Local non-profit launches new co-working space ‘Desk+’ in Burien

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Burien-based non-profit Children’s Therapy Center (CTC) this week opened a new co-working space at their office building at 127 SW 156th Street.

‘Desk+’ is designed for “social entrepreneurs eager to make a difference in the community and beyond,” according to a statement.

The demand for shared workspaces has exploded in recent years, and according to NAIOP (a commercial real estate trade group), the number of co-working spaces has exploded nationally from one in 2005 to 781 in 2013.

“Innovation is the key to sustainability when it comes to nonprofits,” said Jon Botten, CEO of Children’s Therapy Center for the past 17 years. “We realized that in 2006 when we launched our own social enterprise, SPIO. Now, they’re our first ‘official’ tenant – and we hope to attract others like them.”

SPIO, a compression orthotic specifically designed to assist children with special needs who struggle with low muscle tone and sensory issues, plays an integral role in the nonprofit’s business model. The enterprise produces more than $1M annually in gross revenue. That earned income matters greatly to an organization which, despite 36 years in existence, finds itself increasingly vulnerable in today’s unpredictable health care environment.

“We’ve seen the numbers of under-insured patients skyrocket in recent years while medical reimbursements continue to decline,” Botten added. “We serve more than 3,400 children every year, and close to 60% of those families are low-income. What keeps me awake at night? I worry about having to cut services to children unless we can find a way to redefine our business model. SPIO and Desk+ will help us get there.”

Botten hopes to attract at least 50 members to approximately 1,400 square feet of space in its modern and conveniently located building in the heart of Burien.

For more information about Desk+ please contact Jon Botten at 253-216-0893 or [email protected].

Children’s Therapy Center is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit pediatric therapy program in Washington State. Since 1979, our mission has been to maximize the potential of children with special needs. We provide essential services and products for children age birth to 18 including physical, occupational and speech therapy; early intervention services; and parent education and support. In partnership with parents and caregivers, we celebrate where each child is today and work toward who they can become. Last year, we served more than 3,400 children. To learn more about our work, make an investment, join our team, or volunteer your expertise please visit www.ctckids.org.

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