Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless

Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless

Abundance of Hope Center

  1. Why is the group that you chose to research important?
    This group is important because homelessness is an issue that affects so many students in the Seattle area. In King County, about 5000 youth (12-26 years old) are homeless every year. Everyone deserves somewhere to sleep and access to quality education.
  2. Brief history of the educational organization that you have researched along with the purpose of the organization?
    The abundance of hope center was established in 2008. There are three members in the leadership staff. Two of them have previous experience working for non-profits and one studied non-profit work in college.
  3. Whom do they serve?
    They serve “at risk youth” ages 12-26. I could not find a definition for “at risk” on the website but it seems like that means living in a low-income area.
  4. Programs offered?
    They provide free clothing for students, a few free workshops and a winter clothing donation drive. They donate food and various school supplies to families in need.
  5. What could they do better?
    One thing that they could do better is include more information about who they are helping specifically with each of these programs. By this I mean how many people attended, how much was donated, etc.
  6. Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?
    They do provide racial and language demographics for the families that they serve each year. I do not see any red flags for this organization, their services do seem to align with their goals.
  7. What other organizations are doing similar work?
    Other organizations in the Puget sound area doing similar work include Teen Feed and United Way of King County and Childerens Home Society of Washington.

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Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Uncategorized

Stand Up For Kids

StandUp for Kids Has a New Look | StandUp For Kids

Why is the group that I chose to research important?

I decided to investigate into teen homelessness since I believe they are often forgotten about. Teenagers, as well as adults, can go through this. They may experience homelessness as early as childhood and lack access to adequate support. They’re in the stage of their lives where they’re learning and growing. They are severely harmed by a lack of good nourishment and basic requirements. This is very common in Seattle. Teenagers who are homeless may be ashamed of their situation due to the stigma associated with it, and may be hesitant to seek help. These repercussions of homelessness, I believe, bring despair to youth in the form of mental health issues, substance abuse, victimization and criminal activity, risky sexual behaviors, and educational and employment difficulties. The cost of figuring out how to care for these young people adds to society’s burden.

Brief history of the educational organization that I have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

Standup for Kids is a nationwide non-profit devoted to breaking the cycle of juvenile homelessness in places like yours. They have been assisting homeless and at-risk adolescents since 1990, helping them go from crisis to connection. Through housing support, mentorship, drop-in centers, and street outreach, they provide our youngsters a sense of safety, hope, and belonging. For fiscal stewardship of all gifts, they have received the highest independent evaluations. Its long-term activities concentrate on providing housing for children, assisting them in attending school, and assisting them in gaining occupational skills. Youth can use these blueprints for success to help them achieve long-term goals.

Whom do they serve?

Up to their 25th birthday, they help unaccompanied homeless and at-risk youngsters – as well as young parents with children of their own. Their long-term goal is to put a stop to the cycle of juvenile homelessness. In many of the locations where they operate in volunteer teams, they have created four key initiatives to do this: Street Outreach, Outreach Centers, Mentoring, and Housing. What is interesting that that their volunteer teams develop trust and become a reliable resource for stabilizing and otherwise assisting adolescents who have been overlooked by the rest of society. All of the volunteers are checked, questioned, and extensively trained. A core group of volunteers launched each local program. Most of the programs are still managed by volunteers who volunteer their time and leadership abilities. Counselors from Street Outreach go out into the community to try to reach out to homeless children. For homeless and street children, the most pressing need is ongoing care and genuine support.

Programs offered?

Creating a secure environment, Housing assistance may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Assistance in locating and maintaining a rental property
  • Developing a follow-up plan after being put in an independent living environment,       encompassing the foundations of living alone and sustaining oneself.
  • Food baskets are delivered weekly.
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Moral support and counseling
  • Medical and dental assistance referrals
  • Stipends for housing

Finding homeless children who want to remain in a shelter is not the only goal of a successful street outreach program. While identifying children who may require shelter assistance, assistance must also be provided to those who: 

  •  live on the streets
  •  are not ready for more of the establishment
  •  are afraid to go to a shelter
  •  have a police record and fear incarceration
  •  are afraid of being sent home.

What could they do better?

On their website, Stand Up For Kids does an excellent job of outlining their organization and services. On their website, they are very transparent and give detailed information on everything they cover. Although I don’t see any ways to improve as an organization because they appear to offer a wide range of services, one way they could improve their website is to make it more explicit about how funds are used.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

The website is well-organized, with sections dedicated to each of their programs, each of which describes in depth how the programs are put together. They also have outreach programs posted on their website. You may volunteer in a variety of ways to support problematic adolescents, from cooking meals in the kitchen to serving as a dietary advisor to actively aiding youth on the streets one-on-one. The majority of their donations come from people and organizations that have made a long-term commitment to engage with each other on an ambitious goal, allowing us to focus on what we do best rather than chasing the next dollar.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Other organizations that are doing similar work are:

  •  Housing Hope
  •  United ways of King County
  •  Kindering
  •  Filipino Community of Seattle

. All these organization also help youth that are in need of help.

Resources

 

 

 

Helping homeless and street kids. StandUp For Kids. (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2022, from https://www.standupforkids.org/

 

Standup for Kids | NPO Spotlight – Philanthropy News Digest. https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/npo-spotlight/standup-for-kids.

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Helping homeless and street kids. StandUp For Kids. (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2022, from https://www.standupforkids.org/

 

 

Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Low Income, Poverty, Students of Color, Trauma

Communities in Schools of Seattle

Two students working on a project.

Why is the group you chose to research important?

I chose this group because I myself am a student of color and I think it is important for us to recognize who we are and that we have a lot more power than what it may seem. I know many people who doubt their own abilities just because of where they are from, and there should be no doubts about this. This organization has the resources to give us that opportunity and to give us the chance to find our abilities. Since many kids do not graduate high school, this organization is important in that their goal is to make sure those kids do graduate and have the confidence to further their careers.

Brief history of the organization and its purpose.

The Communities In Schools Seattle states their purpose in their equity statement. They say it is to support students of color in their communities by providing them with resources and opportunities. They also recognize what is needed by the community and eliminate social/historical barriers. They say 1 on 4 students fail to graduate on time in Washington, and they are partnering up with public schools to help address this. The parent organization, which is just Communities In Washington, has a goal of giving the youth control in the classroom and a quality education by addressing inequalities in the education system.

Whom do they serve?

They serve the children and youth of Seattle, and the parent one areas of Washington. By giving kids across the region access to resources, they can help those kids with adult-problems such as homelessness, racism, trauma, and more. They help those youth in various situations whom need the educational assistance. Kids who are at risk of dropping out, that is who they help majority of the time as well.

Programs offered?

There is no area where they list their programs, but there is a page of how one could help. Besides publicizing the organization and donations, people can help organize their own Communities In Schools in one’s community. They are also looking for people to fill their board of directors. They also have live and virtual fundraisers.

Besides what other people can do, they offer services to those in school who have adult problems like homelessness, low income, and others who are at risk of not meeting their graduation quotas.

What could they do better?

They could definitely offer more programs to the community. This is an area they are definitely lacking in, and since they are an organization that branches out to specific regions, having region-specific programs to the community would be extremely beneficial and inviting. I do worry about the intentions of the organization, but they do have a list of all the schools they work with and it is a pretty comprehensive list. They have a success stories page, but it only has three stories. I would expect that an organization would manage more, but any success story is good.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

There was a lot of information that was accessible. The financial information is relatively transparent, and when one goes to the donation form, there is a list of amounts of donations attached with the purpose of it. They seem to be in a great need of sponsorships, probably to get their word out and not for any ill intentions. They publicly list their tax ID presumably to get their tax information. It is good that they are not trying to hide that information, but openly giving it. It is also easy to see the list of employees and the board of directors. I even saw students of the University of Washington on the board, which makes the organization even more trustworthy. The website looks very professional and does not have any formatting mistakes.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

One organization I found was Washington STEM. They are a nonprofit organization that also has a goal in providing better education and to remove historical barriers. They say they envision our state as one where no matter where someone comes from, it does not influence or predict their career.

Another educational organization I found was Northwest Education Access. Their mission is to help low-income students and to give them financial support in their educational careers.

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Accessible Forums for Social Justice, Creating Communities of Learning that Include Families, Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Immigrant, Students of Color

FCS – Filipino Community of Seattle

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

Filipinos all throughout the United States of America are prominent enough and numerous enough to be important enough to have all the support they need, numbering around 4.2 Million Nationwide and around 100 Thousand around the Seattle Area and possibly more around the Puget Sound.

Brief history of the educational organization that you have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

Artwork by Christopher Ramos

Having been around since the mid 1930s, the FCS has a long and reputable history on its back and they have served a great purpose on helping the Filipino Communities around the area especially with those that are in incredibly need like those of recent immigrants, those who have been suffering from racial strife and segregation, and simply Filipinos that are in need. Thus, having the need to band together to survive in a rather hostile environment.

From helping the elderly to nurturing filipino children, their overall mission is to safeguard the well-being of the Filipino Community in the Greater Seattle region in order to achieve as stated in their Vision: “A united, thriving and vibrant Filipinx community.”

Whom do they serve? Programs Offered?

They mainly serve Filipinos from American-born Filipinos to Immigrant Filipinos coming from all around the world.

As their goal is to cultivate and develop a vibrant Filipino community, they offer services ranging from Youth Development like Youth Programs; to Cultural and Artistic Programs; to Senior/Elderly Focused Services like Senior Lunch/Food Banks and Senior Hubs; to even Civil Rights Services regarding Gender Based Violence that supports those who have been victims and are currently victimized with advocacy groups like the Filipinx Against Violence (FA V) that increases awareness and advocacy to those who have been victimized to crimes like domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. (Source)

What could they do better?

Regarding growth as an organization, perhaps increasing outreach as weird as it is, my family which are all Filipinos have yet to really know about such organizations other than our other relatives that might be more in touch within the Filipino community around the Puget Area Region.

Furthermore, perhaps an increase of services regarding that of the youth and even that of cultural events can get some more services, however, I suppose due to the pandemic, such actions might not be as needed as it is now. With the elderly requiring more attention and support in these dire times. Which is why I believe outreach is more of a priority in regards to organizational growth and perhaps even membership.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

Yes, the information about it is incredibly accessible with both a website that is user-friendly and most of the information being readily available all within their website. Furthermore, they do also have a Facebook Page, which is what most Filipino use and is highly rated as well, as another source of information to be able to gather from.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Regarding similar organizations, there are those like the Filipino-American Community of Puget Sound (FACPS), however, their website is rather empty and are filled with fillers like “Lorem Ipsum” throughout the website which was a big red flag in regards to activity. However, they do offer services like Scholarships to their Food Banks and with a rather remote location like Algona, WA, I believe FCS would be a better one overall. (Link to Website)

Another one is the Filipino-American National Historical Society (FANHS), arguably a better than one than that of the FACPS, focuses more on Education and History than that of Social Service; however, due to that, they have a more comprehensive program list and curriculum for Filipino Education with Formal Educational Programs like that of Filipino American Heritage Studies and Filipino American Education Institute. Overall, an organization that has a different focus but similar in essence and work, serving Filipinos in America. (Link to Website)

Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Nutrition, Poverty

Teen Feed

Why is the group that I chose to research important?

I chose to research teens that are facing homelessness as I feel that they are often overlooked. This is not something only adults can experience, but teenagers as well. They can face homelessness from a young age and are unable to have access to proper resources. They are at an age where they are growing and learning. Lack of proper nutrition and adequate basic needs is extremely detrimental to them. This is especially prevalent in the Seattle area. Teenagers that experience homelessness may feel embarrassed because of the stigma that comes with being homeless, and may be afraid to seek help.

Brief history of the educational organization that I have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

The organization originated as a result of the University of Washington Medical Center nurses working to help feed hungry youth. This was in 1987 when they noticed the abundance of young homeless teens around the area. They then began to work with the community to provide food for these youth.

Whom do they serve?

Teen Feed works to help homeless youth by providing them with basic needs such as food, assisting them in being aware of their healthcare options, and building relationships/connections with them among others. At their core, they are setting the foundations for help teens to get back on their feet and look ahead for a brighter future. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Teen Feed has connected with over 900 individuals, provided over 20,000 meals, and accumulated over $750,000 of donated items such as food. They primarily work in the University District of Seattle, as well as the South King County and Auburn areas. For the past two years, the organization has completely community funded through donations.

Programs offered?

Teen Feed offers multiple programs. The Meal Program allows youth to receive hot meals every night at various meal sites. This meal program is active seven days a week, 365 days a year, allowing youth to have access to at least one a meal a day, every day. The Street Talk Outreach Program Program (STOP) provides an opportunity for youth on the streets to connect with adults, in an environment where they are most comfortable. This allows youth to building a working relationship with adults and even offers employment experience. The Youth Access to Care (YAC) program works to assist youth in getting healthcare access. They bring awareness to the healthcare options that youth have.

What could they do better?

I think Teen Feed has done a very good job of explaining their organization and programs on their website. They are very clear on their website and provide thorough information on everything they cover.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

Information about the organization is very accessible. Teen Feed appears to be extremely transparent and does not show any red flags. The website is neatly organized and has sections for their programs which explains in detail the how the programs are constructed. They also have an opportunities for volunteer work listed on their website as well. There are so many different roles that you can volunteer for to help troubled youth, ranging from preparing the meals in the kitchen, to being a nutrition guide, to actively helping youth on the streets one-on-on. Teen Feed also has a section on facts about homeless youth to bring awareness.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Other organizations that are doing similar work are Ryan’s House for Youth and YouthCare. Both organizations specialize in helping youth that are in need of help and nurturing them.

Resources

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Teen Feed. (n.d.). Retrieved February 1, 2022, from https://teenfeed.org/

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