Elections, democracy, and equity

November 1, 2021

November 2nd, tomorrow, voters in Washington state will have an opportunity to have their voices heard. We are lucky that in Washington, voting is easy. Our ballots are 100% mail-in, with plentiful drop boxes, free postage for mailing the ballots, and several weeks from the time ballots are received in the mail to when they …

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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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Community care as substance abuse prevention: Challenges of being proactive in a reactive society

October 8, 2021

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month – join staff member Jazmine Chilo as she presents the next Speaker Series event on Thursday, October 28 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Jazmine will be highlighting the trends in substance abuse in the United States, complications specific to low-income communities, harm reduction as a form of treatment, and the …

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National Hispanic Heritage and Latinx History: “Latinx or Hispanic?”

September 30, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month began as a commemorative week when California Congressman George E. Brown first introduced it in June of 1968. In 1987, U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed expanding the observance to cover its current 31-day period that goes from September 15 to October 15 to properly observe and coordinate events and …

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Demystifying schizophrenia: Cultural interpretations across the world

September 23, 2021

People with schizophrenia oftentimes have unmet medical and social needs in our communities. Join Neighborhood House staff member, Vince Medrano, on uncovering some of the various cultural interpretations of schizophrenia and how it affects our communities. Vince Medrano (he/him/him) is a community health epidemiologist at Neighborhood House. He is also a Master of Social Work …

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Digital access is an equity issue

September 8, 2021

“Those who access and need our government services expect and deserve usability,” said Kendrick Stewart, Washington Department of Commerce’s deputy director. In a public performance review meeting on July 28, 2021, the deputy director went on to say that according to agencies that provide direct services to the public, those who are most likely to …

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Improving equity in schools and beyond

September 1, 2021

COVID has changed how young people have had to learn and care for themselves over this past year and a half. They’ve been away from friends and family, impacted by financial hardship, illness or loss of loved ones due to COVID. Going to school has meant logging on to Zoom, trying to focus on class …

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Statewide diaper bank and advocacy

August 18, 2021

Last summer, we put out a call to help low-income families with young children in King County get access to diapers. The response was immediate and because of the maintained momentum around this issue, Neighborhood House has since been able to distribute: 110,000+ diapers and $21,000 of baby supplies! Additionally, due to our collective communities’ continued advocacy and concern, …

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Relational vs. Transactional

August 2, 2021

The following is an excerpt from Erin Okuno, (former NH board member and Executive Director of Southeast Education Coalition) published on her Fakequity blog. I thought this article was timely as we live our values (one of our core values is relationships), and do the important work of building community and increase access to housing, …

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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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Our summer health fairs are back!

July 9, 2021

Every year, Neighborhood House partners with the Somali Health Board, Seattle Housing Authority, King County Housing Authority, and many other local non-profit organizations to host a series of summer health fairs in the neighborhoods we serve. Check out our schedule for 2021! These are our first in-person fairs since the pandemic began and we are …

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Juneteenth history and events

June 18, 2021

This Saturday is Juneteenth – the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in the small town of Galveston, Texas to announce that the state’s enslaved Black people were free. The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery two and half years earlier but it was not …

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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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Pride Month

June 1, 2021

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Martin Luther King Jr. The month of June has come to be known as Gay Pride Month. This has not always been the case. There was a time when being LGBTQ was not celebrated in such a public way, not only by those in the community …

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Celebrating Loving Day

June 1, 2021

Fifty-four years ago is not long at all. For many of us here at Neighborhood House, our parents had already taken their first steps on this planet’s soil. By 1967, satellite television had sent signals to separate continents, bubble wrap became a bored child’s favorite toy, and you could turn your tongue blue with a …

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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/

Celebrating Asian Diversity

May 3, 2021

The Neighborhood House Celebrating Asian Diversity Affinity Group centers on the lives and experiences of Asian and Asian American staff. We envision an organization where Asians and Asian Americans thrive. We will build a community that empowers, elevates, and celebrates our diverse social identities and cultures. The month of May is Asian American and Pacific …

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Mental health: Understanding the effects on communities

April 30, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are excited to highlight the work of our Community Health team! Wednesday, May 5th is the launch of a free virtual Speaker Series Neighborhood House is offering to our community. These virtual events are opportunities for to engage and learn about Neighborhood House, our community, and how to grow together …

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