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Fall 2006 Family Matters News for Friends of Family Services Left to right: CEO/President Ruthann Howell, Seattle Rotary VP Nancy Sclater, and our Capital Campaign in Motion Board member & Rotarian George Reynolds are all smiles after Rotary announced FS as its Major Support from the Rotary Centennial Project Centennial Project winner, June 14, 2006. For several years, Family homelessness by investing in children Services has explored the and nurturing healthy families.” possibility of bringing all Seattle Rotary committed to raise $4 our interrelated services for million for the new facility, to be named homeless and at-risk families the “Rotary Support Center for Families” together into one convenient (see related article on page 2). location. With this vision, we would be able to serve our On September 6, Seattle Rotary most vulnerable clients more formally kicked off its Centennial effectively, not to mention Project Campaign. Generous Rotarians saving almost $400,000 a have already pledged over $2 million year in rent payments in our for the Support Center, more than half leased spaces. It would also of their fundraising goal. A tremendous create the agency’s first permanent beginning! home in our 114-year history. The Rotary Support Center for In 2005, consultants from The Families is a partnership between two Collins Group helped us survey of the area’s oldest institutions, Family potential support for our vision. The Services and the Seattle Rotary Club, Inside Family Matters… feedback was encouraging, and last working together to help solve one of the October the Board of Directors voted critical problems our community faces. The Rotary Support Center to begin a capital campaign to buy for Families “Families are the fastest growing or build a new facility. segment of the homeless population, 2006 Luncheon a The $10.5 million Campaign for and the Rotary Support Center for Tremendous Success Family Services: Permanent Solutions Families will be a vital resource for Wellspring Family Services for Homeless Families will bring together them,” said Ruthann Howell, Family EAP Named Microsoft Vendor many of our programs under one roof Services CEO/President. The services of the Year and will also support new and enhanced are designed to promote stability and programs to meet emerging community The Thompsons: A Project self-sufficiency, avoiding homeless- needs. The Support Center’s goal: to Permanency Success Story end homelessness permanently for ness for families who are currently in 5,000 families over the next ten years. insecure housing situations and Baby Boutique Wish List permanently ending the cycle for Our planning kicked into high gear Annual Meeting Honors families who experience episodic and in June, when the Rotary Club of Seattle Family Services’ Supporters chronic homelessness. chose the Family Services campaign New Morningsong Facility as its Centennial Project to honor Watch for future articles about our Upgraded the Club’s 100th anniversary in 2009. campaign and how you can become Don Kraft, Seattle Rotary Centennial a part of it – a once-in-a-lifetime Save the Date! May 10, 2007 opportunity to make a difference in the Chairman, described the choice as “Rotary’s decision to help end lives of thousands of families in crisis. The Rotary Support Wellspring Family Services Center for Families EAP Named Microsoft The Rotary Support Center for Families will Vendor of the Year M provide a range of coordinated, therapeutic services icrosoft’s Human Resources honored the to help homeless and at-risk families meet their Wellspring Family Services Employee immediate needs, regain their independence, and Assistance Program (EAP) as 2005 Vendor reach self-sufficiency. No such facility – offering an of the Year for exceptional service. array of therapeutically-based services in one center “We have a long and valued partnership with Wellspring – exists in our community today. Family Services EAP,” said Deja Linet, Benefits Manager at With this therapeutically-based assistance, Fam- Microsoft. “They understand our unique culture, they ily Services can address the interrelated root causes maintain the utmost level of professionalism, and their of mental health issues, homelessness, and domestic recommendations are always top-notch.” violence – and our clients can make lasting change. “Our years of supporting Microsoft’s diverse staff and Current services to be moved into multiple locations have allowed us to continually improve the new Support Center: our services and our delivery model. It has been a true partnership,” said Kevin Host, Director of Wellspring Family • Childcare for homeless toddlers and preschoolers Services EAP. – the only program of its kind in King County; Wellspring Family Services EAP has been helping • A no-cost “store” providing clothing and essential Microsoft’s domestic employees and their families since equipment for homeless children; 1986. An entrepreneurial business of Family Services, • Eviction prevention and case management for Wellspring Family Services EAP provides mental health and families at risk of losing their housing; counseling services to more than 121,000 covered employees • Housing placement and support services to families in hundreds of businesses in the Pacific Northwest. in crisis, using “housing first” best practices to help homeless families transition into stable housing (see related story on page 4); • Domestic violence intervention to stop the cycle of Easy Holiday partner abuse. 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Contact us at: h a year to Family Services Collect gif 615 Second Avenue, Suite 150 coloring ts for homeless bo k Seattle, WA 98104 dolls, tru oks, crayons, bu ids: cks, any ilding blo 15. The p kin c (206) 826-3050 • email@example.com arents w d of gift for age ks, and wra e work w s up to p presen it Family Matters is also available electronically ts for the h will choose on our website, www.family-services.org. ir childre n. 2 2006 Luncheon a Tremendous Success Thank you to everyone who attended our 12th annual benefit luncheon earlier this year. It was a great success with over $330,000 Philanthropist Karen Moyer, Co-Founder and raised at the event. All contributions go directly to programs that Vice President of The Moyer Foundation, speaks support at-risk families. at the 2006 Family Services Benefit Luncheon. Karen Moyer of The Moyer Foundation gave an inspiring keynote address on the important work of Family Services. KIRO-TV news anchor Steve Raible emceed the event for his ninth year. “We are thrilled that the community recognizes both the need for our services as well as the value that they bring to the community,” said Ruthann Howell, Family Services CEO/President. Thanks again to our generous corporate sponsors. Many thanks to Premier Sponsor Family Services 2006 Luncheon Sponsors Associate Sponsors Compleat Sports Duff & Phelps, LLC Covestic Island Tug & Barge Co. Flinn Ferguson Corporate KIRO-TV Real Estate Patron Sponsors Mercer Human Resource Consulting IKEA MulvannyG2 Architecture KG Investment Management Navigant Consulting, Inc. Marvin Stein & Associates, LLC Nintendo of America Inc. McCallum Print Group Pacific Real Estate Partners, Inc. MoneyTree Print, Inc. Olympic Associates Company Regence BlueShield Pacific Public Affairs Safeco PEMCO Sprague Israel Giles, Insurance Seattle Envelope The Rainier Group Skanska USA Building Washington Real Estate Smith Family Law, P.S. Holdings, LLC Vulcan Inc. Wright Runstad & Company In-Kind Sponsors Friend Sponsors Outback Steakhouse Alexander Hutton, Inc. Presentation Services Barghausen Consulting Engineers Star Printing Baylis Architects Starbucks Burgess Design, Inc. The Westin Hotel Clark Nuber PS White Noise Productions 3 Family Services The Thompsons: A Project Board of Directors Permanency Success Story October 2006 Board Chair Brian Buckley Families may find themselves homeless for DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary many reasons. Sometimes, as in this case, the cause Past Board Chair Geoffrey Melrose is a combination of circumstances. Duff & Phelps, LLC Board Secretary Mimi Lee Menenberg When her husband died after a long illness, Debbie Thompson, age 40, was Corporate Attorney/ left with two daughters, 8 and 11, and a stack of medical bills she couldn’t pay. Community Involved Citizen In addition, Debbie herself suffered from chronic pain due to severe arthritis. Board Treasurer Kallijah Paraska She had lost her job because of physical health problems and depression that Acordia Northwest, Inc. was intensified by her financial and housing concerns. She was denied Social Security Disability Insurance but was eligible for the Temporary Assistance for Chris Aggerholm Dellwood Pacific Needy Families program. Larry Almeleh Washington Partners, Inc. To make ends meet, Debbie and her girls “couch-surfed” for a while by moving in with a neighbor. When the neighbor moved to another city, Debbie couldn’t Rosemary Baisch Philips Oral Healthcare afford to pay the entire rent. She and her girls again found themselves with no Vere Bryan Safeco Insurance Corp. place to go. Jeff Christianson Community Involved Citizen At this point Debbie contacted Family Services’ Transitional Assistance Pamela Cone Milliman “The staff heard me and program. She immediately received Tracy Hamblin Mercer Health & Benefits my family’s needs in a vouchers for emergency family shelter and food. Debbie began working closely Jill Mackie The Seattle Times non-judgmental, affirming with one of our case managers, creating Brad McKeown Coast Crane Co. way. They helped keep us a plan to regain her self-sufficiency. off the streets and put us Sean Megy Community Involved Citizen Despite her chronic pain, Debbie back on track.” followed through on her care plan. She Holly Moore Workforce & Education was able to enroll her daughters at First Policy Consultant Place, a school for homeless children in Kevin Osborne KCTS Television grades K-5. With the help of her case manager, Debbie was able to coordinate her medical care and apply for subsidized housing. Julie Newell Washington Mutual One month later, Debbie and her daughters entered Family Services’ Project Jeremy Raaen The Boeing Company Permanency, a program that helps families “transition in place” to permanent George Reynolds Columbia Bank housing. With a combination of case management and support services, Debbie gained knowledge and skills she needs to obtain and maintain her housing. Jessica Riley Law Office of John Henry Browne Debbie benefited greatly from her case manager’s steady support. With this encouragement, Debbie hired a lawyer to appeal the denial of her disability claim Scott Shapiro Eagle Rock Ventures, LLC and also began physical therapy to relieve her ongoing pain. Nancy Shimizu Marketing Consultant Debbie continued to follow her care plan. She managed her budget carefully and paid off all of her outstanding debts. She was even able to clean her credit Richard Wagner Baylis Architects report. Recently she got more good news: she won her disability insurance appeal, Marcus Williams Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP including back payments. Russell Young The Boeing Company “The staff heard me and my family’s needs in a non-judgmental, affirming way. They helped keep us off the streets and put us back on track,” said Debbie. ex officio: Debbie and her daughters are still living in the apartment Project Permanency CEO/President Ruthann Howell helped them find and working with their case manager to further improve Family Services of their stability. Debbie is saving for a car and hopes her family can move into a King County house soon. 4 New Morningsong Facility Upgraded Approximately 200 homeless tod- environments in which they live, dlers and preschoolers a year will attend children from homeless families often Morningsong Early Learning Center have difficulty developing and practicing when it is running at full capacity in these skills. its new facility – twice the number we Our experienced and caring staff use served in our previous location. a behavioral checklist of developmental Ninety-eight percent of the children milestones to measure each child’s who attend Morningsong improve progress in interpersonal communication their school readiness skills – and their skills and functioning as part of a group. chances of future success. Behaviors observed during the child’s In order to succeed in school, first week at Morningsong form the children must have self-help skills, be baseline for comparison. Children learn through play. That’s why the playground able to communicate with adults and Morningsong is the only childcare renovation at Morningsong, courtesy of Drugstore.com, is so welcome. Here, Drugstore.com volunteers lay sod other children, and feel safe and secure program in King County exclusively for in the new play area. in a group setting. Because of the homeless toddlers and preschoolers. Annual Meeting Honors Family Services Supporters On September 13, 2006, a record The Corporation Award went to of Directors since early 1999, serving as crowd of nearly 100 gathered for the HSC Real Estate, Inc. for its continuing, Treasurer, Board Chair (2002-03), and 114th Family Services Annual Meeting. unique partnership in creating housing most recently Chair of the Board Gifts CEO/President Ruthann Howell re- opportunities for homeless families. Task Force for the Capital Campaign. viewed the agency’s many achievements When accepting the award, The Founders Award during the past year. Don Kraft, chair Walt Smith noted that honors individuals who of the Seattle Rotary Centennial Proj- Family Services clients have made sustained ect, announced that Rotary has already become excellent tenants. and significant contribu- reached 50% of its fundraising goal (see The Committed Active tions in advancing Family story on front page). Caren Skube of the Neighbors – CAN! group Services’ mission in the Boeing Company noted that new Boeing of Washington Mutual community. The 2006 CEO Scott Carson had announced a gift were named Volunteers Founders Award honoree of $300,000 at the Rotary Centennial of the Year. “WaMu CAN” is Steve Schwartz of Project Kick-Off the week before, and volunteers have been Pacific Real Estate Part- presented Family Services with a check tireless in helping Family ners. Steve served on the for the first installment of $100,000. Services at benefit luncheons and Board from 1998 to 2005, including a annual Day of Caring events. term as Chair (2003-04). Since leaving Incoming Board Chair Brian The Foundation Award was given to the Board he has remained a dedicated Buckley presented awards to The Seattle Foundation in recognition friend of the agency serving on the the 2006 honorees: of their continuing support of the Campaign Advancement and Site Com- Family Services’ first-ever Civic Family Services mission. The Seattle mittees. He has recently agreed to Co- Award was presented to the City of Foundation’s hallmarks of innovation, Chair the Capital Campaign as a whole. Seattle, recognizing the city’s ability to investment, and interconnection help Steve and his wife Pam are two of Family turn dreams into plans and plans into create lasting change in our community. Services’ best ambassadors, consistently action – and to commit the resources George Reynolds (of Columbia supporting our work in so many ways. to support lasting results. While Bank) received the Distinguished Family Services’ 2005 Annual accepting the award, Mayor Greg Service Award recognizing his Report was distributed at the meeting. Nickels announced that he has included leadership and his deep personal The report is also available online at $250,000 for the Campaign for Family commitment to the agency’s work. www.family-services.org or by calling Services in his proposed city budget. George has been a leader on the Board 206-826-3050. 5 Baby Boutique Wish List Save the F amily Services’ Baby Boutique provides homeless families with children’s essentials. Help make a difference in these children’s lives by donating new or gently-used items: Clothing (up to size 10) Date! Diapers May 10, 2007 Shoes Mark your calendar and plan Books and toys to join Family Services for our 13th annual Spring Benefit Luncheon Bibs, bottles, pacifiers on Thursday, May 10, 2007, Maternity and or nursing supplies in the newly-remodeled Sheraton Equipment such as car seats, strollers, cribs, portable playpens Seattle ballroom. It’s sure to be (for safety compliance, equipment must be less than 5 years old) an inspirational event! Want to be a sponsor? Take your donations to the Baby Boutique Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. - noon on the fourth Saturday of the month. A table captain? We’d love to have your help! Contact Location: 1100 Virginia Street, Suite 211 (at the corner of Denny and Fairview; Vickielee at 206-826-3038 or the Baby Boutique entrance is at the back of the building on Virginia Street). firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 206-902-4270. www.family-services.org community in which they can thrive. self-sufficient families and a non-violent Family Services builds emotionally healthy, Return Service Requested Seattle, WA 98104-2243 615 2nd Avenue, Suite 150 Family Services of King County Permit #3353 Seattle, WA PAID U.S. Postage Non-profit Org.
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