Together Center Programs
Together Center lowers barriers and increases access to human services by providing comprehensive services in one location, so all are able to find help when they need it. East King County individuals and families get help and thrive with easy access to multiple providers. At our one-stop human services campus, 20 agencies also find below market facilities and shared services, enabling collaboration and organizational efficiencies. Agencies saved more than a quarter million dollars ($250,000) in lower lease costs alone last year thanks to community support of Together Center.
Front Door Services
People need someone to provide guidance as they make their way to services. Our Front Door Services program increases access to information and referral and connects visitors to advocates and other supports. Other resources include free public phones to access transportation, services, jobs and family; cultural navigators for individuals and families who have limited English language skills, critical fax and friendly support to those that are homeless, applying for services or seeking jobs; and advocates for families in crisis, people struggling with homelessness and the most fragile in the community (partners include Youth Housing Connection, Public Health Seattle & King County, King County Veterans Program and others).
Collaborative Programs to increase capacity
Together Center develops collaboration among agencies and increases the capacity of nonprofits by sponsoring the Alliance of Eastside Agencies; offering low-cost nonprofit training programs and partnering on multiple fronts with others so all can find help when they need it.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We have been growing services on our campus and working to expand elsewhere in answer to ongoing needs. To augment information and referral staff we provide, we developed a Front Door Services model with additional supports. We added a Veterans Service Officer to meet significant needs of veterans. Youth now receive real-time information on available shelter or housing with the addition of Youth Housing Connection at our front door, and Public Health is available to help people address food, medical and other needs. We added an additional free lobby phone so people can seek work or services, find a ride or call home. We helped launch the Cultural Navigator Program a number of years ago and are working to grow the program to meet ongoing and growing demand.
We are seeking $20,000 in increased donations this year to continue our important benefit to agencies and grow services for people in need. Yearly we must raise 15% of our revenue from the community: we receive no public funding. Contributions will allow us to continue to grow services at our Front Door as we maintain campus-wide benefits to agencies and the community. Thank you for your support of our efforts.