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Skookum is turning 4!

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Skookum is turning 4 years old in July. Since its last birthday, we’ve provided care for 135 kids at Skookum House and licensed 17 new foster families to help care for them.

Skookum is doing exactly what we hoped it would. It’s easing the burden on foster families and social workers in Whatcom County.

And like any parent, we couldn’t be more proud. But Skookum isn’t little anymore.

Since July 2018, we’ve on-boarded two new foster care specialists, a program manager for Skookum House, and a policy coordinator that lobbies for us in Olympia. We even hosted three brand new events.

A few people outside of Skookum have noticed the growth too. In July, we were featured on Q13. And in November, these efforts were recognized with the Peace Builder Award by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

But we’re not done yet.

As of this month, we’ve hired a Childcare Coordinator to open a childcare center with the help of a $60,000 grant from the City of Bellingham. We’re also in the beginning stages of building Skookum House #2 in eastern Washington. We were never ones to shy away from our vegetables.

But all of this wouldn’t be possible without you. We may have taught Skookum to walk, but you made it run.

You volunteered to care for kids at Skookum House. You answered the call to become a foster parent. You gave financially so we could hire a strong team and start new programs.

So. We invite you to celebrate with us at the Skookum Turns 4! Block Party on Sunday, July 14th from 4-7p. It’s on Franklin Street, right outside Perch & Play (1707 N. State St). There will be live music by RIVVRS, food trucks, beer garden, and a free carnival.

We hope you can make it. Skookum Turns 4! is as much celebrating you as it is about the work Skookum has done in the last 12 months. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

But don’t worry if you can’t. We’ll save a piece of cake for you.