Our 2015 Strategic Plan

How will the Millionair Club Charity continue to serve men and women in our region who are struggling with homelessness and unemployment?

Find out in our 2015 strategic plan, which outlines how we will create more pathways toward permanent employment, strengthen our organization’s financial base and enhance community awareness through strategic partnerships. The core of our mission has not changed since 1921, but the programs and strategies we use to serve our workers and participants are always being reassessed.

Millionair Club Charity 2015 Strategic Plan

If you have questions about the Millionair Club Charity, our mission or how we are serving our community, please give us a call at (206) 728-JOBS (5627) or e-mail us at info@millionairclub.org.

Enjoying five decades of customer satisfaction

Dee McQuesten

For nearly five decades, Dee McQuesten has hired workers from us on a consistent basis. From the 1970s to the present day, Dee has one glowing observation about the quality of services she’s received:

“One of the things that continues to impress me is, not only are your people skilled, but they never fail to be prompt,” Dee writes to us.

Recently Dee decided to downsize and move to a new home. She requested a team of Millionair Club Charity workers to assist with her move, and they did not disappoint. She had especially nice things to say about James, the leader of the moving team.

“A special thanks to James Woods, who is a superstar mover and supervisor,” Dee says. “He led the team and was terrific. Brennan, Gabriel and Jeremiah were all GREAT!”

Click here to find out how our workers can serve your home, property or business. Learn more about Dee’s business, McQuesten Framing & Fine Art Services.

Meet Betty: Long-time donor issues a Hobart Mixer challenge

Meet Betty, a long time supporter of the Millionair Club Charity.

Meet Betty, a long time supporter of the Millionair Club Charity.

Since 1949, Betty Wagner has supported the Millionair Club Charity’s multifaceted approach to touching lives of men and women in greater Seattle.

“People who need a job, need a place where they can find a job,” Betty says. “However, if people are ever going to be able to make anything of themselves, they need a place to live, take care of their health, and be educated.”

Betty continues to support the Millionair Club Charity because she thinks our combination of job training, hot meals and housing assistance is a smart approach to philanthropy.

“Now that the Millionair Club Charity has the Kasota apartments, they have all the components to assist people to connect successfully with work,” Betty says.

On a recent visit to the Millionair Club Charity, Betty noticed the kitchen’s Hobart Mixer – an important piece of equipment that helps us serve 89,000 hot meals each year – was so old that replacement parts were no longer available if anything were to break. Betty donated $500 to kick-start a replacement fund for the $2,000 needed to buy a new mixer.

“I hope others will join me,” she says.

Thank you, Betty! So, what’s your story? Why do you donate? Share your inspirational story by e-mailing Chris at christiner@millionairclub.org.

You’re invited to the Kasota Open House on August 15!

This is your chance to get a good look at what a typical room at our Kasota apartment building looks like.

This is your chance to get a good look at what a typical room at our Kasota apartment building looks like.

Interested in checking out the Kasota apartment units you’ve heard so much about?

On Saturday, August 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at 2212 1st Avenue we’re inviting you to our Kasota Open House! This is your chance to look inside the renovated building and see how we’re providing the men and women in our Employment Program a secure place to live.

The Kasota apartment building is a 48-unit affordable housing option for our workers. Complemented with the security that comes with a steady paycheck, our vision is to provide the men and women we serve a sturdy foundation for rebuilding their lives.

Escaping homelessness and poverty can be a daunting challenge. Barriers to employment combined with the high cost of living in the Seattle area contribute to the struggles of so many in our community. The Kasota apartment is one more way we are actively addressing these issues.

At the Kasota Open House, we will take visitors inside a typical room. You will see the furniture, kitchenette and amenities our tenants now enjoy. There is no cost to attend. We hope to see you there!

Jerzy’s Story: Finding a base to achieve his dreams

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Jerzy is a young man with high aspirations. Born and raised in Gabon in Central Africa, he earned his Master’s Degree in business administration at City University of Seattle but struggled to find employment after graduation. However, his work with CityU’s ENACTUS team put him on our Employment Program’s radar screen.

Back in 2012 Jerzy worked with Rhonda Kopelli, our Director of Employment and Training, to create a business plan for the Millionair Club Charity’s new job readiness programs. In the meantime, he earned his Master’s Degree in business administration with an emphasis on sustainable business and graduated in July of 2014.

Unfortunately, Jerzy struggled to find employment after leaving school. He remembered the Millionair Club Charity’s employment program and decided to reach out for help.

“I went through the application process and I was put in the system. [Rhonda] found me the job at Diamond Parking,” Jerzy says.

Diamond Parking Services hired Jerzy full-time in January of 2015 as a valet. The job allows him to pay rent, buy groceries and take care of other living expenses. That doesn’t mean he’s done advancing his career, though. Jerzy still desires to work in his chosen field of study.

“Long term, I want to go into the environmental field and the green movement. I’m into marketing research, data analysis and marketing analysis. This is what I want to do,” he says.

Jerzy is actively sending out applications for jobs and internships in sustainable business. He understands the challenge of securing a job in today’s employment market, but in the meantime he’s thankful for the Millionair Club Charity and recommends our organization to people he encounters who are struggling to find work as he once was.

“Thanks to the Millionair Club, I’ve been able to find a job. I believe it helps me live and take care of myself and pursue my dreams,” Jerzy says. “I’m very passionate about the environment.”

Fierce fundraising results in new Shower and Laundry Center

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On Friday, May 8 hundreds of guests celebrated the city of Seattle’s spirit of philanthropy at the 31st annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon fundraising event at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel. The theme of this year’s party was “Seattle Icons,” which included tables decorated to honor icons such as Pike Place Market, Seafair, Boeing, and of course, the Millionair Club Charity. A record-setting $632,000 was raised that day on behalf of our organization!

This was our third time being the beneficiary of this high energy event. What made this year particular special was the matching grant we received from the Harnish Foundation to upgrade our Shower and Laundry Center. Our goal was to raise at least $150,000 during the “Raise the Paddle” portion of the auction so we could ultimately get at least $300,000 for the upgrade project.

The good news? We got it! Beginning as soon as possible, we will begin construction to add more showers, sinks, washer and dryer machines, new air ducting and a laundry chute. We estimate we can triple our current capacity of helping more men and women become job-ready!

Watch a video about the Shower and Laundry Center:

We would like to thank the volunteers from Serve with Liberty, a community-oriented service program of Liberty Mutual, for handling many tasks on the day of the event. The following sponsors deserve recognition for their commitment to rebuilding lives in our region:

CWL 2015 sponsorship tree

 

Click here to see more photos from Celebrity Waiters Luncheon. Also, please remember to “like” them on Facebook.

KeyBank volunteers make a difference at our Kasota apartment building

KeyBank Seattle Market President Carol Nelson, right, presents a $20,000 check to Jim Miller, executive director of the Millionair Club Charity. (Photo by Dan DeLong)

KeyBank Seattle Market President Carol Nelson, right, presents a $20,000 check to Jim Miller, executive director of the Millionair Club Charity. (Photo by Dan DeLong)

On Wednesday, May 13 the Millionair Club Charity was privileged to have had seven enthusiastic volunteers serve our organization as part of KeyBank’s 25th annual Neighbors Make a Difference Day.

The volunteers cleaned, scrubbed and dusted rooms and hallways in our new Kasota apartment units. KeyBank Seattle Market President Carol Nelson also presented our organization with a generous $20,000 check to repair our electrical system in our main building.

“Our volunteer afternoon at the Millionair Club was our way of a saying ‘thank you’ to a valued nonprofit partner. Building a thriving community and breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty is a collective effort, and we’re happy to roll up our sleeves and help,” says Carol Nelson.

“Our employees have always been generous when it comes to personal volunteerism and philanthropy. Their collective effort on Neighbors Day is a source of pride,” she says.

The Kasota apartment building has seen dramatic changes over the past several months. Thanks to these delightful volunteers from KeyBank, the units are now one step closer to being rented out by our workers on a larger scale.

Volunteer Nancy Christenson cleans a hallway in the Kasota building. (Photo by Dan DeLong)

Volunteer Nancy Christenson cleans a hallway in the Kasota building. (Photo by Dan DeLong)

Volunteers Kathi Amis, left, and Karen Anderson, who both work in Key Private Bank's wealth management and nonprofit services, share a laugh while cleaning a room in the Kasota building. (Photo by Dan DeLong)

Volunteers Kathi Amis, left, and Karen Anderson, who both work in Key Private Bank’s wealth management and nonprofit services, share a laugh while cleaning a room in the Kasota building. (Photo by Dan DeLong)