Provide Emergency Assistance

We feed hungry families and protect the most vulnerable.

Family Assistance

The MIYFS Family Assistance Program serves low-income Mercer Island residents. Resources include case management and short-term emergency assistance with such basic needs such as food, rent, childcare and utilities. An Emergency Assistance Fund, supported by community donations, provides limited financial assistance to Mercer Island families in crisis.  MIYFS staff assists families and individuals to gain access to resources and develop long term plans.   -more-

  • Rent and Utility Assistance
  • Holiday and Back-to-School Programs
  • Child Care and Summer Camp Scholarships
  • Resource and Referral Services


Food Pantry

Located at at the Luther Burbank Administration Building in Luther Burbank Park, the Food Pantry is used by hundreds of Mercer Island families throughout the year, and depends on the contributions of local churches, families and service clubs to replenish the pantry.  -more- 


Police and Fire Collaboration

As a department of the City of Mercer Island, Mercer Island Youth and Family provides on-call support to City of Mercer Island police and fire staff as they respond to calls that require mental health support. This continuity of emergency response and mental health services offers Islanders a safer community.

As a first responder we are often faced with circumstances that aren’t criminal in nature and would be best served by a mental health expert. Whether dealing with an Islander who may be unsafe or one who needs help coping, we feel lucky to have Mercer Island Youth and Family Services as a partner to call on.– Ed Holmes, Police Chief, City of Mercer Island