BLKBRY is raising $4M to buy a building to open the first Black-owned Holistic Wellness and Birth Center in South King County.
Noticing the gaps and overall absence of perinatal care in the Black community, Jazmin Williams, a Full Spectrum Doula launched BLKBRY® in 2020 to address the deficiencies and fill the needs.
In February 2022, she launched BLKBRY the first freestanding doula center in Washington State founded and led by a Black woman. And oh my how BLKBRY have grown over these last 10 months!
Since BLKBRY has opened it's doors, it has a volunteer staff and interns, evolved and expanded the perinatal pantry, received $30,000 from Department of Health to distribute formula and donor milk to Black families in Washington State, and has been sighted as a resource by major institutions and organizations. BLKBRY has become a resource hub in the community for information, personal items, perinatal products, and baby items. And this is all in additional to the Full Spectrum Doula, and Lactation and Feeding Support provided at BLKBRY.
This $4M capital campaign is to raise money to open the first Black-owned Holistic Wellness and Birth Center that will provide a home birth experience with birth center amenities, and training and community spaces for independent Black birth workers.
A Black Birthing Person
This capital campaign effort will allow BLKBRY to remain an autonomous entity to support and serve the Black community.
BLKBRY focuses on independent Black doulas that provide continuous care because that care is what changes outcomes. But, it's not just about having a doula. It's about having a doula that reflects you, understands you, comes from the same background and streets as you. A doula that understands your culture, the way you speak and move, and understand your food like seasoning your food until the ancestors say stop.
BLKBRY Holistic Wellness and Birth Center will continue to provide a depth of care that be duplicated or modeled by traditional care providers.
BLKBRY is proud to have Soul Works Lifestyle Management as our fiscal sponsor.
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$4M to purchase, renovate, launch and fund the first two years of operations. Beyond this initial capital, our operating model will generate revenue to support future sustainability.
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