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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We need immigrants. We also need solutions and resources that help them.

July 1, 2021

E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one) is America’s motto found on coins, dollar bills, on the seal of the US Senate and House, and represents the idea that many – states and diverse people – are stronger together, and that together, we make one great nation. With the exception of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, …

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Juneteenth Celebrations

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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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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Responding to anti-Asian violence

March 19, 2021

Neighborhood House grieves the loss of the seven women (six of whom were Asian) and one man in Georgia last week. We condemn the violence and we stand with our Asian friends, clients, board members, and staff in solidarity and support. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, Muslims, and other diverse individuals exist in a world where …

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Happy Birthday, Shirley Wilcox!

March 8, 2021

That’s Shirley Wilcox pictured in the visual timeline of Neighborhood House’s history at our office on Weller Street. Shirley Wilcox became the first Black president of Neighborhood House’s Board of Directors in 1954. On this International Women’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to recognize her contributions to Neighborhood House and the Seattle area community. …

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Speaking up for equity

March 1, 2021

COVID-19 has revealed the huge economic and health disparities perpetuated by racism and inequitable systems. At Neighborhood House, we see these disparities firsthand. Critical information and access provided only in English and maybe Spanish, access available only online, and major donors of health care systems “cutting the line” to get the vaccine before their phase …

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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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How Seattle is attempting to ensure racial equity in access to COVID-19 vaccines

February 5, 2021

“STONE: She was able to help Hadera get a shot at a nearby pop-up clinic. Janice Deguchi, executive director of Neighborhood House, says their clients were also given early access to sign up for the mass vaccine site. JANICE DEGUCHI: That would definitely be an example of what worked. More of that would be great. …

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Connection in the time of COVID

February 4, 2021

This piece was originally included in the Winter 2021 Community Partner Connection newsletter of the Department of Social and Health Services. With many programs going remote in 2020, Neighborhood House was concerned about keeping our elders plugged into their social circles and services. Most of these clients have limited financial resources and speak a first …

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