Pay-It-Forward Fund: Homeless Youth

$685 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 2 months
Together we can create a place for young people experiencing homelessness: a place where anyone is welcome, and where everyone can access the resources and tools needed to thrive....

The Doorway Project is working with university and community partners to design and build a community café that engages the U District’s homeless and marginalized youth and young adults, Seattle residents, and important social services. 

Our aim is to create a space where homeless youth feel welcome by providing not only food, but a respectful and supportive community. We also hope that this café will be a safe place for homeless youth to interact with necessary resources, including medical professionals, housing counselors, therapists, social workers, lawyers, and community organizations. Together, we can build a place where homeless youth are seen as people, and not by the stereotypes that so often define them.

We are modeling a 'pay it forward' model: community members who can afford to pay will make up for those who can't. We are piloting this model through pop-up events, where we provide resources, coffee, meals, and music for the community. 

This GoFundMe is organized and facilitated by the Doorway Project Registered Student Organization at UW and will operate as an ongoing community-supported direct fund for meals and drinks during our quarterly "Pop-Up Cafe" events. 

Our next event will be on August 24th in the U District. We will be providing fresh, healthy sandwiches, and an ice cold drink from Street Bean Cafe, valued together at $10-$12. Thank you for any support you can give!

For more details on the event, please visit our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DoorwayProjectSeattle/ 

To learn more about the Doorway Project, visit our website at DoorwayProject.org 


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Thanks to all the community support we received, we raised over $700 through both online and off-line donations to our Pay-It-Forward fund., which funded 100% of our food and drink costs for the Pop-Up Cafe on August 24th.

With the extra funds, we are able to begin building for our next Pop-Up Cafe, happening October 18th at the Husky Union Building (HUB) on the UW Campus, from Noon to 4pm.

With your support we can continue to provide meals for youth experiencing food insecurity and deepen the conversation on youth homelessness in Seattle. Thank you!
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With just over a week left until our Summer Pop-Up Cafe, YOU can help carry US to the finish line!

As our way of saying thanks to you, each donor to our campaign will receive a Doorway Project canvas tote bag.

Carry your groceries!
Carry your textbooks!
Carry your cats!

Whatever you do with it, this simple and stylish bag is a great way of showing your support for youth and young adults on their pathway out of homelessness.
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