SEATTLE, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Homelessness is a crisis in the Seattle area as more than 12,000 people are without a place to call home. While some are staying in shelters, thousands of people are living on the streets, under bridges or in their cars.
Seattle business, government and nonprofit leaders will come together today on March 13th to talk about innovative partnerships to solve homelessness. The convening, called Changemakers' Rally, is part of United Way's Community Resource Exchange. King County Executive Dow Constantine will kick off Changemakers' Rally, followed by a program with representatives from Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle Mariners, Microsoft and others.
People experiencing homelessness face enormous challenges every day, including accessing services we take for granted, like a haircut, housing, or dental help. The Community Resource Exchange provides critical services like dental exams, mammograms, foot washing and hair care to the more than 1,000 people who attend. These services stabilize lives as people fight to retain their dignity and get back on their feet.
Benefits for guests can be long lasting as companies like UPS and Amazon look to hire people during job interviews at the event. Clients can also meet with housing specialists who work to provide a safe place to live or to help people on the edge stay in their home. United Way believes housing and income will solve homelessness, which is why it created its Jobs Connect and Streets to Home programs.
500 volunteers from sponsor companies including Amazon, Farmers Life Insurance, Microsoft, Seattle Seahawks, NetTech and Starbucks generously give their time at Community Resource Exchange to fulfill clients' needs.
SOURCE United Way of King County