St. Joseph's Baby Corner Info

Changing the world one diaper at a time.

Established Dec. 1988 and merged with WestSide Baby in July 2014.

Mission:

To serve the immediate and unmet physical needs of infants and children living in poverty in the greater Seattle-King County area. 

Contact:

Phone: (206) 726-1435 

Mailing: 10032 15th Ave SW  Seattle, WA  98146

Item Donations: 528 18th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

History:

Appalled by the high infant mortality rate in Seattle, Jeannie Jaybush and Renée Leet started the Baby Corner in December 1988. Having discovered that there was no single place for nurses and social workers to acquire basic necessities for babies and toddlers living in poverty, the two women began collecting donations in a simple cardboard box in Seattle’s St. Joseph Church on Capitol Hill. The tooth-marked white crib that replaced the box early in 1989 is still there today, one of the many crib donation sites for the Baby Corner.

Since 1988, the Baby Corner has distributed millions in donated and purchased baby items through dozens of local community-based agencies and organizations. In 1998 the Baby Corner incorporated as a nonprofit in Washington State.

Over the years, the Baby Corner has inspired the creation of similar organizations across the nation and abroad. The first such organization, Eastside Baby Corner, was founded in 1990 in Issaquah, Washington, and serves families living in poverty in East King County. Word of the Baby Corner spread through reports in local and national media, including The Seattle Times, the Seattle P-IThe Catholic Northwest Progress, the Los Angeles TimesFamily Circle magazine, KING 5 TV, and 710 KIRO Newsradio.

In 1993, with the publication of his book Tell Me a Mitzvah, Danny Siegel, the founder of Ziv Tzedakah Fund, made the Baby Corner the model for Mitzvah Cribs in synagogues and Jewish communal agencies across the nation. The Fund closed in 2008, but Naomi Eisenberger, Ziv's Managing Director, has since founded The Good People Fund. In Naomi's own words: "The Good People Fund refers not only to the good people out there who work selflessly on behalf of others, but also to the good people who contribute time and money and energy to help the work become a reality."  After many years of support from Ziv, we are grateful to be listed as a featured charity with the GPF.

The Baby Corner and its Director have been honored both locally and nationally:

  • 1992 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service (Washington State)