The Huskies defeat the University of Hawaii's Rainbow Warriors 17-16.
Head coach Chris Petersen leads his first game on Montlake on September 6, 2014.
By Joyce Shangkuan The Daily
At age 16, Dominic Rush decided to leave foster care after 15 years. Rush, now 25, learned about Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) in the U-District through New Horizons Ministries, a youth service center in Belltown. He has been going to ROOTS every day since January 2007.
ROOTS was established in 2000 in response to Seattle’s increasing need for shelter services for homeless young adults. Although it’s only a few steps away from popular spots on the Ave such as Cafe Allegro and Mod Pizza, ROOTS is typically known through word of mouth.
“I haven’t found another place quite like this,” said Hannah Wang, a high school sophomore at Lakeside School, who has been volunteering at ROOTS for almost a year.
The shelter provides its guests with hot meals, showers and laundry facilities, and case management. It serves up to 45 young adults every day, all year long, and ROOTS reports serving 606 young adults in 2013.
“It serves homeless youth specifically,” Wang said. “I feel like that demographic really needs all the help they can get. At regular shelters, they might not receive this kind of help and aid that they need to succeed later on.”
Friday Feast is an all-ages meal service provided by ROOTS every week, open to anyone who wishes to attend, not just young adults. ROOTS operates almost entirely on donated materials from local stores and labor from volunteers with experience ranging from months to years. Since its establishment in 1996 — even before ROOTS hosted it — the Friday Feast has served more than 100,000 restaurant quality meals to the homeless population of Seattle.
On Friday, volunteers started preparing food at 10 a.m. and worked until 7 p.m. But unlike meals from other weeks, the guests were served turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and pumpkin pies with whipped cream.
Gregory Langmann, a long-time volunteer at the Friday Feast and ROOTS treasurer and board member, encouraged others to be involved in helping others.
“If you are going to live in a city nowadays, you really ought to have some exposure to service organizations of some sort,” Langmann said. “Most of things you do in life, you establish the patterns when you are in college. That is going to be like a benchmark, what you think is normal.”
For more information and to find out how you can help, visit ROOTS’ website at rootsinfo.org.
Hundreds gathered along Rainier Vista on campus to be a part of a segment for "The Ellen DeGeneres show." A costume contest led to ten students competing in a flip-cup competition with the winners each getting $1000. Photos by Joshua Bessex
In a crucial three-game series, the University of Washington's bats came alive enough to beat No. 9 Arizona in their first two games. Senior Hooch Fagaly powered the offense through the first two games with a walk-off grand slam in the first game and several runs in the second. The Huskies weren't able to carry their momentum into game three and fell 2-0.
University of Washington students along with students from Roosevelt High school protested around campus Tuesday, Nov. 25, showing their disappointment in the court's decision in Ferguson, Missouri regarding the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
Photos by Joshua Bessex and Andrew Tat.