The Community Resource Exchange is a first step in getting out of the Seattle homelessness crisis. Lennette found herself homeless, living under a freeway and in ill health. Read on for her story. Read Article
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High school is a tough time for most. Peer pressure, fitting in...add living in different countries and keeping up with all the different education systems. Meet Nimco, who never gave up on herself. She completed high school through Reconnecting Youth and paved her own path toward her dreams. Read Article
A husband and wife emigrate to Seattle from Ethiopia, seeking a better life for themselves and their three sons. They’ve just arrived in the country. They don’t know many people here, but they do have an old friend to stay with as they start their new life. Eleven people under one roof. Twenty days in, it’s too much and they have to leave. A family of five with nowhere to live. Read Article
When Maikol and Ronald left their house in Honduras one morning in 2014, the brothers had no idea they would never return. Their mother told them she was taking them and their younger siblings on a “field trip.” That field trip disguised a desperate attempt to flee violence in Honduras that killed their father and nearly forced Ronald into a gang. Read Article
Last month during Homelessness Awareness Month, we learned about Andre and his two sons. It's simplest to say they got off the streets and into an apartment. It's more realistic to say that they were struggling with homelessness because of Andre's mental health issues and because, well, our region's housing market is the pits. Sharing successes is one of the best parts of our work. And thanks to you, Andre is one of them, complexities and all. Read Article
On Veterans Day, we celebrate veterans who made sacrifices to uphold the US constitution. Today, we honor Hardy Awadjie, a veteran who served nine years with the military and is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with United Way. His story exemplifies national service, citizenship and the heart of AmeriCorps. Read Article
Yes, it's a summer job. But Michael became a summer meal AmeriCorps VISTA for a different reason: To meet members of his community. Read Article