Social Services

Advisory committee sparks diverse views from SeaTac lawmakers

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The SeaTac City Council voted at its last meeting to appoint seven members and two alternates to serve on the newly formed Community Building Committee. The committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the SeaTac City Council, and is charged with:

· Researching best practices of other jurisdictions and vetting those ideas within the community.
· Fostering communication and building trust with all City departments and within the community.
· Acting as a sounding board for projects and programs under development by the City.
· Seeking innovative, community-based ideas through sustainable, two-way communication within the community.
· Participating in existing city, school and community meetings and events to bridge communication gaps and promote active participation and community engagement.

Update: Members of controversial SeaTac committee named
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SeaTac Mayor Tony Anderson and Councilwoman Terry Anderson present the key to the city to retiring SeaTac Police Chief James Graddon. In the background are council members Barry Ladenburg, left, Rick Forschler and Pam Fernald.

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On April 29, the merger of New Futures with Southwest Youth & Family Services will be complete, creating one stronger, more versatile organization primed to reach more families in southwest Seattle and King County.

This integration reflects a shared belief in the power of self-determination for families. The merger will make it possible to apply greater resources and increase support to families as they determine for themselves the best ways to empower their children and build resilience.

"I first approached Southwest Youth & Family Services in 2012 about our interest in a merger because of their track record, integrity and cultural sensitivity," stated Jenn Ramirez Robson, Executive Director, New Futures.

Hers is one of the few roles that will change post-merger, as she becomes the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Southwest Youth & Family Services, with a focus on fundraising and community outreach.


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Navos is proud to announce that our CEO, Dr. David Johnson has been chosen for a prestigious “Visionary Leadership Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

The Visionary Leadership award honors staff or volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the behavioral healthcare field and who exemplify the values and ideals embraced by the National Council.

Recipients have demonstrated superior, sustained commitment to quality behavioral healthcare and have had careers marked by significant contributions to the behavioral healthcare field and the consumers it serves.

Congratulations to David on this well deserved honor!

Navos CEO named visionary leader
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Navos CEO, Dr. David Johnson has received the “Visionary Leadership Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. This photo of him was taken at the festive Discover Burien Awards Dinner March 1 when her received his "Non-Profit Leader of the Year" award, given to him by Discover Burien.

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Highline High School Avid students are helping to raise awareness about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Somalia and the Congo. After hearing a presentation about the crisis, they pledged to get involved in the One Million Bone Challenge.

AVID students will make 2,500 bones out of newspaper and masking tape. The bones, representing the commonality of all people and the strength of the human spirit, will be sent to Washington, D.C., where they will be part of a display on the National Mall in June.
AVID is a program to prepare students to be successful in college.
Highline High School AVID students participating in the project are: Jakeline Franco, Alex Rodriquez-Marquez, Citlaly Ramirez, David Villegas, Michael Devos, Veronica Gonzales, Mia Alvarez, Ivonne Aguiniga, and Jerry Lo. They have been assisted by Stephanie and Pauline from One-Million-Bones.

Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment staff donate to families in need

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Staff at the Academy for Citizenship and Empowerment (ACE) continue to demonstrate generosity and caring for their students and families that extends well beyond the classroom.

This holiday season 13 ACE families received personalized holiday wishes, along with a $150 Safeway Gift Card.

More than 80 percent of students at ACE qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch, one of the highest percentages in the district.

With many families struggling to make ends meet, ACE staff wanted to support students by providing something tangible to help with the cost of holiday meals.

For the past seven years, the team has provided grocery store gift cards to some of the schools’ neediest families. Shauna Pierson, counselor at ACE, coordinates the program.

This year the need has been the greatest across the seven years of gift-card giving. “Staff have been beyond generous,” said Janae’ Landis, ACE Principal. “This year more than $1,900.00 was donated by staff members at our school. A member of our team delivered the gift cards to the families just before Christmas.


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The Annual Community Food and Toy Drive for Des Moines and Federal Way has kicked into high gear.

Firefighters are asking once again for your help and generosity. The need will be more significant this year with the downturn of the economy.

Citizens may drop off donations of canned food or dry goods, new unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals please) or money at any South King Fire & Rescue Fire Station between Saturday, December 1st and Friday, December 21st. Donations of cash or checks made out to the “Community Food and Toy Drive” will also be collected. Delivery of food and toys is set for Saturday December 22nd.

The Annual Community Food & Toy Drive started in the 1980s with retired Fire Chief ML “Bud” Thorson and local community service clubs. When the program first started they were only able to help about 30 families.

Since that time, thanks to the continuing assistance and generosity of local service clubs, private businesses and neighborhood groups the program has grown.


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New Futures, the King County Housing Authority, and many partners including Woodridge Park residents, Congressman Jim McDermott, Burien Mayor Brian Bennett, and Highline School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield, will celebrate the grand opening of the new Woodridge Park/New Futures community center on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us! Community members and New Futures' Board of Directors, staff, participants, and supporters are invited to attend. The facility is located at Woodridge Park Apartments, 12424 28th Ave. South, in Burien.


Seattle Children’s Hospital, Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC), and Healthy King County Coalition (HKCC) today announced the receipt of a two-year, $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Areas of focus include the cities of Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Kent, North Highline, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, and the Seattle neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Georgetown and South Park. This area has a combined population of more than 479,000.

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) will fund Seattle Children’s Hospital and its partners to work collaboratively with youth, families and communities in South Seattle and South King County on obesity prevention and tobacco control, particularly among youth.

Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CTG program is a comprehensive community health improvement initiative launched in 2011 and funded through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. CTG funds support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending in small communities.


Fallout from a bitter SeaTac City Council election last fall remained Tuesday, July 10 as lawmakers voted on confirmation of the mayoral appointment of two alternates to a citizen’s advisory board.

Judith Williams was confirmed unanimously as Human Services Advisory Committee alternate.

However, the appointment of former city council candidate Othman Heibe to the same committee caused more controversy. He was eventually confirmed on a 4-3 vote.

A lengthy back-story is behind what is usually a routine vote on confirming residents who volunteer to serve on committees.

Back on Sept. 13, Heibe, who had lost a council primary race, accused then-Deputy Mayor Gene Fisher of violating the state code of ethics by using a city computer to support a candidate.

Heibe said Fisher sent an email accusing Councilwoman Mia Gregerson and King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson of using “Heibe as a “pawn.”

The email also contained an attachment apparently from Heibe’s campaign materials accusing Planning Commissioner Daryl Tapio of planning to close down Bow Lake Mobile Homes Park. The material also said Tapio was heavily funding a campaign for an elected mayor proposition.


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The Burien Eagles have been various generous in their donations to Hospitality House, the Burien shelter for homeless shelter for single women.

The total donation to Hospitality House was $2,796.

The donation was made in two ways; first the Burien Eagles purchased a full-size washer and dryer as the old smaller units were failing. The balance a check presented at a recent ceremony at the Burien Eagles’ club to Hospitably House Board member Priscilla Stephensen by Jim Tobolski, Val Rufner, Tim and Charlene Farnam of the Burien Eagles

The Eagles raised the funds by selling sliders on Thursday nights and the proceeds of a few Sunday breakfasts.

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