Luxury Of The Day: Dry Feet

By United Way of King County, on April 14, 2015 | In Fighting Homelessness

Here in King County we take the rain with pride, no umbrellas required. But, what if you had to wear soggy shoes and socks day after day after day? For people experiencing homelessness, simple things—dry feet, a toothbrush, an ID—are simply out of reach. And, if you lose your ID, you lose your access to housing and other essential services. No wonder your socks are soaked.

Despite the fact that people living on the street once had homes, jobs and dreams like the rest of us, all too often we don’t see them as part of our community. 

Dry socks and a fresh perspective, that’s the difference we try to make with the Community Resource Exchange. It’s a difference you help make with your support of United Way. Next week, volunteers will welcome people from all over King County with a warm smile, a hot meal and conversation. Guests will receive free services like medical and dental check-ups, referrals for housing and counseling, connections to job training programs, library cards, and haircuts.

Everyone leaves the Community Resource Exchange with something valuable. Volunteers get inspired to do more. Guests get a care package filled with new socks and other personal care items, as well as the feeling that people care. And, with any luck, everyone sees each other as the human beings we are.

This profound experience happens because of your support. That’s why we’d like you to see your money in action. Please join other generous donors on a tour of the Community Resource Exchange, Thursday, April 23 at CenturyLink Field. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Rachael Murray at or 206.461-3920.


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