Seattle Pacific University (SPU, 3307 Third Ave W.) donated lightly used beds, mattresses, bureaus and couches from its dorms to the United Indians of All Tribes (UIATF) Transitional Youth Shelter, called “Labeteyah,” in Greenwood (9010 13th Ave. N.W.).
The 25 sets of furniture give the shelter a “much-needed upgrade,” according to a press release. The shelter provides housing, rehabilitation services and counseling for homeless young people.
Labateyah offers its services to people ages 18 to 24, with a special focus on Seattle’s Native population. It has served 1,900 people since 1992.
“We hold our hands up in gratitude to Seattle Pacific University,” said UIATF board chair Jeff Smith in the press release. “SPU’s donation came at just the right time. Our old furniture was just not serviceable, and we were despairing of finding replacements.”
This donation means the home will be able to continue to serve those who need their services.
The youth home is under-funded and needed the furniture, said manager Jenna Gearhart.
“We are happy to be able to help out United Indians and [its] youth homeless shelter,” said John Mansfield, SPU’s associate director for building maintenance. “[The furniture has] gone to a good home, and we are happy it didn’t have to go to a landfill.”