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For more information, contact Alice Braverman, Vice President Development and Community Relations.

Navos provides services to the most vulnerable people living with serious mental illness. We are treating our children, providing homes for our homeless, helping people find jobs and changing the way mental healthcare is delivered.

Navos is being displaced by the opening of the third runway at Seatac Airport. Realizing we have to move, we have focused our planning efforts on finding a site with convenient access to our low income clients. The new Mental Health and Wellness Center in Burien will provide 45,000 square feet for specialized services for children, families and adults on three floors.

To date, many individuals and local businesses have joined the cause. Most of the funds needed to complete the 13.5 million dollars capital project have been received from federal and state government sources. However, 3 million dollars in philanthropic support is necessary to leverage the public funds and complete the facility.

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Campaign Update as of March 2, 2012

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MAY 2011: The State of Washington Building Communities Fund awards $2,350,000 towards further construction of Navos Mental Health and Wellness Center.

JUNE 2011: First floor and shell of the main building are completed!

AUGUST 2011: Programs including Child and Family services move into the first floor of the new Mental Health and Wellness Center.

SEPTEMBER 2011: Navos is awarded a 1.8 million dollar grant by the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The award will support and promote better primary care and behavioral health services for individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders through a new primary clinic to be located within Navos new Mental Health and Wellness Center.

OCTOBER 2011: An Open House is held for the public to see the completed first floor of the Navos’ Mental Health and Wellness Center.

DECEMBER 2011: With proceeds from New Market Tax Credits, Navos learns it may commence construction on floors two and three and the Community Activities Building.

FEBRUARY 2012: The ground is cleared for construction of the Community Activities Building which will house employment training programs including a cafe and catering kitchen for Navos’ culinary job training program.

MARCH 2012: Construction commences on floors two and three, with completion of the entire project planned for October 25, 2012.