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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

50 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.

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.

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.

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).

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about YouthCare. I volunteered with the organization for the first time over a decade ago. Now, I'm entering my third year running monthly styling workshops for youth in partnership with the One Eighty Foundation. The staff has an extraordinary ability to stay focused on the youth while still nurturing the volunteer's experience. Organized, consistent and always appreciative, the staff are exceptional. And the youth! They are unbelievable- relaxed, fun, open and thoughtful. After over 25 years of being involved with endless nonprofit organizations, I strongly recommend YouthCare. Any way that you can get involved, please do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The government does not support homeless youth in the ways one would hope. Youth Care is an amazing organization and they fill a vital role in the Seattle community. Social workers help homeless kids with everything from the basics of food, shelter, and a shower to tutoring, job hunting, and counseling. The stories the youth tell of their struggles are heartbreaking. This organization needs our support financially and from volunteers who help with things such as preparing meals, tutoring, serving on the board and providing professional services. Please give them your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mother, it is obvious just how much support young people need to get a good start in life. The obstacles these kids face are enormous and certainly not of their choosing. Youthcare tackles the tough stuff and provides life-changing interventions that put these deserving young people on the path to stability and success. I am proud to be a volunteer and supporter of Youthcare. In my mind it is the best nonprofit in Seattle, period.

1 Kiki S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for youth care by cooking and serving lunches at the Orion center. The center really provides amazing essentials for young people who are really down and out. Giving them an opportunity to be safe, cared for and understood. Allowing many to move into a more stable phase and hope for the future. Really great work and an awesome place to volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an activity leader in 2013 at youth care orion center. I loved facilitating a dance jam for youth who were eager to engage and express themselves.
I feel so grateful to have been involved with this organization. I was amazed at how down to earth and professional the staff were. The youth care community for the at risk youth was shaped by respect and empowerment. The resources and opportunities youth care provides are in touch and adaptable to the real world these youth face. Programs like barista training, resume assistance and dressing/ training for an interview, and construction working degrees all centered around empowering youth with tools to become independent. Youth care is a place of compassion and growth building.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Erika and I volunteered at YouthCare in January of 2014. My Washington Conservation Corps crew and I served lunch one day for a couple of hours and collected food donations at the Whole Foods down the street the next day. It was a humbling experience that I will never forget. We were able to restock their shelves with canned goods and other packaged foods. It felt good to give back to my local community, knowing the kids would have hot food.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at YouthCare Orion Center as a kitchen cook and server quite a few times in 2013. The volunteer team who I worked with under Michele from CSL was excellent, and we were always in sync with each other. To see these kids with nowhere to go, come in, dry off, and get a hot, wholesome meal, prepared with love, and be so extremely appreciative was always such a soul-nurturing, extremely rewarding experience.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat, if I'm ever living in Seattle again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As part of a church group that provides a meal once a month at Youthcare's Orion Center in Seattle, I am always impressed with how organized the center is, and how friendly, helpful and on-track the staff is. Most of all, I love that the center provides the opportunity for volunteers to put nourishing food in the bellies and smiles on the faces of the kids who come in for a hot meal and a taste of community. I'm so glad that Orion Center is here for the young people who come to their door.

jfaronson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am constantly impressed by the staff, kids and volunteers at YouthCare. The staff and volunteers know the mission, and know how to accomplish it. I always overhear some amazing story from the kids. For example, a resident travels 2 hours on the bus just to get to work and another 2 hours back.
The key to it all is giving the kids a safe place. Great job, everyone.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was drawn to YouthCare by a friend who volunteered there. My first exposure to YouthCare was a volunteer project of painting one of the houses. The staff was very organized and really optimized their volunteer resources and constantly expressed their gratitude for everyone's efforts. I have since started working with some of the kids with financial education and it is gratifying and inspiring to see these kids engaged, motivated and interested in making their lives better. There is no culture of dependency that I can see. I can see any investment of time or money in YouthCare paying off in a huge way by creating an environment and support for these kids to thrive later on in life.