At noon yesterday, Redmond Mayor John Marchione welcomed guests to the Friends of Youth (FOY) Homeless Youth Service Center (HYSC) ribbon cutting ceremony at the Together Center at 16315 NE 87th St., Suite B-12. The new center serves youth ages 15-22 at The Landing overnight shelter and the Drop-In Center, which provides resources to help prevent homelessness.
"We are glad to have this facility in our community," said Marchione. "We are a tapestry of individuals and we can't overlook those less fortunate."
"The goal is to prevent homelessness and insure homeless youth find a safe place to stay," added King County Executive Dow Constantine. "We are working toward our goals of prevention, decreasing the amount of time people are homeless as well as decreasing their chances of returning to homelessness."
Eighth District Representative Dave Reichert shared that due to domestic violence in his home at the age of 16 during 1967-68 he moved into his car. He worked as a box boy while he went to school.
Recalled Reichert. "I know what it's like to be homeless and I know that it's important not to get discouraged. I know that one exchange or a hug is a moment that could change a life. I know, one teacher took that moment for me!"
Before the Formal ribbon cutting, FOY President & CEO Terry Pottmeyer and board chairman Phil Crocker handed out certificates of thanks to many key supporters. Among them were representatives from St. Peter's United Methodist Church of Bellevue, Lake Washington United Methodist Church of Kirkland, Redmond United Methodist Church and of Mercer Island Methodist Church.
Support for outreach and shelter programs has come from throughout the Eastside including Safeco, King County Pooled Cities Grants: Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland. A super big thank you was devoted to the Bellevue YMCA for a decade of encouragement.
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