Our Fall 2013 CommonWealth team worked together over the last three weeks to build their skills as donors–and learn about this round’s issue area of focus: housing and homelessness. Last night, after researching nearly 50 organizations working on the issue locally and statewide, the group decided to send their donation to DESC!
DESC is a Seattle-based organization that works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental or addictive illnesses, by providing mental health and chemical dependency treatment, 279 emergency shelter beds, and nearly 800 units of permanent supportive housing that serve over 7,000 people each year.
From the beginning, the CommonWealth team wanted to support organizations that provde a wide range of services to address the root causes of homelessness. DESC emerged as a perfect match–the team was impressed by the diversity of their programs, their collaborative approach and their impressive results. As the team said themselves, DESC serves “the people we see every day,” and “empowers them to be a part of the community.”
Thanks to our CommonWealth team for the time and energy they invested this round–we’re thrilled to send their donation of $1,200 to DESC this week!