For many years Market Street Shoes has worked to raise funds for the United Indians' Labateyah Youth Home & Bridge Housing programs as part of the Ballard Gives Back weekend. Ballard’s business owners are encouraging shoppers to shop small and local for a good cause for the Black Friday shopping weekend!
The United Indians Labateyah Youth Home, located in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Seattle, was established in 1992 by founder Bernie Whitebear, who recognized that Native American youth were disproportionately represented in Seattle’s homeless community. Whitebear established Labateyah (“the transformer” in the Lushootseed language) to provide a supportive transitional environment to move from homelessness and dependence to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. They seek to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth, combining Native American wisdom and ceremony with modern educational, medical and social services. More info about the United Indian Youth Housing programs can be found here: https://www.unitedindians.org/services/youth-home/
Last year we were able to achieve our goal of purchasing 25 new beds and bedding for the house, with the support of our shoppers, artist auction and additional donations! Thank you!
This year we hope to raise $5000 in support of Employment Readiness costs, which are not covered by housing grants. This includes access to driving school, food handlers cards, other work certification and licensing programs, hair cuts/styling, clothing, orca cards, etc.
There are several ways for you to support this effort:
- First, by shopping in our stores or online! Market Street Shoes will be donating 20% of our sales from Friday November 26th through Giving Tuesday November 30th, toward this goal.
- Second, by donating directly to our goal! Donations can be purchased online HERE or by visiting or calling one of our stores and requesting to make a donation to Labateyah!
- Additionally, bidding on 2 amazing local art pieces donated for auction in support of our fundraising efforts! Their work will be on display in our store and bids can be entered from Friday November 26th through end of day Tuesday November 30th. Learn more about the Auction HERE
Cedar Portrait Mask, By Frank Peterson
Under the Salish Sea, By Rachelle Wirfs
Each year a collection of Ballard businesses put a generous spin on Black Friday by donating a portion of their proceeds to local non-profits as part of the Ballard Gives Back program.
More info, and a list of participating businesses can be found on the Visit Ballard website.
Labateyah Youth Home, Crown Hill, Seattle, WA