ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

Everyone has a safe place to call home

aka Rising Out Of the Shadows/ROOTS, ROOTS   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.rootsinfo.org

Mission

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Jerred Clouse

Main address

4541 19th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98105 USA

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Formerly known as

Shalom Zone Nonprofit Association

EIN

91-2110379

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On any given night in Seattle, there are roughly 1,000 unsheltered young adults, yet there are only about 150 emergency-shelter beds available specifically for young people. At the national level, 1 in 10 young adults ages 18-25 experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. Young people, especially youth of color, are most impacted by intersecting oppressions including: race, sexual identity/conformity, place, income and language and immigration status. They disproportionately experience interpersonal, societal and structural barriers that limit access to education, healthcare and housing. Our guests at ROOTS are often negatively labeled and stigmatized by service providers, law enforcement and educators. Systems in general are often unkind to young people experiencing homelessness and can perpetuate trauma, which makes the process to improve their quality of life even more daunting.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Young Adult Emergency Overnight Shelter

Young Adult Shelter 8,000 bed-nights

The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is open every night and provides emergency overnight shelter, meals, access to hygiene facilities and access to case management services for up to 27 young men and women ages 18-25

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is open every night and provides emergency overnight shelter, meals, access to hygiene facilities and access to case management services for up to 27 young men and women ages 18-25

15,000 meals per year

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Friday Feast is a meal program that serves approximately 150 people of all ages every week.  It has been operating for over 15 years without missing a single meal, and was called "The Best of all Soup Kitchens" by Real Change.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter provides emergency shelter and community for young adults experiencing homelessness. ROOTS is the largest emergency shelter for the 18-25 age group in the State of Washington.

ROOTS works to disrupt these root causes by centering the experiences of young people and accepting young folks as they are through our low-barrier approach. The shelter provides services tailored to the specific cultural and generational needs of young people by asking each guest to create and author their next chapter.

35+ staff serve 350 unduplicated youth at our main site in the University District.

All of the organization’s work is based on trauma-informed care practices. ROOTS provides a safe and supportive environment where guests begin to engage and understand the impacts of trauma. ROOTS knows the population it serves, and many of the staff and volunteers (through their own lived experiences) can personally relate to the challenges facing this population.

In the fiscal year 2020, ROOTS assisted 350 unduplicated young people ages 18-25 experiencing homelessness with safe shelter, clothing, access to personal hygiene (showers and laundry), meals, and case management.

In 2020 ROOTS Emergency Shelter provided 13,370 overnights and served over 36,000 meals.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Pleasant-Brown

Whitney Nakamura

Joe Tartakoff

Eric Buley

Peter House

Sheila Smith

Ashley Van Dragt

Jesse Edstrom

Courtney Jackson

Laura Strum

Matt Markovich

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/31/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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