As we close the door on 2012, staff and volunteers at the Millionair Club Charity are reflecting on one of our most successful years affecting lives in the community. We couldn’t have done it without your help.
We have wrapped up the first full year of our Transitional Jobs Program. Our team provides one-to-one support to help move each worker in this program toward the goal of securing a permanent job with good pay and benefits. In 2012 we placed 43 people in permanent jobs and another 18 in seasonal and long-term temporary employment opportunities. We also are incredibly proud of our staff who connected 39 people to permanent or transitional housing through our Housing Assistance Program. This exceeds our expectations for a first-year effort.
Both our Transitional Jobs and Housing Assistance Programs grew out of a rigorous focus in 2012 to ensure our programs are tailored to the needs of our participants. This means we provide every worker with individual sessions and offer personalized programs and assistance. We make a stronger impact on our participants when we do more to understand their needs and help them reach their goals.
We provide these programs in addition to continuing the other services that meet our community’s needs, including day labor services, showers and laundry assistance for our workers, a free eye care clinic and two nutritious hot meals every weekday. We provided more than 90,000 meals this year—nearly seven percent of all free meals in Seattle.
I’m often asked how to put a value on the work we do. For each worker who is now permanently employed and in stable housing, the community usually no longer has to supply housing, medical and dental care, services that typically cost $50,000 per homeless individual. But, this doesn’t take into account the full impact. That worker can now afford to pay for his or her own meals, utilities, clothing and transportation and is paying taxes back to society. And of course, you can’t quantify the sense of accomplishment, independence and dignity that comes from feeling fully self-reliant.
We still have much work to do, and we are setting our sights high for 2013. With the help of donors and supporters like you, this year we hope to:
- Place 100 men and women in permanent jobs
- Secure permanent housing for 100 workers in our program
- Add a social enterprise program that would employ our workers, serve the community and provide additional financial resources
- Improve our aging facilities to increase our capacity and serve more people who want to work
- Continue to increase community support to meet our annual needs
We look forward to another exciting and innovative year improving lives in our community. Thank you for your continued support.
Happy New Year,