February 19, 2016

OUR STORY

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Eileen & Callie’s Place is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to empowering,
educating and training young women aged out of foster care.

Empowering – creating a new normal through self-actualization;
Educating – personalized for each individual;
Training – walking alongside, just like training wheels.

Established in 2014 by Dr. Natalie Ellington, Eileen & Callie’s Place was the response to a
heart cry. Years earlier, while serving on the King County Women’s Advisory Board, Natalie had
been made aware of the plight of young girls aged out of the foster care system but consumed
at that time with a full time job and various community projects, she filed that information
on the back burner of her brain and went about living life.

It was in 2010 that Natalie found herself unemployed and in search of clients to support her new
consulting business. Tired of the associated stress and mounting disappointment she spoke a life-
changing prayer. “Lord, I need to be involved in something bigger than myself, and
I can’t spend my time just trying to pay my bills.” The Lord answered that prayer
and reminded her of these young girls and she began to research solutions to that heart cry.

Named after her mother (Eileen) and her mother-in-law (Callie), two women who steadfastly
helped others outside of their immediate families,Eileen & Callie’s Place began to take
form. The initial plan was to provide a two-year “transitional home”; but after repeated and
in-depth conversations with young ladies who had aged out, it became clear that what they
desperately needed and wanted was much more than a roof over their head. They wanted and
needed genuine relationships, mentors who were truly concerned about their well-being and
their future. It was evident that the solution to what these ladies needed was clearly expressed
in Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace

and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

These young ladies needed hope and a vision of a great future.

The revised plan provides a home for them until their 25th birthday and within that family
environment each young lady will be encouraged to explore their unique gifts and the dreams
that they’ve held in their hearts over the years. Life skills, educational opportunities and
career exploration will all be conducted on an individual and personal basis.