Today on “Giving Tuesday”, all of us a the Millionair Club Charity want to give thanks to our donors, volunteers, and community partners, who help our “jobs first” solution to homelessness stabilize and rebuild the lives of hundreds of men and women each year. The story of Reggie, below, is just one of the 854 people who received services through the MCC’s supportive employment program last year. THANK YOU SUPPORTERS — without you, success stories like Reggie’s would not be possible.
Reggie became homeless after Hurricane Katrina in 2009. Since that time, he and his family relocated from state to state, hoping that eventually they would find a place that provided a living and felt like home.
Unfortunately for Reggie, his travels never brought him to a place of stability. In April of 2016, he came to Seattle, with just a suitcase. “When I came to Seattle, I had lost everything, literally everything. I was living on the street and had no resources. It was the first time I really, really needed help as an adult person. And I kept thinking, what is it going to take to get me back on my feet?”
Reggie found a place to sleep in a mission, so that solved that problem. But what Reggie really wanted to do, was find a job. He was told to try the Millionair Club Charity.
“I didn’t have the clothes or shoes to work at a proper job. Miss Olivia and Miss Lily at the MCC helped me so much. I mean, they didn’t know me from a can of beans, but they just helped me. It’s not just a job to them – here it’s personal. And there’s a whole team that shows up for me.”
With his work clothes and Food Handler’s card provided by the MCC, Reggie went to work at Century Link stadium. He tried different kinds of jobs — cleaning streets for the Metropolitan Improvement District, and light industrial work at iClick Industries — then found a permanent job as a kitchen manager at the Underground Tour office. But there were still some things that were holding Reggie back from success.
“Living at the mission, I had to carry around my bags with me all day. I was so embarrassed to have to bring my bags to work. But there were all these lockers lining the walls at the MCC. I said, who are they for? They said, they’re for workers like you. This doesn’t sound like a big thing, but considering the situation I was in, it was gigantic.”
Reggie also remembers that it was really hard to work six days a week while sleeping at the mission. The MCC’s employment program told Reggie he could move in to the rooms at the Kasota apartments, but Reggie worried that he didn’t have enough money saved to pay a deposit on the rent. Then he was told that the first month’s rent would be taken care of by the MCC. “My room might be small. I might be able to sit in the middle and touch both walls of my apartment with my hands outstretched. But these are MY walls. Being in my own room is like removing an elephant that was jumping on me every time I tried to get up. I feel normal here. I feel like a normal person. When Angele gave me that key to my room, I was like WOW, these are my walls.”
“If you’re a homeless person, and able-bodied, I don’t know why you don’t get down here to the MCC. I can come in here and take a shower, wash clothes. I can eat. This place is like, the hand that pulled me up, and made sure that once I was standing, that I had everything I needed to stay up. They got you. They got you.”
A Time of Celebration: Holiday Lunches. November 23 & 24, 2016; December 23, 2016; 12:noon to 1:30 pm
“The Thanksgiving and Christmas lunches are something special,” smiles Brent Hermann, who has coordinated the meals program at the Millionair Club Charity for over 15 years. “We have two lunches where we have a holiday meal with ‘all the trimmings’: Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving.”
“Community Volunteers set the tables with tablecloths and decorations, and folks have a chance to sit down and be served turkey lunch, followed by pie,” continues Brent. “We want it to be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation over a hot delicious meal.”
Thanksgiving morning kicks off when 80 volunteers from Full Life Ministry arrive, to package up thanksgiving lunches that are delivered to home-bound seniors. Each meal is thoughtfully put together with a handmade card and placement from local school children. The presentation includes a flower with every meal.”
Community Volunteers take the holiday packages to home-bound seniors, and sit with them, so they have company on the holiday.
The line starts forming outside the Millionair Club Charity building early for holiday lunch. Volunteers go outside and bring warm coffee. They’re looking forward to a meal with “all the trimmings”: turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, a roll, and a BIG piece of pie.
Over 800 holiday lunches will be served at the three holiday meals. Volunteers serve meals “restaurant style”, with our diners able to sit down, relax, and have dinner and pie brought to them. It’s a joyous time for our staff, as many of our regular clients bring young children and friends to share the joys of the day.
The Meals Program at the Millionair Club Charity serves over 97,000 hot nutritious breakfasts and lunches, Monday through Friday, throughout the year. It is just one service of the supportive employment program at the Millionair Club Charity, that assists men and women who are homeless or have little or no resources, to get the services they need to become job ready and connect with employment opportunity. Services s include a shower, laundry, job training, licensing, work clothes, free prescription eye glasses and access to housing.
The Millionair Club Charity has been rebuilding lives through jobs and supportive services in its Belltown location since 1921. Find out more at millionairclub.org.
Millionair Club Charity Mission: provide people who are homeless or have little or no resources, with the supportive employment program services they need, to become job-ready, get out to work, and help rebuild their lives.
From Bellevue’s BJ’s Brewhouse to Beach Clubs, October was a B-eautiful month for MCC workers. In fact, 447 workers went out on 1,610 job assignments for 98 employers.
Permanent placements were achieved by 24 men and women. Congratulations to Eber E, Christopher P, Benjamin P, John M, Mahal R, Anthony R, Spencer C, Ayse C, Jessica L, Lionel G, Richard G, Sabrina M, Marcus H, Terence G, Rasitlin S, Stephan S, Harold W, Jesus D, Kevin C, Jay V, Lionel G, Jessica L, Richard G.
A shout out to BJ’s Brewhouse in Bellevue, for hiring 12 men and women at their restaurant.
We are so grateful to October’s top employers for all the opportunity they are giving to Seattle’s neediest people. the top five employers in October were: Delaware North Corporation at Century Link Stadium, 376 workers for 10,632 hours; iClick Industries hired 34 workers for 3,040 hours; Centerplate at Safeco Field hired 80 workers for 1,298 hours; the Metropolitan Improvement District hired 14 workers for 1,104 hours; and Microsoft’s Eventions Team hired 23 workers for 490 hours.
Here is a photo of Lyle working at iClick Industries last month.
Special October employers that deserve mention are: Mercer Island Beach Club – 26 workers; Mercer Island Country Club – 21 workers. Led by the Director of Event Employment Ian Downs and his associate Ramy, these workers had the tricky job of manipulating huge canopies to cover the country club swimming pools for the winter. It calls for very good listening and team work skills, to maneuver the big pool canopies successfully.
Hire a worker today by phoning 206-728-5627 or order online at millionairclub.org
In the month of September, 2016, 138 Employers provided 1,878 days of work for 430 men and women in the supportive employment program of the Millionair Club Charity. Twenty-six men and women were able to achieve a permanent placement in September 2016. A new employer – BJ’s Brewhouse headquartered in Redmond – accounted for 7 of the permanent jobs.
Congratulations to the following workers: Juanita L, Blanchard L, Edward M, Natasha O, Paul D, Clark A, Carolyn F, Tae Won S, Travis J, Martin J, Pablo P, Stephany M, Wendy W, James R, Steven M, Alexander G, Brian G, Hanz O, Beard I, Rakeen C, Lwareance H, Clarence M, Steven T, Cedric M, Anthony S, Paul W.
In addition, the top five employers at the Millionair Club Charity in September were:
- Delaware North Corporation at Century Link Stadium – 6,565 hours of work
- Centerplate at Safeco Stadium – 3015 hours of work
- IClick Industries – 1073 hours of work
- Jobs Connect – 1025 hours of work
- Bellwether Housing – 488 hours of work
Over the past twelve months, over 1,100 employers have utilized the Millionair Club Charity’s temporary staffing services to hire workers for a wide variety of jobs. In fact, over 800 men and women went out on over 14,000 work assignments. Go to millionairclub.org or call 206-728-5627 and talk to one of the MCC’s Employment Specialists to hire a worker today.
MENU: Chef Showcase 2016
- Barley porridge, Sichuan duck confit, Broccoli Rabe, Chili Oil
- Charred Eggplant Pickle, Chinese Sausage, Ginger
- Habachi NY Strip Filet, Zucchini, White Onion
- Habachi Shrimp, Zucchini, White Onion
- Tostadas with Rockfish Ceviche
- Blue Corn Tostadas with Beans & Chorizo, Cabbage Slaw, Queso Fresca, Crema
- Ahi Tuna Crudo, Prosciutto di Parma, Taggiasca Olive, Calabrian Chili, Orange
- Crostini with Smoked Fish, Pickled Onion and Aioli
Alexandria Nicole Cellars will choose wine pairings for all menu offerings. Expect some surprising varietals!
Seattle Sorbets will be serving Tequila Lime and Strawberry Champagne Sorbets for a delectable finish to the evening.
We’ll See You There!
August 2016 Employment Program Highlights
The Millionair Club Charity’s supportive employment program has everything people with little or no resources need to become job ready and connect with work through our temporary staffing agency: meals, showers, laundry service, occupational licensing, work clothes, safety equipment and access to housing.
413 workers received paychecks in August, with an average of 38 hours for the month.
Workers who obtained permanent placement: Fifteen!*** Aaron, Libby, Christopher, John, Dion, Reginald, Lavarna, James, John, Mike, Juliet, Anthony, John, James, Aratha
***Did you know that community taxpayers save up to $40,000 per year for every person who gets permanent work? Fifteen workers with permanent jobs represent an annual savings of $600,000 !
Top Ten employers (by days of work)
|Customer||Sum of Hours|
|Delaware North Sportservice||8299.84|
|(Century Link Stadium)|
|(Safeco Field Stadium)|
|Permits and Licensing|
- Food handler’s cards = 135
- Mandatory Alcohol Server Training = 6
IT’S EASY TO HIRE A WORKER AT millionairclub.org or by calling 206-728-5627.