The Swinerton Foundation Annual Report_COMBINED_Singles - page 16

SW I N E R T ON
B U I L D E R S
S E A T T L E
The Swinerton
F o u n d a t i o n
HEROES IN ACTION
More than 4,000 children and young adults are
homeless at any given moment in Kings County,
Washington. This number is considered conservative
though as many of these children become virtually
invisible—a survival skill they learn early on.
The Mockingbird Society was founded in 2000
to provide a voice for youth in foster care.
Headquartered in Seattle, the organization has a
statewide presence with youth chapters in Spokane,
Yakima, Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia. Their
youth programs train young people who have been
homeless or in foster care to be their own best
advocates. By doing so, they change policies and
perceptions that stand in the way of every child
having a safe and stable home. Additionally, their
family programs advocate for innovation in the
way services, such as foster care, are delivered.
By creating supportive systems of care, youth thrive
while developing lasting connections to support their
successful transition to adulthood.
Swinerton Senior Project Manager Robert Hatheway’s
daughter, Erin, is an outreach coordinator at
Mockingbird. That’s how Robert found out firsthand
the important assistance and mentorship they provide
to youth in need. In 2015, The Swinerton Foundation
donated $500 to support Erin’s work and to help the
organization continue their mission.
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