Three Happy Teens

Friends of Youth History

The Highlights

1950

A group interested in the problem of juvenile delinquency meets at the University Congregational Church; they become the founders of the organization.

1951

Friends of Youth is incorporated with these stated purposes: to secure private Christian foster homes; to establish group homes for dependent boys and girls in the state; to study needs and encourage community action to solve problems.

1954

In response to an editorial they had seen in the Seattle P.I., Mr. and Mrs. Ward Griffin open a home for boys on the west side of Lake Washington in Renton.

1955

Friends of Youth buys the second Griffin Home on Lake Washington Blvd. North, on the site of the present home.

1967

Matsen House is dedicated.

1969

Groundbreaking occurs for McEachern House.

1976

Talbot House is rented at 1919 Talbot Road in Renton, under special-use permit as a halfway house for Griffin Home graduates.

1979

J. Howard Finck becomes Executive Director.

1983

Issaquah Youth and Family Program begins; includes short-term shelter foster homes and 24-hour crisis line.

1985

“R House” for youth is established in agency-owned building near Issaquah; first girl is accepted into residence at Talbot House.

1986

Youth service bureau is established with Youth Eastside Services assisting in Issaquah; agency’s total budget exceeds $1 million for the first time.

1988

Street Youth Outreach program starts; parenting classes start in Issaquah and the Snoqualmie Valley; drug and alcohol prevention and assessment services begin in R House shelter.

1989

A second shelter, Joshua House, is purchased in the Kenmore area; substance abuse prevention services are offered in Snoqualmie Valley School District.

1990

The Transitional Living Campus (TLC) opens; more girls are now served than boys throughout the agency.

1991

Family Resource Center is incorporated with four agency members: Friends of Youth, Multi-Service Center of North and East King County, Youth Eastside Services, and Eastside Human Services Council.

1993

The agency’s budget is at $3 million for the first time; Tree House in North Bend opens for young teen parents; a collaborative program, Eastside Healthy Start, begins operation; Youth Haven, Bellevue Shelter programs open.

1996

Agency gains accreditation through Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc.; New Ground facility is completed.

1997

Agency partners with Youth Eastside Services to offer SUCCESS Mentoring in Issaquah.

1999

Kirkland Teen Center opens; Sand Point teen mom program opens.

2001

In its 50th year, the agency kicks off its largest capital campaign: $5.5 million Griffin Home Campaign to refurbish existing homes and build two new Foster Homes.

2002

The Landing is opened at the Bellevue YMCA one night a week. The only overnight shelter on the Eastside for youth, it quickly grows to four nights a week.

2003

Griffin Home Capital Campaign reaches $6.1 million fundraising goal; construction of two new foster homes is completed at Griffin Home.

2004

Complete refurbishment of Matsen and McEachern houses at Griffin Home is completed; agency takes over Neighborhood Schoolhouse; opens Tully’s at Antioch with Tully’s Coffee and Antioch University.

2005

Agency teams with Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream to operate a Partner Shop in Seattle’s Ballard business district. J. Howard Finck retires as President and CEO. Agency hires Edward A. Belleba as new President & CEO.

2006

First Celebration of Youth fundraising event held, former CEO Howard Finck, keynote speaker; Homeless Youth Street Outreach Program receives new multi-year federal grant; FOY Foundation established.

2007

Capital campaign begins for Duvall Place, a collaborative project with Hopelink; HUB youth programs successfully transitioned to Mt. Si Parks and Rec in NorthBend.

2008

New Ground Kirkland opens providing transitional housing for 9 single, formerly homeless young adults; FOY receives re-accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc.; Friends of Youth Foundation receives $1.5 million gift from the estate of Agnes Griffin.

2009

Joan Campbell celebrates 20 years with FOY and is promoted to President and CEO; North Bend foster home is sold; Duvall Place opens providing counseling, housing and general assistance to families in the Snoqualmie Valley; Griffin Home awarded new contract with the U.S. Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services to provide residential care to youth awaiting resolution of their immigration status.

2010

Youth and Family Services receives 2 multi-year grants from King County to support school-based substance abuse and mental health counseling services; the Kirkland Teen Union Building and Neighborhood School House youth programs successfully transferred to YMCA.

2011

The Landing expands services to 7 nights a week; Joan Campbell retires after 22 years with FOY and Terry Pottmeyer promoted to President and CEO; FOY celebrates our 60th Anniversary of service to youth and their families.

2012

Housing Our Future Capital Campaign launched; Redmond Youth Service Center opens, combining emergency shelter, drop-in and outreach services for homeless youth in one location; New Roads Renton program opens; Agency reaccredited for another 4 years.

2013

New agency headquarters completed and opened; New Youth Haven home constructed and opened for at risk, runaway and homeless children ages 7-17; First Annual Friends of Youth Breakfast events to support counseling services in schools in the Issaquah, Riverview, and Snoqualmie Valley districts.

2014

New Ground Totem Lake, two transitional living homes for 16-21 year old homeless youth, completed and opened for ten youth; New Roads Kingsgate, two extended foster care homes for youth ages 17-21, completed; $6.7M 'Housing Our Future' Capital Campaign concludes.