The services team at Imagine Housing was recently granted $1,120 to be used to purchase books on the First Book website. As many of the books already are listed at reduced prices, we were able to order over 450 books for the kids at our properties! We received the books from First Book a few weeks ago and they are being given to kids during the months of December and January. This is such an incredible opportunity for our kids!
First Book has distributed over 100 million books throughout the United States and Canada. The books are given to youth services organizations and schools in low-income communities. As reported on their website, getting books into the hand of children has a big impact on kids interest in reading:
“A 14-month longitudinal study of 2,564 students found that First Book:
- Improves interest in reading. Students demonstrating a ‘high interest’ in reading nearly tripled after receiving books from First Book.
- Increases children’s desire to learn. 69% of program administrators found books from First Book were “very important” in children’s decisions to read more and improve their reading skills.
- Increases reading at home. More than 70% of children reported increased home literacy activities after receiving books from First Book.”
For more information about First Book, please see their website: firstbook.org
Thank you, First Book! We are so thankful to partner with you to support our youngest residents!
~Rachel Mathison; Director of Supportive Services
As the Thanksgiving season concludes, we would like to give special thanks to our community partners who make Imagine Housing’s Holiday Gift Campaign possible. Through the campaign, we provide basic needs baskets—collections of everyday household items—to residents at certain properties during the month of December. Some of our residents would otherwise not receive any gifts during the holidays, and, with the increased cost of winter expenditures (such as utilities), these baskets will surely be a nice surprise.
The campaign also provides gifts for our youth. Through our partners’ generous support, we are able to provide presents for every child living in our affordable communities.
This year’s extraordinary Holiday Gift Campaign partners are:
Together, we are building strong communities and making the holiday season brighter.
~Eric Buley, Resident Support Specialist
At the core of so many individual and family struggles lies the need for a permanent affordable place to call home. Since 1987, Imagine Housing has been providing affordable homes to meet this need. Our housing, coupled with our services and support, helps over 1,000 people each year in East King County.
In the past year, Imagine Housing broke ground on a new 58-unit affordable housing complex, completed a total exterior renovation of our 14-unit community at Andrew’s Arms in Issaquah and provided more than 2000 hours of supportive services to residents. But that’s just the beginning of what we’ve been able to accomplish thanks to community partners such as you who are dedicated to fostering a vibrant community; because when we work together to support those who are struggling the most, we exponentially strengthen our collective worth.
We invite you to make an end-of-year gift to Imagine Housing to help us house, support and strengthen more struggling families in our Eastside community. Your contribution will help us create over 300 more affordable homes over the next three years. Please join us and help to build hope, improve community vitality and strengthen our vibrant Eastside. Our community is stronger, thanks to you.
Donate today at ImagineHousing.ThankYou4Caring.org
Meet the newest members of the Imagine Housing team:
Sibyl Glasby recently joined the Imagine Housing team as our new Director of Housing Development. She joins us after working for five years at Mercy Housing developing communities in the Puget Sound region for lower income families and seniors. Prior to joining Mercy Housing, she worked with Seattle Housing Authority for 10 years and was part of the team focused on the HOPE VI redevelopment at NewHolly and Rainier Vista in Southeast Seattle. Sibyl has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
As Director of Housing Development, she will focus her work on growing Imagine Housing’s footprint in East King County. She shares Imagine Housing’s vision of “creating an inviting Eastside community where families and individuals can choose to live regardless of income level” and is excited about growth opportunities that Eastside light rail expansion will bring for creating more affordable transit oriented housing. She believes that for affordable housing to be successful it must add to the neighborhood fabric and include services tailored to the needs of the residents.
James Kuhn recently joined our team as the first ever construction project manager for Imagine Housing. His background is in construction management in public and private projects in California, Washington and Massachusetts. He recently moved back to Seattle from California to be with his new bride and closer to family. With a broad background in construction and a long history of volunteer work in local communities and abroad, working for a non-profit doing great work is an exciting opportunity.
The new Housing Development Director, Sibyl Glasby and James will pair to manage development projects. These include South Kirkland Transit Oriented Development, which is under construction, and Snoqualmie Ridge, which is currently in the early design stages. In addition to new construction, James will assist Suzanne on capital projects and any repair endeavors.
~Angela Bertrand, Philanthropy Administrator
King County Councilmember Jane Hague discusses the importance of the South Kirkland Park and Ride project, including our affordable housing project.