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December Newsletter

Join us in the spirit of generosity and service
Dear <<First Name>>,

As the year draws to a close, we’re taking time to reflect on all that has been made possible for our community by people coming together in the spirit of generosity and service. The support we received to help remodel our home in the historic firehouse marked an incredible milestone in our nearly 60-year history of social service and advocacy.

From our new space, we’ve served thousands of people with dignity and respect. The support of individuals like you has ensured our neighbors have:
Heating through our Energy Assistance Programs covering the cost of energy bills, refilling oil tanks, and repairing or replacing furnaces. This is especially critical this year with colder than usual temperatures and rising energy costs.
Access to The Market, our newly renovated food bank, revamped to create a grocery store experience so our clients can select the foods and non-grocery items they want and need with dignity.
Financial empowerment through personal finance resources and workshops where community members gain confidence and skills to budget, save, and take control of their money.
A secure and comfortable home through our rental assistance program that covers past-due rent so families stay housed and to avoid eviction.
While we are proud to have been of service to so many in our community, we anticipate the need for our support to be greater than ever in 2023. The rapid rise in the cost of living combined with the economic downturn is putting more individuals and families in need of support.

We need to raise $250,000 before the end of the year to continue providing support and service with the dignity and respect our community members deserve.

Will you make a meaningful donation before the end of this year?
Give Now
Thanks to our GivingTuesday donors, we’ve raised $8,500 toward our goal. It will take each of us digging deep to end the year strong. We hope you will give.

Andrea Caupain Sanderson
President & CEO
Manifesting Black Well-being with
a new report by the Black Future Co-op Fund

"When Black communities thrive, all communities thrive." This is the truth behind the new report released by the Black Future Co-op Fund, Washington’s first Black-led cooperative philanthropy. Black Well-being: Moving Toward Solutions Together elevates community identified approaches to tackling the structural barriers prohibiting Black well-being and highlights the changes needed to create the world Black people envision.

The report builds on Byrd Barr Place’s 2015 report, Creating an Equitable Future in Washington State: Black Well-being & Beyond, which has been an invaluable resource in understanding the state of Black Washingtonians. We’re proud to be a partner in producing this new report. We hope you’ll read and share it with everyone you know to help manifest Black well-being statewide.

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Meet Amal Mure

“For me, an equitable future is one in which people do not feel limited by their circumstances. In an equitable future we take away the barriers that prevent people from moving forward in their lives.”

Amal Mure is the newest member of the Byrd Barr Place family! As the new Energy Assistance Program Director, she manages the energy assistance programs that offer support for community members to pay water, electricity and utility bills.

In this Q&A, Amal shares how her commitment to working with Black communities and creating an equitable future lead her path to Byrd Barr Place.

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Level up your personal finances for the new year
Finish the year strong and watch the recording of our “End-of-Year Money Moves” personal finance event workshop with College Money Habits Founder Obioha Okereke. In this session, you will learn to chart a plan for managing your money to close out 2022 and start the new year feeling more confident about your “money moves."
Watch & Learn
Learning to Champion Seasonal Changes
Seasonal changes can affect our well-being. Watch mental health advocate, speaker and author Richard Taylor share his insights from his own journey, and provide tools on how to be compassionate with ourselves and others.
Reminder Seattle Residents:
With the winter months upon us, now is the time to apply for our energy assistance programs that support households with low incomes to pay energy bills, refill oil tanks, and repair or replace furnaces. We administer both the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Puget Sound Energy Home Energy Lifeline Program (PSE HELP). Households can qualify for one or both programs.

Visit our website to learn more. Applications are open through August 31, 2023.
Learn More & Apply
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