Highlights of Our Year
Shelter. A safe place every night for families and single women.
Day services. 294 clients provided with meals; clothes & hygiene supplies; shower, laundry, mail & computer access; transportation support; early learning and parent-child services; supportive community and trauma-informed care.
Housing First. In-house navigation and collaboration with other agencies to move clients into housing as quickly as possible.
Wrap-around services. Provided social work support; physical and mental health services; employment and education assistance, & financial counseling to help clients overcome barriers to housing and stability.
Daily community meal. Week-day breakfasts, weekend evening meals and holiday meals to the wider community providing warmth, nutrition, bathrooms, phone charging, clothes, hygiene supplies, referrals, and a listening ear.
New strategic plan. Increases navigation and shelter capacity and commits to partnerships focused on ending homelessness.
Executive board developed. Broadens skills and experience.
Research and development director added. Grounds our funding in best practices.
Funds secured & plans for further development. Ensures sustainable services and fair pay for our staff.
Client led. Continued commitment to client dignity, strengths and leadership.
Long standing partners. Awarded $120,000 per year contract from the City of Renton starting 2020. Annual food drive in Kennydale provided 3700 food items.
Cross-sector collaboration. Hosted local businesses to discuss partnering to end homelessness.
Brand new friends. Bright Horizon Childcare Centers completely renovated our day center playroom.
Committed volunteers. Provided the equivalent of 143 working weeks in a wide range of roles.
Large circle of donors. Too many to mention - provided essentials for our families.
Rooted in Community - Generating Beautiful New Growth
REACH began as a grassroots organization in 1970. For 42 years, we served side by side, helping our neighbors as we could. We developed friendships, trusted partnerships, and critical understandings of the community and how much we needed each other. These roots carried us into a new chapter when, in 2012, we organized as a non-profit so we could better serve those who are homeless and hungry. Today, in our 50th year, we are growing into an increasingly effective community organization; one that blends grassroots support and strong organizational structures. We are well positioned to contribute to a future where no-one in South King County is without a home or food. Your contributions and support are a vital part of this growth. Here is some of what you helped provide in 2019:
We are sustained by a bedrock of individual donors, many of whom have been with REACH for years, as well as the ongoing partnership of the City of Renton and King County. We are looking forward to continuing these relationships in 2020 and to adding new partners.
Our administration costs are low thanks to our many volunteers and the excellent stewardship of your donations by our staff, board and clients. We are looking forward to developing our capacity to serve in 2020, by increasing staff, volunteers and services at both Center of Hope and the REACH Meal Coalition.
Time and Other Necessities
Our donation coordinator and wonderful partners make sure we receive donations tailored to our client needs. In 2019 these included bi-monthly donations of new clothes & shoes; monthly drives of hygiene & cleaning supplies; seasonal items for school, weather or holidays, and regular donations of food and other necessities from many different agencies & individuals.
Last year we were blessed with 5,739 volunteer hours. That’s equal to 143 full time working weeks!