United Indians’ Labateyah Youth Home provides a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth, combining Native American wisdom and ceremony with modern health and social services. Labateyah has achieved exemplary results.
For the first time in my life, I haven’t wondered about whether or not I‘m going to have a roof over my head… I’ve finally been able to find work, and I’m working toward getting on my feet for the first time.
United Indians’ Labateyah Youth Home was established in 1992 by founder Bernie Whitebear, who recognized that Native American youth were disproportionately represented in Seattle’s homeless community. Whitebear established Labateyah (“The Transformer” in the Lushootseed language) to provide a supportive transitional environment to move from homelessness to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
Referrals are made through the King County Youth Housing Connection. Our three-story, 25-bed home offers housing and services to youth between the ages of 18 and 23. Youth can stay for up to 18 months.
Clients are provided with access to medical and educational services, case management, life skills training and career counseling to prepare them to successfully live and work on their own.
I’m taking more responsibility for my life. I’m living for something bigger.