Continued Success of Swedish Caregiver Commute Program

In 2017, Swedish expanded the Caregiver Commute program, that started at the Cherry Hill campus, to include all of the Swedish campuses in Seattle. This innovative employee transportation program is designed to break down barriers to using alternative commuting, by providing employees a positive, personalized experience.

Key program services include: personalized trip planning, enhanced ride matching, and a commuter rewards program. Further, the program supports integration with emerging commuter products such as Scoop, a dynamic carpool application that partnered with Swedish and Sabey this past year. The program is credited with helping the campus reduce the Cherry Hill campus drive-alone rate to 47% on its most recent survey.

Looking forward, Caregiver Commute is excited to continue the momentum that has been generated this past year. This includes our continued work with the Integrated Transportation Board (ITB) that was established to identify opportunities to decrease the number of drive alone trips to campus. The program will also be adding new features that include real-time shuttle service and an enhanced emergency ride home program for employees that commute to campus other than driving alone. For more information about the Swedish Caregiver Commute program please contact


An Open Letter to the Community from Byrd Barr Place

Dear neighbors,

Byrd Barr Place was founded as Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP) in 1964, during the peak of the civil rights movement. For more than 50 years we have been a force for positive change and in that time we have gone from CAMP to Centerstone, and now from Centerstone we are opening our next chapter and unveiling our new name: Byrd Barr Place.

Our new name honors Roberta Byrd Barr, a leader, educator and journalist, who once wrote for the Trumpet, CAMP’s newspaper. Roberta woke up Seattle to the realities of poverty and the experiences of people of color through her moderated news program Face to Face.

Today, our community is impacted by rapid gentrification and displacement. Families who have called the Central Area home for decades find themselves unable to pay sky-rocketing property taxes, effectively pushing them out of Seattle. A lack of affordable housing options forces low-income families further from education and employment opportunities. Immigrant and refugee communities are left to navigate an adopted city without access to culturally-relevant resources.

These are the very issues Byrd Barr Place is committed to addressing, every day, by providing Seattle residents with rental assistance, energy assistance, personal finance education, and healthy food through our food bank. With our new name, we will deepen the values that have always defined us—values of compassion, resilience, and equity. We will continue to offer support with basic human needs, so everyone has a strong foundation to break the cycle of poverty.

We hope the Squire Park Community and all of Seattle will join us in this mission. When we stand together against poverty and injustice, we realize a more equitable world, for this generation and every generation that follows.


Andrea Caupain Sanderson, Byrd Barr Place CEO


Thank You Councilmember Sawant

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant visiting the Squire Park Community Council community meeting in January to hear our concerns and offer some tips on community engagement.




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