Sanctuary Stories: How Hair Care Products Help Kids Feel at Home

by Sarah Wheeler - Emergency Sanctuary Program Manger, Pierce County When kids are removed from their home for their own safety, everything familiar and comfortable is suddenly gone. When they come to stay with us at the Emergency Sanctuary everything there is new and unfamiliar. So we strive to learn as quickly as possible what would make children more comfortable and do our best to provide

2018-12-05T15:26:31+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Nurturing Trust: My Amara Volunteer Story

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! Join us as we celebrate our amazing Amara volunteers who ensure children entering foster care are cared for - physically and emotionally - in our Emergency Sanctuaries. by Susie Ulrickson I worked for many years as a pediatric nurse  where I learned how strong and adaptable kids are - even when faced with challenging medical issues and procedures. I learned it was

2018-04-17T12:00:03+00:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Sanctuary Stories: Love, Patience and Understanding

by Alisha Goel, Emergency Sanctuary Volunteer Growing up, I was always searching for a volunteer opportunity that felt truly meaningful. Sorting donations and spending a day cleaning up my community felt rewarding in their own way, but I never truly felt like I could see the impact of my time. A few months ago, I started volunteering at one of Amara's Emergency Sanctuaries. The Emergency

2018-03-28T16:22:21+00:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Sanctuary Stories|Tags: , , , |

Sanctuary Stories: Volunteers Help Children In Crisis

We recently shared a short story on Instagram about two young siblings who arrived at our Emergency Sanctuary close to midnight. They were tired, hungry, and in need of baths. After bowls of mac and cheese, glasses of milk, bubble baths, and Berenstain Bears they fell fast asleep. Thanks to the incredible work of our Emergency Sanctuary volunteers, the younger child woke up smiley and ready

2017-09-25T16:24:06+00:00September 25th, 2017|Categories: Sanctuary Stories|Tags: , |

Happy Kids = Happy Volunteers

By Britt, Amara Emergency Sanctuary Volunteer I discovered Amara while researching volunteer opportunities, specifically ones where I could have a positive impact on vulnerable children in my community. I was a little nervous on my first day as an Emergency Sanctuary volunteer, as it had been several years since I had last worked with children professionally. My concerns were immediately put to rest when I

2017-02-24T15:20:48+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , |

Thank You Volunteers! You Make Our Emergency Sanctuary Possible

By the Amara Emergency Sanctuary Team We have served over 400 children at Grandese’s Place, the Amara Emergency Sanctuary in Seattle, in just two years - and we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our incredible volunteers. There were so many heartfelt, bittersweet, and magical moments: Baking a strawberry cake for an 8-year-old‘s birthday because he always had that cake for

2016-11-28T12:08:24+00:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , |

The Moment “Sanctuary” Truly Made Sense

By Hope Cohen, Emergency Sanctuary Program Coordinator Things don’t stay quiet long at the Emergency Sanctuary, where my colleagues (including volunteers) and I are caretakers to kids who have just been removed suddenly from their homes for their safety. Kids stay with us at the Sanctuary while they wait to either go home or to a foster family. At the Sanctuary, we try our best

2017-02-24T15:24:27+00:00October 27th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , |

Kids in Foster Care Are Still Just Kids

By Katy Hill After I learned about the Amara Emergency Sanctuary on the Volunteer America website, I couldn’t stop thinking about these kids who had to be removed from their homes for their own safety. I wanted to help. So I went to an Amara Volunteer Information Meeting to learn more. I left with goosebumps after hearing stories from kids in foster care, and I

2017-02-24T15:42:51+00:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: Big Kids Little Kids|Tags: , , , |

On Siblings, Stability, and Being Together

I spent a shift at our Emergency Sanctuary recently, and out of four kids, there were three siblings: Two twin boys and their sister. The twins had the same birthday as me, so I told them that we were triplets. Kids inspire that sort of humor even when it falls flat. For a child, entering foster care is an upheaval: They’re leaving their parents, their

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