We are in the process of embarking upon two new projects. These projects will fill two very important needs in our community for the unhoused. So please read below about these two projects and how you can support them and Welcome Home Skagit as we seek to grow and expand to better serve our unhoused neighbors here in Mount Vernon and throughout Skagit County.
We are seeking to enter into a 6 month lease for a 2800+ sq. ft. building and the ability to open this summer to fill a gap in the community that happened due to covid. This will be an unique approach as it will initially be an all volunteer, peer operated facility to be our move into Step-Three of our Five-Step Plan. As this initial six-month test of the waters operation proves successful, we will then seek grant funding for 2023 and beyond.
After opening the remaining five months of the six month lease will ideally require $4,000.00/mo. to continue to operate until the thrift store begins to generate sufficient revenue, along with grants to continue beyond the term of the initial lease. We are hopeful to grow to hire ideally two, full-time employees by spring of 2023 when we qualify for the 2023 grant cycle. This along with our volunteers, we can oversee all of our projects from this location
We will need volunteers to help us with our clients/guests for this operation to be a success. Duties would include but not limited to helping with internet searches, filing for resources, submitting applications, and working on goal setting of our guests; general cleaning, sorting, stocking, pricing, and sales; answering phones, data entry, filing; listening, conversing and just being there for our clients. Your service as a volunteer might even be the difference in many of our guests lives.
Welcome Home Skagit will is working as program manager with area host churches in providing a safe place for guests who live in their vehicles to park overnight without fear of being harrassed, targeted, or violated. The financial needs will be for the rental and eventualiy of a self-contained facilities trailer, as well as operational costs. This will is a volunteer run operation. Please go to our Overnight Safe Parking donation page to help support this program.
Welcome Home Skagit will need to have on-site from one to four volunteers to assist the site manager with intake, oreintation, showers/restroom/washroom facilities as well as showing hope to the hopeless. Our volunteers will be the backbone of this being a success. Our volunteers may have a shift of between 4 and 12 hours each night that they serve, as many nights as they wish to serve. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, pl
Please go to our donation page to provide either your one-time or ongoing monthly financial supprt. If you are interested in volunteering for either of these two projects, please go to our volunteer page and sign up. We at Welcome Home Skagit would like to thank all of our loyal supporters and volunteers and look forward to adding you to our list of loyal supporters and volunteers. The problem of the unhoused is a community problem, and it is going to take a community to solve it, one life helped up at a time.