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posted Friday, November 1, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 44
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter: on the brink of a new home
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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter: on the brink of a new home

SEATTLE (October 31, 2019) - The ROOTS (Rising Out Of The Shadows) Young Adult Shelter, the largest emergency shelter of its kind in the state, has announced record-breaking donations coming out of its annual fundraiser, Rise Up for Homeless Young Adults (Rise Up). The 2019 Rise Up was ROOTS's most lavish gala to date, held at the University District's art deco hotel Graduate Seattle on Friday, October 25, 2019.

The sold-out masquerade ball resulted in nearly $450,000 in donations in a single night. That's over double what the organization typically sees at its annual fundraiser. 'To be in the position we are today - with a new home and an unprecedented challenge to increase our operating budget to support it - the generosity from our community feels really good,' said Arthur Padilla, ROOTS interim executive director.

ROOTS has been a self-sustaining cash-flow-positive organization for 20 years; however, the loss of its current lease and subsequent purchase of its new home - with all its possibilities - is a financial challenge. Located in the heart of Seattle's University District on 19th Avenue NE, the 18,000-square-foot space positions ROOTS to serve more unsheltered people and [offers] the opportunity to partner with other like-minded organizations.

The gala was the beginning of a capital campaign to rebuild the new space and become a hub to give wraparound services to young adults aged 18-25 experiencing life on the streets. The evening's emcee was Sasha Summer Cousineau, and the programming included live performances by talented individuals who have or are currently unsheltered between dinner courses. Artists included Duo Reves, ROOTS guest C., ROOTS guest RayShugga, Shawn, and Arya. Speakers included Dean Alan Architects principal Angela Gee, ROOTS interim executive director Arthur Padilla, and incoming permanent executive director Jerred Clouse.

ROOTS would like to thank the Rotary in University District for their continued support. With gratitude, [ROOTS] would like to thank all the sponsor levels, including, Shelter Level sponsors Beeks Family Legacy, Dean Alan Architects PLLC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lynn & Bruce Gibson, WSECU, and Graduate Hotels; Bed Level sponsors Merrill A Bank of America Company, J&W Residential, SMEAD Capital Management, Anne Fitzpatrick & Peter House, the Shapiro Family Foundation, the Brettler Foundation; Blanket Level sponsors Google, HomeStreet Bank, Paul & Jeffry Pyatt, and University of Washington; Pillow Level sponsors Banner Bank, Nintendo of America Inc.; and in-kind-level sponsors Alphagraphics Seattle, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, MOD Pizza, and Theo Chocolates.

Founded in 1999 with the vision that everyone deserves a safe place to call home, ROOTS (Rising Out Of The Shadows) was Seattle's first overnight shelter designed to meet the unique needs of homeless young adults aged 18-25 years. The organization's mission is to build community and foster dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing life on the streets. Since its inception, ROOTS has served over 8,500 unique guests and provided them with hot dinner, breakfast, laundry, showers, clean clothing, hygiene items, and referral services. In 2017, ROOTS added on-site case management, which resulted in 87 guests exiting shelter into housing, and in 2018 showed an increase of over 100 guests placed in housing. With young adults and other low-income persons in mind, ROOTS advocates for social justice and long-term solutions for the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.ROOTSinfo.org.

Courtesy of ROOTS

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