue. From that day on, Youthcare was the only guiding light for my present and future. They provided housing, sustenance, counseling, education, clothing, medical needs and a safe place to exist off the dangerous streets. Through the many services at Youthcare, I completed my GED even before I snuck in to the FWHS Class of 1987's graduation ceremony, that I should have been walking in. I then received aid and admission to Cornish College of the Arts, where I studied briefly as a Theater major. Each and everything I was provided by Youthcare, helped shape the person I am today. I am an executive assistant in the Silicon Valley, supporting a top Executive of a large software company. I have also explored acting on stage and screen, encouraged by Orion's theater program. And I am currently studying music production through Berklee College of Music. Thanks to Youthcare, I am a successful, happy, healthy and established man. And I now support Youthcare every opportunity I get with charitable donations, time, anything I can to see this organization flourishes. I hope that others see the value in Youthcare and contribute generously.
Children ( youth) in Seattle don't have to live on the streets plus they are mentored into education / training and jobs.
I have been privileged to interact with YouthCare in a couple of different capacities. In one case the organization was the client for a Master's project. I serve on the board of another professional association which chose YouthCare as the organization of choice to support for the year. We purchased a tile which one of the students had created and auctioned it off at our benefit event for additional proceeds.
I have toured the Orion Center a couple of times and am always impressed with the quality of the programs, the caring professionalism of the staff, and the extensive and well-thought out services they provide.
I am honored to be able support the organization in various ways and will continue to do so as much as is possible.
YouthCare has been in the business of helping homeless teens for generations! I volunteer at at house for young people from 12 to 18 years of age. The kids and the staff are like a second family to me. So I guess you could say they give me a "home," too. YouthCare touches many lives. And we ALL are the better for it.
As a previous volunteer from Alaska Airlines, working at the Youth Center and fixing breakfast for the young men and women, I was immediately impressed with the staff and all the young people that came for breakfast. They were all very thankful and courteous . I was so impressed that I continue to make the Youth Center the recipient of my donations on an ongoing basis. Our youth must be given a fighting chance to succeed in a difficult world and the Youth Care Center is providing that chance every day with their support and facility to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable place for our youth on the street.
I am I child and family therapist and a researcher on youth homelessness working in the Seattle area. As a therapist, I have worked with dozens (maybe even hundreds!) of clients who were connected to YouthCare in some way. In each and every case, I am always thrilled to learn that a client is being served by YouthCare becuase I know they will receive excellent support and compassionate service. I have known clients at all levels of the agency--outreach, case management, shelter, transitional living, etc. In all instances I have been impressed by the expertise and passion demonstrated by the staff. In my mind, YouthCare is undoubtedly the greatest resource available to homeless young people in the Seattle area.
I've donated clothing and money, in the past, to Youthcare. But, after attending a fantastic luncheon (which raised, not only funds, but awareness for me!) last spring, I decided to donate time, as well. I had met a couple of women that served dinner at the Orion Center and they asked if I'd like join them sometime. Sign me up! Since then, I've felt honored to assist in preparing meals and, the best part, smiling and laughing with young people. The staff is very gifted, recognizing the stress so many youths experience being out on the streets. The place is welcoming and encouraging-hopeful. As a mom (and one that has my own personal story), I appreciate what Youthcare has accomplished and will continue to support this great organization!
I've served a couple of times at this Youth care facility. I think it is vital that outreach to at-risk teens especially those that are homeless. Great experience with the staff and I hope to serve soon again.
I have been involved in supporting YouthCare for 10 years. First as a staff member, then a donor and advocate, and now a board member. I am always in awe of the pure dedication and hard work of the staff and board. The mission to get young people off the streets and preparing for life is a simple one, but the work is not simple work. I am proud to be a part of this work and know that the focus of everyone involved in YouthCare is always about helping young people succeed. Please support this organization. Our young people deserve it!
I have long been a supporter of YouthCare - as I have become more active over this past year as a volunteer and as a Board Member I have become more impressed each month with the depth of excellence with which YouthCare and its terrific staff operate. I am proud to be associated with this organization and love introducing my friends to this nonprofit having amazing impact.