Update: This position has been filled!
Who We Are:
PSKS was founded in 1995 by a group of homeless youth who wanted their voices to be heard by policy makers who did not understand the impact of their decisions. With this bottom-up approach, PSKS found its niche – empowering youth who are too often excluded from mainstream services. At the heart of the PSKS community is our CORE Membership of participants – an inclusive governance structure giving voice and power to our youth to influence organizational programs and policies. Young people at PSKS develop a sense of ownership and pride being actively engaged to end the challenges of personal and community homelessness.
Capitol Hill Case Management program works with high-risk youth and young adults not currently served by other agencies. The case manager refers to and advocates for participants needing housing, employment, education, legal and medical services and to other relevant community resources. CM also provides valuable one-on-one peer support groups and emotional support for the many youth who might not find it elsewhere.
Capitol Hill and PSKS Shelter Case Management Duties and Responsibilities:
(approximately 20 hours per week)
- Assess Participant needs; advocate for and refer participants to housing programs, legal services, chemical dependency treatment, counseling services, employment programs
- Create Individualized Support Agreements as part of the intake process
- Create, and plan new participant orientations in collaboration with other key staff
- Be present at daytime drop in hours and occasionally on site during late night shelter hours to engage youth for services/conduct intakes and/or set appointments for intakes or other external resources meetings; show up on time; reliable
- Accompany participants to off-site appointments; consistent follow up with referral agencies
- Assist participants to apply for government and other benefits
- Keep accurate, detailed case files daily (audited yearly by the city)
(approximately 8 hours per week)
- Attend outside provider meetings to keep up with current trends and resources
- Attend external community advocacy meetings
- Collaborate with other staff in producing grant proposals and reports
- Participate in weekly staff meetings; training programs; supervisory sessions
- Ensure participants adhere to Safe Spaces Rules and Accountability process
- Adhere to agency policy, procedures and professional code of ethics
- Assist with any other duties deemed necessary by the Executive Director
Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Cycles is a grassroots Outreach Project for Seattle community members to bring menstrual supplies to folks in need. They gather anonymous donations of pads, tampons, wet wipes and underwear of various sizes and styles for homeless or income-insecure people in Seattle of all or no genders, who have cycles.
Thanks to our community partner, PSKS is completely stocked with menstrual supplies for our participants. THANK YOU ALL CYCLES!
When the they found out we were completely out of our underwear supplies, they rallied community members to donate over 400 pairs!
Did you know…
Socks and underwear are consistently our most requested items. Not only does a fresh pair feel good, it’s also good for personal hygiene. The only way that PSKS can offer our participants fresh socks and undies, is with donations from the community.
If you want to make a donation, visit our Amazon wish list at: http://a.co/3YEizQN.
Sock and underwear drives are another great way to make a big impact on the lives of homeless youth. Contact email@example.com to learn more about hosting your own drive.
In January PSKS welcomed new Executive Director, Krista Cossalter! Krista was born and raised in Southeast Seattle. She has worked her entire life in the nonprofit world, including positions at the King County Bar Association, Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, the USO, Austin Foundation, and Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance. She brings a lifetime of local contacts in the nonprofit, business and philanthropy communities and is excited to meet and work with PSKS participants, donors, and community partners.
Welcome her yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Each year an ever growing number of Secret Santa’s donate everything from boots and hand warmers to tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks to be given to PSKS participants on Christmas.
After a delicious meal prepared one of our talented board members, each participant is invited into the Secret Santa store to select some gifts they like…
Many thanks to our Secret Santa’s, board members, staff and volunteers who make this annual tradition possible!
Wishing you a holiday season that is warm and bright!
Want to make a gift to PSKS this holiday season?
The coldest weather is about to descend. Gifts of any size will ensure we can spread the love…and food, shelter and a caring community. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
For some, the holidays are filled with warmth, joy and celebration. But when you are homeless and you don’t have a family to celebrate with or a home to go to, they can be depressing.
That’s where you come in.
Bring warmth and comfort into a young person’s life this holiday season with a donation to PSKS. Your support can provide a bed, a shower and clean clothes for someone.
Did you know PSKS also accepts donations of items like socks, shampoo, toothpaste and t-shirts? Check out our Amazon wish list and pick a few items that participants can use to stay clean and warm this winter.
Special thanks to Harborstone Credit Union for kicking off the giving season with the gift baskets they dropped off on November 21st!
And THANK YOU ALL for helping build this community of support!
Local running shoe company, Brooks, is committed to making the best running gear to build a healthier, “Run Happier” world. Beyond making shoes and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, they regularly donate gear so people who really need their products can put them to great use.
On a daily basis PSKS participants traverse the city to access shelter, meals and support, they walk A LOT. It’s easy to wear out a pair of shoes but it’s not always easy to get a new pair. Especially one that fits right AND offers comfort and style.
Last week Brooks delivered over 500 shoes and t-shirts to PSKS for participants.
That’s more than enough for each participant to get some new gear during this holiday season. Whether they are passing GED tests or applying for jobs, they are going places in 2017. What a generous gift!
THANK YOU BROOKS!
Like many in our country, the day after the election was a time to process where we are and where we’re going as a country and a community. PSKS participants shared some of their thoughts and reactions to the results…
We’re ready to get to work building bridges and strengthening our communities. Join us! Your donation to PSKS can help build a community of support and empowerment for the future!
There is a lot to celebrate this month in the RISE Learning Center!
RISE students are setting goals, studying hard and reaping the rewards as they pass their GED tests. In the past two weeks two students have each passed a test. Way to go!
5 students have recently passed all the tests to get their GED. This is no small feat, it requires a lot of dedication and perseverance to put in the time studying with tutors and on their own to pass these tests. PSKS students have gone on to find jobs and pursue secondary education. They are unstoppable!
On November 30th we’ll be acknowledging the progress and accomplishments of our RISE students with a party at PSKS! Like us on Facebook to see highlights from the party.