As school ended this June, so did on-site Youth Programming at Imagine Housing. After eight years of providing engaging and exciting afterschool and summer programs for youth, Imagine Housing has decided to shift its focus towards partnering with other community afterschool programs to continue ensuring our kids are being supported. For some properties this means that Imagine Housing staff are supporting our families in accessing other youth programs currently offered in their community, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. For other properties where these community resources are slim, we are looking at partnering with other organizations to have on-site programs offered in the future.
This summer, we are thankful to be able to provide the Summer Lunch program at Rose Crest of Talus in Issaquah and Highland Gardens in Sammamish to ensure that our youth residents get nutritious meals when school is out. We are able to offer this through a new partnership with the YMCA and United Way of King County. This partnership provides two AmeriCorps members to facilitate lunch for kids ages 0-18 and a youth activity five days each week!
Additionally, we are also working on finalizing a future partnership with the YMCA to continue providing afterschool programs at Highland Gardens in the fall. We are so incredibly excited about this possible partnership and look forward to seeing the new ways in which our youth with be supported.
Imagine Housing remains committed to providing support for youth and their families at all of our properties and looks forward to working with other community organizations to make this happen!
~Rachel Mathison, Director of Supportive Services