Daybreakers & partners help fund Jacob’s Well elevator project

Oct 03, 2013
From left: Bill MacDonald, Community Service Chair of the Daybreakers; Susan Camerer, Executive Director of Vision House; Kristi Slattery, Volunteer Coordinator of Jacob’s Well; Gene Lipitz, President, Lake Union Rotary Club; Mary Petrie, Community Service Chair, Lake Union Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers recently presented Susan Camerer, the Executive Director of Vision House, with a donation of $28,850 to fund the installation and operation of the elevator for Jacob’s Well, a new facility providing housing, counseling and support for homeless mothers and children in North King and South Snohomish County.

When opened in late 2013, there will be 12 apartments, a community center, a preschool/child care facility and a career & family counseling center all dedicated to providing a path out of homelessness for families.

Bill MacDonald, the Daybreakers Community Service Chair, was instrumental in gathering the funding for this donation through securing partners, sponsors and grants.

For the past 3 years, MacDonald has coordinated volunteers to help with the construction of Jacob’s Well, a facility built by Vision House without debt through donations and volunteered time.

As he highlighted during the presentation, “Jacob’s Well is an inspiration, providing not just a warm, comfortable home to a homeless family, but the counseling, education and support to enable a family to become independent and successful.”

Susan Camerer highlighted the power of community in helping bring Jacob’s Well from a vision to reality.

“To date, we are grateful for the more than 2,885 volunteers, 191 businesses, 66 churches, 32 community organizations and 18 foundations who’ve contributed time, materials and money to make Jacob’s Well a reality,” Camerer said.

Specifically for this project, the Daybreakers would like to acknowledge their many partners: Daybreakers Rotary Foundation & its contributors; Partnering Rotary Clubs – Alderwood Terrace, Mill Creek, Lake Union, Shoreline Breakfast, Lake Forest Park; Rotary District 5030 – District Matching Grant; UBS Matching Grant; The McDevitt Family; Tom & Dorothy Sheehan; Jim & Nancy Crim; Bill & Mayumi MacDonald; Kathy Martin; Edmonds Family Medicine; VFW Post 8870; Don & Nancy Olsen.

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers is a service organization with a diverse membership of community and business leaders through Edmonds, Lynnwood and Shoreline who are dedicated to the ideal of “service above self.”

Members and friends serve many needs throughout the community and schools, as well as around the globe.

For more information, visit or join them for an upcoming meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Edmonds Yacht Club.

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