Rating: 4.98 stars 59 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 2500 NE 54th Street Seattle WA 98105 USA
Target demographics: Homeless youth 12-24 years old.
Geographic areas served: Seattle
Programs: Engage - our drop-in center and street outreach team help homeless young people meet their basic needs and connect to services, including case management and emergency shelter. Stabilize - We operate five transitional housing programs designed to give young people a safe place to work towards the next steps in their life, including education and employment. Prepare - our employment training programs help young people gain skills and confidence while learning how to write a resume, interview with employers, and maintain paid employment. Young people can complete their GED or enroll in high school with us. Once they've completed their secondary education, we work with them to apply to college.
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I saw two kids sleeping in the shelter of a blackberry bramble, cardboard their only protection from the rain. One was a young fellow holding his girlfriend as she slept in his arms under the cardboard. It was a miserable morning and this time, I couldn't just walk by. I sensed something wasn't right. Something about the girl's flushed complexion. I asked if they were okay, the young man said, "She's sick." She had a fever and was shaking from chills. Her eyes didn't lie. She was so sick. I recalled coming home as a kid with that kind of sickness. I knew I could crawl into bed and my mom would care for me with hot soup, a gentle touch and the comfort an extra blanket. Where could this child go? If I had known about YouthCare at that time, I could have taken them there. YouthCare provides that gentle touch, whether its to the fevered brow or the heart sick spirit of a homeless child. Over the years I've been a supporter of YouthCare, I've grown even more confident of their commitment to young people and their vision to end homelessness by addressing it at the very beginning of a life cycle. There is no place better in my experience than the dedicated people at YouthCare.
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