SRSF – Current Projects
Large Grant Recipients 2013-2014
The Rotary Club of Seattle is dedicated to helping others in our community and throughout the world. Much of the club’s philanthropic work is accomplished through the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation (SRSF) of which all Seattle Rotarians are automatically members. Past recipients have included Wellspring Family Services, Puget Sound Blood Center, KCTS Television, Seattle Rotary Boys & Girls Clubs and Medic One, to name a few. The following are the major grant recipients for the 2013-2014 year:
Edward Thomas House
Edward Thomas House Medical Respite opened in 2011 and provides beds for homeless men and women with complex medical needs and a high incidence of chemical dependency and/or mental health diagnoses. As a result a result of their work, intervention care is improved and unnecessary costs are avoided. They are the first in the State of Washington to collaborate in this way.
With the grant from SRSF, the Edward Thomas House Medical Respite will convert existing space to exam rooms for patient care and interviews. Currently, the lack of exam space creates a bottle-neck for patients accessing nursing care. The grant will also meet the need for a safe, private and secure place for patients to meet with mental health care providers. This is essential for patients who are working to identify barriers to recovery or talking about experiences that may have contributed to their situation and chronic homelessness. The funds will also create additional refrigerator space to keep intravenous medications and immunizations, as well as making it possible to perform point of care testing on site, rather than having to send patients to other lab facilities for simple diagnostic tests.
To learn more about the Edward Thomas House, visit their website.
USO Northwest was created in 1966. They provided support to over 540,000 service members and families in 2013 and their projection for 2014 looks to be even greater.
With the grant from Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, the USO was able to purchase a second van to expand their fleet of mobile canteens. The mobile canteen is a traveling “center” participating in troop deployment, homecoming events, and other military community activities in Seattle and throughout the region. These activities include educational services, family resiliency support, recreational opportunities, travel assistance, and any other support falling under the organization’s mission “to lift the spirits of America’s service members and their families, until everyone comes home”.
To learn more about USO Northwest, visit their website.
The Millionair Club Charity
Millionair Club Charity was founded in 1921 to address the needs of the homeless and unemployed. The organization changes lives by providing meals, jobs and essential support services.
This grant from SRSF will purchase a van to support the Transitional Jobs program and Social Enterprise business units of Millionair Club Charity. These programs work by empowering participants to build foundations for personal and professional resiliency, so that they can work to take control of their own lives and re-integrate into society. The programs create the opportunity for skills training, consistent work, and a pathway to permanent employment.
To learn more about the Millionair Club Charity, visit their website.
For more information about past SRSF grant recipients and projects funded through Seattle Rotary committees, see the annual reports.