ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is 20! Back in 1999, our founders could never have predicted we’d still be around today, or that we’d be amidst one of the most pressing humanitarian crises this city has ever witnessed. Yet, here we are now as the largest emergency young adult shelter in Washington still working with anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 who needs a helping hand. We’ve made an indelible impact as a resource for homeless young people and, in twenty years, ROOTS has served more than 8,500 individuals and provided almost 180,000 clean and warm beds.
Like the young people we see everyday, a future fraught with uncertainty consumes us. Rapid redevelopment of our neighborhood (and the church basement we’ve called home for two decades) means we’re about to be displaced. We need a home!
The reality is that the community we serve asks this question on a daily basis. To assist in answering the call for long term housing and employment, in 2017 we hired a full-time onsite case manager to work directly with shelter guests with the immediate result of 87 young people exiting shelter into housing. This number climbed to 101 in 2018.
We need that same kind of dedication from you – our community of supporters who see every benefit in our work and who will be there with the means to see this crisis through to the end. We don’t have a year to do it, we have months.
At this year’s Rise Up Gala, we honor our twentieth year of operations, and we up the ante with a concerted effort to raise the funding needed to relocate, and to sustain our services for years to come. Last year’s event raised $172,000 to offset costs to provide overnight emergency shelter, mental health counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, medical care, housing, and employment readiness to those struggling with the effects of homelessness in Seattle. It’s clear that we need much more support!
This year’s event will be like never before! We unveil to you a masquerade ball complete with entertainers, music, VIP experiences, a seated dinner, incredible silent auction items, open bar, dance party, and much more.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at The Graduate Hotel on October 25.
ROOTS staff and board
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