Making people’s day – at the Community Resource Exchange

By United Way of King County, on April 6, 2016 | In Fighting Homelessness

Melodie was grinning ear-to-ear as she waited in line to get a pedicure of sorts. She had just picked up a new pair of shoes and a sweatshirt and was next in line to receive professional foot care.

In mid-February, Melodie was home at her apartment in Kent when the unit above her caught fire. She has suffered from asthma for years and the smoke that day aggravated it severely, forcing her to leave her apartment. She found herself homeless for the first time, with nowhere to go.

“My nail clippers are in storage,” she said. “I can’t tell you how glad I am to see that you have foot care!”.

Melodie’s been staying at a shelter and is recovering from a respiratory infection. She’s in what she hopes are the final days of waiting to be approved for a senior apartment in SeaTac.

Melodie shows off her new Cutter & Buck sweatshirt

Melody paired up with Rob, a volunteer from Bank of America, at today’s Community Resource Exchange. Together, they navigated services – including hygiene items, a haircut and help with a phone – that made their day.

Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and oodles of sponsors that made today possible. Because we had the Starbucks team serving coffee, Cutter & Buck donating new cozy clothing and AT&T helping people connect with family, friends and potential employers, we made hundreds of people’s day – just like Melodie’s and Rob’s. #JoinTheExchange



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