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Neighborhood House 

Description

As a multi-service organization, Neighborhood House works to empower families and individuals with holistic help.  We serve low-income and immigrant/refugee communities throughout Seattle and King County. From prenatal support through senior services, we provide a mix of services to address the needs of each individual and family.  Our goal is to find relevant, accessible solutions to the complex challenges of poverty.

Mission Statement
Neighborhood House helps diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building.
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Neighborhood House
905 Spruce St Ste 200 
Seattle 
WA
98104-2474 
(206) 461-8430 

Mark Okazaki 
Executive Director 

Programs

Neighborhood House Programs

In order to respond to the variety of issues our clients face, we offer over 30 programs in these major areas: early learning, youth development, family and social services, housing stability, employment and adult education, financial empowerment, community health, and senior services.

Our staff strives to provide culturally and linguistically relevant services; 71% of Neighborhood House staff speaks a language other than English, collectively speaking 45 languages.

Highlights of what we do:

We prepare children and youth to succeed.

  • Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families our served by our early learning programs where 93.7% of the children we serve come from immigrant or refugee families. 
  • Our Youth Tutoring Program provides a positive learning environment for youth to reach their potential as students, individuals and community members.
We enable adults to become self-sufficient.
  • Our housing stability and employment programs provide a continuum of support for families and individuals with intensive case management -- such as our Rapid Re-Housing Program which empowers homeless individuals to move into housing.

We help build healthy communities.
  • We believe strong communities start with healthy individuals.  Our community health and senior services programs help connect people to the resources they need to lead active, healthy lives.
  • Our Project HANDLE@Navos integrates substance abuse, HIV testing, prevention and mental health treatment into a holistic approach to patient care.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Exciting things are happening thanks to our donors and supporters! In 2014, our Financial Empowerment Centers opened their doors.  Each Financial Empowerment Center provides free, professional, one-on-one financial education, counseling, and coaching to help people become financially stable. For many of our clients, the goal of financial stability is central to their independence.  At our seven locations, we offer the opportunity to open a safe and affordable bank account, create a plan to decrease debt and increase savings, and learn about credit scores, among many other services.  This aspect of our work has been an exciting step forward in creating lasting success and self-sufficiency.

Current Need
STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is a quickly expanding and high demand field, yet there is limited participation by diverse students.  Our new Studio program serving middle and high school youth at High Point in West Seattle aims to remedy this by making STEM exciting for youth.  We want to spark their interest in STEM career and educational pathways and develop the knowledge and skills needed to get there.  Your support would allow us to grow Studio’s reach and expand our work promoting STEM.

Evaluation


Neighborhood House (NH) helps diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health, and asset building.

Proven Success
The Board of Trustees approved the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan at the beginning of the year. Two programmatic goals of the plan are; High Point Promise, efforts to create a cradle to college pipeline of programs, services and strategies to help all of the low-income children of the High Point public housing redevelopment graduate from high school on time and go on to postsecondary education; and expanding services to new communities in South King County. This includes life skills, mentoring and academic programs in the Firwood Circle public housing complex in Auburn and the expansion of their Parent Child Home Program early literacy home visiting services to families in Tukwila.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
NH continues to place a major emphasis on serving populations who struggle to become self-sufficient. Their staff speaks 43 languages and dialects. NH currently has six community advisory councils to help direct their work in different program areas and help to adapt their services to the cultural needs of our communities. They collaborate with other providers to ensure quality services. They have a “no wrong door” philosophy and connect people to all their services.

Collaboration
NH has a strong track record in delivering high quality social and educational support to their clients. They have been quite successful at building partnerships to address the needs of the communities they serve. For this effort, they are working closely with the Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Public Schools, and other organizations that are working to improve academic outcomes for children.

Sustainability
Over the last 12 months, Neighborhood House has invested in: 1) adding internal evaluation capacity to help implement evidence-based programs and best practices and to improve programs; 2) internal staff skill development, such as coaching skills; 3) purchasing software to help staff, board members and other stakeholders interact with and understand program data; 4) increasing their Volunteer Coordination staffing and adding an AmeriCorps team to enlist the energy of the community; 5) increasing their investment in major donor development.

They have experienced increased demand for assistance for all of the basic needs: housing, rent, utilities, food and transportation. They make referrals to other community partners for the services they cannot provide and those resources are stressed.

They have managed costs very carefully. When there has been limited money for cost of living adjustments, they have looked for ways to develop staff and improve their compensation through internal promotion opportunities and are constantly seeking efficiencies. They initiated a wellness program that paid off in the first reduction in health insurance costs in the last 12 years.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/10/2014 $40,000.00to support the Healthcare Career Pathway Program.
3/10/2013 $20,000.00provide general operating support.
6/10/2012 $10,000.00to support a summer kindergarten readiness program. YGB 2012
3/10/2012 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2010 $50,000.00support planning activities of the High Point Promise Neighborhood Initiative (HPPN).
12/10/2008 $75,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/5/2006 $75,000.00support general operating expenses.

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