Social Services

Press release:

A $14,150 grant from the Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund (AAPCF) to Dynamic Partners and Children’s Therapy Center will help provide therapy for thousands of children with disabilities in South King County.

Last year, Dynamic Partners, a consortium of organizations that collaborate to help children with special needs reach their full potential, served 2,300 kids in Washington State’s South King and Pierce Counties.

Dynamic Partners is expanding its ability to serve children by opening a third location in Burien. That location, already under renovation, will allow the organization to double the number of kids it can serve within the next five years.

The AAPCF grant has purchased four pieces of therapy equipment for the still-under-construction Burien site at the old Prudential Northwest Realty location.

An adjustable recumbent bicycle and elliptical machine designed to fit kids will be used in the fitness center for both individual physical therapy sessions and the fitness center program.

06/21/2012

Press Release:

A defining moment. An ambitious team. Seattle Children’s Home (SCH) and Navos announced June 19 that they will merge their two non- profit organizations, and effective July 1, Seattle Children’s Home will officially become part of Navos.

The combination represents a breakthrough for young people affected by mild, moderate and severe mental illness.

Since 2009 SCH and Navos have partnered to deliver inpatient and outpatient programs for the most troubled children and youth, from infancy through young adulthood, in our community.

In 2011 Navos began providing limited administrative support services for SCH. At the beginning of 2012, SCH became a member of the Navos Consortium, joining 20 peer organizations, who collaborate to provide mental health services to over 40% of the children and youth receiving treatment in King County.

06/20/2012

The Des Moines Area Food Bank will be offering a summer feeding program to children in the area.

The summer meals program has developed over the past three years in response to the high need for food among children in the area.

Two out of three students in Des Moines’ local elementary schools qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program and 1 in 5 children in South King County live in families that 'often' or 'sometimes' run out of food.

Program partners include the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, the Des Moines Farmers Market, New Futures, Para Los Niños and the YMCA.

The program will be operating seventeen sites. Thirteen sites will be serving both lunch and snacks, and three sites will be serving only lunch. Three of the sites will also have recreation/activities for children.

One new highlight will be providing suppers for children at the Wednesday evening summer concert series to be held in Des Moines. Site information can be found at www.myfoodbank.org/summermeals.

Here is the schedule of locations:

Parkside Elementary School (2104 S. 247th St, Des Moines)

06/15/2012
All Children 18 Years and Younger are Eligible

Press release:

Free meals will be available for children age 18 and younger this summer at designated schools and other sites around the district.
Children do not need to be enrolled as students of Highline Public Schools.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that children in lower-income areas would continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.

Here is the schedule of times and locations:

Big Picture Breakfast: 9:00-9:30 June 25-July 26 Mon-Thur
440 S 188th St Lunch: 12:00-12:30
Burien 98148

Bow Lake Lunch: 11:30-12:00 June 25-Aug 10 Mon-Fri
18237 42nd Ave S Snack: 3:00-4:00
SeaTac 98188

Cascade Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 July 9-Aug 2 Mon-Thur
11212 10th Ave SW Lunch: 11:35-12:05
Seattle 98146

Chinook Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 June 25-Aug 10 Mon-Fri
18650 42nd Ave S Lunch: 12:00-12:30
SeaTac 98188

Evergreen Breakfast: 7:30-8:00 June 25-July 19 Mon-Thur
830 SW 116th St Lunch: 11:00-11:30
Seattle 98146

Gregory Heights Lunch: 11:30-12:30 June 25-Aug 10 Mon-Fri

06/13/2012

B-Town’s Recovering Youth in Motion will hold its May Recovery Night on Thursday, May 24 at the Burien Library Multipurpose Room, 400 S.W. 152nd St., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The event is for youth recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

Activities include art contests, music, games, movies and prizes.

For more information contact 206-251-9171.

05/16/2012

Press release:

HCC’s 15th Annual Unity Through Diversity Week
Dates: April 23-April 27, 2012
Price: Free
Location: Highline Community College’s main campus (see “Times/Details” below)
Highline’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, WA 98198.

Description: Unity Through Diversity Week explores and celebrates the diversity of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability and religion.

The weeklong program—united by the theme, “Justice, Leadership and Social Change”—will include free educational events, programs and activities.

The week encourages Highline faculty, staff, students and community members to celebrate diversity and think critically about issues that impact our society. All events are free and open to the public.
Times/Details: For more information on the events listed below, e-mail Yoshiko Harden at yharden@highline.edu or visit www.highline.edu:

04/19/2012

The next Recovery Night for B-Town’s Recovering Youth in Motion is set for Wednesday, April 25 in the King County Library Multipurpose Room, 400 S.W. 152nd St.

The event is from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Young people 13-25, who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, are welcome.

There will be music, games, movies, prizes and pizza.

For more information, call 206-251-9171.

04/18/2012

Press release:

Highline Public Schools’ district-wide food drive started April 16 and runs through April 27. All the food and money collected will be donated to the Highline, Des Moines, and White Center food banks and distributed to hungry families.

Students are being asked to bring food items or monetary gifts to school. Financial donations are especially helpful because food banks buy in bulk very inexpensively. A donation of one dollar gives food banks the equivalent of four dollars in buying power!

Food donations should be nutritious, non-perishable foods that are easy to prepare, including peanut butter, canned or dried beans, canned fish, nuts, rice, oatmeal, and whole grain cereals.

“Local food banks are such a critical resource for many of our families,” says Interim Superintendent Alan Spicciati. “We hope families who are able will contribute to the food drive so all students in our community have access to nutritious food.”

04/16/2012

Press release:

A medical van now visits Transform Burien’s program on two Wednesdays a month - the first and third.

The medical program offers:

* Screening for diabetes and high blood pressure
* Connections to other services such as 1) dental, 2) food, 3) shelter or housing, 4) domestic violence
* Help with DSHS and other benefit applications
* Mental health care
* Establishing a regular medical provider

Those qualifying for help:

* staying on the street,
* staying in a camp,
* staying in a vehicle,
* "doubled up" with family or friends (couch surfing)
* staying in transitional housing,
* living in a motel short term,
* staying at a detox or treatment center.

If the one or more of the requirements above are not met, the staff of the Mobile Medical Van can direct the individual to the appropriate agency.

TRANSFORM is located at 425 SW 144th street in Burien (which is in the old community center by the skate park)

Our hours are:

Sundays
3-5 pm
Hot meal, clothing and a food bank are available

Wednesday
12 noon- 2pm

04/12/2012

By Chief Jim Graddon, City of SeaTac
By Chief Scott Kimerer, City of Burien
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES/NEWS

High profile cases of extreme child abuse grab our attention before other stories take center stage. Just last month, Josh Powell of Puyallup allegedly tried to hack his two sons to death before killing them and himself in a deadly house fire.

But for every child who dies at the hands of a homicidal adult, there are thousands involved in cases of tragic and, potentially deadly, abuse or neglect.

Child abuse and neglect remains a widespread problem in communities throughout Washington state and the entire country. In 2010, there were nearly 700,000 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect nationwide. Over 6,500 of these cases were in Washington state. The real numbers may be as much as three times higher since many incidents of abuse and neglect are never reported to authorities or formally documented.

04/11/2012