Volume 15| April 2018
Cocoon House's FLUTTER Newsletter
A Note from Interim CEO Joe Alonzo
Dear Friends,

In July 2016, Cocoon House set out on a Capital Campaign to raise $14.2 million to build a new youth center. I'm so honored to share with you, that thanks thanks to work put forth by our Board of Directors, our volunteers and our supporters, we broke ground on Cocoon House's new Colby Avenue Youth Center last month.

Over the next year and throughout construction, we will keep you informed of our progress and when our doors will open in 2019. Some of the things we're most anxiously anticipating are 20 units of new housing for young people ages 18-24; a multipurpose space where the community can gather, private rooms for onsite behavioral health and substance abuse services and so much more.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of Cocoon House. Your dedication is allowing us to work to break the cycle of homelessness.

-Joe Alonzo, Interim CEO - Cocoon House
Butterfly 2018 Celebration- Register today!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Edward D. Hansen Conference Center 

Cocoon House's Butterfly Celebration & Luncheon is a unique opportunity to recognize and honor the many accomplishments of Cocoon House young people who have overcome unimaginable life challenges.

Come hear their stories and cheer them on as we show them how much their community cares! 

Make sure to register by April 16th!
Colby Avenue Youth Center Groundbreaking
On March 30, more than 60 people gathered to drink coffee, nosh on some delicious cupcakes and watch the official groundbreaking at the new Colby Avenue Youth Center in Everett.

Celebrating with those who helped us locate and secure funding for our new center made the occasion extra special. We know this new facility will allow us to launch programs that will truly make a difference in our community. Thank you sincerely for your support throughout the Capital Campaign. See you all at the grand opening in 2019!

Pictured (L to R): Board Chair Lyle Ryan, Executive Dave Somers, Interim CEO Joe Alonzo, Mayor Cassie Franklin, Beth Boram, Steve Kipp Scott Lindley, Michael Wishkowski
Premera Blue Cross Investment Provides
Much-Needed Funding
Cocoon House is thrilled to share the news of Premera's $1.6 million dollar investment toward the Capital Campaign benefiting our new Colby Avenue Youth Center.

Paul Hollie, Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications Leader for Premera, sees the investment as a way for Premera to work toward their fundamental goal of improving healthcare in the community. “Premera's Social Impact program focuses on behavioral health. But we also know that homelessness and behavioral health have an overwhelming impact on each other.” Hollie said. “We’re so happy to partner with Cocoon House as they build this new center. The services they provide - both immediate and long-term - are crucial parts of helping stabilize the life of a struggling young person. We recognize the increasing need for youth homeless housing and we’re very proud to be a part of this project that will directly benefit the community.”

Read more about the Premera pledge in this article published by the Everett Herald.
Amerigroup Grant Check Presentation
A beautiful sunny morning at Cocoon House began with a visit and check presentation from Amerigroup.  

Craig Smith, Plan President of Amerigroup believes in community and in what Cocoon House is doing to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth. We're a "staff favorite" charity for Amerigroup - and we're so thankful for their support.

Pictured (L to R): Leeza Lorence , Chelsea Monroe, Stephanie Almeida and Craig Smith
Staff Service Spotlight - Cocoon House Super Star: Harpreet Gill
The Star Awards are an opportunity for staff to be recognized by their peers for going above and beyond in their daily work, as well as exemplifying our Core Values and are awarded monthly.

"Harpreet has been a great Supervisor, always willing to take time to talk about whatever her team has need for. She keeps a strong sense of Community and Integrity with the Navigators by always advising us to follow protocol when in doubt, and by insisting that we always support each other's' work, helping whenever needed. She checks in with us to make sure we are confident in our work and happy. "

Thank you for the support and leadership that you provide to your team, Harpreet! Your impact is increased exponentially by ensuring that your team are healthy, supported, and confident in their work!

Harpreet Gill is our Navigator Surpervisor at U-Turn and currently leads our National Safe Place program.
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