SWYFS COVID-19 Response

May 4, 2020 

Dear SWYFS Community, 

On April 4th Gov. Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 31. Therefore, Southwest Youth & Family Services offices will not be open to the public until further notice. We will keep you updated as guidelines by public health officials for reopening are made. 

In the meantime, our New Futures program will be providing remote resource and referral services. In addition, our counseling and education center staff will remain available to schedule phone sessions to support you. Also, our BAM counselors will be providing phone check-ins to BAM scholars. We encourage youth to check in with their school counselors should something arise. Counselors and school support, please feel free to contact us with concerns about any current clients. Clinicians are working remotely and will be checking voicemails throughout our extended closure. 

For specific program questions, please click the links below to email:

BAM – Rosario Nava
Counseling – Larisa Wendfeldt
Family Resource Center – Daniel Ixchel Vasquez
ParentChild+ Program – Nancy Scheimann
New Futures – Heather Hallman
Youth Development – Debra Williams
Education Center – Bryan Hayes
Development – Jim Laugen

In response and service to local youth and families, we launched the SWYFS Community Response Fund to support our neighbors who are experiencing income loss coupled with unexpected costs due to COVID-19Make a gift today and help our youth and families during these difficult times for our community. 

Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and your loved ones. Southwest Youth & Family Services is committed to keeping you informed and sharing information as it becomes available. You can depend on communication directly from us by calling our Delridge office at (206) 937 – 7680 or emailing questions to info@swyfs.org. In addition, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for regular updates. We are also regularly updating the COVID-19 community resource blog with new information. Please help us by passing along this information to friends, neighbors, and your networks. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition again and begin to address what the Governor’s order means for our SWYFS community now and for the months ahead. 


Steve Daschle 
Executive Director