REACH Celebrates 50 Years in Renton
Posted on 09/30/2020
REACH Celebrates 50 Years in Renton

City of Renton SealSeptember 30, 2020

Originally published in Mayor Armondo Pavone's September 25 Newsletter

REACH Renton celebrates 50 years; finds a new home

It seems hard to believe that 2020 is REACH Renton’s 50th year of serving our community. They will mark the occasion with a virtual celebration on October 13, from 6:30 to 7:40 p.m.

Photo of the REACH 50th anniversary logoThe Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) has led the way in providing shelter and services for families transitioning into permanent housing. Each year they transition around 50 families into permanent housing.

Since 2013 they have also operated the REACH Center of Hope. The center houses daycare services and an overnight shelter under one roof. COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the center, but they continue to persevere. During the pandemic, they moved from their home of seven years at City Hall, eventually relocating to the Highlands Neighborhood Center. City staff from our community services recreation and neighborhoods and facilities divisions have done a fantastic job getting residents settled. They provided games and activities for the youngsters. Staff also shuttled residents to and from the Renton Community Center to use the showers and other facilities.

Earlier this week, REACH Renton announced a final move, this time into a permanent location at Lakeridge Lutheran Church in the Bryn Mawr-Skyway area. This is fantastic news and allows REACH to continue providing much-needed services to Renton and the surrounding communities.

About the City of Renton

The City of Renton, Washington, with a population of 105,500 (2020), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton's strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are providing employees and their families an outstanding quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, the Seattle Seahawks, and the eternal resting place of Jimi Hendrix. More information can be found on our website, news releases, or Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor pages. 

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