Social Service Partnerships DO Matter!

Katie Showalter, a Journey Home case manager at Solid Ground, which is also in the same building as FamilyWorks, wrote a great note about her experience with our food bank. Journey Home works with homeless families in King County to find housing placement.

Katie had come to the food bank to get a box of food for one of her clients and her note illustrates how important it is for families to have regular access to food and the fact that anyone can face a disaster that leaves them needing resources. Katie’s entry into our food bank also shows how important social service partnerships are!

Here is what she said:

“I wanted to thank you and all the staff at the Family Works food bank… I have a family who lost their last permanent housing due to a house fire and they are now homeless and working hard to get back on their feet.  Despite working part-time they do not have the income [to provide enough food through the end of the month].  My client called and said that they would not have any food for four days until their food stamps came.  I asked [volunteer David Tate at the food bank] if I could access an emergency food box and [David] was SO HELPFUL and KIND and GENEROUS in the food that [he] provided.  My client was in such gratitude and so happy [to get] milk, cereal, soups, peanut butter, fresh fruit and vegetables and was THRILLED to get salmon!

The work that you do [at the food bank] every day has a huge impact on our community and I greatly appreciate your generosity.”

 

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 9

In our ninth and final entry to our April Storytelling series we’re featuring one of our fantastic community partners, Jordan Schwartz. You may know Jordan as the founder of the Wallyhood blog.

Jordan believes FamilyWorks’ model of service is unique and is having a profound impact on our community. In his video Jordan shares what he believes sets FamilyWorks apart from other service organizations.

FamilyWorks Stories – Jordan from Family Works on Vimeo.

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Give Big FW IVTomorrow only, when you make a donation to FamilyWorks through the Seattle Foundation website a percentage of your donation will be matched, increasing your impact on our community!

To join us and “Give Big”, click here tomorrow and go to the FamilyWorks page on the Seattle Foundation website and then click on the “Donate Now” link.

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 8

Today’s Storytelling post features Lexie, one of FamilyWorks’ Family Advocates. Our family advocates provide individualized guidance, information, resources and support to assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs and their long term goals.

In her video Lexie talks about the work she does with families and also shares why FamilyWorks’ programs are so meaningful to her.

You can read about how Lexie helped one family access housing resources here. To find out more about the Family Advocate program go here.

FamilyWorks Stories – Lexi from Family Works on Vimeo.

 

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 7

Continuing our April Storytelling series, today’s post features Caroline, one of our amazing Food Bank volunteers.

Caroline shares with us how the Food Bank helped her through a very difficult time in her life. In her video Caroline also makes some poignant statements about how hunger doesn’t always look the way we assume it does.

FamilyWorks Stories – Caroline from Family Works on Vimeo.

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If you make a donation to FamilyWorks through the Seattle Foundation website on May 5th a percentage of your donation will be matched!

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 6

For the month of April we’ve been sharing stories from FamilyWorks’ participants, volunteers and staff members. On Tuesday we got to hear from Shaneika, a parent who has utilized our WIC program, and today we get to hear from our WIC Nutritionist, Pat Prentice. If you don’t know, WIC is the “Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.” Every Thursday Pat facilitates the WIC program here at FamilyWorks, helping pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years of age eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Through WIC families can receive health screenings, nutrition and health education, information and support for breastfeeding, and more.

In her video Pat tells us why it’s important to her to be able to facilitate the WIC program here at FamilyWorks.

For more information about our WIC program or to schedule an appointment with Pat click here.

FamilyWorks Stories – Pat.mp4 from Family Works on Vimeo.

If you’ve missed any of our previous April Storytelling posts make sure to scroll down and watch them. They’re awesome!

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 5

Today’s installment of our April storytelling series features Shaneika, a mother who utilizes our WIC services, Food Bank and one-on-one Advocacy services. In the video Shaneika tells us how FamilyWorks was able to support her during the new-parent transition.

FamilyWorks Stories – Shaneika from Family Works on Vimeo.

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What Does FamilyWorks Mean To Me? – pt. 4

For the fourth installment in our April storytelling series Leah, a former FamilyWorks intern, talks about what makes FamilyWorks so special to her. During the summer of 2014 Leah led our Parent/Child Playgroups as well our Reading Rocks program. One of the things that made her experience at FamilyWorks so special was the “reciprocal learning” she experienced. As much as Leah was in a teaching role she felt she learned as much or more from the children and adults she was working with.

To find out more about our Parent/Child Playgroups click here, and to find out more about our Reading Rocks program click here.

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FamilyWorks Stories – Leah from Family Works on Vimeo.

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