About CRC

The Community Resource Center at Seattle Municipal Court is a place where Seattle's under-served can access the services and support they need.

...AND more. 

Services

Many services are available Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Some services are only available when providers are in the office. View the latest provider schedule online or visit us in person.        

  • Food and clothing
  • Housing assistance
  • Health and hygiene
  • Cash and food stamps

Workshops & Events

Weekly workshops and classes to support all Seattle residents:

  • Employment and life skills
  • Support to resolve court commitments

View workshops and events.

Stakeholders & Partners

You can make a positive impact for Seattle's under-served We partner with many organizations to bring their services together in one convenient location. The results are more positive client outcomes and fewer barriers to access for essential services. View more information for stakeholders.

Meet our Clients & Volunteers

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Heavenly


2019 client

"My name is Heavenly. I currently live at Angeline's Day Center for Women. The staff at the SMC Community Resource Center are very dear to me. They are like an extension of my family.

They give me lunch and food bags. Ben helped me apply for housing. Nicole helped me obtain a rolling walker through Medicare. Even though I'm disabled, I hope with their help, one day I will be able to find work. I'm very grateful!"

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Jason


2019 volunteer

"I have always had a passion to advocate for others in need, particularly within Washington State. That passion led me to the CRC because I noticed the CRC, and the SMC Probation Department in general, focused on locating treatment, employment, and housing for their clients.

While at the CRC, the #1 lesson I learned was everyone has a story to share. That lesson translated into my willingness to listen to each of my clients and ensure they each were provided the proper resources they needed at that time. Whether it was calling shelters to find openings for my clients, locating low-income housing, drafting and editing employment resumes, or referring my clients to various providers, my focus was to continue listening to their stories. By being at the CRC, I ended up developing my own voice. Before the CRC, I was way more reserved in my opinions and beliefs, but now I stand up for what I believe is right. I genuinely cared about each of my clients and the CRC's success, and because of the CRC, I now have more resilience, more empathy, and more of a drive to keep advocating for those who are less fortunate.

After the CRC, I attended Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Washington and graduated first in my class in May 2019. I am now serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice Susan Owens on the Washington Supreme Court. After my clerkship, I intend to become an attorney for Washington State to continue advocating for this state and its residents."

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Tonya


2019 client

Tonya came to the CRC finding herself unemployed when a recent conviction made her unable to continue her work as a phlebotomist. After a countless amount of applications and interviews left her not only without a job, but living in her car, she was referred to the Community Resource Center by her supervising probation counselor to review her resume and to provide practical tips on her job search and interviews. 

Tonya was quickly screened and referred to our partner program, Pioneer Human Services' Roadmap to Success, a job-readiness class for folks who have been incarcerated that helps with employment and reentry case management. Tonya not only completed the three-week program with a $300 stipend, but also graduated the program with a job.

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Ikhra


2019 volunteer

"I chose to volunteer because I wanted to gain knowledge and insight on the relationship between court systems and social services. The Community Resource Center's (CRC) mission is to improve the lives of Seattle's under-served populations through community engagement, increasing access, fostering connections, and building equity. As a community-oriented individual, I hold these same values and principles for myself. Interning at the CRC has expanded my knowledge of working with vulnerable populations, court systems, client management, confidentiality, and resource referrals. It has also increased my understanding of how a legal system should operate: in the pursuit and practice of enhancing justice and human rights. Currently, I work as a Client Intake Case Manager at a consumer rights law firm in downtown Seattle. In my role, I assist client's needs, manage confidential files, and frequently make phone calls. My experience at the CRC has been beneficial in strengthening these skillsets. As a Client Intake Case Manager, I am also learning about contracts and exploring my interests in legal writing. In the near future, I plan on attending law school at the University of Washington. I'm excited to delve into my interests both in civil and immigration law!"