Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Don't Want Handouts—They Want A Way Out.
Over 11,000 people were identified as homeless or unsheltered by the 2017 All Home King County Count Us In Report and 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 over 100 years, the Seattle-based organization has provided the necessities and skills needed for an individual to get hired and remain employed, such as a warm meal, a hot shower, vision exams and glasses, and the tools and training they need to attain and maintain a consistent job. "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 and the organization partners with over 1,500 employers to make each individual's "personal achievement plan" a long-term reality.
Millionair Club Charity has helped 1,109 previously unemployed individuals earn a paycheck at a job and work a total of 180,604 hours in 2017. Together, they earned $2.4 million. Hundreds of participants in Millionair Club Charity were placed in a permanent job with a sustainable source of income and a foundation to never return to the streets and to help others follow in their footsteps.