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Happy First Birthday Cocoon House East!

 

February 17, 2011



Monroe Shelter Celebrates One Year of Operation March 24th

“I found a safe place to live where no one was going to attack me in the middle of the night, where my belongings are safe, and I have two good meals every day.”

– Karissa, former Cocoon House East Resident

Monroe, WA – Cocoon House invites Snohomish County to celebrate the first anniversary of their newest temporary shelter serving homeless and at-risk youth. Cocoon House East, in Monroe Washington will open their doors to all for a birthday celebration on March 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:30pm. Staff, youth and community members will join together to honor the unique struggles faced by homeless young adults. Complimentary beverages and appetizers are provided and there will be tours of the facility and garden. Cocoon House East is located at 15302 Plain View Place; Monroe, WA.

The one-year-old Cocoon House East in Monroe is a LEED-certified, eco-friendly building that can house up to 5 residents for up to 90 days. It serves homeless young adults ages 18-20 in a beautifully constructed 5-bed facility. Throughout Snohomish County, there is a tremendous gap in services for this age group. In fact, this particular shelter had a waitlist of potential residents prior to opening and has remained at capacity for a solid year. This special event is part of the 2011 Imagine the Possibilities Annual Fund Campaign.

Many emotional and mental developmental challenges await these youth and Cocoon House offers a variety of services, including intensive case management and drug/alcohol counseling, to this vulnerable population. Joanna Dobbs the site operator for Cocoon House East comments, “We have had astonishing successes in our first year and I know we make a positive impact on this community’s youth every single day. I see first-hand how important this, and other, transitional shelters are to helping young people as they move into adulthood.”

Cocoon House has been providing temporary housing to Snohomish County youth for 20 years and in the past 5 years they have expanded at a rapid pace to serve the ever-growing demands of the community. They have shelters in Monroe, Arlington and Everett and continue to be vital resources for homeless youth in Snohomish County. Cocoon House provides safe environments and access to services such as drug/alcohol counseling and education, mental health assessment, assistance with school enrollment, and additional services to support teens and their parents.

 

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