“What I have in the back of my head is we can’t do everything. So for the twenty-five people we do have and are helping, that’s a win,” said YouthCare’s Senior Program Manager of Engagement Services Charese Jones in a story for the Seattle Times.

Her coworker, Semone Andu, said the crisis has laid bare society’s biggest failures, particularly for the youth of color that make up the majority of the Orion Center’s residents and young people with mental health challenges.


“Our mental health system is broken,” Andu said. “When crisis hits… all of these broken systems get amplified and you get to see all of it. It gets heavier on service providers.”

Read the rest of this story highlighting the experiences of human services workers in this pandemic here.