Back to School at Cocoon House


alex and taylor

As students across Snohomish County prepare to start a new school year, youth experiencing instability and homelessness face significant challenges to school success. In Snohomish County, the graduation rate for students who are homeless – teens like Alex and Taylor – is 51%.

Alex had been couch surfing for most of his junior year in high school. Before connecting with Cocoon House through his school counselor, he had very little access to food, school supplies, or clothes. He loved sports, but did not have an adult to accompany him to a physical. It may seem like a small thing, but having a Cocoon House staff member to take Alex to his physical meant that he could participate and feel like a normal teen. Playing sports helped motivate Alex to pass his classes and graduate. Currently, Alex is enrolled at a local community college. He talks about a career in sports medicine and hopes to continue on at a four-year university.

Taylor was living in a car with her mom and dad. Taylor carried everything she owned with her in a small backpack and slept at school in class, where she knew she was safe. She attended summer school for free meals and a place to hang out. While her parents are working to stabilize the family, Taylor received support and services in our long-term housing program. Since moving into Cocoon House, Taylor has been able to sleep at night and passed her summer school classes. Taylor’s plan is to make up credits so that she will be able to graduate on-time at the end of her senior year. She dreams of owning her own hair salon.

You may never know their names or faces, but through your support, you are making a difference in the lives of teens and helping them reach their greatest potential. Together, are making significant strides for all youth in schools across Snohomish County. Thank you for your continued support of our teens and young people.