New Rental Assistance Funds Available For Youth

YouthCare and the Y Social Impact Center have launched a new partnership to help youth and young adults pay back rent due to COVID. The two organizations worked together on a joint application made available through federal CARES funding and administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce, successfully securing a grant of $3.2 million… Read More of “New Rental Assistance Funds Available For Youth”

An Ode to YouthCare Food Heroes

Just like this pandemic has changed the world, YouthCare has changed the way we’re feeding and caring for youth experiencing homelessness homeless youth in our community. We rose to the occasion from the onset of the pandemic six months ago, ensuring all young people have enough to eat during this unprecedented time. We couldn’t provide… Read More of “An Ode to YouthCare Food Heroes”

YouthCare Launches Back-to-School Drive

No one could have guessed that we’d be starting the 2020 school year in the midst of an economic downturn and a global pandemic. Though this year has brought massive challenges and uncertainty—including schools transitioning to remote learning environments—YouthCare is continuing to provide shelter, food, and educational support to youth experiencing homelessness. DID YOU KNOW?… Read More of “YouthCare Launches Back-to-School Drive”

How We Honored Pride This Year

Be sure to also read our earlier blog post recapping Pride celebrations with our Casa de los Amigos youth in February. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and our world’s ongoing fight to seek justice for Black lives, Pride celebrations at YouthCare looked very different than years past. We wanted to share with you… Read More of “How We Honored Pride This Year”

COVID-19 Update: Resilience Abounds

It has been over two months since Washington State began its shelter-place-order and YouthCare reconfigured our program models and services. Through this time, YouthCare worked on contingency planning for how to respond if a youth or staff tested positive for COVID-19. We’re grateful that when COVID-19 recently arrived at YouthCare’s Orion Center, and then YouthCare’s… Read More of “COVID-19 Update: Resilience Abounds”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biophobia

I wanted to take a quick moment to recognize today as International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Today was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people, and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. “The… Read More of “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biophobia”

YouthCare CEO: Responding to the Murder of Ahmaud Abery

This has been an incredibly challenging and emotional time for our country and our world. Last week, our nation saw, yet again, video footage of a gruesome and traumatic murder of an unarmed Black man. The life of Ahmaud Arbery was taken when he went on his neighborhood jog. Two vigilante community members assumed he… Read More of “YouthCare CEO: Responding to the Murder of Ahmaud Abery”

GiveBIG to Keep Youth Safe – Extended to May 15!

GiveBIG—our state’s biggest collective giving event—is here. Today, we’re asking for your help to keep youth safe and fight back against this pandemic’s injustices. GiveBIG Now This crisis has magnified the inequities impacting our most vulnerable communities. Emerging data shows that people of color are dying and getting sick at higher rates; people experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable… Read More of “GiveBIG to Keep Youth Safe – Extended to May 15!”

COVID-19: Your Support is Vital

As you are aware, King County has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our hearts go out to those personally affected, and particularly to families who have lost a loved one. The safety and wellbeing of our staff, youth, and community members are of paramount importance to YouthCare. We are closely monitoring the evolving… Read More of “COVID-19: Your Support is Vital”