Seattle’s low income communities benefit from soda tax revenue UW study says

July 13, 2022

“Emy Haruo, director of community resources at the social service organization Neighborhood House, says having Fresh Bucks vouchers helps her clients stretch their food budget.” Read more about how the city’s soda tax funds programs such as Fresh Bucks. https://www.kuow.org/stories/seattles-low-income-communities-benefit-from-soda-tax-revenue-uw-study-says

HSD selects University of Washington to conduct comparable worth wage equity of human services work

July 12, 2022

“The people who take care of our children, provide healthcare in community-based clinics, help people without homes connect with resources, engage our elders, support our youth, and care for people with disabilities are often paid at such low levels that they qualify for public support programs themselves,” said Janice Deguchi, Executive Director of Neighborhood House …

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Creating inclusive depression care for older Asian Americans

June 17, 2022

“Older Asian American adults face many and different systemic barriers to accessing depression care. Evidence-based programs such as the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) can be adapted by community-based organizations to offer culturally appropriate depression care. Three community-based organizations serving Cambodian, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese American older adults share lessons learned in improve …

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School-based health centers are a lifeline for refugee and immigrant students

April 22, 2022

“Justin Van, who graduated from Seattle World School, is now a patient navigator who works with Neighborhood House, a nonprofit that helps connect low-income, immigrant and refugee families to services that meet their basic needs. He works at the Teen Health Center and guides students through health center paperwork, helps them with the outside health …

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100 days as Seattle mayor: Bruce Harrell relying on likability, relationship-building in charting city’s course

April 12, 2022

Neighborhood House’s SE Seattle Peace Coalition hosted a panel discussion on youth safety with Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and principals from Rainier Beach HS, Aki Kurose MS, and Southshore K-8. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/100-days-as-seattle-mayor-bruce-harrell-relying-on-likability-relationship-building-in-charting-citys-course/

West Seattle COVID clinic at High Point

October 26, 2021

Neighborhood House is proud to partner with the City of Seattle and Pliable Health to provide clinic space at our High Point building to help connect community members to the COVID-19 vaccine. This is Seattle’s second vaccination hub after the downtown location as the region gears up to provide boosters as well vaccines to children …

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Why the Best Starts for Kids levy matters

July 17, 2021

The Neighborhood House Board of Directors endorses Proposition No. 1 “Regular Property Tax Levy for Children, Youth, Families and Communities” on the Primary ballot in King County — also known as Best Starts for Kids. This initiative funds services to promote the health and well-being of children and young adults in the county, through programs at our …

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34th District Democrat’s Social Justice and Equity Committee assist with BIPOC vaccination effort

June 11, 2021

“On Sunday, April 25 the 34th District Democrat’s Social Justice and Equity Committee partnered with Childress Nursing Services and Neighborhood House to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to our BIPOC community members directly in the district and in their neighborhoods. This is something sorely needed given the state of the vaccination rate. BIPOC community members experience barriers …

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Seattle mayoral candidates answer questions from youth leaders in forum

May 28, 2021

“It’s not just important to get youth at the table, you have to make them feel welcome there. Youth right now really care and realize they can be a part of the change.” Read the full article at the link below, featuring Neighborhood House’s youth coalition participants. https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/seattle-mayoral-candidates-answer-questions-from-youth-leaders-in-forum/

One million shots and counting

April 7, 2021

“King County has reached a milestone: One million COVID-19 vaccines delivered.  One year ago, that seemed impossible. But vaccines were developed in record time – not just one, not just two, but three.  A wide array of community and faith-based organizations have played a crucial role in delivering those vaccines. We spoke with some of those partners to reflect on what it means to reach one million …

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Since when is Seattle full of fruit trees? (Since always)

March 23, 2021

“The brand new orchard, located by the High Point Commons Park in West Seattle, will yield hundreds of pounds of fruit in the coming years. And if you’re looking to relieve quarantine cabin fever with some outdoor frolicking, good news: You can help out with the harvest, or just take a stroll among the blossoms.” …

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Washington’s immigrant and refugee elders face challenges in COVID-19 vaccine access

February 8, 2021

“Still, more than two weeks into the current phase, immigrant and refugee elders continue to face challenges in accessing the vaccine, from language barriers to a lack of transportation and technology, say group members Helping Link and Neighborhood House, two nonprofits that serve immigrant and refugee populations. Their experiences reflect concerns about inequities around the …

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Old people at home will get vaccinated, but maybe not their caregivers, state announces

January 14, 2021

“Rimi Afroze, program manager of the Aging and Disability Services of Neighborhood House, said the mainstream healthcare system has long overlooked the particular needs of immigrant, refugee, and marginalized populations. During the pandemic, she ‘faced huge roadblocks’ in trying to find culturally appropriate support for homebound elders who were becoming increasingly depressed and anxious, such …

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Why some locals are skeptical about Jeff Bezos’ free preschool near Seattle

October 14, 2020

“If Bezos or any other wealthy donor were to fund existing free preschool programs for low-income families in Washington, there are many areas that their wealth can fill, according to Karin Ganz, an administrator at the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). They include supporting more mental health consultation services for parents …

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Unemployment in King County hits communities of color hardest

May 29, 2020

“The low jobless rates of the past several years masked just how precarious the financial picture was, Deguchi said. The reality was that many people, particularly in immigrant communities and communities of color, were balancing multiple low-wage jobs just to get by, and the coronavirus has now toppled that house of cards.” Read the full …

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Janice Deguchi — making an impact is what matters

December 12, 2019

“Janice Deguchi is three months into her job as executive director of Neighborhood House, one of the oldest social service organizations in Seattle. She’s been the leader of a number of nonprofits, transforming them in profound ways. But it was answering phones for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) straight out of college that taught her …

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This data tool helps homeless people get housing. If you’re white, your chances are even better.

October 29, 2019

“When Leah Post started using a tool meant to prioritize the most vulnerable people she worked with for a shot at housing, she noticed something was off.  People walking through the doors of her human services organization were disproportionately people of color. But the assessment tool she was using, a mouthful called the Vulnerability Index — Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, or VI-SPDAT for short, regularly prioritized white clients.” Read the full article at …

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