The Raynier Institute & Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.75 million to two Seattle-based organizations working to end the cycle of youth homelessness.
YouthCare, which serves homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24, will receive $2.1 million over three years to retire the mortgage on its Orion drop-in center, freeing up money to expand services, and another $1.5 million over five years to create fifteen additional emergency shelter beds at the facility. ROOTS (Rising Out of the Shadows), which serves homeless young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, will receive nearly $1.6 million over ten years to enable its shelter to continue operating seven nights a week with a 25-bed capacity and an additional $500,000 to make capital improvements at its current location or in support of a new location, if needed.
In addition, Raynier awarded an eight-year, $2.1 million grant to the two organizations to develop, operate, and evaluate a pilot program designed to make services available to the most marginalized homeless youth and prevent homeless young people from becoming chronically homeless adults. Developed by both organizations and operated by YouthCare, the Catalyst program provides individuals with round-the-clock supervision, educational and employment support, life skills training, chemical dependency treatment, and mental health counseling.
"With this investment, the Raynier Institute & Foundation is focusing on providing the specialized interventions needed to create stability for homeless youth," said Raynier Institute & Foundation executive director Jeff Hauser. "Our founder, James Widener Ray, was passionate about supporting human services and we know he would be proud of our decision to help create a better future for Seattle's young homeless population."