From housing services and affordable health and dental care, to child care and multicultural services, the various agencies work together to provide services their clients need.
“They talk to one another,” said Together Center CEO Pam Mauk about the various organizations on their campus.
Together Center is happy to announce the addition of Kim Loveall Price of Woodinville to its Board of Directors.
Loveall Price is Principal in Loveall Price & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm for nonprofits.
“Together Center is a rare community gem. Access to services is so vital,” Loveall Price said. “I want to help preserve and expand Together Center’s mission.”
Beginning July 15, Open Doors for Multicultural Families began providing services at Together Center in Suite B-9 (off the courtyard in Building B).
The mission of Open Doors for Multicultural Families (Open Doors) is to ensure that diverse families who have family members with developmental disabilities and special health care needs have equal access to culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources, and services. The agency promotes culturally competent services through community collaboration, training and partnerships.
At Together Center, Open Doors staff will support for new immigrant families who have family members with special needs. Families will receive help navigating social services and school systems using the languages of clients or with language interpretation, if needed. Open Doors will also provide Parent Support Groups that will be facilitated in clients’ own spoken languages. Currently, monthly groups are conducted in Chinese, Korean and Somali at Open Doors Kent office.
Open Doors Board Member Vivien Koo (pictured) noted, “We are very excited by the opportunity to expand our services to East King County, where there is such a high immigrant population and our programs are much needed. In addition, joining a campus of 20 health and human service agencies will help us quickly build partnerships and make a difference.”
Together Center hosted its second annual fundraising breakfast on March 25, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, and raised $47,385 to further its work to ensure people find help when they need it. Approximately 175 people attended the event, including Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who spoke, King County Council Members Kathy Lambert and Claudia Balducci, and more than a dozen city council representatives from throughout the area, including Redmond Council Members Angela Birney, Hank Myers, Byron Shutz, and John Stilin.
The event is named Together Strong after the benefit of strength in numbers that agencies and their clients experience at the Center. Together Center is home to 20 health, housing, and human service agencies serving over 25,000 each year from throughout East King County at the campus.
Beginning this week, the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) began providing information and support at Together Center. Each Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm, MCRC volunteers will be available in Together Center’s Advocate Office off the lobby (Suite A-8) at Together Center’s Front Door….
Together Center is happy to announce the addition of Linda Atkins of Enumclaw, Byron Shutz of Redmond, and Azim Walli of Kirkland to its Board of Directors.
Atkins is an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine in Bellevue. She was on the Center’s first Board in the 1990s and has provided periodic legal assistance since that time, most recently as a pro bono advisor for a replication effort. She was a founding member of the Enumclaw Schools Foundation, and volunteers with Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP).
Redmond City Council Member Shutz has been an ambassador for the Center and recently served on its finance and property operations committee. A Redmond Kiwanian, he is a member of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation Advisory Board and has been involved in a variety of school advocacy roles.
After first addressing wood rot in supporting beams, Together Center is now well on its way to a new double coat of paint and refreshed color scheme thanks to major support from local foundations.
A grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing (ECF) of $40,000 ensured that the Center would proceed with the painting project. ECF is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program making a positive impact since 1951.
$10,000 gifts were also received from each of the following: the D.V. and Ida J. Charitable Trust, the Joshua Green Foundation and The Norcliffe Fund. The Archibald Charitable Foundation made a $2,500 gift and Microsoft has pledged $10,000 for event sponsorship and capital needs.
Beginning in November, Eastside residents will find it easier to find one-on-one support for a range of needs thanks to additions to Together Center’s Advocate Office. Seattle Vet Center, Consejo Counseling & Referral, and Senior Services, will bring providers one day each week to Suite A-8 at Together Center’s Front Door.
Together Center announced today that it is concluding efforts to establish a human services campus in Issaquah. Lead volunteers Margaret Moore and John Rittenhouse, who have worked on the effort since 2006, and Pam Mauk, CEO of Together Center, the lead agency for the effort, met with City officials to inform them that the effort will not come to fruition.
The Alliance of Eastside Agencies (AEA) presented its Awards for Outstanding Service in Human Services earlier this month (June 3) at Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue. Among the recipients was Microsoft, honored as Business of the Year, thanks to a nomination by Together Center. Jim Stanton, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities, accepted the award.