Last Friday, Microsoft Press and Microsoft Learning employees had the great pleasure of volunteering at Transitional Resources, a licensed nonprofit mental health center and residential program founded in 1976 and located in West Seattle. Transitional Resources describes its mission like this:
Transitional Resources helps adults living with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness by providing respectful and optimistic recovery-oriented services, affordable housing, and advocacy against discrimination, which works to break the cycle of incarceration, hospitalization, and homelessness.
We value the same things that those with mental illness do:
- to have decent housing;
- to feel needed and wanted;
- to be part of a community;
- to work and engage in meaningful, age-appropriate activities; and
- to hope for a highly personalized form of recovery.
Transitional Resources concentrates its funds on its housing, care, and resident-focused programs (including Washington State’s smallest certified organic farm), so we were put to work on the nuisance plants invading certain parts of the grounds. Think Himalayan blackberry, morning glory, and bamboo. Below are some photos of the day. Thank you to Transitional Resources for having us over to help out!