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Causes: Interfaith Coalitions, Religion

Mission: Bringing our community together to partner with homeless families by providing affordable housing and empowering them with practical case management and hope.

Results: Some of our 2015 Accomplishments We assisted 50 households – 50 adults & 103 children in our Transitional Housing & Permanent program. 86% successfully moved from transitional to permanent housing which is an outstanding outcome Welcome Home Rent Assistance Program: 3 households were prevented from becoming homeless by providing rental assistance. Community Supper Tuesday Evenings 2200+ warm meals served while also providing homework assistance, ESL help, mentoring and tutoring Professional Life-Saving Case Management – creating a community network ensuring every family has adequate food & transportation, help with utilities, relevant health and community service referrals, education, life skills training needed to achieve self-sufficiency Holiday(s) Celebration and Adopt-a-Family Program – for homeless and low income community members. It takes a village: 77 local businesses and individuals made this a “holiday to remember” for many deserving folks. Volunteers – Volunteers are a big part of Attain Housing. Almost 400 volunteers logged 1,846.6 hours in 2015! This includes everything from volunteering at our buildings or events to preparing and serving at the Community Supper.

Target demographics: Families Experiencing Homelesssness

Geographic areas served: Kirkland & The Eastside

Programs: Transitional and permanent supportive housing, case management, and other support services including a weekly community supper, ESL/tutoring/homework helper and holiday programs.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Albert Einstein said “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
I am most engaged in giving when I am enthusiastic about the cause. Attain Housing helps homeless and at-risk families with children in King County, Washington to become stable and self-sufficient. First, Attain Housing stabilizes families in the 32 Attain Housing-owned units. Then, they assist the families with services, including case management, which helps them make lasting life changes, leading to permanent housing. I give because I see my contributions as investments in a cause instead of solely a donation. Attain Housing took funds raised at a dinner/auction and is investing in more housing units to expand their housing capability. Furthermore, Attain Housing has engaged and passionate volunteers that strive to help them succeed. When you help Attain Housing, you help homeless families transform their lives, thereby strengthening our community. What Attain Housing is doing is making a real difference and improving lives, and that is #MyGivingStory about Attain Housing (www.attainhousing.org).

Review from #MyGivingStory

David146

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of KITH through our realtor, who is also on the Board at KITH. My wife and I agreed to help out at a couple fund raising events over the past few years, but I didn't really learn what a great service they are providing until I agreed to help KITH by conducting Home Inspections on some of their properties, as I am a home inspector. KITH wanted a summary of all of the maintenance and repair issues needed at these properties and to learn of any safety issues.

Since that time, I've learned more about KITH and have seen how greatly they have positively impacted their client's lives. They have helped give back peoples lives and more importantly, their dignity, by providing temporary housing until they can get back on their feet.

I've been so impressed with the time and dedication provided by those on the Board, as well as the many reoccurring volunteers that give of their time and money.

I encourage you to help KITH in anyway you can. I think we all have times in our lives when we've received a helping hand, and can look back late to see the impact that act of generosity had on our lives. Volunteering or donating to KITH is a great way to "Pay it Forward".

Donor

Rating: 5

KITH is a well run nonprofit which does a great job in leveraging donations through the help of volunteers to provide maximum assistance to homeless families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for KITH about a year, and am continually amazed by the positive effect it has on our community, and the those it serves. KITH bridges the gap to permanent housing by providing the resources and life skills to families in need. This is a grassroots organization making a difference everday, i highly encourage all to visit the KITH website to learn more, and help in any way you can.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about KITH through a friend when she invited me to a luncheon event. What immediately resonated with me was that KITH empowers people to help themselves as opposed to merely providing assistance to those in need. The Board is a group of dedicated individuals who believe in making a difference in our Communities and they do it in the most cost effective way possible. It has been a rewarding experience to work with KITH and I encourage others with a similar desire to make a difference to get involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great grass-roots organization with a comprehensive solution to lead families to stable housing. Thank you for all you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

KITH is an orgainzation that addresses the challenge of homelessness with positive actions. The participants that live in our housing are given one on one time with a case manager to evaluate the best program for that individual to develop skills and confidence to become more self sufficent. This is usually not a 'quick fix', but a process. There are also important community building events that are very beneficial. I have been a member of KITH since 1997. It has been time well spent for our family and our community. MaryLue Gutow

Board Member

Rating: 5

While the Eastide is home to Microsoft, Google, and many other high net worth organizations and residents, we also have a homeless population, and folks that need assistance with everyday needs. KITH focuses on this need, providing safe housing for families facing a homeless situation, but with a focus to assist these families with case management to help them transition to get back on their own in a stable safe home. KITH has a low budget and works with many volunteer individuals and companies to keep the housing safe and affordable. Donations, grants, and fundraising with a spring luncheon, 7 Hills of Kirkland bike ride, and a fall dinner provide the funding. It is a lot of work, but it must be done and KITH does it well. Your support is critical to KITH's success!

1 Lynn30

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with KITH for over 10 years. I first learned about KITH when I was a Windermere Foundation Rep in 2000-2004 since Windermere is a KITH supporter. I started working with them as a volunteer because I loved that they helped homeless families and provided case management, that they adopted 75+ families a year for the holidays and provided even more Thanksgiving dinners to families, they do a weekly Community Supper partnering with many local business groups, churches and business, they do a back pack program for kids in need and so much more. The staff and board works so hard to help so many!

Review from Guidestar