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Question:  What is your mission and objectives? 

 

Answer: 

A historically Black organization rooted in Seattle’s Central District, Byrd Barr Place is creating an equitable future through innovative programs and advocacy that empower people to live healthy, prosperous lives. In Seattle, Byrd Barr Place provides essential services — food, shelter, warmth and financial tools — to help people build stability and self-sufficiency. The organization also advocates for equity statewide through groundbreaking research and mobilizing communities to dismantle poverty and racism.

 

Our name honors Roberta Byrd Barr, a powerful civil rights leader, educator and journalist, who helped forge the path to self-determination for Black people and others who have been systematically marginalized. Roberta embodied the values that are the foundation of Byrd Barr Place: truth, community, equity, excellence and resiliency. We are humbled by her legacy and honored to carry forward her name.

Question:  Who do you serve and about how many people do you serve in a year? Please provide the demographics (including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, income level, etc.)?

Answer: 

Our clients come from all parts of Seattle, with varied social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They include Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; refugees and immigrants; the elderly and the disabled. Most live at 150% or more below the federal poverty level.

 

In 2022, we served:

  • 4,700 households through our Market, supplying fresh, nutritious food for families.

  • 6,650 households through our Energy Assistance Program, helping families keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer and providing relief on past-due energy utility bills.

  • 530 households with our Water Assistance Program to maintain vital drinking water and wastewater services.

  • 1,065 households through rental assistance to avoid eviction and remain in the place they call home.

  • 800 individuals through our community connectors, getting folks set up with services like child care and transportation to meet their needs.

  • 875 individuals through our virtual personal finance workshops, supporting community members to gain confidence and skills in achieving their personal financial goals.

 

​​Question: What is the size of your organization (number of paid staff and volunteers)?

 

Answer: 

We have 23 paid staff and 14 regular volunteers who power the mission and work of Byrd Barr Place.

 

Question: What is the budget summary for the current fiscal year?

Answer: 

  • Total Income: $14,803,000

  • Total Expenses: $11,215,000

 

Question: What is the breakdown of your income sources (percentage received from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, earned income, etc.)?

Answer: 

  • Government 66%

  • Foundation 15%

  • Individual 8%

  • Corporate 5%

  • In-kind 5%

  • Investments 1%

    

Question: How will you use our $10,000 donation?

 

Answer: 

The 100 Women Who Care’s donation will put nutritious farm-fresh food on the table and provide other grocery staples for 15 households for one year.

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