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MercyWatch volunteers Duane Schireman and Van Phan greet other helpers at an Everett church parking lot recently before heading out to provide help and supplies to people living on the streets. MercyWatch is a faith-based nonprofit.

Taking it to the streets MercyWatch outreach, medical teams inspired by faith By Julie Muhlstein Herald Writer

EVERETT — Pope Francis, during a 2015 Lenten service at St. Peter’s Basilica, made an announcement that would reverberate from Vatican City around the world — eventually bringing help and kindness to people on the streets here. When the pope proclaimed a Holy Year of Mercy for 2016, Dennis Kelly took it to heart. A Catholic deacon who lives in Mukilteo, Kelly is the founder and executive director of MercyWatch. With a hardy and committed team of volunteers, doctors and nurses among them, the faith-based ecumenical nonprofit provides medical help and homeless outreach to people on the streets in Snohomish County. On a cold Tuesday night last month, Kelly had shed the vestments he often wears as leader at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, a parish in an old hotel building in downtown Seattle that’s now low-income housing. He also serves at Seattle’s St. Patrick Parish. Kelly was once Archbishop Murphy High School’s campus minister. He served at Everett’s Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes. These days — and nights — he puts a high priority on being present to those on the streets, people struggling with addiction, mental health crises and poverty. Instead of a cleric’s vestments, Kelly wore a reflective yellow vest over his coat on that cold night in Everett. Meeting in a parking lot at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Cedar Street, MercyWatch team members showed up, one by one. In their cars and in a storage space at the north Everett church, they had snacks, water, blankets and medical supplies. They drove to a parking lot on Hoyt Avenue, across from the Everett Public Library, where more than a dozen people were waiting for them in the night cold. Questions for the helpers came quickly: Are there any more blankets? What is there to eat? That night, there were instant noodles, packages of cookies and bottled water. One skinny young man, carrying a sack and a skateboard, simply said “I need everything.” He was given the last pair of available socks. “This is the only Tuesday feed in this part of Everett,” Kelly said. “They’re pretty hungry.” Clearly trusted by those on the street, Kelly greeted people by name. “Michael, how goes it?” Kelly said to one man, and then told how the 50-year-old Michael had been helped to get a

MercyWatch volunteers pray together in an Everett church parking lot before heading out to offer food, supplies and medical care to people living on the streets. From left are Dr. Jimmy Grierson, Deacon Dennis Kelly, Rodney Wagar, Sheri Dehaan, Ann Salonen, Gail Pyper, Amanda Dahl, and Duane Schireman.

hearing aid. One woman asked for $2 to get gas. Kelly didn’t give her cash, nor did he turn down the request. If she could wait a bit, he said patiently, he’d take her to a nearby Safeway and buy the gas. A woman who said she’s 55 and her name is Kebyn was pushing a stroller with a cover on it. Jammed in the stroller’s enclosed seating were her only companions — two cats and three small dogs. “At least we’re not sleeping in somebody’s yard,” she said, adding that she came from Wyoming and was staying in her broken-down vehicle. Van Phan, an 80-year-old retired nurse, was there to help. Along with volunteering with MercyWatch, the Everett woman is a hospice and prison ministry helper. From her Catholic Daughters group, she collects blankets, socks and gloves to be shared through MercyWatch. See MERCY, Page 2

Dennis Kelly, a Catholic deacon, founded MercyWatch after being inspired by Pope Francis, who designated 2016 as a Holy Year of Mercy. The Everett-based nonprofit serves people living on the streets. Here, Kelly shows his concern while talking with Dr. Jimmy Grierson, a MercyWatch volunteer.

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■ Women for Sobriety takes a postive approach to recovery. 6

■ Girls on the Run of Snohomish County helps kids find their “happy pace.” 8

■ Interfaith shelter finds creative ways to expand its reach. 10

■ Monroe nonprofit helps students, homeless and everybody in between. 11

■ Church offers the blessing of free car care for single moms. 13

■ Assistance League has helped more than 100,000 school kids over the years. 16

■ EvCC Foundation offers help with the high cost of education. 18


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Everett’s Duane Schireman, a Boeing retiree in the midst of a four-year program to become a Catholic deacon, has devoted Tuesday nights to MercyWatch for about a year. Bringing medical expertise to the evening’s effort was Dr. James “Jimmy” Grierson, a family physician with Providence in Marysville, founder of the Safe Harbor Free Clinic in Stanwood, and a MercyWatch volunteer. Why do it? “I have the skill set to help,” he said. “I have a real heart for people and hate to see people suffer.” Grierson sees mental health as the greatest medical issue on the street, but he treats infections and helps people get vaccines. “It’s all about taking care of one person at a time,” he said. Gail Pyper, a school nurse at Everett’s Evergreen Middle School, has helped with MercyWatch since March. “It’s a ministry of presence,” Pyper said. “What’s nice about this, you develop relationships with people. They tell you different chapters of their lives.” Amanda Dahl, the team’s medical scribe, hopes to go to medical school.

With a clipboard, the Santa Clara University graduate took as much information as those being helped by the care team would offer. Outreach teams help on Tuesday evenings, 6:20-9 p.m., in the parking lot across from the library. On Thursday nights, they do that work — handing out food and supplies and providing care — in a parking lot of the Everett United Church of Christ at Rockefeller and Everett avenues. Some Tuesdays, they stop at a Smokey Point laundromat. MercyWatch also sends mobile medical teams to the Everett Gospel Mission, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, and 2-7 p.m. Thursdays at a needle exchange site in Everett. Dr. Tim McNamara, a retired physician, and his wife Judy are involved in that work. Kelly said many people don’t like seeing “do-gooders handing out food” on the street. Some, he said, drive by and yell. “Even at Safe Harbor, I get hate mail for treating immigrants,” Grierson said. “I kinda understand the frustration,” Kelly said. “But until we have affordable housing, the problem doesn’t go away.” He has encountered people with $700 monthly disability payments who can’t Continued on next page


A man in a walker gets medical attention from MercyWatch volunteers Dr. Jimmy Grierson (right) and nurse Gail Pyper while medical scribe Amanda Dahl takes down information. The MercyWatch group was out in a parking lot near the Everett Public Library on a recent night as part of their mission to serve people living on the streets.

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rent a place. “There are a lot of veterans. It’s just a complicated issue.” Generations ago, Kelly said, an older person with a mostlyempty house might “let a room,” and rent to a stranger — a financial help to both the homeowner and renter. People are afraid to do that now, he said. Not all of MercyWatch’s helpers go out on the streets. About 200 are involved, many as donors or by preparing food, while some 30 people do faceto-face outreach. The small nonprofit Kelly started was indeed inspired by Pope Francis, who in 2013 said that mercy “changes the world.” “A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just,” the pope said in 2013. MercyWatch helpers are living those words. “It is our Calcutta,” said Kelly, a reference to the humanitarian work of Mother Theresa. Julie Muhlstein: 425-339-3460;

How to help MercyWatch MercyWatch is a faith-based nonprofit that helps people on the streets of Snohomish County. Outreach and medical teams go out to Everett parking lots, to the Everett Gospel Mission and other sites to provide food, supplies and health care. Information: The organization needs financial support; supplies including socks, sleeping bags, blankets, gloves and coats; food preparation help; people to join outreach teams; marketing, grant-writing and church engagement; and more. Donations by check may be mailed to: MercyWatch, P.O. Box 1550, Mukilteo, WA 98275. For more information, email or call 425-710-0909.


Gail Pyper (seated), a school nurse by day, talks with medical scribe Amanda Dahl near the Everett Public Library recently while on an evening outing with MercyWatch. The faith-based nonprofit provided food, medical care and supplies to people living on the streets. “People say negative things about the homeless, but nobody chooses this,” Pyper said.

A 55-year-old woman wheels two cats and three small dogs in a stroller near the Everett Public Library. Staying in her broken down vehicle at the time, she had come for help offered by MercyWatch.

Dr. Jimmy Grierson, founder of the Safe Harbor Free Clinic in Stanwood and a Providence physician, volunteered with MercyWatch on a recent Tuesday night.


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‘We like the ones that take extra work’ The no-kill Camano Animal Shelter is known for rehabilitating animals with behavior or health problems. By Julia-Grace Sanders Herald Writer


AMANO ISLAND — Jon Lein was in his version of heaven. He perched on a closed toilet with 13 kittens roaming the bathroom stall around him. A teacup-sized tabby slept curled up in his lap while he stroked a tortoiseshell kitty nestled in the crook of his neck. “This is the best therapy anyone can get,” he said. The kittens temporarily camped out in the bathroomturned-nursery at the Camano Animal Shelter. The small building is almost always at capacity, so staff have to get creative in times of overflow. Lein has been volunteering at the shelter for three years. He comes by to spend time with the cats, working to socialize kittens and older felines who are less convinced that humans are friend, not foe. Lein is one of about 15 volunteers who keep the shelter running along with the staff of six part-timers. “Everyone here is just so wonderful,” he said. “The staff have dedicated their lives to these animals.” The small team makes the most of their even smaller space. With about 1,900 square feet, they can house 18 dogs and 67 cats. They currently have another nine cats and 13 dogs in foster homes. Outside the lobby and kennel areas, they have a covered dog yard for playing with pups and an enclosed indoor/outdoor “catio” for felines to experience the great outdoors in safety. As potential owners filtered in the door last month, shelter manager Tegan Locker held a Chihuahua-terrier mix who threw a seeming disdainful glare at

Jillian Trujillo weighs a Dachshund named Sherlock at the Camano Animal Shelter.

anyone who neared. The pup came in a few days earlier from the Everett Animal Shelter. “They know we like the ones that take extra work,” Locker said. The day he arrived, she said the pup was “bound and determined to let everyone know he was scary.” But she took him on a walk to the pond and now they’re besties. The shelter has a reputation for taking on animals that other organizations shy away from, like those with attitude problems or health issues. Sometimes that means animals stay at the shelter for a year or more before someone adopts them. Or they’re returned to the shelter repeatedly.

“It’s easy to get discouraged,” Locker said. “But sometimes the longer they’re here, the more we learn about them. Each time they come back, we get more information.” The nonprofit organization is contracted by Island County to take in stray animals. Anything beyond that, including taking in owner-surrendered animals, is supported by donations. Locker has managed the shelter for the past decade. She started working with animal rescues in her early 20s, but when her husband showed her an ad for the shelter manager position, she thought he was crazy. After some consideration, she


Lexa hangs out in a window sill in the lobby at the Camano Animal Shelter. The facility can take care of up to 18 dogs and 67 cats at a time.

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decided to give it a shot. “Now I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” she said. With the shelter’s small size, Locker said they have more time to spend with particularly needy residents. Locker puts a focus on public outreach. Shelters aren’t historically good at showing off what they do, she said. “I want people on the outside to see what we see,” she said. “I want people to realize the shelter system really does work.” As a part of that effort, the shelter’s “no-kill” policy is advertised on a red banner out front. The label makes people feel comfortable coming in, but Locker said the shelter actually works far beyond the requirements for no-kill. Moving forward, Locker said the organization could use a bit more room to breathe and a space they can tailor more specifically to animal needs. Staff jokingly call the building a clown car — “Because there’s so much inside and so much

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How to help The Camano Animal Shelter relies on the public for donations and volunteer services. Visit www. for a list of needed supplies and links to donation options. The website also holds an up-todate list of animals up for adoption. There’s no time requirements for volunteering. “We’ll take any time you can give us,” shelter manager Tegan Locker said. A fundraising group called “Friends of CASA” plans shelter outreach events throughout the year. They sponsor an annual dog wash, rummage sale, bake sale and others.


Jillian Trujillo (right) and Kiana Quinores play with a litter of puppies in the dog run at the Camano Animal Shelter.

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Women for Sobriety’s new group meets at Mill Creek Y After years with another program, Sooze Sigel says she’s helped by a positive approach to recovery.

Women for Sobriety A Women for Sobriety group meets 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays in the Cascade Room of the Mill Creek Family YMCA, 13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett. It’s free and open to women 18 or older facing issues of alcohol and/or chemical dependencies. Those attending are expected to be drug- and alcoholfree the day of meeting. Photo ID needed to enter the Y branch. Information: www. womenforsobriety. org or email 1099@

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ILL CREEK — Sooze Sigel knew in college that she was different, that when it came to alcohol and marijuana she wasn’t like a lot of her friends. She wasn’t a take-it-or-leave-it user. Drinking became a serious problem that followed her into adulthood and beyond. By her early 30s, Sigel was married and expecting her daughter. It was a “completely clean pregnancy,” she said, but later she knew she’d need help to overcome substance abuse. All these years later, at 69, Sigel is happily sober. She’s an artist whose inked prints of fish and foliage decorate the walls of the tranquil apartment she shares with her husband. A “wanna-be grandma,” she volunteers with a children’s program at the Mill Creek Family YMCA. She plays mahjong there, exercises and leans toward a plantbased diet. “I’m a happy camper,” Sigel said recently. “That’s part of our deal with WFS.” She was talking about Women for Sobriety. The nonprofit was founded in 1975 by Jean Kirkpatrick, a Pennsylvania sociologist and author who overcame years of struggle with alcoholism — not the late Jeane Kirkpatrick, a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Reagan administration. “It’s an empowerment approach for women,” Sigel said. She spent 17 years in another recovery program. Although she said she stayed sober during those years


Artist Sooze Sigel has started a Women for Sobriety group that meets at the Mill Creek YMCA. She has been a member of the group for seven years in her previous home of Asheville, North Carolina, she was a group moderator.

Sooze Sigel’s artwork includes fine basketry she made after taking a class in pine needle weaving at the Schack Art Center.

— and for another seven years maintained abstinence “on my own” — Sigel feels Women for Sobriety better serves her needs and suits her philosophy. Last month Sigel started a local Women for Sobriety group that meets 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Mill Creek Family YMCA. It’s free and open to women 18 or older facing issues of alcohol or

chemical dependencies. “It’s difficult to walk in the door,” Sigel acknowledged, but she said there’s support to be found for those who do. With 10 or fewer women in an ideal-sized group, she said, meetings don’t focus on past failures, but “concentrate on the positive.” The organization’s mission statement, Sigel

said, speaks to women, with its premise “that addiction began to overcome stress, loneliness, frustration or emotional deprivation in daily life.” The abstinence-based self-help group employs a “New Life” program, which the mission statement says “acknowledges the very special needs women have in recovery — the need to nurture feelings of self-value and self-worth and the desire to discard feelings of guilt, shame, and humiliation.” Women for Sobriety emphasizes a positive selfimage with 13 “Acceptance Statements” that include “The past is gone forever.” At meetings, Sigel said members share “a positive for the week,” and if someone has an “urgent need” it is addressed. “And there’s a huge online community,” she said.

Sigel, who moved to Mill Creek two years ago from Asheville, North Carolina, said she’s been “a proud and enthusiastic member of Women for Sobriety for more than seven years.” For three years in Asheville, she moderated a Women for Sobriety meeting, known in the organization as a “faceto-face” group. She’s been retired about 10 years from her job as an art director with a New Jersey newspaper. After her daughter and son-in-law settled in Seattle, she and her husband of 20 years, Alan Sigel, moved to Mill Creek. While Women for Sobriety doesn’t emphasize the past, Sigel did share one episode that was a lesson in the grip alcohol could have on her life. While on a cruise for her 50th birthday, she said, “I thought maybe I’m cured.”

Soon after thinking she could drink moderately, she knew she was in trouble. Today, though, with the help and community she found through Women for Sobriety, she is so much more than a woman in recovery. In June, the YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding volunteers for 2018-2019. Sigel was recognized as the Mill Creek Y’s standout volunteer in the program area. Other honorees were named for volunteer work supporting YMCA policy, youth and financial development programs. At home in Mill Creek, Sigel’s artwork is on display in her living room and cozy studio. Along with her stunning prints, representations of fish and flora, are creations she made after taking a class in pine needle basket weaving at the Schack Art Center in Everett. And printed on a tote bag in her studio is a motto, which is also the title of a book by Women for Sobriety founder Kirkpatrick: “Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life.”


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This group helps girls find their ‘happy pace’ Girls on the Run promotes confidence and connections for third through eighth graders. By Andrea Brown Herald Writer


OUNTLAKE TERRACE — For these young runners, the finish line is years away. Girls on the Run is about the journey getting there. “It is not competitive, it’s not timed. It’s not about being first,” said Megan Wolfe, executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County. “It’s about moving your body and being healthy.” The after-school program is for third through eighth graders. Marlen Mercado-Ayala, 12, participated for three years. “My mom put me in it so I could exercise more,” Marlen said. “At first I didn’t want to go. I thought it was going to be strictly running and running.” It’s way more than running. “I really started to like it. I made so many more friends,” she said. “They teach you about leadership and empathy. If you’re having a bad day they’ll ask you what’s wrong and try to do anything to make it better.” Over 10 weeks, teams meet twice a week for 90 minutes. The lessons are themed through relay and tag. “Like sharks and minnows,” Marlen said. They get a lesson on a specific topic, such as friendship, feelings and how to handle peer pressure, gossiping and bullying.

The 10-week Girls on the Run of Snohomish County program ends with a 5K that isn’t a race. Girls move at their on pace.

“The girls are learning tools to take into their lives, to be in healthy friendships, what they want to be when they grow up and to make choices for themselves,” Wolfe said. “The whole time they are practicing running, too.” By teaching the social and emotional learning through active games, “The lessons tend to stick really well,” Wolfe said. “It combines sports and social-emotional learning into one. It is designed to show girls they can be active and sporty without being on a sports team.

They don’t have to be in a competitive sport to do active, healthy things.” The girls build up to a 5K at the end of the season. “When I was doing the 5K they were cheering us,” Marlen said. “They waited for everyone at the finish line and congratulated you.” Each team does a community service project. “The first year I did it we picked up trash around the school,” Marlen said. “The second year we made goodie bags to give to the homeless. The last one, we did a lemonade stand and sold cookies to make

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How to help The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls of all athletic abilities using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The program is accessible to girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. Girls on full scholarship also receive new running shoes. Donations help buy shoes and give more girls the opportunity to be a part of the program. New running shoes are also accepted. Volunteer coaches are needed at sites to help run the program. Volunteers get training and undergo background checks. Girls on the Run of Snohomish County is at 6505 218th St. SW, #14, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. Call 206931-7551, email or visit for more information.

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From left, Megan Wolfe, executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County, with participant Marlen Mercado-Ayala, 12, and Marlen’s mother, Laura Mercado-Ayala.

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are trained and must pass background checks. Wolfe launched the nonprofit in 2015. She became familiar with Girls on the Run Puget Sound while she was living in Seattle. When she moved to Snohomish County in 2014, she found that there wasn’t a similar program here. She contacted the international organization and raised more than $7,500 for seed money for the nonprofit. She helped recruit and create a ninemember board. Wolfe was a finalist in 2017 and 2018 for the Emerging Leaders award, which is presented annually by The Herald Business Journal. She has two sons, 5 and 8. Schools sign up until the end of the year. Registration for girls is in January.

“The girls are learning tools to take into their lives, to be in healthy friendships, what they want to be when they grow up and to make choices for themselves.” — Megan Wolfe, executive director, Girls on the Run of Snohomish County

The fee is $185, with sliding scale that can reduce it to $20. “Whoever needs that financial aid, we’re going to have it. We make sure we never have to turn a girl away,” Wolfe said. The girls on scholarship get a new pair of running shoes, thanks in part to corporate sponsors. “We buy them to get the sizes we can’t get elsewhere,” she said. “I go shoe shopping a lot in March.”

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Interfaith shelter finds creative ways to expand reach It’s one of the few shelters in the county that takes dads and older sons, allowing families to stay together. By Lizz Giordano Herald Writer


VERETT — There are few options in Snohomish County for families experiencing homelessness and even fewer if they don’t want to be split up. To stay together many move into their vehicles rather than enter separate shelters. The Interfaith Family Shelter in Everett offers another alternative to living on the street to those families that are able to secure a spot. It’s just one of two sites in the county that accepts dads and older sons, said Jim Dean, the executive director of the nonprofit. Barely halfway through November, the shelter had already received 80 phone calls from families looking for help. A safe parking lot was launched this year, nearly doubling the shelter’s

reach as demand for housing grows. Nestled into north Everett, the shelter can provide home to 11 families at a time. In a communal kitchen parents gather as kids wander through a maze of toys and high chairs moving between a courtyard and living room. Interfaith, which shares its roots with Housing Hope, was launched by the North Snohomish County Council of Churches in the late 1980s. The lowbarrier shelter has moved more than 460 families into permanent housing since 2010. “The search for housing starts the day they enter the shelter,” Dean said. Some families need a few hundred dollars and a place to stay for a few days to get back into housing. Or legal help resolving an eviction, in order to become self-sufficient once again, Dean said. Others require more long-term assistance and are connected with housing vouchers or a rapid-rehousing program. “You have to work every angle you LIZZ GIORDANO / HERALD FILE

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Jim Dean has been executive director of the Interfaith Association for Northwest Washington since 2007.

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“Families are moving through the program faster than expected,” Dean said. Seeing success, Interfaith wants to add another Cars to Housing site next year. And the organization is working with Marysville to take over a city-owned house which would add two more housing spaces. Interfaith is more than just a housing program. “If we want to change the trajectory of these families, education is a huge piece,” Dean said. “It’s crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty.” Julie Brenamen, Interfaith’s child and family advocate, works with families to ensure kids are registered for school or enrolled in daycare. Children experiencing homelessness tend to fall behind and are more likely not to complete school, said Brenamen, who runs a Learning Hour each weekday. “I’ve got the best job,” she said. And perhaps one of the more challenging at the shelter. She has to balance a wide age range and a classroom full of kids. “The goal is to instill the habit of coming home from school and doing homework,” she said.

Monroe’s Take the Next Step serves folks from all walks of life The nonprofit has programs for students, the homeless, low-income families and teen moms. By Joseph Thompson Herald Writer


ONROE — It’s a Tuesday night at Monroe Covenant

Church. The chairs usually arranged for a Sunday service are stacked in one corner of the room, except for a few that form a semicircle around the stage. Elementary-aged children, seated in chairs or on the ground, are reading alongside volunteers who range from middle and high school students to retirees. After reading it’s time for games. The kids crowd the stage and cheer as two stack red solo cups as fast as they can. Then, it’s time for singing and dancing, followed by a lesson in faith. The sometimes-calm, often-raucous, atmosphere is the scene of Kidz Club, a twice-a-week after school program run by Take the Next Step, a faith-based nonprofit in Monroe. But Kidz Club isn’t Take the Next Step’s only service. The nonprofit has programs for the homeless, lowincome families and teen moms, among others. “If you’re in a pickle, just come in and we’ll find someone to help you,” said Sarah Lunstrum, who does community outreach.

Another program is the nonprofit’s cold-weather shelter, located at New Hope Fellowship. The shelter, which opened for the first time in mid-November, is available when temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. About two-thirds of the guests are over the age of 60, Lunstrum said. Rising rents, loss of a spouse and medical bills are often causes of homelessness that aren’t talked about, she said. “It’s not just drug addiction,” she said. The nonprofit also runs a support group for teen moms called Growing Together. The group meets twice a month, usually one meeting for lessons on finances and life skills and another focused on fun activities, like a recent trip to a pumpkin patch. Back at Kidz Club, most of the kids come from Frank Wagner Elementary, where nearly 70% of students were eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches in 2018 based on family income, according to state data. Students bus from school to the church, where they get snacks and get help with school work in small groups. Chloe St. Germain

How to help Take the Next Step accepts volunteers for their drop-in center, Kidz Club, Growing Together and community dinners. Money and food donations are also needed. More info: (360) 794-1022;

started as an intern for Kidz Club when she was in high school. Since graduating from Kirkland-based Northwest University, she’s returned to lead the program as its director. She isn’t the only

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can to get people into housing,” Dean said. Dean and the crew of case managers stick to a strict 90-day limit to each family’s stay. This year, the average stay dropped to 68 days. There are exceptions made for families with newborns or if housing is lined up but is not quite ready. “It’s really critical people don’t get stuck,” Dean said. In the past Interfaith never kicked people out, he added. It was thought of as a shelter first, then housing program — now it’s the reverse. It’s families that aren’t willing to engage who leave the program before permanent housing is found, he said. “You just have another family waiting for that spot,” Dean said. “We’re still not coming close to meeting the needs of people who need housing.” More people are finding shelter through housing programs in the county, but the population of those experiencing homelessness continues to grow, data from this year’s Pointin-Time count shows. The annual survey counted a 30 percent increase in people without permanent shelter in 2019 over the previous year. Interfaith, always looking to expand its reach, partnered with Everett and Cascade View Presbyterian this year on a Cars to Housing program. It was the first sanctioned safe parking spot in the city. The project, funded by a city grant launched over the summer, nearly doubled the shelter’s reach. Five families at a time can park in a rarely used part of Cascade View’s parking lot. Interfaith provides case management. So far 13 families have gone through the program, nearly all of them moving into permanent housing or into a shelter.

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African American & Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about 1/2 the rate of whites in the passt year and Asian Americans at about 1/3 the rate.1

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is to give kids meaningful relationships with adults. That’s one aspect of building the “sources of strength” that prepare children for adulthood, she said. “A lot of kids have said no one had ever given them the opportunity to be a leader,” Lunstrum said. “It’s crazy what kids will do when you give them a leadership opportunity. They just take it and rise to it.” Frank Wagner Elementary also has a high percentage of Latino students and addressing cultural and language barriers was sometimes difficult, Take the Next Step founder Donna Olson said. That’s where Yesica Carmel comes in. She joined the nonprofit in January. By July, Carmel had worked with more than 170 Spanish-speaking families. “It especially helped with the parents,” Carmel said. Together, Carmel and Take the Next Step have connected Latino families with medical, legal and financial resources they previously may not have had access to. Immigration is the most requested topic, Lunstrum said. As the children gather their belongs and wait for their parents, a different set of volunteers prepares a free community dinner. In half an hour, the room will be filled with hungry people and families, plus plenty of food. The meals are donated by a rotating cast of partners and average attendance is about 70, but leftovers are given for most to take home. “Our volunteers really do make the magic happen,” Lunstrum said. Past meals include fried chicken, potatoes and other sides from the Rotary and ham and deviled eggs from Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

Michelle Guillen (left) and Victoria Castro leads Kidz Club in song.


Margaret Ray helps students with worksheets.

“We have a very generous community,” Lunstrum said. “Our guests really appreciate the home-cooked meals.” In December, the nonprofit begins its yearend donation campaign. Two families have signed

up to match all donations during the month up to $30,000. The campaign is how Take the Next Step earns most of its income, Lunstrum said. To donate, visit Take the Next Step’s website.

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Josh James (left) vacuums while Nels Garberg repairs a windshield chip on a client’s car at View Church’s Single Moms Car Care Day in Snohomish.

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The twice-a-year event in Snohomish by View Church has TLC for the cars — and for the moms By Andrea Brown Herald Writer


NOHOMISH — An oil change helped change her life. Susan Barrow was struggling raising three children on her own about 10 years ago when she went to an event offering free oil changes for single moms at View Church on Highway 9. Car services were a luxury item for her. “Going to get an oil change, you knew it was going to be 50 or 60 bucks,” Barrow said. “The first year when they looked at my car they said, ‘You have some pretty major stuff going on.’” Sure enough, her car

broke down not after that. “Through them, I was directed to a local mechanic (Hilltop Automotive). They did about $2,200 in getting my car repaired,” she said. At no charge. Barrow wasn’t a member of the church at the time, but she became one. She helps organize the Single Moms Car Care event that helped her so much. “Now I am giving back,” she said. Single Moms Car Care started 20 years ago. It is held twice a year, the Saturday before Mother’s Day and in mid-October. Moms are the majority, but all single parents are

welcome. “Single fathers have come through, and single grandmas who are raising grandchildren,” View Church lead pastor Kyle Veach said. About a dozen service bays operate at a time during the four-hour session, where the cars get serviced and detailed. “We can take about 160 cars,” Veach said. “From the moment they pull in the parking lot we want hospitality and care to be at the highest priority. They are greeted by a group of greeters to get checked in and valet service. Their car gets driven around to the Continued on next page

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Chris Day records car maintenance details at View Church’s Single Moms Care Care, held twice a year in Snohomish. PHOTOS BY KEVIN CLARK / THE HERALD

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back of the building for them.” The cars are cleaned and inspected. “The people who are back there are car savvy,” Veach said. “They’re checking off on their list: brakes, pads, this is going on with your car. It gives a sense of peace of mind to people who might not know the ins and outs of a vehicle. We give them to reliable people who we know aren’t going to take advantage of them.” The women get TLC as well. “We do manicures. We feed them either breakfast or lunch. They get free childcare,” Barrow said. “We had $40,000 worth of things that were given away. They get clothing, shoes, purses, gas cards, Safeway cards.” The church raised enough in donations to give every mom a $20 Safeway gift card in the fall

session. It’s a family event, with food, crafts and entertainment for the kids. Barrow collects items all year. “I have a storage unit of new clothes, shoes, purses, makeup,” she said. The car care program fits in with the mission of the church, which is otherwise not in the automotive biz. “These are things that we think Jesus would do, care for others,” Veach said. “There is such a great need. Anytime when you are on your own raising children, this is one area we can make sure that we care for people’s practical needs. A motto around here is we want to know and be known by our community.” In the fall session, Speedy Glass fixed window dings. “Almost 90 percent of the cars had some rock

How to help The View Church hosts a Single Moms Car Care twice a year at the church at 17210 Highway 9, Snohomish. Volunteers are needed to help with car care, manicures and child care. Donations of clothing, accessories and gift cards are needed. The next session is May 9, 2020. To get services, sign up online. More info: 360-668-6033;; www. chip repair, from minor to larger chunks taken out of the windshield,” Veach said. Automotive partners include

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Assistance League has helped 100,000 kids over the years Money from its Everett thrift store goes to wardrobes for school children and their families. By Stephanie Davey Herald Writer

EVERETT — Several young children hold white plastic bags full of clothing as they wait for their school bus outside of the Assistance League of Everett thrift shop. About 160 youngsters visit the building every week to pick out new wardrobes at no cost to their families. The program, called Operation School Bell, is one of many put on by the nonprofit organization on Evergreen Way. Each year, the local chapter brings in almost $1 million through thrift shop sales, fundraisers and donations. That money then goes to children and families in Snohomish County, and some is put toward college scholarships. The Assistance League of Everett is run by about 300 workers who are all volunteers. The Assistance League is a national organization that was founded in 1919 in California. The Everett chapter started in 1965 with a location on Hewitt Avenue. Its longest-standing member is Mary Elaine Burgess, who started to volunteer in 1968. The group moved south in 2003, when what is now Angel of the Winds Arena was built. So far, the Assistance League of Everett has served more than 100,000 students in the area through Operation School Bell. It’s one of the group’s main programs. Schools pick which students to go, usually based on whose family income qualifies for free and reduced lunches. They visit once a year between September and February. Each child receives three outfits, a winter coat, shoes, socks and underwear, a hat and gloves, plus a grooming kit. They also get to choose a book on their way out. Continued on next page


Volunteer Judi Drake dusts around teapots at the Assistance League of Everett on Nov. 18. The gruop sell items at their thrift store and donates the proceeds to Snohomish County families. All 300 people who help out are volunteers.

How to help The Assistance League of Everett thrift shop is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, at 5107 Evergreen Way. Proceeds go to children and families who live in Snohomish County. Donate items to the store between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more about becoming a volunteer and making donations online at www. everett. Volunteer Sandi Sharp picks out items to put on sale in a back room at the Assistance League.

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Volunteer Eunice Smith, left, and Sandi Sharp, right, talk with another volunteer in the Assistance League of Everett thrift store. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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Research has shown that children do better in school and have higher self-esteem when they have clean, wellfitting clothes, member Eileen Tietze said. “I think it’s important, at least to me it is important, to realize that it’s not just a kid here and a kid there,” Tietze said. “We make a difference for the whole community.” The organization also helps teenagers graduating high school. It hosts a few ceremonies for some of the county’s alternative high schools, and also helps out families who can’t afford all the costs. They contribute to graduation gowns, senior photos, yearbooks, tickets and prom expenses. Last year they gave to about 180 students. Chapter president Sally Joy believes graduation is one of the most special times of the year for the organization. “Those students have worked hard to get that one thing — a diploma,” she said. “To receive an award, it doesn’t matter that it’s to pay for their graduation expenses, it’s an award that they actually got and they are being honored

Volunteer Eunice Smith checks for stains and and other defects in clothing donations at the Assistance League of Everett.

with that, and it’s very important.” The Assistance League assists adults in a few ways as well. They provide Everett Community College scholarships, open to all students. They also partner with Housing Hope to provide people with basic household needs, such as bedding and kitchen supplies. Volunteering isn’t limited to adults. Teenagers can sign up, too. The younger generation helps with fundraising, and works one Saturday shift a month at the thrift shop to gain job experience. In the thrift shop’s display window a couple of weeks

ago, a maroon and cream colored piano accordion priced at $300 sat near some more common items, such as jewelry, glassware and clothing. Inside, shoppers browsed through rows of clothes and tables filled with holiday decorations. Volunteers organized in the back room — some sorted clothes and others priced silver to be moved out front. In another room away from the store, children who had just picked out new clothes played with one another. Some kept on their brand-new shoes. Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@; Twitter: @ stephrdavey.



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Foundation director’s one word to describe EvCC: ‘Opportunity’ Last year, the EvCC Foundation gave scholarships to 256 students. Araceli Daza is one of them. By Zachariah Bryan Herald Writer


VERETT — In college, books can be expensive. Araceli Daza knew that when she enrolled at Everett Community College. But the sticker shock is still real, she said. Since last year, she’s had to buy 17 books, adding up to hundreds of dollars, she said. She’s going to community college to save money. She doesn’t want to worry about loans, and doesn’t want to worry her parents — even though they’re more than supportive of her academic career. Luckily, a scholarship from the Everett Community College Foundation erased those worries. Thanks to the fund, Daza said she’s able to buy books and pay some of her tuition. And now she can focus on her academics. “I wanted to stay home and stay local for the first two years, to get the hang of everything,” she said. Daza is one of many students who have been supported by the foundation since its founding in 1984. Back then, the first foundation director Bill Deller “was walking down the street with a tin can, basically” recalled his son, Mike Deller, in a recent interview with The Daily Herald. The foundation grew, both in importance and in funding, after the Feb. 16, 1987 fire that burned down Cascade Hall — home to the college’s student union, library and cafeteria — and took the life of Gary Parks, an 18-year veteran of the Everett Fire Department. Afterward, the community donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of books, according to a book detailing the first 75 years of the college. In recognition of Parks, the foundation has since established a scholarship in his name and raised money for a bronze sculpture, depicting a firefighter’s jacket and helmet. A scholarship was named in his honor, as well. Now the nonprofit has assets


Araceli Daza enrolled at Everett Community College, and a scholarship from the Everett Community College Foundation helped erase worries about the cost.

totaling $5.6 million. In the 2018– 19 academic year, the foundation gave $416,000 in scholarships to more than 250 students. An additional $443,000 went toward 45 college programs. The average scholarship is $1,625. Foundation director John Olson said he’d like to see that number grow, as tuition and cost of living for students becomes more expensive. The foundation has a goal of doubling the number of scholarships over the next five years. Olson reflected on how many students at the college stay in the community. “The number of people who have come through here and gone on to be successful in the community is remarkable,” he said. “You’d be hard pressed to find someone in the community who hasn’t taken a class here.” Daza could be one of those

students, though she says she’s pondering going to a university out of state. She’s still figuring out what she wants to do with her life; she said she likes the idea of public administration, particularly in schools. She’s already involved herself in several leadership positions. In high school, she was part of five clubs. And this year at the college, she was selected to be president of the Associated Student Body. “I still don’t know how that happened,” she said. In Snohomish, her hometown, Daza also is a member of the school district’s Human Rights and Equity Team. There, she hopes to make the district more inclusive for people. For example, she said, the district currently sends emergency notices to parents in English, meaning non-English speaking parents may not fully grasp what’s

happening. She’d like to change that, she said. Olson used one word to describe the college: “Opportunity.” He said Everett Community College gives people a chance to pursue an education and learn new skills when that might not be possible elsewhere. For Daza, the college provides her the opportunity to learn what she wants to do in the future. The biggest challenge? “It’s figuring what you’re going to be doing,” she said. “It’s like great, I’m out of high school, then it’s like, wait, I have to do something, and I have to go somewhere, the transitioning can be hard.” But it’s OK for that transition to be hard, she said, because, really, nobody knows what they’re doing. Zachariah Bryan: 425-3393431; Twitter: @zachariahtb.

How to help The Everett Community College Foundation accepts monetary donations as well as in-kind gifts, including computers, furniture, tools and equipment that can be used in classrooms. People also can donate a vehicle through NW Charity Donation Service, with proceeds going toward the foundation. For a full list of ways to give, visit administration/foundation. Contact foundation director John Olson for more information at 425-388-9555 or

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cards, mittens, socks, hats, toys, personal hygiene products, school supplies and healthy snacks. Volunteers also welcome. More info: 425-258-2436,

These nonprofit groups provide services and help to children, families, seniors, students and service members — and in turn they depend on you. This holiday season, consider donating or becoming a volunteer. CHILDREN Arlington Kids’ Kloset, 135 S French St., Arlington, WA 98223, needs new or gently used clothing and coats for kids from age 4 through the teens. Needs include new shoes, pajamas, socks, underwear, gloves, scarves, hats, personal hygiene products and books. Preschool through high school students in the Arlington, Lakewood and Darrington school districts who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches are provided with free school wardrobes. Volunteers are needed. More info: 360-4354875, www.arlingtonkidskloset. com. Assistance League of Everett, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203, needs gift cards from local retailers for Operation

School Bell, which provides new clothing for kids in need from 14 school districts in Snohomish County. Assistance League runs a thrift store and provides financial aid to graduating high school seniors and Everett Community College students. Monetary donations also are accepted. More info: 425-2523011, assistanceleagueofeverett. org. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County, 10520 19th Ave. SE, Suite B, Everett, WA 98208, provides children facing adversity with professionally supported one-to-one relationships. To volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister or to make a donation, visit The Binky Patrol, which meets first Sundays (second Sundays

if a holiday) in Marysville, is a group of quilters, knitters and crocheters who make “binkies” for youth in traumatic situations. They also make quilts and blankets for senior citizens. Volunteers and donations of fabric, batting, yarn and thread are welcome. More info: 360659-7198. Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, 8223 Broadway, Suite 100 Everett, WA 98203, has 24 clubs in the Northwest, including those in Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Sultan, Tulalip, Coupeville and Oak Harbor. Needed are art supplies, board games, ping pong paddles and balls, pool sticks, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, gift

ChildStrive, 14 E Casino Road, Building A, Everett, WA 98208, partners with families and the community to support the success of children from infancy to age 5 through a nurse-family partnership, parents as teachers, early intervention and ECEAP preschool programs. Donations welcome. More info: childstrive. org, 425-353-5656. Christmas House, P.O. Box 717, Everett, WA 98206, is an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides qualifying low-income Snohomish County parents with an opportunity to select free holiday gifts for their children. The “store” is open select days and times through mid-December at the Everett Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers are especially needed Tuesdays to Fridays and on move-out day. Monetary donations encouraged. See the website for a list of drop-off locations for new gift donations. More info:, 425-338-2273. Clothes For Kids, 16725 52nd Ave. W., Unit B, Lynnwood, WA 98037, serves thousands of Snohomish County students

(preschool through 12th grade) each year by providing free, high-quality school wardrobes. Needed are financial contributions, new socks and underwear, athletic shoes, and new or gently-used clothing (sizes 3T through 3X adult). More info:, 425-7416500. Cocoon House, 3530 Colby Ave., Everett, WA 98201, provides shelter, transitional housing and support services to homeless and at-risk teens. The nonprofit needs cash donations; gift cards from Target, Fred Meyer, restaurants, coffee shops and barber shops and hair salons; movie passes; sleeping bags; new boys shoes; backpacks; new hooded sweatshirts; hand warmers; MP3 players and earbuds; umbrellas; bike locks and helmets; wallets; pajamas; new underwear; and extra-long twin sheets and towels. More info: 425-259-5802 ext. 110 or Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, 1509 California St., Everett, WA 98201, aims to be a place where every child in Snohomish County who is a victim of physical or sexual abuse can come to receive the professional care they need to be safe, seek justice, and heal. Financial donations are needed to support these programs. More info: 425-

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789-3000, Hand in Hand, , provides children with a safe, transitional place while they await foster care placement. Needed are cash donations, gift cards to local retailers ($25 increments if possible), new or gently used cold weather clothing for children ages birth to 12. Plenty of volunteer opportunities, too. More info: 425-374-2461, Institute for Family Development, North Puget Sound, 1712 Pacific Ave., Suite 102, Everett, WA 98201, aims to keep children safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing children into state-funded care through intensive in-home family counseling and skill-building programs. Donations welcome. More info: www.institutefamily. org, 425-374-4279. Kloz 4 Kidz, located at the United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270, offers free clothing and shoes to children in north Snohomish County. Needed are donations of new or gently used clean clothing, size 4 through adult. Money also is requested for new underwear and socks. More info:, 360658-1021. Mari’s Place for the Arts, at



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Project Linus volunteers make quilts and blankets to be given to Snohomish County kids who have experienced traumatic life events. Work parties are held each month; ask for a newsletter to receive details on days and times at different locations. Donations of completed blankets, batting, fabric and other sewing supplies also are welcome; see for a list of drop-off locations. More info: Diane, 425-252-4524, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots of South Snohomish County collects and delivers Christmas wishes to children from newborns to age 17. A warehouse is donated, and located, in the basement of Foundation Church, 2730 Oakes Ave., Everett. Monetary and new, unwrapped toys are accepted there. Or mail monetary donations to Toys for Tots, 6110 64th St. NE, Unit E 101, Marysville, WA 98270. More info: www., www.facebook. com/ Volunteers of America Western Washington, P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206, holds holiday Stuff-a-Bus drives to collect nonperishable food and toys 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at Fred Meyer Everett (Murphy’s Corner), 12906 Bothell-Everett Highway. Monetary donations also accepted online. More info: www. Work Force Development Center, 11400 Airport Road, Suite 100, Everett, WA 98204, offers a manufacturing apprenticeship program to students who are at risk of dropping out of high school to prepare them for graduation and the workforce. Monetary donations are welcome. A wish list of new tools and equipment is at More info:, 425-349-1800. YoungLives Everett-Mill Creek, a program of YoungLife, P.O.

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Box 3487, Everett, WA 98213, is a Christian outreach and support program for teen mothers. Monetary donations welcome, as well as diapers and baby wipes, mentors and childcare volunteers. More info: Youthville EmberHope, 3505 136th St. NE, Suite A, Marysville, WA 98271, is a faith-based foster care program. The group is in desperate need of more foster homes. Minimum qualifications: must be 21 years or older, in good physical and mental health, financially stable, able to pass a background check, and have compassion for youth from hard places. Foster youth can share bedrooms with a family’s children. More info: or info@

SCHOOLS School and college foundations partner with local public school districts and colleges to provide scholarships, classroom grants, and other programs that support students, teachers, faculty and staff. Arlington Education Foundation, 135 S French Ave., Box A, Arlington, WA 98223. More info: www.arlingtonedfoundation. org, 360-435-1337. Foundation for Edmonds School District, P.O. Box 390, Lynnwood, WA 98046. More info:, 425431-7260. Edmonds Community College Foundation, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98036. More info:, 425640-1274. Everett Community College Foundation, 2000 Tower St., Everett, WA 98201. More info:, 425388-9555. Everett Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 3112, Everett, WA 98213. More info:, 425-385-4695. Granite Falls Education Foundation. More info: Linda Hall at 360-283-4316. Lake Stevens Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1495, Lake Stevens, WA 98258. More info:, 425-3353317. Lakewood Education Foundation, P.O. Box 55, N. Lakewood, WA 98259. More info: www.lwsd. Marysville School District Foundation, 4220 80th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270. More info: Marysville Rotary Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1875, Marysville, WA 98270. More info: Monroe Public Schools Foundation, 200 East Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272. More info:, 360-8044317. Mukilteo Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 753, Mukilteo, WA 98275. More info:, 425-3566690. Snohomish Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1312, Snohomish, WA 98291. More info: www., 360-568-5292. Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation, P.O. Box 1209, Stanwood, WA 98292. In addition to scholarship programs, this group also supports various community efforts. More info:, 360-474-7086. Sultan Education Foundation, P.O. Box 541, Sultan, WA 98294. More info: 425-238-2651.

HEALTH Camp Brian, 5002 Narbeck Ave., Everett, WA 98203, provides assistance, resources and financial grants to individuals and families affected by Parkinson’s disease, particularly early onset patients. The all-volunteer group welcomes donations. More info: Cascade Valley Health Foundation, 875 Wesley St., Suite 240, Arlington, WA 98223, aims to improve the health and safety of Arlington, Darrington and the surrounding areas through education, outreach and strong community partnerships. Donations welcome. More info: 360-386-9918, Everett Recovery Cafe offers a refuge from the streets for those who have struggled with addiction or homelessness. Open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, it offers lunch, groups called Recovery Circles and other programs. The cafe is temporarily located in Everett’s United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller Ave., and is renovating space in the Everett Public Market building that’s expected to open in 2020. More info: Evergreen Recovery Centers is a chemical dependency intervention and treatment organization with 11 recovery centers, including residential and outpatient programs in Everett and Lynnwood. Monetary donations can be made at www. Other donation requests include new or lightly used baby and children’s clothing, clothing for men and women of all sizes, toys and games, art and knitting supplies,

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425-493-5310. EvergreenHealth Monroe Foundation, 14701 179th Ave. SE, Suite 204, Monroe, WA 98272, raises money for near and long-term needs, healthcare education and more at the Monroe hospital. A volunteer-run gift shop also needs volunteers. More info:, 360-805-6304. National Alliance on Mental Illness of Snohomish County, P.O. Box 12487, Everett, WA 98206, provides free classes, support groups and advocacy for individuals that have a mental illness, for parents of children with behavioral health issues, and for the family members and friends who support individuals with mental health issues. More info: namisnohomishcounty. org.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, MS 313641, P.O. Box 3641, Seattle, WA 98124, aims to support the lifelong sexual health of all people. If you are interested in volunteering for the Everett, Lynnwood and Marysville health centers, send an email to Nicole at For more information on donating to Planned Parenthood, visit or call 800-430-4907. Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County, PO Box 5634, Everett, WA 98206, provides education and tangible resources to women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The group does not perform or refer for abortions. Needed are new or gently used maternity and baby items. For info: 425-339-2175, www. Providence General Children’s Association, P.O. Box 13228, Everett, WA 98206, is an all-volunteer group divided into guilds that raise money for the healthcare needs of children, Camp Prov and more. Shop for holiday items at two gift shops on the Providence campuses, donate, join a guild, or volunteer. More info: http://tinyurl. com/ProvCA. Providence General Foundation, P.O. Box 1067, Everett,


7, Everett, WA 98206, provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, confidential emergency shelter, supportive housing, legal advocacy, support groups, children’s programs and teen dating violence education and prevention education classes. The nonprofit operates the New & Again Thrift Shoppe, 3010 Grand Ave., Everett. Volunteer opportunities and a list of needed items are available at More info: 425-259-2827.

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Next Step Pregnancy Services, 19526 64th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98037, offers ultrasounds and supports women facing unplanned pregnancies. The group does not perform or refer for abortions. Needed are diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, blankets, booties and bibs. More info: 425-329-4569, www.

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Everett Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 423, Everett, WA 98206, offers emergency shelter and services that meet basic needs. Find a list of needs at www. Donations can be dropped off at the men’s shelter at 3711 Smith Ave. Volunteers also welcome. More info:, 425-740-2500.


Rane Robinson, of Mountlake Terrace, selects gifts for two teenage girls at Christmas House. “It’s pretty hard day today — without this, there probably would be no Christmas,” she said. WA 98206, helps support the mission and work of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Donations welcome. More info:, 425-258-7500. Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation, Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201, welcomes donations and volunteers. Donate money for hospice and home care (including pediatric care), sponsor a child to attend Camp Erin, donate money toward in-home patient care equipment, or volunteer. More info:, 425-261-4822.

program has a strong need for more volunteers. Donations and sponsors also welcome. Sponsors help provide financial support so that more at-risk adults can participate in programs. More info: 425-327-5533, www. Arc of Snohomish County, 2500 Hewitt Ave., Suite 300, Everett, WA 98201, advocates for and supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families for a lifespan. Donations and volunteers welcome. More info: www., 425-258-2459.


Eagle Wings disAbility Ministries, 1624 Grove St. (Suite D), P.O. Box 1122, Marysville, WA 98270, provides support for adults with disabilities and their caregivers and families. Monetary donations and volunteers are needed. Volunteers can host an event, serve lunch or dinner at a celebration, make phone calls just to say hello, answer phones or prepare mailings in the office, lead a small group for monthly gatherings, or volunteer at the new Marysville Tulalip Integrated Learning Center. More info: eaglewingsministries. org, 360-658-6093.

All Aboard, 2913 W Marine View Drive, Everett, WA 98201, is an activities program for adults with special needs. The growing

Homage Senior Services, 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, helps seniors and people with disabilities continue to live

Safe Harbor Free Clinic, 7209 265th St. NW, Suite 203, Stanwood, WA 98292, provides free, professional health-care services to more than 1,600 patients each year. Volunteer help is needed from medical care providers and people able to help with data entry. Donations and dinners for volunteers also are welcome. More info: 425-870-7384,

in their homes and maintain independence with meal delivery, nutrition, transportation, home repair and other services. More info:, 425-265-2294 (philanthropy) or 425-740-3787 (volunteers). Quilceda Community Services, PO Box 425, Marysville, WA 98270 (mailing), 9610 48th Drive NE, provides residential care and the Willow Place recreation program for adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers and donations are welcome. More info: www. quilcedacommunityservices. org, 360-653-2324. Sherwood Community Services, 402 91st Ave. NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258, provides innovative, inclusive services to children and adults with disabilities in their communities. More info: www.sherwoodcs. org, 425-334-4071. Snohomish County Council of the Blind, 2721 Lincoln Way, Apt. D305, Lynnwood, serves the visually impaired, legally blind and totally blind with activities and advocacy. Donations welcome. More info:, 425-293-9601. Village Community Services, 3210 Smokey Point Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, WA 98223, provides residential and employ-

ment services to Snohomish County adults with disabilities and other life challenges. At the top of this year’s wish list are musical instruments, sound equipment, and a van for Voices of the Village. Items not used by the band will be auctioned at the annual Voices of the Village Musical Auction fundraiser. More info: Michelle Dietz, mdietz@ or 360-653-7752 ext. 14. Washington Vocational Services, 111 SE Everett Mall Way, Building C, Everett, WA 98208, matches individuals with disabilities to jobs based on the employee’s talents and the specific needs of the employer. Donations appreciated. More info:, 425-7743338. Beck’s Place, P.O. Box 562, Monroe, WA 98272, aims to keep humans and their pets together when times are tough by providing a variety of basic needs services for both. Foster homes are needed to temporarily house pets while owners seek housing, treatment or medical care. Human hygiene and household cleaning supplies also are needed. Donations welcome. More info:, 425-419-8992. Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, P.O. Box

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Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington, P.O. Box 12824, Everett, WA 98206, provides emergency housing and other programs for homeless and low-income families. Needed are gas cards, grocery cards, and small household items such as cutlery, dishes and bowls. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of tasks. Donate online, or by check through the mail. More info: 425-252-6672, Lutheran Community Services Northwest Community Resource Centers, 115 NE 100th St., Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98125, with locations in Arlington, Everett and Lynnwood. Needs include personal hygiene supplies, nonperishable food, winter coats, hats and gloves, diapers, holiday toys and games, cash donations and volunteers. More info: 206-694-5700, lcsnw. org/program/family-supportcenters. Victim Support Services, P.O. Box 1949, Everett, WA 98206, provides advocacy services and limited financial assistance to crime victims who need gas, grocery or hardware store gift cards. More info: 888-288-9221, 425-252-6081, Volunteers of America Western Washington, P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206, provides shelter for homeless mothers and their children while creating a path to independence and selfsufficiency at Maud’s House. Monetary donations welcome. More info:

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Continued from previous page 98201, provides shelter, food and immediate emergency assistance to victims of house fires, floods and other disasters. Offers health and safety courses and supports military families. To volunteer, visit volunteer. More info: 425-2524103.

HOUSING Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, 16929 Highway 99, Suite, 100, Lynnwood, WA 98037, seeks volunteers for their stores in Everett (2302 Broadway) andLynnwood (16929 Highway 99), which help fund the organization’s mission. Donations of furniture, appliances, construction materials and tools are also appreciated. Other volunteer opportunities include committee work, office assistance and group build days for a Gold Bar Veterans Build. Volunteer or donate online. More info:habitatsnohomish. org, 425-258-6289.

Annie’s Community Kitchen, a service of Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23525 84th Ave. W, Edmonds, WA 98026, provides a free hot meal 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Volunteers welcome; help is needed each day of the week. More info: annieskitchen.edmondslutheran. org. Catholic Community Services, 1918 Everett Ave., Everett, WA 98201, provides veterans services, housing, foster care, layettes for expectant and new mothers, and mental health and case management to vulnerable populations. Needed are housewares, towels, bedding, cleaning supplies, groceries, clothing, gas cards and money. Donations of toys, coats and school supplies are also appreciated for children in foster care. More info: 425257-2111, Community Foundation of Snohomish County, 2823 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201, connects people, opportunities and resources through grant making and by offering free training and workshops to local nonprofits. The Foundation manages more than 139 charitable funds. Donations can be made to specific funds or to causes, like education, human services, or arts and culture. More info:, 425212-4056. Community Resource Center of Stanwood Camano, 9612 271st NW, P.O. Box 935, Stanwood, WA 98292, provides a variety of social, health, educational and financial programs for families, youth and the community. Programs include a used bookstore, a teen center, and classes for adults, teens and preschoolers. Donations to support these programs are appreciated. More info: www., 360-629-5257. Granite Falls Community Coalition, P.O. Box 1947, Granite Falls, WA 98252, focuses on programs that help build a safe, healthy and drug-free community with a primary focus on the essential needs of people. The group operates a food bank, homeless backpack program, school backpack program, and drug and alcohol awareness and intervention programs. More info:, gfcommunitycoali-


Meals on Wheels delivery driver Bruce Rhodes (left) shares a photo he captured on his cellphone camera with Homage Senior Services CEO Steve McGraw. Hope Crew Outreach gets together Sunday afternoons to help feed the homeless. It relies on donated supplies, including from Franz bakeries. Volunteers welcome. More info: www. Leadership Snohomish County, 808 134th St. SW, Suite 101, Everett, WA 98204, is committed to county-specific leadership development through a variety of programs, including the largest racial equity conference in the region. Program graduates are found in nonprofit, business and government work across the area. Donations welcome yearround for program support and scholarships. More info: www., 425-508-5872. Neighbors in Need at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, provides breakfast, showers, nurse care, haircuts, laundry, food and clothing every Saturday morning, as well as weekly support to homeless and at-risk youth and an emergency cold weather shelter. Volunteers and donations welcome. Clothing and travel-size toiletries are always needed. More info: North Snohomish County Outreach, P.O. Box 3339, Arlington, WA 98223, raises funds and provide the resources for people to do a load of laundry, have a meal and get a shower in North Snohomish County communities. More info: 360-925-6209 or St. Vincent de Paul of Snohomish County, 6424 Broadway, P.O. Box 2269, Everett, WA 98213, provides help with food,

utilities, rent, clothing, furniture, household items and more. It operates two thrift stores where donations can be dropped off (6424 Broadway, Everett and 17150 W Main St., Monroe). See website for hours and donation restrictions, along with volunteer information. More info: Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, 2531 Broadway, Everett WA 98201, has used bikes and parts for sale, and lets everyone use its special bike tools and expert advice for free. The shop welcomes volunteers yearround and for special efforts, such as refurbishing kids bikes to donate to Christmas House. Cash donations support services for people who rely on bikes for transportation. More info: 425252-6952, Snohomish County Music Project, P.O. Box 1006, Everett, WA 98206, focuses on making communities stronger through music. Programs include clinical music therapy services for veterans, individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, youth affected by environmental trauma, and others. Volunteer opportunities for audiovisual engineers, administrative support, event assistance, and more. Donations welcome. More info:, 425-258-1605. Take the Next Step, 202 S. Sams St., Monroe, WA 98272, serves people in need in east Snohomish County with a Drop-in Center, offering immediate assistance, a cold weather shelter, community dinners, life skills classes, a teen parent group, after-school kids program and more. Throughout the year,

volunteers and donations of diapers, sleeping bags, and cash are appreciated. More info:, 360-794-1022, United Way of Snohomish County, 3120 McDougall Ave., Suite 200, Everett, WA 98201, supports five cross-sector “Collaboratives” — groups of community partners with a shared action plan — working together on long-term solutions for children birth to age 8 and their families struggling to get by. Donations to its CORE Fund support a total of 68 partners and 17 basic needs programs. Volunteers also welcome. More info: Volunteers of America Western Washington, P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206, operates the Sky Valley Family Service Center in Sultan, a community-based campus providing services to children, families, and seniors. Volunteers and donations welcome. More info: www.voaww. org. YMCA of Snohomish County, 4730 Colby Ave., Everett, WA 98201, has branches in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mukilteo, Stanwood-Camano, and is a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate. It focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility and strengthening communities. Donations welcome. More info: 425-374-5769, YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish, 3301 Broadway, Everett, WA, 98201, provides housing and support services throughout Snohomish County in an effort to eliminate racism and to empower women, among other goals. Toys, teen gifts and gift

Housing Hope, 5830 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203, provides affordable housing and social services for low-income and homeless families in Snohomish County and on Camano Island. Donation requests include gift cards from local grocery stores, as well as cleaning supplies for welcome baskets for families moving into their new homes. Adopt a classroom at Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center, or volunteer to help a family build their new home. More volunteer and donation opportunities are listedonline. More info: www.housinghope. org, 425-347-6556.

ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERANS Fallen Hero Portrait Project accepts monetary donations through The Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation, 7106 175th Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026, to keep the program going. Artist Michael Reagan gives free portraits to families of people who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. More info: www. Hero Quilters of StanwoodCamano provides quilts for wounded soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at military hospitals in Afghanistan. People can help sew or donate money to American Hero Quilts at More info: sharonsseams2b@yahoo. com. Navy League of Lake Washington and Everett, PO Box 547, Bellevue, WA 98009, educates the public and lobbies Congress about the Sea Services, and promotes the SeaServices among youth through programs like the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Naval ROTC and Junior NROTC. More info:, Northwest Veterans Museum, located in the Wicker Building

at Heritage Park, 19921 Poplar Way, Lynnwood, displays exhibits of patriotic, military and war-related artifacts and memorabilia. Donations accepted. Volunteers encouraged to apply. More info:, 206-390-9982. Operation Homefront has a regional office in Everett. The national nonprofit supports military families with financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into long-term struggles. Volunteer or donate. More info: www.

FOOD BANKS Arlington Community Food Bank, 19118 63rd Ave. NE, Arlington, WA 98223, needs fruit, tuna, canned meat, canned vegetables, and both adult and children’s diapers. Cash donations and new volunteers are always welcome. More info:, 360435-1631. Edmonds Food Bank, a Carol Rowe Memorial, is located at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA 98020. Food, monetary donations and volunteers are needed year-round. Cash and new toys for Christmas gifts also are needed. More info: 425-778-5833, Concern for Neighbors Food Bank, 4700 228th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043, welcomes food and cash donations. More info:, concern4neighborsfoodbank@yahoo. com, 425-778-7227. Granite Falls Community Coalition Food Bank, operating out of Father’s House Church at 402 S Granite Ave., mailing address P.O. Box 1947, Granite Falls, WA 98252, needs donations of nonperishable food items, fresh food such as eggs and produce, personal care items such as hand sanitizer and body wash, and small clothing items, such as gloves, hats and socks. Volunteers also are needed to work with computers, help with bookkeeping or drive to pick up and deliver food. A capital campaign is underway, and project managers are needed for fundraising and grant-writing. More info: 360-691-4253, granitefallsfb@ Lake Stevens Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 1031, Lake Stevens, WA, 98258, is located in the basement of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE. The food bankneeds

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The Daily Herald GIVING Continued from previous page perishable and non-perishable food as well as monetary donations. Sponsor a family for $20 a month, or adopt a family for Christmas for $25. Drop off donations 9 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. More info: 425-334-3430, www. Lynnwood Food Bank, 5320 176th St. SW, Lynnwood, needs nonperishable food, monetary donations and volunteers. More info: 425-745-1635, Maltby Food Bank, 21104 86th Ave. SE, Snohomish, WA 98296, needs donations of food, cash and toiletries year-round. For the holiday season, specific needs include hams,olives, stuffing, gravy, Jell-O, pudding, canned fruit, flour and sugar, as well as winter clothing. Donate gifts for children, gift cards for teens, and gift cards to gas or grocery stores for seniors by Dec. 12. More info:, 360-668-7900. Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store, 4150 88th St. NE, P.O. Box 917, Marysville, WA 98270, needs food and cash, as well as holiday foods and toys, giftcertificates and movie tickets. Donations are accepted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings as well as Tuesday afternoons at the food bank. Volunteers are always welcome. More info: 360-658-1054, Mill Creek Community Food Bank, located at Gold Creek Community Church, 4326 148th St. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012, is sponsored by Hope Creek Charitable Foundation.More info: 425-876-7158. Mukilteo Food Bank is located at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo, WA 98275. Donations and volunteers welcome. More info: 425-366-8229,www. Salt of the Earth Food Bank, 2908 118th Place SE, Everett, WA 98208, has eight locations in Snohomish County and a soup kitchen, feeding more than 1,000 people a week.The all-volunteer group welcomes more help, as well as nonperishable and cash donations year-round. Turkey, ham and all the trimmings are needed around the holidays.More info: Steve Marth at 360-805-1030,

Salvation Army of Snohomish County, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201, is in need of donations of cash and nonperishable food items for its food bank and for holiday meals. To arrange for a truck to pick up donations, call 800-SATruck. More info: 425-259-8129, Sky Valley Food Bank, 233 Sky River Parkway (facility), P.O. Box 724 (mailing), Monroe, WA 98272, seeks food and cash donations to help it serve about 1,200 families each month. Donations can be dropped off Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Monetary donations help buy food in bulk. More info: 360-794-7959, Snohomish Community Food Bank, 1330 Ferguson Park Road (facility), P.O. Box 1364 (mailing), Snohomish, WA, 98291, is open to accept donations 9 a.m.-noon Mondays,Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Fridays, and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Hams needed for Christmas meals by Dec. 17. More info: 360-5687993,, director@snohomishfoodbank. org. Stanwood Camano Food Bank and Thrift Store, 27030 102nd Ave. NW, P.O. Box 1285, Stanwood, WA 98292, accepts donations of nonperishable food, money and thrift store items. Special collections this month include food for holiday baskets; warm coats for kids; toys, stocking stuffers, clothing and games (all new); baby food, formula and diapers (sizes preemie, 4, 5 and 6); personal care items; and extra food for a school backpack program to fill the holiday break. More info: 360-629-2789, Volunteers of America Western Washington, P.O. Box 839, Everett, WA 98206, operates food banks in Everett and Sultan. VOA also serves as a distribution center for 21other food banks and pantries in Snohomish County. Donations are especially needed during the holiday season to help purchase holiday meal items. More

ANIMALS Camano Animal Shelter Association, 198 Can Ku Road on Camano Island, P.O. Box 1726, Stanwood, WA 98292, is an animal welfare organization

and no-kill shelter. Adopt an animal, volunteer, or donate. More info: 360-387-1902, www.

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Everett Animal Shelter, 333 Smith Island Road, Everett, WA 98201, welcomes volunteers and those willing to foster animals. Donations welcome, too. More info: 425-257-6000,


NOAH Center, 31300 Brandstrom Road, Stanwood, WA 98292, aims to stop the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless cats and dogs through adoption andlow-cost spay and neuter services. Volunteers and donations welcome. See descriptions of volunteer roles, like that of Matchmaker Assistant, on the website. More, 360-629-7055.


PAWS, P.O. Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046, runs wildlife and companion animal shelters. Foster an animal, volunteer or donate. More info:,volunteers@ Purrfect Pals, 230 McRae Road NE, Arlington, WA 98223, operates a shelter and adoption centers for cats and kittens, especially older cats, cats with major medical needs,cats with chronic illnesses and other cats not easily adoptable. Volunteer, foster or sponsor a pet, or donate cash or cat food supplies. Adoptable cats are at the shelter and PetSmart stores in Everett and Lynnwood. More info: 360652-9611, Humane Society at HappyPaws Farm, 19933 Old Burn Road in Arlington (facility), 8304 Wayne Ave., Stanwood, WA 98292 (mailing), is a no-kill shelter for special needs dogs and cats and also runs an animal food bank for low-income pet owners. Needed are donations for vet care and to finish a feral cat shelter. Volunteers also are needed for maintenance, electrical and plumbing work, concrete laying and fencing. Dog and cat food always welcome. More info: 360-6525844,, www. Triple B Foundation for Pet Therapy, 36121 160th St. SE, Sultan, WA 98294, brings registered pet therapy teams including miniature horses and a dog to health care facilities and correctional institutions to help people better cope with health problems. Donations welcome. More info: 360-722-0472, www.


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