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.
Children ( youth) in Seattle don't have to live on the streets plus they are mentored into education / training and jobs.
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.
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.
YouthCare is an organization that makes a lasting change in the lives of young people. I can't think of an organization that is making a bigger difference for our community.
I have been involved with YouthCare since the mid-1980's, initially as an attorney representing and advocating for young people in the criminal justice and child dependency systems and later as a volunteer and donor. This wonderful agency is staffed with incredibly capable, competent and caring individuals. Because of their boundless efforts and dedication and strong support from the community, YouthCare has rescued and, in some cases, saved countless young lives. And for me, I gain such personal fulfillment and meaning working as a volunteer. The young people I have encountered while they attend school, participate in the educational/vocational training, and use the clothing bank, hygiene center and meal service are kids who are generally desperately in need of the services YouthCare provides and have been victimized, abandoned and forgotten. This agency and its services improve the quality of their lives and give them hope for the future every day...
The many success stories of YouthCare tells all about knowledge, passion and dedication of the staff . I recently attended an orientation for Volunteers. The presentation was one of the most informative and honest discussions of homelessness youth.
Our community owes YouthCare a huge thank you for all their efforts!
Working downtown, I see on a daily basis, the need for organizations like YouthCare that provide an avenue off the streets for young people. I am confident that when supporting YouthCare, I'm helping provide access to safe housing, caring adults, and employment training programs.
Over the Summer, I had the privilege of touring YouthCare's Orion Center. I was literally blown away by their warm welcome. Randi, fellow staff and volunteers were not only hospitable, they all seemed really happy to be there.
Aside from shelter and food, YouthCare provides useful resources for our youth. What impresses me the most is that within these walls, youth are given an opportunity to receive an education which is a gift.
Throughout my life, I've learned that many (material) things can be taken away from you to the point of feeling empty but once you receive an education...NO ONE can ever take that away.
Kudos to everyone at YouthCare!! You're doing amazing work and it's not going unnoticed.
YouthCare uses funds and donations wisely. They get donations of clothing, care supplies, household goods to the homeless/high risk youth and young adults on the streets. They work with the clients others would turn away. I have seen how donations that are unrestricted can make the greatest difference - often foundations/donors provide money for specific programs or services - but having unrestricted dollars will allow staff to really address the needs of clients who don't fit nicely into a box. For example one client needed transportation across the state to go into drug and alcohol treatment, another needed money to pay for an RX co-pay for important medications that had run out. It was great to see how my donation was put to use by staff who really knew the young people in ways that really supported their success!