Tag Archives: Poverty

A Lifesaving Box Of Food

Hi Everyone, David Tate Here

I thought you might enjoy this.  I was out walking around my neighborhood some weeks back when I passed a young couple and their child.  The man stopped and gave me a curious look and said “I know you from somewhere.”  I did not recognize him and said that maybe he had seen me at FamilyWorks up by the library.  He face lit up, he pointed at me and said  “The foodbank!”   I said ”That makes sense, but I’m sorry I don’t recognize you.”

His wife said they remembered me as I was the one who got them signed up at the foodbank and introduced them to the Resource Center.  I asked them how they were doing and why we had not seen them recently and here is what they said.

A few months back he had lost his job and they were living out of their car with their three year old.  The wife told me that they were down to $20 in cash and desperately needed food, when someone told them about the FW foodbank.  They came down and we got them signed up and provided them with what she called “A lifesaving box of food.”  We also got them “hooked up” with the playgroup program and some housing resources.

They are now in housing and he has a full-time job working security at one of the local “big box” stores.  They both said that their experience with family works had been transforming and lifesaving and had played a huge part in helping them through what was a difficult and stressful time in their lives and they specifically asked me let everyone know how thankful they are for the help.

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The Food Bank Diet

One group in Toronto is asking a powerful and thought-provoking question: “Does a single person on social assistance receive enough income to live with health and dignity?”

Social assistance in Ontario is comparable to DSHS here in Washington State. Basically, if you are in financial need, you may qualify for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support, which would help provide money for food and housing, employment assistance, and health care. But is it enough assistance? Do The Math is a campaign hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre located in Toronto that is battling this issue. They believe that there really is not enough assistance for people to live with health and dignity. See for yourself- check out their website and follow the “Take the Survey” link to see what financial alterations to your lifestyle you would need to make.

Read this article and tell us what you think. Could you live on a Food Bank diet? Can one trip to the food bank fill you up for the week?

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Nation & World | More families going without enough food | Seattle Times Newspaper

Nation & World | More families going without enough food | Seattle Times Newspaper.

Did you see this article in which more families are going without enough food?  This is not news to us.  We have seen the rise in families using our food bank.  But we live in such a generous community that we have been able to meet the need.  We hope that soon the ecomony picks up, people find jobs and are able to meet their finaincial needs.  Until then, we will remain open to help those who need it.

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Seattle’s Bag Fee and the Poor

Thanks to CAMP for highlighting the affects on the poor of the proposed Seattle 20-cent bag fee.  Our clients will be affected the same way.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/dannywestneat/2009555408_danny29.html

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Homelessness Suburbanizes

End Homelessness – Change.org: Suburban, Rural Homelessness Jumps in 2008.

Statistics show near stability in total homelessness, but an increase in suburban/rural homelessness. Worse yet, the number of homeless families increased by 9%.

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Breadline USA | AlterNet

Click for a well-argued article on the connection between failing minimum wage laws and poverty, the “missing class” of Americans who work hard and earn enough money that they don’t qualify for federal services such as food stamps but cannot buy food in the world of soaring inflation and food costs in particular, and the concept of a living wage.  Overall, a must-read from Alternet. Check it out.

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More Info About Express Credit Union

We’ve noticed that many people are Googling Express Credit Union and ending up on our welcome post. So I asked ECU for some more information, and here is what they sent:

ECU exists to: “Provide affordable financial services to low & moderate income people in King County. In doing so, help them build assets and achieve financial stability.” In King County approximately 56,000 households live at or below poverty income levels. This population is often un-/under-banked and frequently become entangled in the difficult, costly, ongoing payday lending cycle. ECU empowers people with their own financial resources by providing accessible and affordable alternatives to break out of this cycle.

ECU partners with local community social service agencies to provided financial services and advice to their clients. Our goal is to help low income individuals and families out of the cycle of predatory lending, while also providing them with financial literacy and education.

ECU’s role is to serve as facilitators and conduits between ECU and the clients served by our partners, providing information, credit union services, and loan alternatives.

For more information, see the articles about ECU in The Seattle Times, Real Change, or The Puget Sound Business Journal.

ECU currently has Community Member Service Representatives available at the following times and locations:

Community Member Service Representative Agency Schedule

CMSR #1 Samuel Gebremedhin 206  554-1534

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

YWCA Greenbridge

8th Ave. SW and SW 96th St

White Center

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Neighborhood House High Point:

6558 35th Ave. S.W

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

ReWa Main Office 

4008 MLK JR. Way, S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Neighborhood House Rainier Vista

4410 29th Ave. S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Friday

ReWA South King County Office

15245 International Boulevard, Suite 207

Sea Tac

10AM to 4PM

CMSR #2 Hannah Haag (206) 529-7937

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

Solid Ground Main Office

1501 N 45th Street

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Solid Ground Sand Point Housing

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

Hopelink Shoreline Center

15809 Westminster Way N.

Shoreline 

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Hopelink Bellevue Main Office

14812 Main St.

Bellevue

10AM to 4PM

Friday

New Futures Vintage Park

13737 12th Ave SW.  Building 31

Burien

12PM to 6PM

CMSR #3 Maricel Valdez (206) 607-7510

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

Catholic Community Services

1229 Smith Street

Kent

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Neigbhorhood House New Holly

7054 32nd Ave. S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

Multi-Service Center Kent Office

515 W. Harrison Street

Kent

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Neigborhood House Yesler Terrace

825 Yesler Way

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Friday

Multi-Service Center Main Office

1200 S. 336th St.

Federal Way

10AM to 4PM

CMSR # 4 Nathan Hawkins 206 992-1720

Tuesday

YWCA Opportunity Place

2024 Third Avenue

Seattle

9AM to 4PM

 

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