THANK YOU SUPPORTERS – You Contribute to the “Jobs First” Solution to Homelessness for Folks like Reggie

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. Reggie, pictured 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.

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Reggie @ the MCC

Reggie’s Message

“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.”

Reggie’s Story

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.”

 

 

 

A Time to Celebrate: Holiday Lunches at the Millionair Club Charity

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.”

SONY DSC “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.”

SONY DSC 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.

SONY DSC 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.

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 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.

B-eautiful October Jobs Report

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.

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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