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November Newsletter

Join our community of care this Giving Tuesday
This year has marked an incredible milestone in our nearly 60-year history of social service and advocacy to our community with the remodel of our home. When we embarked on this mission to reclaim Black space in a rapidly gentrifying area, we did not realize it would also come at a time when the systemic inequities our communities experienced would be magnified by a global pandemic.

As much of the world moves on, the ripple effects created by the pandemic continue to reach more families. With our newly renovated space, our roots remain strong and our foundation is set on a legacy of Black-led community care that will sustain us through this tide of uncertainty and continue to provide the essential services our neighbors need.

Just as community care helped build our new forever home, community care is what will help us be a safehouse that our neighbors can turn to and rely on.

Will you join our community of care with a gift made by this Giving Tuesday?

Every donation made between now and Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, will ensure we can continue to provide support, space and service with dignity, respect and consideration. We hope you will save the date to give.
Give Now
Don’t wait, apply now for our energy and water assistance programs!
If you live in Seattle, you may be eligible for financial assistance with your utility bills.
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
Welcome, Derrick Love!

“I love that it’s a Black-led organization with deep roots in Seattle’s Black community. I couldn’t think of a better way to serve the community than to join the board and to help set strategy and direction for the near future.”

Derrick Love, who works in cybersecurity at Microsoft, is the newest member of the Byrd Barr Place board of directors. He is excited to bring fresh eyes to the work, and to use data and history to tell truthful narratives and set direction for our work through his board service.

In this Q&A, Derrick shares how his upbringing and love for community are the driving inspiration behind his desire to serve.

Get to Know Derrick
Finish 2022 with stronger finances and mental wellness
End-of-Year Money Moves
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 | 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Are you looking to get your money right before the year ends? Join us for an online workshop “End-of-Year Money Moves” on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

In this workshop, College Money Habits Founder Obioha Okereke will help you reach your 2023 financial goals. Topics covered will include benefits of investing, tips on negotiating salary, and insights on how to start planning for retirement. There will also be opportunity to interact with other participants in breakout groups during the online session.
Learning to Champion Seasonal Changes
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 | 10 to 11 a.m.

We invite you to join us in a virtual safe space for conversation and connection around mental health, “Learning to Champion Seasonal Changes,” on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mental health advocate, speaker and author Richard Taylor will discuss how seasonal changes can affect our well-being, share insights from his own journey, and provide tools and best practices on how to be compassionate with ourselves and others.
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