YWCA of Seattle - King County - Snohomish County Programs
SAFE & STABLE HOUSING
Ongoing services for 11,330 people, including 3,902 children. Providing an extensive range of housing and services, including: Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women in downtown Seattle, emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable permanent housing, eviction prevention and personalized case management.
Ongoing services for 7,647 people. Promoting independence and resilience through employment services, college enrollment and navigation assistance, access to professional clothing and networking opportunities, self-directed job search, and specialized case management.
SUCCESS IN LIFE
Ongoing services for 1,105 people, including 904 children. Helping children and youth develop the skills they need for successful lives through high quality child care, the GirlsFirst leadership program, counseling for children who have witnessed domestic violence, and support for teen parents.
LIVE WITH DIGNITY
Ongoing services for 4,804 people, including 683 children. Fulfilling a variety of essential needs, including access to health care and mental health counseling, domestic violence education and support, as well as community engagement on matters of social justice, advocacy and volunteerism.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2012, the YWCA connected more than 51,000 people in King and Snohomish counties with housing and shelter, employment training, domestic violence services, youth programs and more. A few highlighted achievements include:
- Providing 6,167 hours of mental health services to individuals and families in Snohomish County.Connecting 2,975 job seekers with 98 local employers at 13 different job and resource fairs in Seattle and South King County.
- Piloting an innovative housing and service model in South King County that ended or prevented homelessness for all 71 families served.
- As our economy slowly recovers, stability remains elusive for those hit hardest by the recession, many of whom were women and people of color. Some of the factors currently impacting our community include cuts to social services, increased housing costs, a disproportionately high percentage of homeless and unemployed veterans, and increased poverty in suburban areas of King and Snohomish counties.
Government funding for programs remains unreliable, which makes private funding sources even more critical to our success. Our YWCA is faced with the challenge of growing our services in the suburbs, while still meeting the needs of urban populations, and finding solutions to the unique needs of targeted populations, including veterans and immigrants.