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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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Harlem Children’s Zone’s Geoffrey Canada Visits Seattle to Inspire

Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in New York City, is taking the nation by storm. His simple and straightforward message is that he will do “whatever it takes” to serve his community’s children and families. On February 9th, 2010, Mr. Canada came to the University of Washington to instill hope and motivate others to replicate his efforts. It is not hard to see success in similar programs in Seattle—FamilyWorks, for example, offers community programs that nurture, empower, and strengthen individuals and families from birth to adulthood.

Support at HCZ starts at birth, with parenting classes offered for expectant parents and those with children up to three years of age. It continues into preschool, where students are adequately prepared to enter kindergarten by participating in a program that teaches English, Spanish and French.

HCZ runs two charter schools for elementary school students: Promise Academy I and II. “Since their creation in 2004 and 2005, Promise Academy I and II elementary schools have done well enough to lead Harvard economist Roland Fryer to conclude that the students had actually closed the black-white achievement gap. The schools have a longer school day and year, and feature wide-ranging, enriching after-school programs. In 2009, the third-graders from both schools were 100 percent on or above grade level in the state-wide math program. At PA1 the third-graders were 94 percent on or above grade level in English Language Arts, while the third-graders at PAII were at 86 percent.” Students who do not attend these charter schools can still take part in Peacemakers, a program run by HCZ that “trains young people who are committed to making their neighborhoods safe for children and families.”

Of course, it doesn’t stop there: HCZ offers programs for middle and high school students that educate, coach, and nurture. This project pushes students to achieve by giving them the skills they need to succeed. They offer job training and community involvement, college prep and arts coaching. “197 students were accepted into college for the 2009-2010 year, representing 90% of HCZ high-school seniors.”

If you want to be truly inspired, check out the HCZ website for more information on what an impact this project has on families and children of NYC. Then, get involved! Be a part of this great movement—one that believes in the future and is committed to providing the best for children in its community here and now.

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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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Welcome, Express Credit Union!

 

Welcome, Express Credit Union, a credit union designed specifically to help the poor and others who don’t trust banks avoid check-cashing fees and payday lenders. Express Credit Union opens today, May 30! And instead of having often-inconvenient branches, the credit union is coming to the people. One branch will even be located just above FamilyWorks, in Solid Ground! So congratulations to ECU, and we look forward to some rave reviews. For more information, click on the photo or link below.


 

Business & Technology | Credit union aims to help people break the payday-lender cycle | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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Open Mic: Acoustic Volunteer Musicians Wanted

FamilyWorks is looking for local musicians who would like to volunteer their time and their sweet sounds to perform in our hallway during food bank hours. We think it would be a pleasant change of pace for us and for our clients. Do you know someone who might be interested? Contact Jake at 206-694-6727.

*Please acoustic only and no drummers; Solid Ground people are accustomed to much-less-noisy situations.

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Lettuce Link Volunteer to be Deported?


 A Vietnamese immigrant and avid volunteer gardener for Lettuce Link at the Cascade P-Patch, Dung Ahn “JoJo” Tran lost his bid for political asylum and stands to be deported. Lettuce Link, a program of Solid Ground, grows fresh produce and donates it to FamilyWorks Food Bank, among others. Community agencies including Lettuce Link, the Red Cross, and others, estimate that Tran has donated over 9000 hours of his time to community service through gardening, translating, and helping the elderly during his stay in the United States.

 

Local News | Supporters of Vietnamese immigrant in Seattle try to help him get asylum | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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Bizkit the Sleep-Walking Dog

We realize that dogs aren’t even allowed in food banks. For that matter, there are no non-service animals allowed in the Solid Ground building (hey does that mean mine, a hospital therapy dog in training, can come in?). But when one of our donors sent the donor and volunteer coordinator this video, we just couldn’t resist throwing it up on our blog. Have a good laugh and don’t forget to check back frequently for the latest good laugh amid useful information!

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