Congressman McDermott to Share Holiday Meal With Residents of Low Income Housing Facility

Contact: Steve McLean
Communications Director
(206) 302-2261

Housing tenants, many veterans and those with mental health issues, enjoy a hot, tasty holiday meal.

SEATTLE – Nov. 19, 2012 – Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) will join residents of McDermott Place, a low income housing facility, for a holiday feast today. The facility, named for the congressman, will serve the free meal starting at 5:30 p.m. A property of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), McDermott Place is located at 12740 33rd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125.

LIHI collaborates with Sound Mental Health to deliver comprehensive behavioral health services, like those provided at McDermott Place, within a safe and stable residential environment. More than half of the units specifically are designated for homeless veterans. In addition to mental health and chemical dependency programs, the facility offers access to education and vocational services.

Before sitting down with residents to enjoy the home cooked meal, congressman McDermott will share a few words with those in attendance. SMH CEO David Stone, Ph.D., and other executives will join him at the event as well. This is the second annual dinner sponsored by Sound Mental Health.

Rep. McDermott is a former psychiatrist and long-standing champion for mental health, veterans’ issues and the homeless. Gayle Johnson, SMH chief development officer, pointed to the significance of the congressman being in attendance.

“The notion that the congressman was committed to being part of this holiday meal is significant in so many ways,” she said. “For him to experience the positive impact that his namesake facility brings to residents must be deeply rewarding and a testament to his advocacy for better mental health services.”

About Sound Mental Health

Sound Mental Health is a private, tax-exempt organization that has provided a comprehensive array of mental health and related services to the King County community since 1966. Our goal is to help individuals and families achieve the highest level of independence and (mental) health possible. Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of different age, disability and cultural/ethnic groups.