Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing (KITH).
Kirkland, WA – November 15, 2012 – The Windermere Foundation, recognized regionally for its corporate philanthropy, set a six-year record as Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing’s largest single private donor this month with a grant of $42,500.
Windermere Foundation Representative Pat Reimer presented the check to KITH's Executive Director Jennifer Barron at KITH’s office on State Street in Kirkland. The funds will support KITH’s 2013 life-changing housing and case management programs which help homeless families on the Eastside to move towards self-sufficiency.
“The Windermere Foundation’s support allows KITH to support housing costs as the average rent paid by families living in KITH housing is $120, which does not fully support operation and maintenance of the housing program,” said Jennifer Barron. “Funds also provide case managers who work one to one with families as they set goals that will assist the family in gaining stability and independence. Windermere Foundation is invaluable in our community and we are deeply grateful for their support.”
In addition to housing and case management for homeless families, KITH also offers food support to homeless and low-income community members at its weekly volunteer-run Community Supper program. Windermere’s Kirkland office hosts the Community Supper several times each year, and offices in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond have helped homeless families with holiday needs and gifts through KITH’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program.
Ten Windermere offices in the greater Seattle area team up every year for fundraising and giving. This year they exceeded everyone’s expectations, giving $140,000 to organizations like KITH, focusing on programs that benefit low-income and homeless families in their local communities. If you have purchased or sold your home through Windermere, you are a part of the Windermere Foundation. Each of Windermere’s offices raises funds through transaction donations, fundraising efforts, and personal contributions. The funds they raise go back to their communities, to benefit local nonprofit organizations and programs that support low-income and homeless families.
Founded in 1989, KITH is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to confront homelessness and build safe and healthy communities. For further information, visit KITH’s website(www.kithcares.org), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/KITH/319291434815082), or follow #KITH (http://twitter.com/kithcares ) and the #KITHCares hashtag on Twitter.