They helped me with so many great things and help me get on the right track when I was living on the streets
I am a previous client turned board member (active for 3.5 years). I entered their doors in their short-term facility when I was 14 years old after having to leave my home where it was no longer safe. Throughout my teenage years, Cocoon House and their staff became my surrogate family, even after I safely exited upon turning 18. They were available and compassionate to me while I was living with them and when I was ignorantly choosing to be on the streets. Most importantly, they were there for me when I was ready to do what I had to, to become an adult. I got my GED, enrolled into vocation college and have been giving back to the community working in the medical field. It is my goal to keep this organization thriving to become a better utilized resource in Snohomish County and reach out those past our region to hopefully end youth homelessness. Cocoon House is the place for young kids to feel like they belong somewhere, a place to feel accepted and not burdened by staying at their friends/families couches. Without them, I wouldn't have the opportunity to give back to my community and support others, but more importantly alive to tell about it.
I have been affiliated with Cocoon House since 2004 as a board member. I have watched it grow and have a significant impact in the community (and that community being Snohomish County) I have witnessed committed and loving/caring staff work with and for the youth they serve. I see a continued collaboration between the staff and board to do what is best for all the youth, whether residents of the residential or shelter programs, youth in the outreach programs or the youth and families involved in the prevention programs. I am always proud to say I am a board member of this organization!
Cocoon House was my last resort. After couch surfing for several months with no where to turn, Cocoon House gave me a place to call home. The staff were like parents to me- they helped me make sure I was on track to finish my high school career and that I was prepared to make it on my own after. I made life long friends and gained the tools I needed to be an adult. I am so thankful for cocoon house's services and I am so happy that they are expanding to help as many youth as possible. Their motto "because every child needs a home" brings into focus what they are all about - providing an environment as close to a home and family as possible. what they do and have done for me and other at risk youth is priceless. It has been almost five years since I left cocoon House, and since I have gone to college and gone on into a great career. I couldn't have done it without them! Their staff work tirelessly to name improvements in the lives of every youth they come in contact with- setting up services and appointments, providing counsel, and resolving issues at home when possible. They can be found all over the local area, and further, raising awareness and money for the cause.
Our youth hold the future of our communities in their hands. It is up to each and everyone of us to make sure that they get those opportunities to succeed. Not every young person is fortunate enough to have the proper environment to grow and develop.
When they are left to fend for themselves all manner of problems and obstacles can push and pull them in the wrong direction. Cocoon house provides these individuals with a safe and nurturing environment where they can find their way.
Cocoon House is the ONLY agency in Snohomish County that offers services to homeless teens. We are their second chance to understand who they are and who they can become.
If you want to invest in our future Cocoon House is the place to share your time, talent and treasure!
It's difficult to be homeless and even more so if you are pregnant or have a baby to care for. Last year a Snohomish County nonprofit closed that offered services to young mothers. In the next few weeks Cocoon House will open a house in Arlington, WA to provide shelter and education for teen mothers. There is limited space and the need is great.
Cocoon House has provided help to homeless teens for over 20 years and continues to expand into new areas when feasible.
Cocoon House helps homeless and at risk youth find a stable path in life. I signed on to mentor a young man who had been abused as a 7 year old, evicted from his adoped mothers home and was couch surfing before finding Cocoon House. We helped him with a stable shelter, educational guidance and a loving environment. Today he is enrolled at a state university pursuing a BS in Aviation and a commercial pilots license. He is a success and will continue to grow.
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