Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary donates to Jacob’s Well facility for homeless mothers, children

From left, Bill MacDonald, Community Service Chair of the Daybreakers; Susan Camerer, Executive Director of Vision House; Kristi Slattery, Volunteer Coordinator of Jacob’s Well; Gene Lipitz, President, Lake Union Rotary Club; Mary Petrie, Community Service Chair, Lake Union Rotary Club.

From left, Bill MacDonald, Community Service Chair of the Daybreakers; Susan Camerer, Executive Director of Vision House; Kristi Slattery, Volunteer Coordinator of Jacob’s Well; Gene Lipitz, President, Lake Union Rotary Club; Mary Petrie, Community Service Chair, Lake Union Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers recently presented Susan Camerer, the Executive Director of Vision House, with a donation of $28,850 to fund the installation and operation of the elevator for Jacob’s Well, a new facility providing housing, counseling and support for homeless mothers and children in North King and South Snohomish County.

When the facility opens in late 2013, there will be 12 apartments, a community center, a preschool/child care facility and a career and family counseling center.

Bill MacDonald, the Daybreakers Community Service Chair, was instrumental in gathering the funding for this donation through securing partners, sponsors and grants, an announcement from the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club said. For the past three years, MacDonald has coordinated volunteers to help with the construction of Jacob’s Well. As he highlighted during the presentation, “Jacob’s Well is an inspiration, providing not just a warm, comfortable home to a homeless family, but the counseling, education and support to enable a family to become independent and successful.”

Camerer highlighted the power of community in helping bring Jacob’s Well from a vision to reality. “To date, we are grateful for the more than 2,885 volunteers, 191 businesses, 66 churches, 32 community organizations and 18 foundations who’ve contributed time, materials and money,” she said.

The Daybreakers acknowledged those who assisted on the project:
• Daybreakers Rotary Foundation and its contributors
• Partnering Rotary Clubs: Alderwood Terrace, Mill Creek, Lake Union, Shoreline Breakfast, Lake Forest Park
• Rotary District 5030 – District Matching Grant
• UBS Matching Grant
• The McDevitt Family
• Tom & Dorothy Sheehan
• Jim & Nancy Crim
• Bill & Mayumi MacDonald
• Kathy Martin
• Edmonds Family Medicine
• VFW Post 8870
• Don & Nancy Olsen

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers is a service organization of community and business leaders from Edmonds, Lynnwood and Shoreline that meet Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. at the Edmonds Yacht Club.. For more information, visit DaybreakersRotary.com.

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