Companis Connects

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?

Meet Companis Worker Patrick Green, making a difference to LGBTQ youth

They call him chorus manager, but Companis Worker Patrick Green is that and so much more for Seattle’s gay-straight youth alliance chorus.

He passes out the music, welcomes the kids and handles the email. With a background in teen crisis counseling and HIV education, he also keeps an eye out for those needing extra help.

“Diverse Harmony provides a community, a family, a place where they can belong. Here they can belong and be a part of something that values them.”

The chorus could not afford to hire the services that Patrick provides.

Meet Companis Worker Kim Nonen, making a world of difference to homeless women

Companis Worker Kim Nonen brings special knowledge to her work at a homeless women's day center.

It was earned the hard way.

Kim lost her health, her job and her home after developing a serious illness. When she was discharged from the hospital, she found herself homeless and navigating a difficult system while still very ill.

Now, healthy again, in a new apartment and a new job, she’s putting that hard-won expertise to good use.

What difference does one Companis Worker make?

A world of difference
Companis Workers help build a more just society for our neighbors who need shelter, access to health care & other essential services.

Homeless? Some of these names will surprise you

Michele Martin has a story to tell. It’s a hard, difficult story. But the good news is that she survived, and thrives, and that her story is shared by many other women. And they survived, and thrive, as inspirations to us all.

Some of their names will surprise you.

Double Up with Companis & GiveBig!

Today we’re launching our GiveBig campaign for 2014. And we have exciting news! A generous donor believes so much in the mission of Companis that he will match gifts up to the first $6,000 donated during GiveBig on May 6th!

It's a very cool thing to be part of this annual online giving event. We like the idea of all of us taking one day to contribute to the causes and community services we support. Last year, more than $11 million was raised in 24 hours for more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations!

Gary Davis named new Companis Executive Director

It’s a new role for Gary, but Gary is far from a newcomer to Companis. He began working with Companis 10 years ago, first as a Companis Worker, serving with two agencies addressing the needs of homeless families. He then took on a part-time role as an assistant to Executive Director Craig Darling – this during the years when Gary also was the Online News Manager and a news host for KPLU – NPR.  After obtaining his Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, Gary was hired as the Associate Executive Director to work shoulder to shoulder with Craig and our board. 

How does Companis make a difference? Watch this video!

What kind of world do you want?

In this video, commemorating Companis’ 20th year of service in our community, you will hear how Companis Workers, executive leadership, donors, and placement agency leaders answer that question. Over the past 20 years, Companis has played an integral part in making our community a better place with more than 600 placements at more than 100 nonprofit agencies.

Eleanor & Charles Z. Smith are the 2013 Newell Award honorees

The Companis Board of Directors is pleased to announce that retired Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith and his wife, Eleanor, are this year’s recipients of the Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law.