Help the Center for Human Services plan for the future

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Center for Human Services (CHS) is a community nonprofit located at 17018 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155. CHS serves many basic human needs throughout the Shoreline School District's community and beyond. More than 10,000 individuals and families depend on CHS services in any given year.

It is currently making financial plans for the next three fiscal years, and like many other organizations, finding that money is tight. As government entities and local foundations are forced to tighten funding and competition for requests continues to rise, CHS is faced with a very hard process to predict strategies sufficient for a full three years.

For the coming fiscal year, CHS was forced to significantly reduce many of their family support programs. However, the fact remains that as current resources shrink, the demand for services continues to grow.

Many of those CHS serves come from housing communities where families have very low incomes and a high percentage are refugees and immigrants. The very programs CHS offers, some of which will be cut beginning this fall, are for school aged youth within these communities and throughout the Shoreline School District. These programs depend highly upon community support, both in terms of financial donations and volunteerism. 

CHS continues to offer programs that develop individual and family skills. The programs encourage positive mental health, prevent and treat addictions, support youth academic success, assist parents’ engagement in their children’s learning, and strengthen relationships and parenting skills. The changes made by participants contribute to the overall health and vibrancy of the whole community.

CHS is poised to survive these economic woes and will continue to provide services, but they would like the help of the community. 

Find out more about CHS programs at their website where donations can be made directly online. Donations can also be mailed to, or dropped off at the offices: Center for Human Services, 17018 15th Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155. Call to find out how you can volunteer, 206-362-7282.

Photos of participants in CHS community programs courtesy CHS.


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