We are facing an unprecedented homelessness crisis. Thousands of our neighbors have been pushed beyond the brink and are living in their cars, shelters, tents and park benches all over Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The conversations about solutions have kicked up a disconcerting debate in our city – one that doesn’t match the Seattle I grew up in and the compassion I know exists in the hearts of the people who call our city home.Read More
We’re excited to announce the newest member of the Raikes Foundation team, Gisele C. Shorter. Gisele joins us from Turnaround for Children, and her portfolio will include leading the Building Equitable Learning Environment (BELE) Network and our national K-12 school and system redesign work. Gisele brings a wealth of experience to our team and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young people, particularly those furthest from opportunity.
She will be replacing Lindsay Hill on our education team, who is transitioning into the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the foundation. We’re thrilled to have Gisele bringing her passion and skills to our team and excited that Lindsay will be returning into this new role in January 2019, after her maternity leave.
What is happening on our nation’s southern border right now is one of the darkest moments in our country’s history.
By forcibly separating migrant children from their families who are seeking safety and asylum in this country, the Trump administration has created a humanitarian crisis that grows with each passing day. Research shows that inflicting extreme stress on children can cause irreparable damage to their developing minds. The psychological trauma of being separated from their parents and forced into cages will follow them for the rest of their lives.
We call on the Trump administration to end this abominable practice before any more harm can come to these children and their families. To help the victims of this inhumane policy, we will be donating to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to support the reunification of children and their families. We encourage others to join us.
Each year our community brings together a small army of volunteers for the Point-In-Time (PIT) count. Coordinated by All Home, the PIT count aims to both tally the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night, as well as gather information about their needs so that our community can improve the homeless crisis response system.
This year’s report shows that while the number of people experiencing homelessness has continued to increase in our region, there are signs of hope and a path forward. Overall youth and young adult homelessness stayed steady (an increase of only 1 percent), but the number of homeless young people under the age of 18 decreased by more than 20 percent since 2017.Read More