Asian Counseling and Referral Service was founded in 1973 as a small mental-health-service provider. ACRS is one of 12 organizations that benefit from The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.
Ayan Mohamed, the first in her family to go to college, credits Kent Youth and Family Services and its after-school program for helping her when she struggled as a young child in school.
Nearly a decade ago, a little boy met a volunteer mentor for what was to be a one-year commitment through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, one of 12 agencies aided by The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. But the two wouldn’t let go, and the bond has changed their lives.
Sherree Preston, who lovingly tends to her husband, is one of some 850,000 unpaid caregivers in Washington. Sound Generations, a nonprofit aided by reader donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, lends her practical and emotional support.
“For kids who have chaos and unpredictability in their lives, music has structure, music has predictability,” says Alyssa Monas, a music therapist at Childhaven, one of 12 nonprofits helped this holiday season by reader donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.
A shy teen struggling with his emotions and identity finds support from Youth Eastside Services, a nonprofit aided by donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. The agency is working to see people as fast as possible as it confronts a mental health crisis among the young.
Marshelle Frelix found support in her new family and at Treehouse, a nonprofit that benefits from donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. Treehouse helps foster kids stay on track and beat the odds to graduate at the same rate as other Washington students.
I have three children, she told the operator. My youngest daughter has special needs. My husband is ill. We’re facing homelessness. The operator connected Leah Wade to Hopelink, one of 12 nonprofits aided by holiday-time donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.
Pregnant at 14, Miranda May went on to use drugs and compile a rap sheet. But the Salvation Army didn’t give up on her. She’s now 23, with two kids and on the road to recovery and a job.
Donations, such as those to the Fund For The Needy, allow Kindering to ensure that no child with special needs in King County is turned away because of family finances.