SPU donates furniture to United Indian Youth Home
Posted on August 15th, 2014 by Sara
Donated beds, mattresses, bureaus and couches give homeless shelter much needed upgrade. Photo from www.unitedindians.org
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation received a significant gift of lightly used dormitory furniture from Seattle Pacific University earlier this month. Building Maintenance staffers at SPU delivered the donated furniture to the United Indians Transitional Youth Shelter in Greenwood, Seattle. The 25 sets of dormitory furniture were critically needed by the long running residence that provides transitional housing, rehabilitative services and counseling for homeless youth of all backgrounds.
“We hold our hands up in gratitude to Seattle Pacific University,” said UIATF Board Chair Jeff Smith (Makah). “SPU’s donation came at just the right time. Our old furniture was just not serviceable, and we were despairing of finding replacements” Seattle Pacific University’s generosity means that the United Indians Labeteyah youth home will be able to continue providing essential services to the regions homeless youth.
“Labateyah Youth home is currently under-funded and we were very concerned about how we could replace our unusable furniture. Seattle Pacific University’s gift is wonderful. You should see the residents’ smiles.” said Labeteyah Youth Home Manager, Jenna Gearhart.
“We are happy to be able to help out United Indians and their Youth homeless shelter, and put the older dorm furniture to good use,” said Seattle Pacific University’s Associate Director for Building Maintenance, John Mansfield. “Its gone to a good home, and we are happy it didn’t have to go to a landfill.”
About United Indians Labateyah Youth Home:
Founded in 1992, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Labateyah Youth Home provides transitional housing and a host of services for homeless young people, ages 18-24, with a special focus on Native American youth. In its history, Labateyah Youth Home has served over 1,900 residents, over 1,200 of whom have gone on to permanent housing destinations.
United Indians Youth Home, Labateyah (meaning “the transformer” in in the Lushootseed language) provides a safe and nurturing dormitory-style home. Support services include counseling, access to medical care, assistance with school placement, and job training. Coaches work with residents to develop personal plans for self-sufficiency. For over two decades, Labateyah’s winning balance of support and accountability has given youth in transition a starting point for dreams.