20 Years of Service – Head Chef Terry

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We’d like to take a moment to honor someone who is a vital part of our Millionair Club Charity community – Chef Terry. Chef Terry has served more than 2 million meals not just to MCC workers, but to anyone in our community in need of a tasty, nutritious meal.

Those who have interacted and worked with Terry know that he is the epitome of dependability, and his meals are always of the highest quality. Anyone who has had the opportunity to taste his food – especially his holiday turkey lunches – he is great at what he does and we are so grateful for his many years of service to our community.

“Chef Terry is amazing to work with, not only with his wonderful meals but with training hundreds of people to be job ready in the food industry!” said Brent Herrmann, Director of Food Programs.

To honor Chef Terry, he was presented with a custom chef’s coat that indicates his longstanding commitment to providing delicious and wholesome food to our community. On behalf of all MCC staff and the thousands of people whose lives you have touched, thank you Chef Terry for your decades of service!

Chef Terry holding his new custom chef's coat highlighting his 20 years of service, with Director of Food Programs Brent Herrmann (right).

Chef Terry holding his new custom chef’s coat highlighting his 20 years of service, with Director of Food Programs Brent Herrmann (right).

MCC staff with Chef Terry during the celebration of his 20 year anniversary.

MCC staff with Chef Terry during the celebration of his 20 year anniversary.

New Training & Outreach Specialist Will Support Labor Standards Education

Picture of Evelyn OjwangThanks to a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards, Millionair Club has added a part-time Training & Outreach Specialist, Evelyn Ojwang, to help support our workers on their path to permanent employment. We asked Evelyn to answer a few questions about what this role will do and how it fits in with our mission – plus, a little bit about herself!

We’re excited to have you on the team at MCC! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I’m from Seattle! I grew up in West Seattle mainly and I am a proud alumna from Washington State University so you already know one of my favorite animals – go Cougs! I often get hang-ups about the rain even though it is a part of the very fabric of Seattle, but I love Seattle summers. I’m hoping we get more than a month of heat this summer season; fingers crossed! As for some of my hobbies, other than spending time with friends and family, I enjoy the arts, and that can vary from a trip to the Seattle Art Museum, catching a live concert at KeyArena, and occasionally going to Alki Beach when the weather is nice.

What do you want people to know about our MCC community?
The MCC community is about rebuilding the dignity of our workers and supporting their needs. Our workers come from a wide variety of backgrounds with very diverse life experiences and I really enjoy getting to know each one of them. From the STEP graduation ceremonies on Fridays, to the impromptu chats with workers joking around with staff, at MCC, everyone here is a face to remember. We work with them each step of the way as they strive to overcome their circumstances. We strive to change lives, we meet our workers where they are and we attend to their needs until their personal goals, as well as our mission, are met.

Tell us about your work and how it fits in with MCC’s employment programs.
I will be serving our community by providing education, training and outreach through activities, events, resources, referrals and other support needed to help workers understand and advocate for their rights. Workshops will be conducted on Wage Theft, Secure Scheduling, Fair Chance Employment and Hotel Employee Health and Safety.

Since I am also responsible for outreach, many of these workshops will be open to other community members not currently enrolled in MCC’s employment program.

These workshops are integrated into MCC’s STEP Program to make sure the Labor Standards requirements are met and also the Millionair Club mission and goals are accomplished. I also help workers with technical assistance in our computer lab, since we offer resources and permits related to job readiness and placement.

What I hope to do is help further motivate our hardworking community members about their rights, while responding to their unique employment and other service needs.

Why is educating our workers about Labor Standards important and how does it fit in to their pathway to permanent employment?
Educating our workers about Labor Standards is important because the demographic of people we serve are disproportionately affected by these issues and also suffer from homelessness and/or face barriers to employment. For example, the Fair Chance Employment Ordinance is a Labor Standard that applies to people with criminal records which impacts some of our worker population. They need to be aware of their rights given their situations. Another reason why Labor Standards education is vital is because our workers, and temporary workers in general, are more at risk for wage theft and other abuses, and may not be served well by conventional news sources relaying information about labor laws. As our workers transition into permanent employment they will be aware of their rights and confident in asserting them and reporting any violations as needed.

What made you want to pursue this work?
Seattle is a unique city. It’s awesome that the city has the jurisdiction to enforce laws that are separate from the state level that provide enhanced support for historically marginalized communities. I’m aware of the issues that minorities face being a minority myself, and I am passionate about service and the socioeconomic challenges that under-served communities in Seattle face. I believe it starts with rebuilding the self confidence and dignity of people that fall under that umbrella. Knowing one’s rights is a great start to rebuilding the lives of our workers, one job at a time.

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)

The Swedish Club helps us celebrate our 93rd birthday

Group shot of volunteers from The Swedish Club.

Group shot of volunteers from The Swedish Club.

In honor of our 93rd birthday, The Swedish Club prepared and served a delicious lunch of meatballs, potatoes and coleslaw to our participants today. We would like to thank them for all their support toward our organization throughout the years.

You can find out more about The Swedish Club by visiting their website and “liking” their page on Facebook.

Swedish volunteers - plate of food

 

Swedish volunteers - cake

Photos from the 2013 Christmas special meal

All volunteers from the Christmas special meal.

All volunteers from the Christmas special meal.

Check out photos from the Millionair Club Charity’s annual Christmas Meal served on Christmas Eve 2013.

We would like to thank all the volunteers, staff and contributors who always make our holiday feasts successful year after year! Kudos also goes out to our community supporters for donating the clothing, blankets, hygiene kits and other items for our participants.

Happy Holidays!

donated art work kim johnson

 

christmas 2013 filmore fosset distributes gifts

 

serving food onthe line antonia mojeh mike glick

 

plate xmas eve turkey lunch

 

marie durgliner ladles gravy

 

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gene antonio joe juarez serving lunch

 

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the Christmas special meal. You can also see photos from the Thanksgiving meal.

Photos from this year’s Thanksgiving special meals

volunteers thanksgiving day on the line

 

Every holiday season the Millionair Club Charity hosts a series of special meals to commemorate the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We held two Thanksgiving special meals this year, one the day before and one the day of Thanksgiving. We want to thank our volunteers, donors, contributors and community partners for making these special meals a success!

Seattle City Light, Survive the Streets, Full Life Care and students at Bertschi School were instrumental in serving our participants. Thank you very much!

linda, ric, cole serving food

 

Neal & Natasha serving pie

 

pies thanksgiving

 

Volunteers from Survive the Streets.

Volunteers from Survive the Streets.

Placemat made by a 1st grade student at Bertschi School.

Placemat made by a 1st grade student at Bertschi School.

turkey lunch plated

Volunteers from Seattle City Light who served our participants the day before Thanksgiving.

Volunteers from Seattle City Light who served our participants the day before Thanksgiving.

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Elvis’s Inspiring Story Highlights the 2012 Annual Meeting

More than 100 guests celebrated the Millionair Club Charity’s 91st anniversary by hearing the story of Elvis Campbell, a former program participant who earned permanent full-time work through our Employment Program.

After enjoying dinner, live music and receiving a copy of our 2011 Annual Report, guests watched how the Millionair Club Charity’s Day Labor Referral Program helped place Mr. Campbell into the full-time job he currently holds.

Thank you to guest speaker John Curley for attending and all the volunteers who helped make the evening possible.

Photos from the Annual Meeting can be seen on our Facebook page.