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United Way Funds National Safe Place

SafePlacelogoOver the past year, AYR has partnered with YouthCare and Friends of Youth in providing support for young people in crisis.  Recently, United Way of King County stepped up to support the Safe Place program, funding each agency to provide an on-call youth counselor to respond to youth in need.

The National Safe Place program connects youth in crisis with provider agencies through a network of local businesses designated as “Safe Places.” These services help runaway and homeless youth resolve their crisis and remain in a safe and stable environment.

The King County Safe Place program has partnered the three regional providers of services to runaway and homeless youth (AYR, Friends of Youth and YouthCare) with King County Metro, King County Library System, YMCA of Greater Seattle, Compass Housing Alliance, and over 60 businesses in King County.  When a youth is in crisis, all they need to do is ask for help at any of these locations (or ask for assistance from any Metro bus driver) and he or she will be connected with Safe Place. A Safe Place youth counselor will then meet the youth within 45 minutes and assess his or her needs, helping the young person get to a shelter or return to their guardian if it is safe to do so.

These services are a vital link for runaway and homeless youth that often find themselves in danger living on the streets.  AYR would like to thank all of our partners in this endeavor. If you have a business and would like to become a designated Safe Place location, please contact our Safe Place Coordinator, Claire Petersen, at 253-350-0443, or e-mail her at kcsafeplaceteam

Safeco Invests in Youth Drop-In

Safeco_LogoThe Safeco Company has funded the AYR Arcadia youth drop-in program. The program is run in conjunction with the South King County Youth Shelter (SKYS) and provides an after-school drop-in center for at-risk and homeless youth that includes tutoring services, life skills groups, and recreational activities. The goal of the program is to offer young people a safe, supportive and enriching environment that is an alternative to hanging out on the streets [Read More]

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Supports Prevention Programs

A1-11The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe generously donated $10,000 to AYR and EYFS to provide nicotine prevention in the Sumner School District and outreach services for adolescent outpatient treatment in the Enumclaw School District. We would like to thank the Muckleshoot Nation for their continued support of AYR and EYFS.  Over the past 13 years, the Muckleshoot Foundation has donated grants of  $101,489.

This latest funding is crucial in our attempts to provide substance abuse prevention in South King & North Pierce Counties. 

Boeing Employees Help Fund
New H Street Annex Site

A1-9Thanks to a generous $45,000 grant from the Boeing Employees Fund, AYR has recently opened our new H Street Annex site. The H Street Annex was specifically designed to provide specialized counseling services and increase our capacity to assist more families. The new site offers dedicated rooms for AYR’s new Birth-to-Five Program, our ongoing Art Therapy Services as well as large rooms for groups and family therapy. [Read More]

EYFS Offers Free Dental Care Services
in the Plateau

A1-7Enumclaw Youth & Family Services will be operating a mobile dental clinic in Enumclaw on the 2nd Thursday of every month starting on April 14th. The services are provided through a grant from the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation and through the donation of services by local dentists.

The mission of the Mobile Dental Program is to provide free dental care to low-income children and adults, the homeless and migrant workers who lack insurance or a realistic way to pay for treatment. Dental services provided by the mobile clinic include exams, X-rays, fillings, and extractions. Our dentists can make low-cost referrals for your follow-up care as well.

Any adult or child in need of a dental check-up, fillings, and/or extraction can call 360-825-4586 or email at to set-up an appointment.  Please click here for program flyer.


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