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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

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.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

15 DavidScottKeller

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization filled with an amazing staff of dedicated individuals.

Mimi P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Children ( youth) in Seattle don't have to live on the streets plus they are mentored into education / training and jobs.

3 Patty N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Diane171

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2 Mary384

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been extremely impressed by Youthcare's team (in social services so much depends on who is working with the clients), their integrity, their values, their commitment (they go above and beyond in ways big and small to improve the lives of their clients), and their strategy (don;t just provide a ht meal or a place to sleep but work with young people in need every step of the way).

Board Member

Rating: 5

Through all my interactions with YouthCare, as a volunteer, donor and Board Member, I am consistently impressed with the level of care, thoughtfulness, expertise and professionalism shown by all those involved in this incredible organization. It is a really tough world for our young people and it genuinely feels like YouthCare is making a difference, one young person at a time.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youthcare is a fantastic organization that meets youth where they are without judgement, offering a wide range of services and involvement. As a weekly volunteer at the drop-in center, we offer a place to come take care of themselves, do activities, and visit together. The youth are great, appreciative and respectful with better communications skills than any number of people I can think of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthCare is a great organization serving homeless youth. I volunteer to provide a lunch meal once per month. The staff do a good job of having a relaxed and supportive atmosphere as they engage the young people they serve. Often as we serve lunch, the youths thank us.

Gin_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthCare is a tremendous organization that does everything it can to respect, protect and empower the youths it serves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer helping to serve dinner. Every time I have gone, I found the center to be clean, well-lit and inviting to all the youth that would come. There is a sense of appreciation, too, of the good the center does for them as every single meal ends with at least a few of the kids thanking the volunteers for dinner. It has the feel of a safe space and on the only time I have witnessed an altercation among the youth, it was quickly taken outside an deescalated by staff. I'm very impressed with the services they provide and feel it makes a real difference which is why I continue to volunteer, if only to help in a small way to a greater cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Along with my coworkers I have been volunteering with Youth Care for over ten years providing hair and make up services for the annual prom and rounding up donations for gift bags to be given out at the holiday party. Youth Care and the Orion center staff strike a perfect balance of structure and flexibility in working with our volunteers. For many of the folks I work with this is their first time volunteering and the experience they have with Youth Care makes them want to sign up year after year. I love that in addition to the essential and emergency services provided that there is also energy put into creating fun events and meaningful experiences like the prom and holiday party. I appreciate every opportunity to support Youth Care and our downtown neighbors who use their services!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

YouthCare contacted CPS regarding my daughter based on lies told to them by another youth. Instead of contacting me youthcare contacted CPS.. Youthcare based on someone else's lies ruined my daughter and my life. I had to pay a lawyer $5000 to prove that youthcare lied and contacted CPS based on a jealous youths lies.. I paid 5000 to keep my daughter but cost me our housing. This situation made me lose my housing and has ruined our lives.. all because youthcares employees believed a street kids lies..THANK YOU FOR RUINING OUR LIVES

Comments ( 1 )

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YouthCare 10/01/2015

We are so sorry to hear about the challenges you are facing. All YouthCare staff are mandated reporters and are required by law and licensing to inform child welfare of any allegations of abuse and neglect. It is CPS’s role to investigate whether the allegations are founded or not. We are unable to discuss specific cases in a public forum, but please contact us at info@youthcare.org if you have further questions.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Youth Care at my workplace when a couple of the staff spoke to us. They provide a necessary life support for youth on the streets, many of whom aged out of the foster care system and have no where else to go, others whose families have abandoned them, and still others who are addicted to drugs or find themselves in prostitution in order to survive. Youth Care has a passionate, dedicated group of volunteers and staff who are tireless in their efforts to assist teens and young adults get off the streets and on their feet, successfully helping them to go on to lead productive lives. If it weren’t for them, many of these kids would have a much harder life, even hopelessness and tragedy. They are my favorite charity. Please help them with whatever you can give and in whatever way you can.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social worker for Children's Administration, Youthcare has been one of my top referred resources. I have been amazed by the depth of their services and the impact it has made on my clients.