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Social service workers rally at Seattle City Hall over proposed budget cuts

November 8, 2022

“A city law passed in 2019 was supposed to ensure that front-line social service workers’ wages would continue to increase with inflation in these times. But the mayor’s proposed budget rolled that promise back. People who work on the front lines to serve homeless people and the community’s most vulnerable populations say depressed wages are …

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Sunset Neighborhood transformation projects underway

November 1, 2022

“The Sunset Neighborhood Center is a City of Renton and Renton Housing Authority project and on-site service providers include Health Point Clinic, Neighborhood House, Valley Service Behavioral Health Care, and St. Vincent de Paul Centro Rendu.” Read more below from the Renton Reporter.

Senator Murray Secures $2 Million to Get Diapers to WA Families in Need

September 30, 2022

“Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services (LHHS), announced Washington state organizations would receive $2 million in funding to provide diapers to families in need. The funding comes from a new pilot program, administered through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which Senator …

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Navigators at the World School guide students through the health-care maze

August 31, 2022

“The school has it’s own health clinic, where students can receive a variety of medical services, including dental, medical, and behavioral health services. That’s because the Seattle World School is specifically for new immigrants and refugee youth who have recently moved to the area.” Thank you to KUOW for featuring Neighborhood House staff members in …

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Seattle taps UW to study social worker pay

July 27, 2022

“Human services workers include child care workers, healthcare workers in community clinics, outreach workers who work with unhoused populations, eldercare workers, youth program workers and people who take care of disabled people, among others. These people, said Janice Deguchi, another co-chair of the SHSC and the executive director of Neighborhood House, in a press release, …

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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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Holidays at Neighborhood House

July 1, 2022

Neighborhood House (NH) is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, anti-racist, multi-cultural organization. As such, we are reevaluating our policies, including our holiday structure, so that we can continue to create a more equitable organizational culture. Today NH has 306 staff members who speak over 40 languages. 72% of staff members identify as Black, Indigenous, …

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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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Summer 2022 community health and engagement

June 10, 2022

Save the date for our health fairs! Neighborhood House will be in community with our neighbors this summer, providing resources and care in many locations throughout South King County. In partnership with Public Health Seattle & King County, we will be offering COVID and other vaccines for ages 6 months and older at all of these events, …

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Introducing our new Director of Child Development: Million Shiferaw

June 3, 2022

For over 20 years, Million has been serving Neighborhood House families and children in diverse positions of increasing responsibility. Million has served as Health Associate, Family Support Worker, Family Services Manager, and most recently, Family Services Director. Million’s experiences in early learning are as diverse as they are vast. He’s worked in the classroom, cooked …

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Being present for the first Juneteenth federal holiday

June 1, 2022

June 19th, 2022 will be the first year that many people will receive the day off in honor of Juneteenth, commemorating the day that enslaved people in Galveston, TX learned slavery had been abolished. They’d toiled in the hot sun for years under chattel slavery, and this year we will celebrate their freedom by taking …

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Multicultural principles for early childhood leaders

May 3, 2022

Head Start published these Multicultural Principles back in 1991. They have since been updated and continue to provide research based guidance to Head Start programs around the nation. They are also relevant principles that can be applied to other Neighborhood House service areas and approaches. You can find these principles and many other resources on …

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Neighborhood House is the 2022 Westside Not for Profit of the Year!

April 26, 2022

Thank you West Seattle Chamber of Commerce for honoring Neighborhood House as its 2022 Westside Not for Profit of the Year! Neighborhood House has been serving the West Seattle community for decades, providing services that prioritize the experiences of low-income people, immigrants, refugees, and communities of color. Our locations in High Point, Greenbridge, and Seola …

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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/

Putting People First – The King County Wage and Benefits Survey

April 1, 2022

Content from this article was adapted from the King County Alliance for Human Services press release after the publication of the King County Wage Survey. The hourly wage that one adult, one preschooler, and one school age child in King County needs to survive in 2020 was $38.85/hour, and adjusted for inflation, that amount is …

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My refection on power sharing

March 1, 2022

I recently got a new job at a government agency and this job puts me at the top of the organization. As such, I have been reflecting a lot on the meaning of leadership and leadership power.  Often, when we hear that a person “comes into power”, what is means is the person got a …

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