Lynnwood Police surprise moms, kids in transitional housing
It’s hard enough being a young, single mother, but the holidays can be especially difficult for those who are also low income and struggling to avoid homelessness.
Officers from the Lynnwood Police Department surprised eight mothers and their kids living in Volunteers of America’s short-term housing, Kiwanis House, with gift cards to brighten the holidays—and then shared dinner with them and took them shopping at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer.
The Dec. 6 event also included 20 other mothers and their children from local housing programs.
“[The officers] even provided gift wrapping!” said Debbie Bivens, Resident Manager of Kiwanis House, who reported that everyone had a great time.
While each of the kids shopped with an officer, the moms got some time to do their own shopping.
Each woman received a $75 card and each child received a $35 card.
“We’re so grateful to the Lynnwood Police Department for their kindness,” said Sharon Paskewitz, VOA’s Director of Housing and Transitional Services. “And also to the Lynnwood Kiwanis Foundation for opening their space to these young mothers and kids who would otherwise be homeless.”
Kiwanis House is operated by Volunteers of America in space provided by the Lynnwood Kiwanis Club as short-term transitional housing for young homeless mothers and mothers-to-be and their children.
At any given time it serves eight women and their children, averaging about 25 women and 34 children per year. From Kiwanis House the women move into either longer-term transitional housing or permanent housing.
Case managers help them develop their own individual plans for self-sufficiency, and the women are connected with multiple services and resources as needed.
Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) serves a six-county region, providing food, housing, and support services for people wherever they are struggling along the continuum of life – from families and children to seniors and people with developmentally disabilities.
Each year, VOAWW responds to 350,000 requests for assistance. For more information, visit www.voaww.org.