Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Don't Want Handouts—They Want A Way Out.
Over 12,000 people were identified as homeless or unsheltered in the Greater Seattle area in 2018. Roughly 30 percent surveyed said they were homeless due to losing their job. This happens all too often as a result of facing mental and physical illness, domestic violence, serious injury, long-term unemployment, and other traumas that create severe barriers to consistent work. Those without permanent or even temporary shelter often find themselves sleeping in tents and in cars, sometimes along with their hungry families. Without stable employment, these individuals and families remain stuck in the cycle of poverty, unable to escape.
Millionair Club Charity has found that a job is the key to breaking individuals out of homelessness. For nearly 100 years, the Seattle-based temporary staffing and non-profit has provided the necessities and skills needed for an individual to get hired and remain employed. In addition to dignified job opportunities, Millionair Club Charity provides its workers with hot meals twice a day, showers, laundry, vision exams and glasses, training workshops, transportation passes, and work certifications.. "Everybody deserves a job and everybody deserves a meal," said MCC Executive Director Jim Miller. "We put these two together." By caring for immediate needs and providing for needs like transitional housing, sack lunches, and laundry services, MCC helps people focus on becoming job-ready. Millionair Club Charity partners with over 1,000 local employers to make each individual's "personal achievement plan" a long-term reality.
Millionair Club Charity helped 1,033 men and women find temporary work in 2018, and 210 found full-time positions. Together, they earned $2.6 million in wages and saved taxpayers an estimated $8M in public services expenses. Because workers earn verifiable income, Millionair Club Charity was able to assist in housing applications for hundreds of workers and create a sustainable, long-term solution to the most vulnerable community members.