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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Neighborhood House staff on celebrating Black Joy

February 1, 2022

Too often, many of the stories discussed during Black History Month are tragic.  One does not have to look too hard to uncover the many times in US history that humanity was not extended to those from the African diaspora.  On top of that, many stories of Black excellence are undercut by tragic ends of …

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COVID Recovery Information Session

January 6, 2022

Neighborhood House would like to invite you to a COVID recovery information session. Open to all community members who want to learn more about our free programs and services! Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM Please contact Rochelle Hazard, Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access at rochelleh@nhwa.org for questions. For the past …

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Racial equity and social justice – How are we doing? What NH staff say…

January 3, 2022

Neighborhood House has been engaged in a multi-year effort to identify key racial equity goals and actions to move the organization towards becoming a fully inclusive, anti-racist, multi-cultural organization in a transformed society. As a part of this effort, we committed to implementing an organizational assessment to establish a baseline understanding of the current state …

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Finding hope and inspiration in 2021

December 29, 2021

To mark moments from 2021, we are sharing three letters from the Neighborhood House community over the next couple of weeks. We are grateful for your continued support of our work! Please find our Board President Cynthia Wang’s message below.  For many of us, the end-of-year holidays are a time for rest, reflection, and celebration. As I …

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Achieving well-being in partnership with families

December 23, 2021

We are sharing three letters from the Neighborhood House community over the next couple of weeks to mark moments from 2021. Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support! Please find our staff member Naeem Anis’s message below. My name is Naeem and I am an Employment Case Manager at our Birch Creek …

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Lessons from making Takis from scratch

December 17, 2021

We are sharing three letters from the Neighborhood House community over the next couple of weeks to mark moments from 2021. Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support! Please find our volunteer Becky Bruhn’s message below. As a guest at Neighborhood House events, I’d hear about their summer and afterschool programs. Sitting …

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Native American Heritage Month

December 1, 2021

Neighborhood House recognizes that we are on Indigenous lands, specifically the lands of Coast-Salish people. We offer acknowledgement to our Coast-Salish relatives and cultures including the Duwamish, the Muckleshoot, the Snoqualmie, the Suquamish, and many other Lushootseed-speaking communities and people. We recognize that we serve communities on lands governed by the 1855 Treaty of Point …

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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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