Shared Vision: Now a Reality

This week at the Millionair Club Charity, family members of the late R. Danner Graves paid a visit to our new Shower & Laundry Facility. Mr. Graves played a crucial role in the creation of the new facility, and the Laundry Room will proudly feature a plaque commemorating Danner’s contribution.

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Executive Director, Jim Miller visits with family members of R. Danner Graves

As a member of the MCC Board of Trustees, Mr. Graves had a strong, working relationship with our Executive Director Jim Miller. Jim explains the friendship like this:

“I met Danner over a shared enthusiasm for showers – not our own, of course; but the need for hygiene centers that could help people who are homeless get a shower and wash their clothes, so they could be ready for work. Danner joined our board determined to help expand and renovate our old hygiene facility. Danner’s vision is now a reality: the new Shower and Laundry Center at the Millionair Club Charity has TRIPLE the capacity to help men and women who are homeless in our community.” The improved facilities include: 12 stacked washer/dryers; 6 showers;  6 sinks; new floor; new air ducts; and handicapped accessibility. 

We mourn for the loss experienced by Danner’s family, but we are honored that the family visited the MCC and helped us celebrate the life of this philanthropic champion. Danner’s legacy of caring and compassion lives on at the Millionair Club Charity.

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Philanthropic Champion, R. Danner Graves

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Brand New! 12 Stacked Washer/Dryers at the MCC

 

Chef Showcase 2016

2016 Chef Showcase featuring the Annual Employment Excellence Awards

Chef Showcase is a night when the Seattle community gathers to celebrate excellence!

The event kicks off with culinary excellence:  four of Seattle’s top restaurants each creating two savory entrees served in the Spanish “tapas” small plate style.  In 2015, restaurant partners included Americana, The Lost Pelican, Chandler’s Crabhouse, and Ethan Stowell’s Anchovies & Olives and Bar Cotto. The appetizers are then expertly paired with tastes of fine wine — Alexandria Nicole Cellars has already agreed to be the wine expert for 2016, and dessert will be served by Seattle Sorbets.

But the culmination of the evening will be the Millionair Club Charity’s announcement of the annual Employment Excellence Awards.  These include:

  • Employer of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Community Partner of the Year

“Folks should get ready for some really inspiring stories from our award winners,” says executive director Jim Miller.  “The Millionair Club Charity has an outstanding group of over 700 workers that go on over 11,000 jobs a year for almost 1,100 employers. From that large group of people, employers and community partners, we are going to introduce you to the ‘best of the best’, truly amazing examples of employment success.”

2016 Chef Showcase & Millionair Club Charity Employment Excellence Awards

Attendance:

200 Millionair Club Charity employment program supporters

Date & Location:

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6 pm to 8 pm, at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union.

Tickets:

$50 per individual; $90 per couple; $100 for VIP entry, which includes a hosted wine bar & gift bag.

For more information about Chef Showcase, please contact Christine Rylko christiner@millionairclub.org, 206-957-3851.

About the Millionair Club Charity

Since its founding in 1921, the Millionair Club Charity has never lost sight of its vision: that everyone should have access to jobs and support services.  Specialists in providing tools to rebuild the self-confidence and dignity of people who are homeless and unemployed, the Millionair Club Charity connects people with jobs, skills training, housing assistance, meals, showers, laundry facilities, work clothes, and free eye glasses.  In 2015, this successful formula prepared 758 men and women for work, connected them with 11,295 jobs and earned 139 people  permanent employment, saving community taxpayers up to  $40,000 per person – over $5.5 million dollars!

Celebrity Waiters Luncheon: Success!

 

The incredible Celebrity Waiters and their generous community guests raised $350,000 to upgrade the kitchen at the Millionair Club Charity. That’s $350,000 for Seattle’s homeless and disadvantaged! 

 

All of us at the Millionair Club Charity are simply overwhelmed by the amazing community support at this year’s Celebrity Waiters Luncheon. On behalf of Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered, the Millionair Club Charity thanks YOU for your generosity.

Your support is helping to fund the expansion and upgrade of the Millionair Club Charity’s Kitchen. Every year, our kitchen produces 86,000 hot nutritious breakfasts and lunches, making it one of the top five largest open meals programs in Seattle. But with antiquated equipment and aging facilities, the future of our hot meals program has been in jeopardy.

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Not any longer. Thanks to your generous support (and an incredible matching grant of $150,000) CWL raised $350,000 to upgrade the kitchen at the Millionair Club Charity. As a result, our meals program will stay strong for Seattle’s neediest men and women, and our expanded facilities will enhance food industry training options for the MCC’s supportive employment program.

Thank you again for your participation at CWL 2016, and for your support of the Millionair Club Charity.

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The Millionair Club believes every person deserves an opportunity to improve his or her life. Thanks for helping us provide that opportunity to thousands of people this year. 

 

Thank You Give BIG Supporters

Champions for Seattle Homeless

On behalf of Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered, the Millionair Club Charity thanks you for supporting transformative employment during Give BIG 2016!

This year’s campaign was full of ups and downs, but through all the technical difficulties, YOU kept giving. (Over $20,000. Wow!) Thank you to the charitable champions who tirelessly pressed the re-fresh button, and to those mavericks of compassion who went their own way, back to the Millionair Club’s classic donation page!

This year, the goal was $15,000 in support of Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered. But you didn’t just achieve that goal, you blew right past it! Your combined support on May 3rd and May 4th brought in OVER $20,000! And with a partial match in the pipeline (thanks Seattle Foundation) that number will grow even bigger.

What does your support means for Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered? Let’s hear from Arthur, an MCC worker who achieved housing and full-time employment in the food industry through our programs:

“The other programs were just stagnant. That’s the thing about the Millionair’s Club, they go out of their way for you, they make it happen. And when you give me a chance I just take off like a rocket.”

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It’s donors like you who make the MCC so unique. You provide critical support services that empower job seekers like Arthur to lift themselves out of homelessness. There is a crisis of homelessness in our Seattle community, and your support of the Millionair Club Charity makes you a vital part of the solution.

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Game Day!

Give Big. Give Now-May 3rd.Click here. 

Seattle Sports & Supportive Employment! 

G is for Game Day and that means JOBS for Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered. At the Millionair Club Charity, we love our Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners, and they love us back: Century Link and Safeco are two of our top employers. Since July, MCC workers have clocked almost 50,000 hours serving up concessions at your Seattle stadiums and arenas!

Check out MCC workers Robert and Sophia, on the Job at Century Link:

 

Employment has always been the centerpiece of the Millionair Club Charity’s mission and we are proud to support employment opportunities for Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered. Last year the Millionair Club Charity connected 758 workers to 11,295 work assignments.

G is for Game Day! Give BIG and help the MCC connect Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered with life changing employment! 
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In-Unit at the Kasota Apartments

Beyond shelter at the MCC’s Kasota Apartment

Give Big. Give Now-May 3rd.Click here. 

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At the Millionair Club Charity we believe that housing is vital to the success of our workers – a peaceful place to sleep; secure storage for belongings; and the ability to shower and do laundry. You might take these things for granted, but just imagine going to work every day without them!

Housing is crucial for individuals striving towards long term employment, and yet; so many MCC workers are homeless (60%). That’s not surprising: the average waitlist time for low-income housing in Seattle is 18 months to 2 years! In 2015 the Millionair Club Charity responded to this crisis by opening the doors of our Kasota Apartment building. Let’s hear from Arthur, one of our hardworking residents:

“It all happened just like that! [Housing] would have taken months through any other organization, but I was able to move in four days early with a grace period for rent. That’s huge. When I got those keys, I was like, man is this really happening? When you’ve been homeless you know, and then you have a place to stay, it’s just a stellar moment.”

Our residents enjoy speedy placement and pay a heavily subsided rent of just $500. Kasota is a transitional housing project, and our residents live in the building for up to two years. During that time, residents are able to rebuild their credentials as reliable tenants. Proof of stable tenancy allows them to secure future housing!

At Kasota, our goal is to maximize the life changing impact of housing by ensuring the highest quality of life for every resident. Each unit has a small kitchenette with a microwave, sink and mini-refrigerator. Shower and laundry facilities are free and can be enjoyed dormitory style within the building.

It’s all included, in-unit, so our residents can focus on stabilizing their lives through long-term or permanent job placement!

I is for In-Unit! Give BIG in support of transitional housing. Lend a hand between NOW and May 3rd, and the Seattle Foundation will match a portion of your gift. 

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Barbecue Chicken

Give Big. Give Now-May 3rd.Click here. 

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A delicious stop on the road to job readiness

Every year the Millionair Club Charity serves around 86,000 meals. We are one of the five largest open community meals programs in Seattle. (And the only one that’s been right here in Belltown for over 90 years!) Every weekday we serve breakfast and hot lunch to anyone seeking sustenance in the downtown Seattle area. To ensure that all of our workers are job ready, we provide sack lunches for program participants to take on the job site.

MCC meals are hot, nutritious, and a vital element of the job readiness equation. But that’s not all! Last year, we surveyed our meals program participants and asked them some important questions, like, “What’s your favorite meal at the MCC?” The answer: Barbecue Chicken!

And that’s the MCC difference. With our meals program it’s more than just the basics, it’s about the dignity of delicious. That’s why all over our meals are prepared in house by an incredible five person kitchen team. We love to go the extra mile with our meals, especially during the holidays when we host special, restaurant style lunch services. At these celebrations our superstar volunteers bring seasonal delicacies straight to the table for Seattle’s homeless and unsheltered.

You can serve Seattle by donating to the Millionair Club Charity. Lend your support on or before May 3rd, and the Seattle Foundation will match a portion of your gift. 

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