Weekend Clothing Drive for YouthCare

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A homeless youth is styled for a future interview.

Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This will be our second year partnering with YouthCare. In addition to donating 5% of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off a weekend clothing and shoe drive to help collect needed items for homeless youth.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people throughout the city. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

• 35,000 students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2014-2015 school year, a 9% increase over 2013-2014

• 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2015:

• Nearly 900 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center.

• 426 young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, including 249 in YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter. 45% of exiting youth entered into improved housing situations.

• 153 young people were housed in YouthCare’s transitional living programs, with 62% exiting into more stable housing situations.

• 252 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities, and 417 worked towards their goals with case managers.

• 81% of youth ages 12-17 in crisis through Safe Place were found a safe housing situation for the night.

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Shoe Drive for YouthCare

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Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This year re-souL has partnered with YouthCare. In addition to donating a portion of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off our shoe drive to help collect shoes for homeless youth in need.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people living on the streets. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

• 32,494 students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2013-2014 school year.

• 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2014:

• Nearly 1,400 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center.

• 572 young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, with nearly 2/3 exiting into improved housing situations.

• 164 young people were housed in YouthCare’s transitional living programs, with over 60% exiting into more stable housing situations.

• 310 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities.

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“Ballard Gives” Black Friday

Ballard Gives Black Friday

If you have not visited re-souL at our shop on Ballard Avenue, you wouldn’t know that our neighborhood is a remarkable mix of small, independent and locally owned businesses.  The “Shop Local” mentality is alive and well here in Ballard and this year, we hope you’ll join us in our own version of Black Friday.

Many Ballard area businesses are promoting the “Ballard Gives” Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving.  No “doorbusters” here but instead, a more socially conscious effort.  Area businesses are partnering with local non-profits to donate a portion of the proceeds to an organization of their choice.

This year, re-souL will donate 5% of sales for November 29th AND 30th to the Ballard Boys and Girls club.  It is our way of saying “thanks” to the neighborhood which has been very kind to us over the past 11+ years!

When you shop locally, three times the revenue remains in your community. Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Black Friday in a whole new way.  Please help support your local small businesses and know that you’re doing the right thing by your community.

Thanks as always, and we hope to see you soon!
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