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Treehouse gives foster kids a childhood and a future.

Treehouse was founded in 1988 by DSHS social workers who saw the deprivation often faced by children in foster care.  They held bake sales and car washes so they could provide the little things needed to help children feel loved and capable. Today, Treehouse provides clothes, toys, and school supplies at our Wearhouse, and access to critical extracurricular activities and community resources through our Little Wishes program – bringing support to thousands of children in foster care each year.

Treehouse is embarking on our most important work yet: helping foster youth in King County graduate high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future.  Treehouse’s goal addresses the alarmingly high dropout rate among high school students in foster care.  Treehouse is uniquely committed to partnering with school systems, government agencies, caregivers, social workers, and funders to change the trajectory of kids in foster care by helping them make it to graduation day and beyond.  Our educational program, Graduation Success, will ensure that foster children in King County graduate at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future by 2017. 

Together, we are invested in building a road to hope and possibility for our kids, toward the bright future they equally deserve.

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Developing Committed, Active, Responsible and Engaged Stewards

Through the John Hay CARES Stewardship Program, students will learn the value of helping others, beginning with children in their own community. Our goal is to educate students about stewardship, the positive effect they can have on their community, and to engage students through hands-on experiences. 

For 2015-16, John Hay CARES will begin a yearlong partnership with Treehouse for Kids, a non-profit that serves foster youth in the greater Seattle area. Treehouse is located in the Mt. Baker area, south of downtown. 

There will be several CARES events throughout the school year: 
  • Holiday Donation Drive
  • Volunteer opportunities at Treehouse (space available on March 8)
  • Volunteer opportunity at the Westlake Carousel
  • Treehouse Champions for Foster Kids Luncheon on Wednesday, March 30th
  • Used Sports Equipment Drive in early June
  • Ongoing Treehouse donation bin located under the paper tree, near Lost & Found.

John Hay Partners