Family Resource Exchange

Families experiencing homelessness have a particularly hard time finding support.

In King County, there are hundreds of families each night living in their car, staying in emergency shelters and couch surfing. United Way has partnered with Starbucks, Wellspring Family Services and Mary’s Place to bring one-stop services to these families to help them get back on their feet.

Before the pandemic, we would host eight Family Resource Exchange events around the county throughout the year. In addition to connecting families to housing and jobs, we were providing help connecting families to public benefits, child care resources, haircuts, new shoes and a food bank.

Our plan is to restart Family Resource Exchange events as soon as it is possible to do so safely and healthily.

Success Stories

Results From Previous Family Resource Exchange Events


Events Throughout King County


People Served


Families Connected to Housing Resources


Families Housed or Prevented From Falling into Homelessness

In the News

How Is This Different From Our Larger Community Resource Exchange?

  • Family Resource Exchange events happen throughout the year.
  • They’re at a variety of locations around King County to meet the needs of as many families as possible.
  • Families experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of becoming homeless, have unique needs and this event gets them what they need all in one place.

Want to take the lead on these life-changing events? Email Carrie Bates. Volunteers are also needed to make these events happen, so check back for openings.

Thank you to our premier partners:

Additional thanks to our event sponsors: