YouthCare is a King County-based organization working to end youth homelessness by ensuring that young people are valued and feel empowered to achieve their full potential. They have various programs designed to help youth reach their goals and long-term stability that range from quick support to continued guidance. These services include supporting youth at risk of homelessness, providing basic needs and shelter for homeless youth, employment programs that promote job readiness, education programs, and sexual exploitation emergency services. In 2017, 1,000+ youth were helped through YouthCare’s drop-in services, 60% of youth moved to improved housing, 74% of youth obtained employment upon exit, and 648 youth found safety in shelter.
Earlier this week, two groups of Columbia Pacific Wealth Management volunteers spent mornings at YouthCare’s Hope Center and Catalyst program houses. These locations provide housing for youth, ages 12 to 24, in need of safe shelter for up to two years. During their time in the house, young people are able to participate in a community, learn independent living skills, and work with staff to set education, employment, and long-term housing goals. The CPWM volunteers spent a few hours each day cleaning up the yard to give the youth a sense of pride in their homes.
In March of this year, Columbia Pacific Wealth Management sponsored YouthCare’s 34th Annual Luncheon, where approximately 1,200 people joined the organization to raise over $800,000 for homeless youth – their largest raise ever!
To learn more about YouthCare and what they are doing in the community, please visit their website (https://youthcare.org/).