Companis Connects

GiveBIG a Great Success!

Much gratitude to our Companis friends and supporters who pushed us to our GiveBIG goal and beyond on May 5th. At the conclusion of the online fundraising event, we had met our goal, raising $14,419.25, and beating our GiveBIG goal by more than $2,000! Thanks to all those who donated that make our work and mission possible. Individual donors to Companis are our single-largest source of support. 

Companis Worker Kim Nonen's journey from homeless to homeless advocate

Companis Worker Kim Nonen brings a special knowledge to her work.

It was earned the hard way.

Like the women she helps every day in a University District homeless women’s day center, Kim knows what it’s like to be homeless. Now, in a new apartment and a new job, she’s turning that hard-won expertise to good use.

It's All About People Helping People

When the world works best, we help each other in times of need. That’s what Companis is all about, and it’s also the philosophy of our new partner agency, Personal Safety Nets.

Companis Workers Nona Clifton and Rob Hatch, professionals with experience in curriculum writing and online learning, are working to make the organization’s materials more widely accessible online. The goal is to help people prepare for life’s changes and challenges by building support networks.

Companis Partner Agencies Win Awards

We are so happy for two Companis partner agencies who are winners of the 2014 "Light a Fire" awards to nonprofits made by Seattle Met Magazine.

Companis Worker makes a difference at retirement community

Social worker, therapist, artist, actor, dancer and now Companis Worker, Atit Marmer makes a difference in our world. As a Companis Worker leading a support group of residents at Hilltop House Retirement Community for nearly two years and as an ongoing adviser to Hilltop, he helps participants cope with the challenges and opportunities of aging.

Companis Worker's placement is "an essential part" of ending homelessness

We're thrilled to welcome Companis Worker Alanna Gunne to her new placement at Elizabeth Gregory Home, where she joins Companis Workers Marti Spicer, Janet Hasselblad and Kim Nonen in working to help women transition out of homelessness. Alanna is the 11th Companis Worker in service to our homeless neighbors this year!

Turn down the noise to find energy & creativity

Is the world too loud sometimes? How do we turn down the noise and live and work as our most productive, creative selves?

Companis Worker is night supervisor for new homeless shelter

In a nondescript, ground-hugging building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, a new shelter for homeless families has taken shape. It’s called Bianca’s Place, and it opens today.

Within blocks of the neighborhood’s slick new high-rise apartment buildings and condos, and close to the pubs, eateries and gyms that have sprouted in response to the tech-hiring boom that has taken place, this new shelter has been filled with dozens of navy-blue mattresses, boxes of disposal diapers and toys, towels, cookware and clothing that shelter residents will need.

Companis Worker compiles unique resource for helping aging, homeless women

Some researchers are finding that more than half of single homeless adults are age 47+, with younger boomers born between 1955-1965 driving the aging homeless population. Given the growing need, Companis Worker Carole Tovar has produced an incredible asset for homeless senior women.

Companis Workers enjoy "art retreat"

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

So 20 Companis Workers and staff had a wonderful time rediscovering our inner childhoods at the Companis "art retreat." It was a full day, and full of surprises. Like what color and word drew you in the morning. And what color and thought is going with you as you head home at the end of the day?