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Our November Nonprofit of the Month: Cocoon House

Thursday, November 10, 2016by  Sharlyn Petit

Our Nonprofit of the Month program gives employees a chance to champion the organizations that mean the most to them. Through employee nominations and an annual vote, 12 organizations are chosen to receive a $1,000 donation from PEMCO Foundation (plus voluntary employee donations).

For November, our employees nominated and chose Cocoon House.   

BreakTheCycle Cocoon House image

Cocoon House serves homeless, at-risk, and disconnected young people in Snohomish County. Its mission is “to empower young people, families, and the community to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach, housing and prevention.” In their own words, here’s why our employees nominated the organization:

“Each year, millions of teens are homeless for various reasons – behavior is usually brought on by the death of one or both parents, alcoholic or drug-seeking parents, non-supportive family, and more. I was one of those teens for a year. Places like Cocoon House help provide a temporary home, food, a bed to teens in need so they're not on the street, giving them a chance at a better life vs. one filled with crime and illegal activities.”  

“They do great work, helping victims of domestic violence, providing a safe place to go, guidance and the resources to get people back on their feet.”

Stacks of clothing for Cocoon HouseCocoon House has grown from an eight-bed emergency shelter to include five Snohomish County locations, long-term housing, street outreach, and a nationally recognized prevention program that focuses on parents building their family management skills.   

Our Lynnwood office held a clothing and supply drive for Cocoon House Nov. 1 – 8. We’re proud to support local organizations like Cocoon House that work to improve the quality of life in our NW communities. Thank you, Cocoon House!

Image source: Cocoon House Facebook page

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