Adoption Day: A Reason to Celebrate for Former Foster Child

We all celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and other significant milestones. For Kayla Balassone of Tukwila, an annual celebration is her Adoption Day. That day transformed her life. Balassone was just four years old when she entered the state foster care system with her little brother. They bounced around between their birth mother and foster homes…

Santa for Seniors: Bill Looney’s Community Legacy

Bill Looney didn’t want any senior to feel forgotten at Christmas. A man of action, the Tacoma businessman equipped himself with a Santa suit that he would wear to local nursing homes. He brought gifts and made sure residents felt special. The act transformed Looney and inspired him to launch Santa for Seniors through the…

Video: McKenzie’s Life Brightens with A Family Place

Yamhill County, OR – Breaking the generational cycle of substance abuse is tough. For two-year-old McKenzie, her parents’ chemical dependency created huge stress at home. With the help of A Family Place, McKenzie and her family have a brighter future. A Family Place is a stabilization program for at-risk families. The goal is to stop…

Early Stage Memory Zoo Walk at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma

Tacoma Zoo Walk Helps People with Early Stage Memory Loss

Society isn’t set up for people with dementia. The opportunities to socialize and take part in activities are limited. It’s just the opposite of what needs to happen, as research shows that activity and socializing reduces the impact of dementia. That’s where a partnership between LCS Northwest and the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter is…