ELM is a sponsor of the New Horizons’ annual Gala. The Gala is an evening of celebration honoring the great work of an amazing organization. Funds raised at the Gala are used to continue to allow New Horizons to meet the increasing needs of homeless youth in our community. ELM is privileged to support the New Horizons through financial contributions and volunteers.
New Horizons was founded in 1978 (coincidentally, just a year after ELM was founded), and works to help youth in King County exit homelessness. It does so by providing youth-specific services. In addition to the drop-in center, New Horizons operates a youth overnight shelter, through a partnership with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.
It also runs Street Bean Coffee Roasters, which has locations in Belltown and the U-District. At Street Bean, street-involved youth work as apprentices, serving high quality espresso made from locally roasted beans. These young professionals are mentored in a variety of “hard” and “soft” skills—from how to operate a top-of-the-line La Marzocco espresso machine, to how to effectively communicate with coworkers.
Each of New Horizons’ programs is an opportunity to show love to kids in our neighborhood who are homeless. ELM is grateful to be a part of this work.