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.
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!
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.
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.
My family and I have been involved with YouthCare, the largest service agency for homeless Youth in Washington, for more than twenty years. I have seen the agency grow in a very difficult environment because it is seen as a community resource that remains true to its mission of providing our children with every opportunity to reengage in the community and become successful, contributing adults. The kids who are served are survivors many of whom have experienced abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, extreme prejudice, or mental illness. And YouthCare recognizes that every kid needs love, attention, and the opportunity to survive and succeed in a complex and difficult world. YouthCare is their life line for success. The offered services from the basics of safe shelter, food, clothing to housing, counseling, education, job training and most importantly a stable relationship with someone who cares, are an inspiration to me. YouthCare is an extraordinary and vital community resource that has earned our support.
Seeing and hearing the endless stories and testimonies of lost and homeless youth that found their way due to Youthcare's effective solution based approaches is incredibly rewarding. Youthcare staff are a community leader in driving best practices to reduce youth homeless. I am proud to be part of such a dynamic and innovative organization.