MCC Rate & Wage Changes: 2017

 

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Starting this January (2017) the Millionair club is raising wages for  its workers! The increase is designed to keep pace with Seattle’s new minimum wage requirements, which will roll out citywide over the course of the next three years. 

This is good news for the workers in our supportive employment program who are striving every day to lift themselves off the streets and out of poverty through work experience. 

With the citywide increase in wages, our “Hire-a-Worker” rates will also be slightly raised. Read on for the specifics: 2017 MCC Wage Increase

To learn more about Seattle’s schedule of minimum wage increases, click here.

Grateful for an Opportunity to “better himself.” Read Sam’s Story Here

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Sam in the MCC Computer Lab!

Thank you donors and supporters: you enable the Millionair Club Charity to run a supportive employment program with many services and one convenient location. You help people who are homeless become job ready. People just like Sam…

Sam was homeless when he arrived at the Millionair Club Charity (MCC).  He had tried to find work through other agencies but didn’t have success, until he came to the MCC. What was different?

“The application process is easy. It’s organized, and when they send you out on a job, there’s a schedule,” points out Sam “and they work out a bus route for you that’s always perfect, so you can get to work.  They even give us a lunch to take to work.”

“I got a Food Handler’s card through the MCC, and it’s a blessing. I am able to go out and do the jobs at the stadium concession, and I am having a ball.  There are also lots of day jobs doing like, basic carpentry, furniture moving, which are excellent jobs and I appreciate the chance to do that.”

Three and a half months after enrolling in the MCC’s supportive employment program, Sam was offered a permanent job as a street ambassador with the Metropolitan Improvement District. He accepted it , but then discovered a construction apprentice program at the University of Washington: the PACE program.  If he was accepted, he would make about $23 an hour!

“Seattle is an expensive town. With all my bills, I need a healthy wage to be able to support myself. But the apprentice program makes you go through a boot camp to qualify.  You have to carry bricks, shovel rocks into wheelbarrows, off-load the rocks, lift plywood, and transfer piles of rebar.  Then you have to run a certain distance.

“It’s about responsibility. The PACE program does not want someone who wants to laze around.  They want people to go out for work, do the right thing, and earn a wage where you can provide for yourself. They want to make sure you’ll work hard and be ready for a job when you graduate.  I was accepted and will train for 11 weeks.”

But Sam had a program. He could not afford rent to live anywhere but the shelter where he was sleeping. Sam came back to the MCC to ask for one last piece of support: a place to live. And with Jobs Connect funding, the Millionair Club Charity was able to pay for Sam’s rent at MCC’s own Kasota housing building.

“All this would not be possible without the MCC giving me the opportunity to better myself. Through the MCC I have a place to stay, I can do my laundry for free, and my meals are provided at the place I stay.  I do believe this will help me be a success at school.”

“And I want to pass that on to anyone out there who needs help to work. The MCC is where it’s at for good clothing and work.  In fact, I haven’t heard of any organization out there that’s like them.  Everyone should come to the MCC for help because it’s #1.”

“I want to thank the MCC and the staff at the MCC for giving me the opportunity to make myself better. And none of this would be possible without the donors. I want to thank the donors, for giving me this opportunity. I really appreciate y’all.”

“And when I do graduate I will come back to the MCC and volunteer myself. I want to help out and help others.”

You can help many more people like Sam, who want a “hand up, not a hand out,” by donating to the MCC’s supportive employment program today. Donations of any size are appreciated.  Thank you.

Finding a Foundation for Success: Jemeika’s Story

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THANK YOU DONORS AND SUPPORTERS:  With your help this year 182 men and women have obtained permanent or long term jobs through the MCC’s supportive employment program.  Did you know that for every homeless person who obtains permanent work taxpayers save up to $40,000 a year in service payments?  That’s a total of $7.28 MILLION DOLLARS !  

Meet one young lady who is “very excited” to be named on the MCC’s permanent job achievement list: Jemeika.

Soon, Jemeika will start a new permanent job with full benefits – but the road to stability was a long one. It all started at Century Link stadium.

“I noticed a long line of people checking in to work at Century Link Stadium and asked ‘who is doing that?'” It was the Millionair Club Charity.“So I came to the MCC and enrolled in the employment program. The MCC staff treats you really fair – they don’t discriminate if you’re homeless.  They are such a good resource to lay your foundation for success.

“When you need help, it’s really hard when you have to go to so many places to get the resources you need. I needed a cell phone, food handler’s card, and prescription eye glasses; I got all of these through the  MCC – and they paid for it.”

“Then I started in day labor working the Century Link Stadium games. But what I really wanted was a stable job for me and my son. Then I heard about the Street Ambassador program at the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) and thought, ‘I could do that.’ It’s a decent job.”

“If you know a homeless person, you should tell them to go get some help at the MCC. I see these people struggling and they don’t need to struggle. I know how hard it is to keep pushing for what you need. If they’re consistent in coming to the MCC and open to different jobs, they won’t have to worry about how they’re going to pay their bills.

“And if you have a paycheck, you can utilize it in several areas to overcome barriers. Like, having a record of your paychecks can get you into housing. I would like to tell the donors for this program that their money is going into a good place that is geared to helping people.”

Jemeika is starting as a Street Ambassador at the MID, but says she has ambitions to work hard and be promoted. “I’m excited,” she told us with a smile.

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.”

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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.

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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

Robust September for Worker Success

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.

The Dish on Chef Showcase…

 

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MENU: Chef Showcase 2016 

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  • Barley porridge, Sichuan duck confit, Broccoli Rabe, Chili Oil
  • Charred Eggplant Pickle, Chinese Sausage, Ginger

 

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  • Habachi NY Strip Filet, Zucchini, White Onion
  • Habachi Shrimp, Zucchini, White Onion

 

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  • Tostadas with Rockfish Ceviche
  • Blue Corn Tostadas with Beans & Chorizo, Cabbage Slaw, Queso Fresca, Crema

 

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  • Ahi Tuna Crudo, Prosciutto di Parma, Taggiasca Olive, Calabrian Chili, Orange
  • Crostini with Smoked Fish, Pickled Onion and Aioli

 

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Alexandria Nicole Cellars will choose wine pairings for all menu offerings. Expect some surprising varietals!

 

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Seattle Sorbets will be serving Tequila Lime and Strawberry Champagne Sorbets for a delectable finish to the evening.

 

We’ll See You There!

AMAZING AUGUST for Workers

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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)
Centerplate 3174.12
(Safeco Field Stadium)
Jobs Connect/Metropolitan 824.5
Improvement District

iClick Industries

748
Bellwether Housing 552.5

 

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.