Teen Feed Benefits: Andy Coe Band and “Thankful Dead” this Friday Nov 24@ Nectar

Join us for the 2nd Annual “Thankful Dead” event at Nectar in Fremont (412 N 36th St @8pm) this Friday November 25th.  The two-night Grateful Dead tribute presented by Nectar and PB&J Benefits Teen Feed and the youth we serve. Join our volunteers at the Teen Feed table for information.
We are incredibly grateful to have the talent and generosity of the Andy Coe Band, https://www.andycoeband.com.
Originally formed to pay tribute to guitar hero and folk legend Jerry Garcia, the Andy Coe Band has evolved into the liveliest psychedelic jam band to come out of the Pacific Northwest in years. Guitarist Andy Coe, with Gary Palmer on keys, Chris Jones on bass, and Scott Goodwin on drums, deliver stellar improvisational tunes in mystical proportions.

$25 2-night passes (limited early onsale)
$16adv / $20dos / $30 2-night passes
8pm doors
9pm show



Travel With Us This Holiday – Give to Youth

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In every backpack on every outreach team – Teen Feed provides basic needs, builds strong relationships, and allies with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. This work is only made possible by the generous donations of time and money from people like you!  CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR donation online today or go to http://www.teenfeed.org/donate.  Share with others who care.  We’re making a difference – together, in halting homelessness in the future by preventing it now.

If your budget allows, please consider making a reoccurring gift each month to help us sustain our programming all year long! You will be provided this option on our donation page.

Your donation is greatly appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. Teen Feed is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization (EIN 94-3034862).

Teen Feed Annual Holiday Bash set for Thursday December 7th – Gift Cards for Youth

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On December 7th from 6-8pm Teen Feed once again welcomes UDSPA and all our youth community as we host the annual bash of Yummy Food, a Live Band and Community Fun at University Congregational meal site!

Youth, do you have a special wish or basic need request? Sign up ahead with your case manager – $30 value. All Trained Advocates and Ally mentors are welcome.

Want to give a gift to youth?  Donate and specify “Gift Card” on your donation form found here in the “honor gift” section.  These funds will go directly to youth. www.teenfeed.org/donate

Seattle University District Partners, do you want to help or attend? Come and welcome.

Seattle community, do you want to sponsor a youth request?  Inquire at info@teenfeed.org or donate and specify a “gift for youth” Teen Feed will sponsor gift cards and choose someone from our wish list to receive your direct donation of basic needs, gift cards or housing support – Thanks, Secret Santa!

It’s Our Birthday! Donate $30 for 30 Years of Service to Youth

This month, Teen Feed celebrates 30 years of providing basic needs and the help youth need to meet their future of the streets. Give for Youth. Travel with us.

This month, Teen Feed celebrates 30 Years of providing basic needs, building strong relationships, and allying with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. This work is only made possible by the generous donations of time and money from people like you! Join us in celebrating 30 Years of Teen Feed by making a simple gift of $30! Your gift will help to provide 6 hot, nutritious meals for homeless youth this fall. At our meal program, young people will also connect with specially trained advocates and support staff to access the resources and services they need, such as housing, health care, and other basic needs.

Your donation can be made online today.  Share with others who care.  We’re making a difference – together, in halting homelessness in the future by preventing it now. 

If your budget allows, please consider making a reoccurring gift each month to help us sustain our programming all year long! You will be provided this option on our donation page.

Your donation is greatly appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. Teen Feed is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization (EIN 94-3034862).

Ladies Night Thursday July 20 at Swansons

Join us at Swansons on Thursday July 20 for an event to benefit the youth we serve. All ladies (and intrepid others) welcome!

Don’t miss the 4th Annual Summer Nights “Ladies Night Out” at Swansons Nursery this July 20th 6-9pm.
Join us for an evening all about the ladies (intrepid gentlemen welcome to attend)! Enjoy passed appetizers and wine while shopping and socializing. Plus, live music, local artisans, and activities to benefit the great work Teen Feed does in our community. All TICKET SALES (just $15 and includes the first glass) go to benefit the homeless youth served at Teen Feed. Thanks to our community! Need one or 10?  Invite the office (and shh..lets just keep this between us).

Need more info on directions or our friends at Swansons?  CLICK HERE for their homepage.

Starbucks Celebrates MLK Day with Teen Feed – The Basic Needs January 2017 List

Teen Feed works to offer basic needs items and daily essential to help homeless youth care for themselves. Teen Feed distributes basic needs items to youth at the nightly meal program, during street outreach, and in our office as youth access support coordination.

It’s been a cold and challenging winter, and it’s even tougher to start 2017 sleeping outside for our homeless youth. This year Martin Luther King Jr Day marks the kickoff of Starbucks Coffee Office Basic Needs Drive collecting sleeping bags, camp gear, wool items, toiletries and healthy snacks at the Utah Avenue Support Center to benefit Teen Feed.  The monthly Starbucks volunteer meal team also joins us for a deep-clean of our host kitchens in the University District.
As youth make their way off the streets, our community travels with us.  These items fill outreach backpacks, promote self care and keep them warm and dry.  Below are a few items that are running low or that youth have specifically requested. (Thanks Starbucks!)  Want to start your own office drive?  Check out this page.

Basic Needs Items for Youth – REQUESTS FROM THE KIDS

Click Here for our Basic Needs Amazon Smile Wishlist

Food Items that go into our Outreach Team Backpacks
Costco bulk Granola Bars
Nuts and High Protein Snacks
Instant Oatmeal Packets
Hot Cocoa

Camping Gear:
Waterproof tents and tarps
Sleeping Bags
Disposable hand warmers
Backpacks (gently used ok)
Batteries – AA, AAA
Travel-sized sewing kits

Wool Items and Gently Used Clothing:
New Socks – all sizes, wool please (warm when wet)
Gloves, hats, scarves
Hooded sweatshirts (L to XXXL, dark colors)
Warm coats
New underwear/boxers
Bras – all sizes

Travel Sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner
Combs and brushes
Full-sized Toothbrushes
Dental Floss
Hand Sanitizer
Tampons & pads
African American hair-care products

(1) Give an item or monetary donation.  Starbucks will match your volunteerism time or double the impact of your dollars by filing for matching
(2) Promote the drive on your social media with co-workers and friends
(3) Feel great about changing lives

Starbucks partners contact Jeff Ronnefeldt at the Starbucks Support Center for questions about the drive or opportunities to volunteer/join the monthly Starbucks Partner Meal Team. (Everyone else: To start an office drive in your own office or community group contact Janine at Teen Feed or check out this page for details and handouts.) Promote volunteerism opportunities for co-workers and friends.

Teen Feed Benefits – Rotary Discovery Wine and Food Truck Event This Saturday March 18 – Thanks Edrington and Kaffeeklatsche

Travel with us. Every backpack team changes lives. You can too.  Join us 5pm to 9pm Saturday and
follow hashtag #DebutsAndDiscoveries. University Sunrise Rotary sponsors the latest local beverage creations at historic Sandpoint Naval Air Station Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park to benefit Teen Feed youth. Enjoy hot bites from the newest local food trucks. Purchase bottles of the beverages that you like best.

Get tickets and directions HERE.  Visit the Event Facebook site HERE.

Visit the chosen charity booth for TEEN FEED sponsored by Edrington’s International Giving More Fund and get your amazing free fresh (and so yummy) pretzel knots from local german baker Kaffeeklatsch Seattle.  Any Questions?  Write to info@teenfeed.org. We will see you there!

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Santa Family Holiday Event Saturday December 2nd FREE With A Basic Need at the Flight Heritage Collection

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It’s a special date. Enjoy the one-of a kind antique airplane collection belonging to Paul Allen. Today the museum takes the day to focus on the personal courage of the Youth of Teen Feed. On Saturday December 2nd from 10am-2pm, Teen Feed once again partners with the Flying Heritage Museum (FHCAM) at Paine Field and your family for the holiday event of the season, Tanks Giving, supporting our local youth in need.

Yes, there’s a magical Santa Village, hot cocoa station, ginger bread cookie decorating for the kids, delicious food trucks, a scavenger hunt, craft stations,  video game stations, face painting, a special showing of The Santa Clause in the theater, and there will be SNOW! ( because we have the technology…) Once Santa arrives – on a TANK from the North Pole, St Nick will be in his village taking professional photos with your family from 11:30am-2pm free of charge – (and watch out for the Grinch)…

To celebrate this season of giving, bring an item off the SPECIAL AMENDED list below and or receive ONE FREE admission entry per $20 donation!  Families combine entrance fees (Adults $20, kids $10 ) to make a greater impact via cash donations paid directly to Teen Feed.  These monies go directly to healthcare co-pays, GED fees, bus tickets and housing applications, or ID replacement for youth making their way off the street.

new or gently used sleeping bags (portable, waterproof covers) OR tents
tarps OR rain gear

hooded sweatshirts (dark colors)
all-weather boots
Carhart-type Workpants (large sizes)

hats, OR gloves, OR hand warmers, OR packs of paired wool socks
Costco size Granola bars, OR nuts, OR healthy protein snacks, OR flat of ramen noodle cups,
$20 gift cards to Walgreens, Target and Goodwill.

Cash donations are welcome! All charitable gifts serve to help those who need it the most this holiday season.
Thank you for being a part of our community of care.

Schedule • 10am Doors Open
• 10am-2pm Kids Activities, Face Painting, Hot Cocoa Station, Cookie Decorating,
• 10am & 12pm- Viewing of The Santa Clause in FHCAM Movie Theater
• 11am Santa Arrives by Tank from the North Pole
• 11:30am-2:00pm Santa Village/Santa photos
• 2pm Event Ends
• 5pm Museum Closes

More info, location or directions?  Check out the Flying Heritage Website HERE *ticket proceeds purchased through FHCAM site will not be directed toward Teen Feed, but donations can be made at the door.  Allow a 20 minute drive from Seattle.

Now is the Time for Courage. Give.

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Becau$e. Now more than ever warm socks, nutritious meals, healthcare copays, first-time housing, GED fees and birth certificates for these incredible kids all cost dollars – and all are essential first steps to a life off the streets.

Because. After 30 years Teen Feed stands strong and vital, a hallmark low barrier organization respecting diversity with proven results. Teen Feed continues to get it right, creating the trusting relationships with youth that prevent permanent homelessness irrespective of gender preference, race or situation. We meet them where they are.

Becau$e You Share our Mission. Don’t stand by idle. Individual donors like you will partner with us to accomplish this vital work by giving from $15 to $5,000. Any amount is put to work.

Teen Feed created over 3,000 positive contacts with street youth moving more than 400 of these young adults into services in 2016 – with respect for their stories, goals and dreams, and with your contribution$.

Because you know that compassion is a stronger solution than fear, we challenge you to care. Travel with us in 2017 at every meal, in every outreach backpack, under every bridge, and with every future with alter. Give generously. Give monthly. Give joyfully. We’re on the streets taking the first steps. With you beside us, WE’VE GOT THIS.

Hiring Part-Time Meal Coordinators

Position also listed HERE on Idealist.org

Mission: Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three integrated programs: the Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP) and Service Links for Youth (SLY). Each program contains coordinators training in youth access to healthcare.

Summary: The Teen Feed Meal Program Coordinator supervises all operational aspects of the meal program, including the floor supervision and support of meal team volunteers, Advocates, and Allies. The leadership shown in this vital position ensures safety and consistency in Teen Feed’s meal program and stewards a community of supporters as described in the duties outlined below. The Teen Feed Meal Program Coordinator reports to the Programs Director.

Job Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned, as appropriate)

  • Know and share knowledge of every facet of Teen Feed Meal Program operation, including set-up, meal preparation, serving, and clean up. Train and/or support the food team volunteers in these tasks.
  • Oversee the nightly Teen Feed Meal Program as scheduled. Enforce rules at stated in the Teen Feed manual and ensure safety among Teen Feed guests, Advocates, Allies and meal teams using techniques for conflict de-escalation and excellent communication.
  • Supervise guests during Teen Feed Meal Program operation: enforce age limit, steer guests towards referrals or services, and refer and act as a bridge to SLY, STOP, or YAC health programs (or partner agency case management programs.
  • Work with Teen Feed and/or partner agency Support Coordinators/Case Managers to ensure consistency in Teen Feed Meal Program staffing coverage. Assure volunteers records each guest sign on the Youth Sign-in Sheet, and that volunteers sign in on the Volunteer Sign-in Sheet.
  • Utilize and foster skilled volunteerism.  Support Meal Program volunteers in their roles, remembering that they are also community members, donors, and businesspeople outside of Teen Feed — resources to support feedback and overall health of the organization. Include regular check-ups with volunteers during the  program.
  • Play an active part in creating training manuals, collecting stories for development, data collection, and soliciting feedback from youth and partner locations. Write in-kind receipts to donors as requested. Ensure in particular that meal teams record actual meal cost nighty. Potentially supervise Day of Caring volunteers to deep clean kitchens and facilities.
  • Understand and facilitate a positive work environment, encouraging all meal teams and guests to honor Teen Feed’s Meal Program site contracts with all host locations
  • Unlock host sites daily for volunteer meal teams. Participate in facility repair such as graffiti removal, and maintenance such as sweeping, mopping, and taking out the garbage.  Keep storage rooms/closets organized and neat.
  • Lead pre-Meal Program meeting with Advocates and Allies, as well as a post-Meal Program debrief to discuss daily victories; log any information that might be helpful for serving our guests better (i.e. new bars, overall tenor of the evening, any particular youth to note)
  • Monitor Teen Feed phone, binder, keys; ensure all things are brought back to the office at the end of the night
  • Input donation and volunteer data in Salesforce within 5 business days. Update meal program statistics for coverage nights.
  • Assist with Annual ID check: collect materials from guests and coordinate with other agencies to coordinate release of information if guests do not have valid ID, potentially assist with weekly Food Lifeline orders and pick-up
  • Other duties, as assigned on an ad hoc basis or as part of a temporary project
  • Skills and Qualifications:
  • Four-year degree preferred. Social sciences or related field,  Previous experience with homeless youth and young adults a plus or Two years of college credit and two years experience working with homeless youth and / or young adults.
  • Knowledge of social service systems and clinical issues pertinent to homeless youth
  • Ability to partner effectively with diverse local service providers at their sites and demonstrate respect for all service providers’ philosophies and missions.
  • Knowledge and ability to use a harm reduction model in supporting and providing all services
  • Demonstrate an initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism and anti-oppression and an understanding of oppression and its impact
  • Willingness to participate as a collaborative team member at weekly meetings, share feedback and mentor professional behavior with peers and youth
  • Ability to empathize with homeless youth and on some level to relate with their unique experiences.
  • Clear understanding of appropriate professional boundaries when working in close proximity to youth served,
  • Participation and awareness of the Meal Program as a forum for stewardship, and represent Teen Feed appropriately
  • Ability to perform all services in a culturally respectful manner, honoring homeless and street-involved young people as valued individuals
  • Ability to use language and behavior that demonstrates a basic respect for the dignity and value of those served, as well as coworkers and colleagues
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-motivated, working with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to follow all agency policies including, but not limited to, Teen Feed confidentiality and personnel policies, including keeping private any privileged information relating to other employees or those served
  • Commitment to youth empowerment
  • Sense of humor
  • Proficient in MS Office suite and basic computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Preference for bilingual or multilingual candidates.
  • On call Position is part time with flexible hours

Interested candidates send an email to Teen Feed Executive Director Tom Rembiesa at tom@teenfeed.org with a current resume and cover letter and “Part Time Meal Coordinator” in the subject line.