SHINING a SPOTLIGHT on Employment Success: Sponsors of Chef Showcase

Sponsors of Chef Showcase believe in helping the men and women of Seattle who are homeless or face other barriers to employment, connect with job opportunities and rebuild their lives.  THANK YOU SPONSORS:  you make the Employment Awards at Chef Showcase possible.


TURNER CONSTRUCTION is honored to support the mission of the Millionair Club Chairity as they continue to rebuild the lives of men and women in our community.  As the nation’s largest general contractor, we understand the importance of providing opportunities and supporting the communities in which we live and work. Our responsibilities go beyond the business of ‘bricks and mortar.’  Together, with the Millionair Club Charity, we will build a better future for everyone in the Pacific Northwest.”  ~ Anna Dinh, Turner Construction Company

“CLARION PARTNERS supports a culture of employee involvement in the community and helps facilitate this through both workplace giving and volunteering programs.  The mission of the Millionair Club Charity — to provide jobs and serves to the homeless and unemployed — fits the social responsibility goals of Clarion Partners.  We are pleased to play out small part in this effort. ”  ~ Stephan Latimer, Managing Director, Clarion Partners

PARATEX PEST CONTROL  “As a board member at the Millionair Club Charity for over 40 years, I have seen first hand how a job can help rebuild a life — over and over again.  It’s a joy to sponsor Chef Showcase so others can meet the employers, workers, and community partners, who make the supportive employment program at the MCC a life-changer for so many.  I also appreciate that the MCC is largely funded by private donations instead of government, and that there is no religious requirement for help.  The MCC also encourages individuals to work instead of just receiving a handout. ~ Jim Osborne, Owner, Paratex Pest Control


SCHUSTER FOUNDATION “The Millionair Club Charity’s Chef Showcase event is the culminating celebration of what sets this organization apart — employment.  Schuster foundation is proud ot participate in the recognition of the outstanding employers, employees, and community partners that are a part of this great organization.” ~ Holly Gardner, Vice President, The Schuster Group






We would be honored if you joined us in the employment program celebration at Chef Showcase.  Four superb Seattle eateries are each preparing two delectable small plates of food, which are paired with wine tastes from Alexandria Nicole Cellars.  Dessert is icy and delicious Seattle Sorbets.  The event is Thursday, September 29, from 6:pm to 8:pm, at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union.  Tickets are $50 individual; $90 couple; $100 V.I.P. entry, which gives you a gift bag and unlimited wine tastes.  Buy tickets online HERE or phone Alice at 206-957-3846.  Hope to see you there!



Rebuilding Lives with a Staffing Specialty: Events

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Whether it’s a Guns and Roses music concert that requires hundreds of workers to staff arena concessions or a small summer soiree for which you need help with set up and take down, events big and small have become a specialty for Millionair Club Charity workers.

In fact, from July 2015 through June 2016, 854 workers were sent out on 14,364 days of work.  Over 70% of those work assignments came from events at Century Link Stadium, Safeco Stadium, and catering assignments for the Compass Group.

Workers in the supportive employment program at the MCC can get financial assistance in order to obtain Food Handler’s Permits and Mandatory Alcohol Server Training licenses.   This small $30 investment makes them eligible for a huge range of jobs in the food industry.  The money earned at these jobs provides vital supplementary income and often a “foot in the door” to a permanent career.

For example, in July 2016, Centerplate at Safeco Stadium hired ten MCC workers for long term assignments.  Workers like Arthur Valenzuela, who after several successful assignments at the concessions for Sounders soccer games, was hired as a cook for events at Century Link stadium and also obtained a job at Beecher’s Cheese in the Pike Place Market.  Now that Arthur is working consistently, he is no longer homeless, and can afford to pay rent for his own room at the MCC’s Kasota apartments.

Find out how you can help rebuild a life by hiring MCC workers for your event by calling 206-728-5627

Bo’s Story: “Living, not just Surviving”



It was the last place Bo wanted to be: panhandling with a sign that said “anything helps” and living in a homeless shelter.  But a devastating divorce had left him almost penniless and to move forward from this low point in his life he needed help.  

Bo found the help he needed at the Millionair Club Charity. “I am so grateful they saw me for what I really was – a homeless person who was also a worker that wanted to succeed.”

 “When you enroll in their employment program,” continued Bo, “they give you everything you need:  breakfast, shower, laundry,  bus tickets.”   And after three weeks, Bo’s good work ethic was rewarded.  Bo was offered a full time job as a Street Cleaning Ambassador at the Metropolitan Improvement District.   His new income enabled Bo to rent a room at the Millionair Club Charity’s Kasota apartments so he could move out of the homeless shelter.

“Living in a shelter surrounds you with drugs, violence and chaos,” points out Bo. “Now thanks to my room at the Kasota apartments, I can close my door and sleep without interruption.  I am applying to be a green machine operator and saving my money.  I am living, instead of just surviving.” 

Thank you  to all our community partners:  You help ensure that the Millionair Club Charity’s supportive employment program can help hundreds of men and women like Bo rebuild their life.

The MCC Vision Clinic


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Last fall, Keith found himself living in a Seattle shelter, struggling to get by.

He visited the Millionair Club Charity’s Vision Clinic to get a pair of free prescription eyeglasses. Keith was so happy when his glasses came in the mail a couple of weeks later, and he wanted to pay it forward; for the past three months Keith has been spreading the word about the MCC Vision Clinic! Every week he brings in a couple of friends to get glasses of their own!

Keith has such a generous heart and he does a lot to lift up others who are experiencing homelessness. Keith brings small donations to the MCC, like socks, and every week he helps distribute lunches, hygiene kits and shoes at the Westlake Shopping Center. When it comes to the Vision Clinic, Keith has helped about thirty individuals get the eyeglasses that they desperately needed. Why does he do it, especially when he has his own hardships to worry about? Keith says that in the past, others have helped him and he wants to spread that kindness. We love seeing Keith each week!

Deanna Vision (2)

Deanna has been a volunteer in the MCC computer lab for the past six months. Deanna is near-sighted, so she has no problem working with computers to help others with resumes, applications, and food handlers’ permits, but Deanna didn’t realize how bad her distance-vision had become. When she put on her new prescription glasses, Deanna started crying. “I was so happy that I could see the trees and mountains on the other side of the Puget Sound.” Thank you Deanna for your help in the computer lab! We are so glad that you could benefit from the MCC’s free and subsidized vision services.

Did you know: the Millionair Club Charity is one of the ONLY nonprofits in Seattle offering FREE, onsite eye screenings and eye glasses to homeless and low income individuals. The Clinic serves over 400 individuals every year.



Call on Congress to Support Programs that Work

The Millionair Club Charity is a proud subgrantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF).  On Wednesday, July 12, Congress will vote on funding for SIF. Read more below, and think about what YOU would tell your Senator or Representative about funding SIF.

By Carla Javits

As the daughter of long-time U.S. Sen. Jacob Javits, I feel frustrated that the political climate is stymied in advancing proven solutions to our country’s biggest problems.  When confronting my father about things that did not reflect our nation’s founding values, he would challenge me with, “What can you do to improve the situation?”  He helped me understand that the freedom to celebrate what’s right comes with the responsibility to change what’s wrong.  A catalyst for making change today is the Social Innovation Fund (SIF).

Experiencing homelessness, neighborhood violence, incarceration or addiction. These are situations that prevent people from getting a job. I often meet mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who share that they or a family member have struggled with these challenges. Each person is eager to understand how we are creating jobs opportunities for people who otherwise are left out of the labor force. This is the work of the social enterprises we advise and fund across the U.S.—businesses with a mission to provide jobs and training to people who are overcoming great disadvantage. These are people who want to work but need a transitional pathway to succeed in sustainable employment.

Independent research proves that people who work in a social enterprise business transform their lives. They are more likely to remain employed one year later; they earn more money, they are able to stabilize their housing and they are less dependent on government benefits. Employment focused social enterprise is an efficient, cost-effective, proven strategy that produces savings to society—generating 123% return for every dollar spent—about four times better than the stock market on average. And better yet, the social enterprise approach is sustainable because most of the revenue come from the business earnings rather than public or philanthropic grants.

Michael’s story says it all. At age 15, Michael was incarcerated for being involved in a gang-related murder.  After 17 years in prison, he was paroled, with little hope of finding a job. He could have easily ended up right back inside, like about 70% of those who exit prison in California.  But Michael walked through the doors of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) and broke the cycle of re-incarceration. With CEO, Michael received training and support while working in a wage-paying job. Today, Michael is “a clinical case manager, counseling young people who have been involved in the criminal justice system. He’s working toward his college degree, and is an advocate in the anti-recidivism movement.

A key factor in the growth of social enterprise is the U.S. government’s little known but far-reaching Social Innovation Fund (SIF). The SIF is a highly leveraged billion dollar public-private program that identifies evidence-based programs around the country, evaluates their results and scalability, while requiring a 2 to 1 private matching support that has leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropic resources.

Beginning in 2010, REDF’s SIF grant generated the start-up and growth capital to catalyze social enterprise expansion across the U.S. By leveraging twice as much in private revenue than government funding, REDF generated more than 10,000 job opportunities for people ready to work from 2010-2015. Over the next five years, with SIF funding, we will add 50,000 more job opportunities for people who face formidable barriers to employment across the U.S.  With this impact and documented evidence, the House is planning to include funding for SIF in the 2017 Appropriations Bill, although the Senate zeroed it out.  The two chambers will negotiate a final decision on the Appropriation.

Everyone in the U.S., no matter their party affiliation, believes in the power of work and the importance of including as many people as possible in the economy.  When we have evidence of results, the case is even more powerful.

I challenge the members of Congress to commit a small but powerful act of bipartisanship and support the Social Innovation Fund so that our fellow Americans who are highly motivated to work have the chance to contribute and become proud taxpayers.

We must join forces at those rare moments when we identify solutions that embody the evidence-based policymaking and pay-for-performance approaches already being championed across bipartisan divides by Speaker Paul Ryan(R-Utah).

The SIF is a low-cost approach to transforming lives and communities.  As a small program within a huge federal budget—the SIF is demonstrating what really works. Reflecting back on the critical question—“what can we do to improve the situation?” — I have thousands of stories of people going to work, and lives transformed. I urge Congress to appropriate the necessary resources so that the Social Innovation Fund can continue “finding what works, and making it work for more people.”

Dream Donation! 35 Mattresses.

We’re pinching ourselves! This morning, the Dream Bed program (Sleep Train) delivered 35 brand new mattresses to the Millionair Club Charity’s Kasota Apartments in Belltown Seattle.

These mattresses will help MCC workers living at the Kasota Apartments sleep peacefully and safely. With the comfort of these mattresses, and the other benefits of the Kasota apartments, our workers will wake up restored and ready to achieve their employment goals.

Affordable housing options for low-income workers are extremely scarce in Seattle.* Currently, 59% of the Millionair Club Charity’s work force are homeless or lack access to stable housing. Kasota is one answer to this crisis. This apartment building is a transitional housing option for low-income and homeless individuals who are on a path to long-term employment success.

Kasota’s rooms are single occupancy spaces that can be rented for $500 a month by members of the MCC’s employment program. Each room includes furniture donated by Cornish College of the Arts: a bed, dresser, and small kitchenette with a microwave, sink and mini-refrigerator. Bathrooms and showers are shared dormitory-style. Meals are supplied by the Millionair Club Charity kitchen.

Thank you Dream Bed, for your donation of 35 mattresses to the MCC’s Kasota Apartment. Together we change lives, one job (and one mattress) at a time.


*Waiting lists for existing low-income housing are 18 months to 2 years; average one bedroom in Seattle costs $1,412 a month (Seattle Office of Housing); Seattle rent has shot up faster in the past 3 years than any other major American city (The Seattle Times).