Cocoon house awarded $100,000 grant

Jul 03, 2012

The Washington Women’s Foundation has awarded Cocoon House with a $100,000 human services grant.

The grant will support the relocation and renovation of Cocoon House’s U-Turn Drop-In Center.

The relocation of U-Turn will offer a larger facility that includes a shower room, laundry and kitchen facilities, and consolidates all Outreach and Advocacy services in the same location so that at-risk and homeless teens can obtain the resources they need to escape life on the streets.

“Cocoon House is honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” said Cocoon House CEO Cassie Franklin.

The Washington Women’s Foundation awarded a total of $475,000 in a competitive pooled grant application process. Cocoon House was selected to receive one of only five grants.

Not only will the funding support obtaining and renovating the building, but also part of the program costs for the next two years. The new U-Turn building allows the Cocoon House Outreach and Advocate team to serve more teens in need of critical services.

In addition to providing critical services such as food, clothing, drug and alcohol treatment and other professional services; Outreach serves as an important trust building tool that over time leads to the longer-term purpose of empowering teens and young adults to connect with a case manager when she or he decides to take action and leave the streets.

Of the more than 1,000 youth that benefited from outreach and advocacy services last year, 235 engaged in case management.

Cocoon House provides housing, street outreach and advocacy, and prevention services to at-risk and homeless teens and their families throughout Snohomish County.

Since 1991, Cocoon House has been the only organization in Snohomish County that focuses exclusively on teen homelessness. The organization believes that every child deserves a home and the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential.

Combined, these programs served over 2,100 youth in our FY’11 and so far 1,100 in the first half of this fiscal year.

Find more information about the Cocoon House, visit www.cocoonhouse.org or contact Rachel Fisher at 425-259-5802 ext. 110 or rachel.fisher@cocoonhouse.org.

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