January 12, 2019
By Jeff & Tricia Raikes

As we reflect on Blake Nordstrom’s incredible life, we can’t help but be filled with memories of his warm spirit, passion for community and unique ability to bring people together.

He modeled what it means to be an effective, inclusive business leader and a generous, engaged member of our community. Our families bonded over our shared desire to support the city and state we love. We were particularly passionate about ending homelessness in our region. With Blake’s death we lose a real champion and leader for that cause, but we can think of no better way to honor his life than by holding steadfast to that goal.

We will keep his memory close as we work toward the future he envisioned for his hometown. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Molly and all of his loved ones. May Blake rest in peace.

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October 15, 2018
By Jeff & Tricia Raikes

To the world, Paul Allen was a brilliant visionary who revolutionized the way we learn, communicate and interact with the people and technology around us. He never settled for less, never took the easy road and never missed an opportunity to strive for the extraordinary. The force of his vision and leadership has left the world an immeasurably better place.

But behind his larger-than-life persona, to us, Paul Allen was a dear friend and colleague. His quick wit kept us on our toes, his generosity continually inspired and his friendship was a gift and comfort that we will always treasure.

We are heartbroken by his death, but we are comforted by the incredible legacy that he leaves behind. The world lost a luminary today, but his light shines on.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family, who are in our thoughts and prayers.

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October 5, 2018
students with backpacks
By Casey Trupin
Program Officer, Youth Homelessness

This week, our partners at Schoolhouse Washington released a comprehensive report on the academic outcomes of students experiencing homelessness in Washington state.

While this report verifies the immense challenges that homeless students face and the negative impact instability has on their education, it also includes key findings that can help us support these students in achieving their academic goals. Given that the lack of a high school degree or GED is the single biggest correlative with young adult homelessness, these findings have far reaching implications for advocates and policymakers working in the sector. 

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September 7, 2018
seattle skyline
By Katie Hong
Director, Youth Homelessness

We’re excited to announce that we’re building on our partnership with the Accelerator YMCA and the Medina Foundation to work with King County, Friends of Youth and the Pearl Jam Fund to expand the Host Homes King County program.

Host Homes are a promising solution to help house youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness. Host Homes are temporary placements for youth, typically about six months, that provide a safe and stable base while the young person searches for employment, permanent housing or works to complete an education goal.

For those looking for a concrete way to make a difference for the community and in the fight against homelessness, Host Homes can be a good opportunity to get involved and contribute. By some estimates there are more than 200,000 spare rooms in King County, enough to house every young person experiencing homelessness in our region more than 100 times over.

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