Belltown entertains a lot of races and runners; it seems we host the lion’s share of Seattle’s favorite charity sport events. For a change of pace, why not take a walk through Belltown for a great neighborhood cause? New Horizons Ministries, who walks alongside Seattle’s street kids, is hosting their annual fundraiser, Saturday, June 8th. Appropriately known as the WALK, this event includes free food, free music, and open house tours for anyone who would like to join the event.
You may know New Horizons by the colorful mural at the corner of Third and Cedar, or from their welcome offshoot, Street Bean Espresso, across the street. Seattle’s street kids know them. Serving this population for thirty-five years, New Horizons has been in Belltown since the late 1990’s.
There is a lot going on at this corner of Belltown. Basic needs are met in the drop-in center four days and evenings throughout the week. In 2012, 1,088 kids came through the center. Deeper needs related to job training, education, and mental health assistance, are met through staff and mentor relationships. 55 kids set 355 new goals last year. As New Horizons is a religious non-profit, not state funded, staff are free to develop long term relationships with youth, continuing beyond the age of 21. This empowers kids and mentors to walk alongside each other through transitions. Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, New Horizons has also learned how to create a safe space for kids to be in conversation about God without forcing a religious agenda. They maintain a welcoming, low barrier, presence in the lives of those they serve. Transformation takes place not only for youth, but also for volunteers and staff.
This year, a serious plan is underway to provide transitional housing. There are also plans and efforts to transform the center into an events hosting space for Belltown, including a new kitchen, with a more contemporary, clean look throughout.
• Re: volunteer opportunities/donations – contact Levi Eads, Hospitality Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Re: the WALK – https://nhmin.myetap.org/fundraiser/WALK/
• Re: New Horizons – their website/brand is currently being redeveloped; normally they are found online @ http://nhmin.org