Tag Archives: King County

Decreasing juvenile incarceration

King County’s juvenile detention numbers have gone down since the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is more that can be done! In June, we joined a coalition of over 40 community organizations and leaders, including elected officials, in co-writing a follow-up letter to the King County Council calling for more action to release, with supports, the approximately 30 youth incarcerated in the county detention center, most of whom are awaiting the outcome of their cases.

Thank you to TeamChild for sharing this letter that we signed onto.


picture of person in shadows who is incarcerated, behind bars

Toys for Tots: King County




The program serves children between the ages of 0 to 13.


Current DSHS Provider 1 award letter and one of the approved listed below:

Driver’s license, or photo I.D. with current address, as listed on award letter.  All documentation will be verified.


Proof of Federal or State funded low income program such as:

ECAP, Head Start, WIC, Free or Reduced lunch


 Driver’s License

Current Phone Bill

Current Electric Bill Post Marked Envelope – with Name, Address, and Zip code

2013 King County Toys for Tots Distribution Schedule & Locations



Lake   Samm Foursquare Church

14434   N.E. 8th Street,   Bellevue


Auburn     Community Service Office

810 –   28th Street NE Auburn



Capitol     Hill Community   Service Office

1700   E,. Cherry Street,   Seattle


King     North Community   Service Office

9600     College Way North, Seattle (NSCC)



White   Center Community Service   Office

9650 15th   Ave. S.W.,   Seattle


Rainier     Community   Service Office

3600 S.     Graham Street, Seattle



White   Center Community Service   Office

9650 15th   Ave. S.W.,   Seattle


Belltown   Community Service Office

2106 2nd   Ave. Seattle



Renton     Community Service Office

500   S.W. 7th   Street, Renton


King   South Community Service office

1313 W.     Meeker St., Kent



Federal   Way   Community Service Office

616 348th   St., Federal   Way


King   South Community Service office

1313 W.   Meeker St., Kent



Federal   Way   Community Service Office

616 348th     St., Federal Way


White   Center Community Service   Office

9650 15th     Ave. S.W., Seattle

All events are from 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Families receiving assistance through the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) are pre registered to receive toys
Families may receive toys once during the holiday season

For more information about the 2013 King County Toys for Tots campaign please visit our website at http://www.ToysforTots.org

King County Holiday Resources

Click on any of these links to see the resources currently available in 2013, and if you could spread this information, that would be helpful as well.

    1. Christmas Baskets
    2. Christmas Meals
    3. Christmas Parties
    4. Hanukkah Programs
    5. Holiday Adoption Programs
    6. Holiday Gifts/Toys
    7. Thanksgiving Baskets
    8. Thanksgiving Meals
    9. Use any King County ZIP code to narrow your search.

The information for other counties in the state is available via links at www.win211.org.

King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle

The forum will include:

  • King County’s legislative priorities in mental health and substance abuse for 2014.
  • Key outcomes and innovations in the delivery of behavioral health services in King County.
  • Personal stories of individuals recovering from mental illness and/or substance use.
  • The perspectives and priorities of state and federal legislators representing our region.
  • A chance to show legislators how much King County values behavioral health services

Please bring family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, clients, peers, allies, and advocates. Everyone is welcome!

Sentenced to Unemployment

Bruce Harrel is putting it out there that unemployment is the true penalty to our crimes. Read about how he is working to amend this problem.

Currently in Seattle, private employers can conduct a criminal background check on any job applicant before even agreeing to grant him or her an interview. The problem, laments Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, is that qualified workers who have done their time—or worse, were simply arrested and never charged with a crime—are still being denied jobs, or even interviews, as a form of passive punishment that continues long after they leave jail. “In fact, many job listings found online will bluntly state ‘No felons need apply,'” Harrell says. “We’re trying to eliminate that.”

Read more to have a better understanding on the topic.


The Kid’s Closet Needs You!

Kid's Closet
Kid's Closet

The King County Youth Detention Center has a ‘Kid’s Closet’ to help those youth that are leaving the center and going on to homes that cannot supply them with basic needs.

From their website:

“Kids Closet is a clothing bank for youth and families who are involved with the juvenile justice system.  Kids Closet accepts donations of new and slightly used clothing, shoes, sports equipment, toiletries, and other essential items and makes them available at no cost to Juvenile Court clients and their families.

If you are interested in making a donation, please call (206) 205-9621 or email kidcloset@kingcounty.gov.  Items can be donated Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.  Special arrangements also can be made if you need pick-up service.  Donations are tax deductible.  Please make sure used items have been laundered or cleaned before drop-off, as Kids Closet has limited facilities.  We appreciate your generosity and support!

You can find them here:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/JuvenileCourt/kidscloset.aspx