Importance of being Mental Health First Aid certified

May 1, 2023

Since Mental Health America designated it so in 1949, the month of May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. This year’s theme is “Look Around, Look Within.” This month, Mental Health America has asked us to specifically look at how our environments shape our mental health. Through the Mental …

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What is CSBG funding and why we need it

April 12, 2023

Since 1965, born out of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Community Action Agencies have been helping people gain social and economic mobility, changing inequitable systems that perpetuate the causes and conditions of poverty, and strengthening our community. In 2021, 30 Community Action Agencies served 347,000 low-income Washingtonians in over 175,000 households in all 39 counties. Each of …

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Mothering & Caregiving – What Matters Most

April 4, 2023

Filipinx mother, daughter, caregiver, and national best selling author, Angela Garbes will join us as our keynote speaker for our “What Matters Most” luncheon on April 27. In her book, Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, Angela describes her parent’s journey from the Philippines to the US as health care workers. A path to economic …

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Equity Summit 2023

April 4, 2023

Equity is not a thing. It is not something that you can put your hands on or describe to the exact tee. Equity is not solid like a wall or stagnant like a pond. It is living and breathing and its shape depends on where and how it is needed. It flows and bends like …

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Rest is Resistance

March 1, 2023

Rest is a form of resistance because it disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy. Both toxic systems refuse to see the inherent divinity in human beings and have used bodies as a tool for production, evil, and destruction for centuries. -Tricia Hersey, “Rest Is Resistance” I woke up today, grabbed my coffee, …

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Reimagining holidays in nonprofits

February 23, 2023

“We recognized that our holiday structure excluded different faiths and values that are held by Neighborhood House employees. Neighborhood House has 350 staff members who speak over 40 languages. 72% of staff members identify as Black, Indigenous or POC. 33% self-identify as immigrants and 36% report that English is not their primary language.” Read more …

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Human services wages are even worse than you imagined

February 23, 2023

“Nonprofit leaders say they’re losing talented workers—and struggling to recruit new ones—because they can’t offer competitive wages. Janice Deguchi, the executive director of Neighborhood House, said the nonprofit recently lost a teacher who had been working to connect a developmentally delayed child to the group’s early-learning program and other services.” Read more about the new comparable …

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Young voices are our future

December 16, 2022

Congratulations to our youth program in Auburn for winning a $30,000 grant for an improved community playground! Young people participating in Neighborhood House’s afterschool programs brainstormed the project, helped draft a proposal, collected signatures, and went on to receive the most votes in the city against other submissions. Speaking to a 6th grader about the …

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Join us this winter to help families and communities thrive

December 9, 2022

My name is Syretta, and I am the manager of Neighborhood House’s High Point preschool in West Seattle. In addition to providing young children with high quality early childhood education, my job is to make sure entire families get what they need to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Sometimes, this looks like partnering with …

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Attendee reflections from the Facing Race Conference

December 1, 2022

Last month, several Neighborhood House staff attended the Facing Race Conference. We were treated to an incredible speech by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How To Be An Anti-Racist, and Stamped From the Beginning, and many sessions presented by race and equity experts and practitioners. One of the sessions I attended was The Trojan …

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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.

Mayor’s proposed budget disproportionally impacts women and people of color

October 25, 2022

Leaders of regional nonprofits implore Seattle Mayor and City Council to reconsider human services COLA cap Mr. Mayor, we are confused. We know you are a champion for diversity and equity. So why are you capping inflation-based pay increases for a set of vendors who are disproportionately women and people of color—those predominately serving our …

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King County community comes together to support Latinx youth

October 4, 2022

This Latinx and Hispanic Heritage month is a special one for many Latinx King County community members. Neighborhood House, community partners, parents, and youth celebrate being awarded 5 years of CDCs Drug-Free Communities program to support the newly created Latinx – King County Dream Coalition (La Coalición de los Sueños del Condado del Rey in …

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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.

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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