COVID Relief for Restaurant & Bar workers

COVID Relief for Restaurant & Bar workers

Are you or someone you know a restaurant / bar worker who was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020?

 

 

Help is available!

The Problem: The restaurant industry has been among the hardest hit from the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Many workers had to make a difficult choice between staying home for safety, and the risk of continuing to work.

 

The Solution: Now these restaurant and bar workers have a valuable opportunity to apply for financial help!

 

What is available: Georgetown Brewing, United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, and United Way of Snohomish County are partnering to create a relief fund specifically for bar or restaurant employees in 2020.

 

How it works: This fund provides direct financial support to individuals who were bar or restaurant workers in 2020. Options include prepaid credit cards, rent, or utility payments for individuals or families.

Note: We do not provide cash to applicants.

How to apply: Click here to contact Marisa Chavez, or call (360) 395-1335.

 

You will also need to provide proof that you were a bar / restaurant worker in 2020, such as:

  • 2020 pay stub or W2
  • Employment roster
  • Letter from the restaurant or establishment where you are/were employed
  • Other proof of employment at a bar or restaurant in 2020

 

 

 

Thank you to the sponsors of this relief program:

                    

It’s All About the Kids

It’s All About the Kids

The Interfaith Family Shelter looked quite different until a few years ago. Although there was a playroom where the children of our clients could do arts and crafts, there were no regular staff assigned to oversee this space, and volunteer programs were generally uncoordinated and short-lived. That all changed when Julie Brenaman took over as the Child & Family Advocate in August 2017. Today, children at the shelter thrive – yes, even during the pandemic – under a structured learning and recreation schedule that helps them keep up with schoolwork, and also promotes healthy behavioral and socioemotional development. As Julie prepares to retire, we look back on how she has transformed the Children’s Program during her time at Interfaith. About 60% of people who enroll in our programs each year are children. And the negative impact of temporary homelessness can wreak havoc on a child’s development, self-esteem, and motivation to succeed – apart from the devastating toll that this experience also takes on academic performance. “I had previously volunteered for Interfaith. And I always wanted to work with children and support their resiliency,” shares Julie, who is a longtime supporter of the shelter. “So when this job became available, I applied.” She had recently completed an MSW at the University of Washington and was excited to play an active role in developing and running the Children’s Program. Visitors and volunteers at the shelter are always impressed by the bright and cheery Children’s Room, the neatly organized library and art materials, and the excited faces of kids ready to put their active young minds to work. The Learning Hour is very popular with volunteers, who help children with schoolwork and activities to maintain their academic progress while at the shelter. “The main goal is to help them avoid falling behind,” says Julie, “because kids dealing with homelessness can begin to think it’s their fault, or that there’s something wrong with them. So we focus on building a relationship with them, to make them feel valued and supported.” But the Children’s Program includes so much more than Learning Hour. Over the years, Julie has worked equally hard with parents, motivating and helping them sign their children up for school, daycare, dental and medical appointments, and also teaching them how to advocate for their kids. She ensures that families and children have access to all the resources provided by schools, while at the shelter. This was particularly tough during the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine trying to engage kids in hybrid learning in a shelter environment across five school districts and more than a dozen schools! “It has been challenging, making sure that parents know where to get Chromebooks, food, and other resources, when they’re already preoccupied enough with trying to find housing,” says Julie.

Julie has often taken children and the families on local field trips.

Over the years, many children have returned to the shelter – even after their families move on to permanent housing – to visit or drop in on Learning Hour. Some kids even carry the structure of those sessions into their new lives. Julie mentions a third grader who stayed at the shelter three years ago, who continues to say “I have to do Learning Hour” when she gets home from school. “These kids and their parents work so hard,” says Julie. “I remember one family, where both parents struggled to find a school for their child because they were living in their car. So the daughter had terrible attendance.” But that all changed once they entered the Family Shelter. “She soon had perfect attendance again, her grades improved, and now she is almost a straight-A middle school student,” says Julie with pride. Now, as she prepares to hand over the program that she built and coordinated for the past few years, Julie has mixed feelings. “I will definitely miss the kids and families,” she admits. “I remember each and every one of them. They have given more to me than I have ever given them. It’s an honor to get to work with people and their children, and I feel very privileged that they let me into their lives.” But she is also excited to see the Children’s Program thrive under its new coordinator, Lynn Barashkoff. “I’m looking forward to seeing what Lynn brings to the program, especially with her background in teaching and education.” And Julie still looks forward to helping out as a volunteer because, “I’ve always loved and supported Interfaith.” Frank Busichio, Interfaith’s Board President says, “Julie has done so much to grow and develop this program over the years. We will definitely miss her!” Julie will officially hand over the Children’s Program on June 30, 2021. She has brought so much joy to many lives over the past four years, and will be fondly missed. And we are glad that she will still be around – and we know the children and their families feel the same!

We’re Hiring: Evening Shelter Monitor

We’re Hiring: Evening Shelter Monitor

The Interfaith Family Shelter has an open position for an Evening Shelter Monitor.

If you, or someone you know, has: (a) excellent organizational and conflict-management skills, (b) is a great listener and motivator, and (c) has a passion for helping others succeed, this could be the right fit for you.

The Evening Shelter Monitor oversees client family routines at our shelter during the evening (2:30 – 11 pm, Tuesday – Saturday), and is also responsible for the peaceful and orderly operation of evening shelter activities. These include supporting evening meal preparation and clean-up, helping with setup and planning of the children’s Learning Hour Program, and ensuring that daily house chores are completed.

A detailed job description is below.

If you’re interested and want to apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Jim Dean.

Please note: No phone calls accepted. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

 

Detailed Job Description

HOURS: Full-Time Evenings 2:30 PM – 11:00 PM Tuesday – Saturday

SALARY: $33,280.00 – $36,400.00 depending on education and experience

REPORTS TO: Interfaith Family Shelter Executive Director

BENEFITS: Employer supported Medical and Dental Benefits available after 60 days

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

 

Essential Job Duties:

1. Maintain confidentiality of information about children and their families.

2. Ensure the safety and well-being of The Family Shelter children and adults.

3. Work cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure the peaceful and orderly operation of the shelter in evenings.

4. Maintain program equipment, materials and supplies needed for the Learning Hour Program.

5. Perform housekeeping duties as needed and directed.

6. Assist with accurate and complete documentation of evening meal menu and participation.

7. Participate in program, department and agency staff meetings when appropriate.

8. Assist with planning, setup, implementation and clean-up of the Children’s Activity Room.

9. Attend and participate in required training sessions.

10. Maintain a composure and attitude that is positive and sensitive to children and their families.

11. Maintain records of disruptions and inappropriate resident behaviors.

12. Communicate with appropriate authorities and agency leadership when events require their involvement.

13. All other tasks and responsibilities as assigned and required by program goals and objectives.

 

Non-Essential Job Duties:

Other tasks or responsibilities as assigned to keep The Family Shelter safe, clean and healthy.

 

Job Requirements:

· Ability to relate to and work with ill, disabled, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people

· Ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action

· Reliable transportation

· AA degree or higher or equivalent similar experience

· Demonstrated ability to deescalate confrontational situations and communicate effectively in emotionally charged circumstances

· Clear Communications skills

· CPR and First Aid certification for infants, children and adults

· Food Handler Card

· Able to follow written and verbal directions

 

Working conditions:

• Staff may work with challenging clients and must have the ability to de-escalate caregivers, parents and youth.

Physical requirements:

• Must have the ability to run up and down indoor and outdoor stairwells in case of emergency.

• Communicate effectively with clients, staff, other programs, vendors and the public, both orally and in writing.

• Hear voice conversations and alarms.

• Possess close vision, far vision, side vision, depth perception, visual ability to read a variety of materials.

• Dexterity of hands and fingers to reach, handle and operate telephone, computer keyboard, record information in appropriate youth files and logs.

 

Interfaith Family Shelter will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified persons with disabilities if requested.

Interfaith Family Shelter is strongly committed to removing barriers and supporting inclusion and diversity in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and open atmosphere for families, individuals, staff, board members, community partners and funders. We learn from the diverse individuals we work with and embrace their unique attributes to ensure we fulfill our agency mission and core values. Interfaith Family Shelter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek to provide equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected under the law.

People of color and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce, committed to working in a multicultural environment and we strongly encourage applications from veterans, and marginalized populations; including people of color, women and those in the LGBTQ community. We encourage those with personal experience with homelessness to apply.

If you’re interested in this position, please email a resume and cover letter to jdean@interfaithwa.org No phone calls accepted. Only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

The policy and intent of The Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington is to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex, age, status in regard to public assistance, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.

We’re Hiring: Rapid Rehousing Case Manager

We’re Hiring: Rapid Rehousing Case Manager

The Interfaith Family Shelter has an open position for a Rapid Rehousing Case Manager.

Do you have a passion for helping families find permanent and sustainable solutions to homelessness?

If you are well-organized, have excellent people skills, and enjoy motivating others to succeed, this job could be a great fit for you.

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The Rapid Rehousing COVID Relief Case Manager works exclusively with homeless families in the Coordination of Care Rapid Rehousing Program that uses a housing-first program model. This position is responsible for case managing 15 – 20 families experiencing homelessness by using a strengths-based approach.

You will play an integral role in helping families increase their skills in seven key areas: education, employment, housing, health/wellness, life skills, relationships, and community connectedness.

Through weekly onsite support, you will ensure that client families find housing, are compliant with lease agreements, and can find or improve employment opportunities. You will also collaborate with community partners and landlords on a regular basis.

A detailed job description is below.

If you’re interested and want to apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Jim Dean.

Please note: No phone calls accepted. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

 

Detailed Job Description

Job title: Rapid Rehousing Covid Relief Case Manager

Full Time: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (Temporary 18-month position)

Pay: $18.00 to $20.00 per hour DOE

Benefits: Eligible for benefits after 60 days

Reports to: Rapid Rehousing Program Manager

 

Duties include:

Case Management

· Family driven case planning with an emphasis on self sufficiency

· Weekly contacts with clients to ensure clients are receiving proper support and resource prior to housing and monthly contacts after permanent housing is acquired

· Conduct mobile case management with clients to demonstrate how to access resources and increase employability

· Connection to employment and education resources

· Assist clients in maintaining housing and complying with lease agreements

· Conduct assessment of agency outcomes and goals at entry, during, and at exit for each client

· Assist clients in gaining independent living skills and increase soft skills to build

positive relationships with landlords

· Refer to support services in Snohomish County to ensure long term stabilization, eventually ensuring that families are able to sustain housing stability independent of staff support.

 

Housing Identification and Management

· Address barriers to independent housing

· Assist clients in locating permanent housing options that fit their needs

· Support clients through the rental application process and navigate barriers to lease agreements

· Educate clients on landlord and tenant rights.

· Knowledgeable on local and federal fair housing laws

· Implement program standards that align with fair housing laws and guidelines

· Work collaboratively with the coordinated entry program and the entire outreach team

 

Landlord Liaison & Outreach

· Create partnerships with Snohomish County landlords

· Outreach to landlords, focusing on the benefits of the Rapid Rehousing program

· Collaborate with other Rapid Rehousing programs in Snohomish County

· Develop strategic partnerships with social service agencies

 

Data Management and Paperwork

· Perform proper collection of data, documentation, and compliance with reporting requirements

· Ensure all data entry requirements are met in Interfaith Family Shelter’s internal database and HMIS

· Comply with HUD defined program standards and expectations

 

Qualifications include:

· BA degree, preferably in a social science or equivalent field AND one year working directly with family homelessness, (or) any combination of experience and education that support the needs of the position.

· Experience in property management or real estate is a plus.

· Strong and effective communication skills; proficient in crisis intervention/de- escalation.

· Strong paperwork and data management skills required.

· Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license, insurance and reliable transportation.

· Clear background check through WSP.

· Possess knowledge of homeless culture, individual development, and strength based approach

· Knowledge of community resources, and case management skills. Must have good organizational skills and the ability to communicate with community members, clients, vendors and the public.

· Bilingual English/Spanish a plus

 

Working conditions:

· Staff may work with challenging clients and must have the ability to de-escalate caregivers, families & youth.

 

Physical requirements:

• Must have the ability to run up and down indoor and outdoor stairwells in case of emergency.

· Communicate effectively with clients, staff, other programs, vendors and the public, both orally and in writing.

· Hear voice conversations and alarms.

· Possess close vision, far vision, side vision, depth perception, visual ability to read a variety of materials.

· Dexterity of hands and fingers to reach, handle and operate telephone, computer keyboard, record information in appropriate youth files and logs.

 

Interfaith Family Shelter will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified persons with disabilities if requested.

Interfaith Family Shelter is strongly committed to removing barriers and supporting inclusion and diversity in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and open atmosphere for families, staff, board members, community partners and funders. We learn from the diverse individuals we work with and embrace their unique attributes to ensure we fulfill our agency mission and core values. Interfaith Family Shelter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek to provide equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected under the law.

People of color and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce, committed to working in a multicultural environment and we strongly encourage applications from veterans, and marginalized populations; including people of color, women and those in the LGBTQ community. We encourage those with personal experience with homelessness to apply.

If you’re interested in this position, please email a resume and cover letter to jdean@interfaithwa.org. No phone calls accepted. Only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

Families Together 2020: A big success!

Families Together 2020: A big success!

Families Together 2020 was a virtual event this year.

We were admittedly worried about how this would affect the scope of this event, its impact, and fundraising capacity.

Well, the numbers are finally in, and they are truly wonderful:

  • Total amount raised: $38,600       (61% increase from 2019)
  • Total number of donors: 138           (24% increase from 2019)
  • No. of devices logged in on 10/21 (for the event): 89

 

We could not have achieved these amazing milestones without YOUR support and generosity.

From everyone at Interfaith, a heartfelt thank you!

 

We are now halfway toward our estimated program costs for the upcoming year.

If you have not already made a gift, there’s still time to support our valuable programs, and also claim temporary tax benefits through the CARES Act (Click here to learn more).

Help us meet our end-of-year goal of: $40,000

To support the following in 2021:

  • Program expansion
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Covid-19 impact on shelter programs & increased expenses for family clients

This year has been challenging for so many.

Your gift today will help families overcome homelessness, stay together, and keep healthy & housed.

Please help us reach our goal by making a gift before December 31.

Play On!

Play On!

It’s been a long time coming – but the Interfaith Family Shelter finally has a beautiful brand-new play structure for the children!

The previous play structure was removed in May 2019, after it became rickety and unsafe for the children. Since then, the playground has sat empty while we worked hard to find funding for new equipment.

However, in May of this year, an anonymous donor reached out to Interfaith’s Jim Dean with an astonishingly generous offer: “I want to pay for the shelter’s new playground.”

Executive Director, Jim Dean, unpacks the slide.
Young volunteers donate their time and muscle!
Jim Dean and the delivery representative pause to celebrate.

We soon received a check for $20,000, and three months later, volunteers from the City of Everett devoted a summer Saturday in August to begin installing the gorgeous new structure.

Volunteers installing the new commercial-grade Monkey Maze play structure.

Interfaith’s Board President, Frank Busichio, is ecstatic: “The children have long needed a safe, healthy environment that allows them to have fun, play and grow,” he beamed. “We are so grateful to the anonymous donor for their generous support.” 

Our younger residents – who have been cooped up in the shelter for much too long during this prolonged pandemic – are thrilled. Outdoor play is essential for children’s physical health and socioemotional wellbeing. And now they finally have a sturdy and entertaining outlet for all their pent-up energy!

Under the vigilant eyes of shelter staff, who make sure to sanitize the equipment frequently and ensure health protocols are followed during playtime, they are now busy ’monkeying’ around on the brand-new Monkey Maze play structure.

Families Together 2020 is online on 10/21

Families Together 2020 is online on 10/21

The annual Families Together fundraiser is a virtual event this year!

And we have a very special treat lined up for you.

We are committed to keeping families, supporters, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. So our annual fundraiser is moving online this year.

We promise you a spectacular experience, nonetheless!

Earlier this spring, the Interfaith Family Shelter partnered with Soledad O’Brien Productions on the episode “Outbreak: The First Response” – as part of the award-winning series Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.

Featuring one of our clients on their amazing journey to overcome homelessness, the documentary crew followed Stevie’s family from homelessness, through our Cars to Housing program, then to the Family Shelter, and finally into a home of their own.

Stevie and Chance battled homelessness during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now join Director, Rose Arce, and Field Producer, Riley Morton, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes virtual Q&A on the making of this episode, public health, the ongoing pandemic, and homelessness in America.

Director Rose Arce

A Pulitzer prize winner and three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Rose is based in New York City. She has produced 13 documentaries, including Her Name Was Steven and The War Comes Home. Her work with Soledad O’Brien spans 16 years, and includes co-authoring two books and producing nine documentaries.

Field Producer Riley Morton

Specializing in non-fiction films and remote-location production, Riley’s portfolio spans adventure sports and travel documentaries. He is based in Seattle, and his clients include the Discovery Channel, PBS, Netflix, National Geographic Channel, ITV, and the Food Network.

Have you seen Outbreak: The First Response yet? Click this image to watch it.

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

We hope you can join us and be a part of this special event!

A new set of wheels!

A new set of wheels!

(L to R) Heather, Joyce & Heidi at Barb’s Auto License Agency on July, 09, 2020.

Heather has been through a lot. The single mom of two young children was woken up by her ex-husband one morning to find out that they were suddenly homeless. “He had a substance addiction problem that he hid from us, and he had secretly drained our savings. And suddenly, we had no home.”

She has been struggling to make ends meet ever since. After a brief stint at the Interfaith Family Shelter, Heather found housing. She and her kids have now been housed for over a year.

But it hasn’t been easy, and recurring car issues were making it difficult for Heather to get to work, and for the family to get around.

Enter Heidi (a longtime Interfaith supporter) and her mom, Joyce, who were looking to donate Joyce’s 2009 Chevy to a family who could use it.

Interfaith’s Rapid Rehousing Program Manager, Sabrie Taylor, immediately thought of Heather. “I know a new car will make a huge difference to her family, right now,” she said.

And she was right! Five days later, Heidi and Joyce donated their car to Heather at Barb’s Auto License Agency in Snohomish.

Despite the face masks and social distancing, Heather was all smiles and so thankful for this very kind gesture. “You have no idea how much easier this will make my life!” she shared.

Ever since her old car broke down, the family has had to rely on public transportation. Especially with safety concerns and restricted bus service because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new car “will make all the difference!” smiled Heather. “Now I won’t have to get the kids ready four hours before we need to be somewhere. And I don’t need to depend on my friend for rides to and from work.”

Joyce and Heidi were very happy that the 2009 Chevy has found a new home. “It’s a good car,” said Joyce, “and I am happy to help Heather’s family with this gift.”

Heidi agreed, “My mom likes this option, because she prefers the more personal benefit to someone.” She added, “We were hoping to find someone directly who needed the car, because donating and selling a car reduces its value relative to someone who needs to buy it.”

Thank you so much, Heidi and Joyce. And congratulations on your new ride, Heather!

Beep beep, beep beep, yeah!

Would you like to donate your old vehicle to one of our client families? Contact us to make it happen.

Lights, camera… housing!

Lights, camera… housing!

This spring, the Interfaith Family Shelter has been collaborating with a team from Soledad O’Brien productions on a public health documentary.

The film explores how local communities are responding to public health issues – including homelessness – during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The crew followed one of our client families from homelessness, to our Cars to Housing safe-parking program, then on to the Family Shelter, and finally into their new home.

Share their incredible journey and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at how our amazing staff help families overcome homelessness.

Click here to watch the entire episode.

And click here to watch the official trailer.

Outbreak: The First Response aired on Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien on 28 June, 2020, from 9 – 10 p.m. on KONG Seattle (TV6/16).

GiveBIG 2020 – A BIG success

GiveBIG 2020 – A BIG success

GiveBIG 2020 was a 2-day event this year.

GiveBIG is a movement to support non-profits that provide vital and essential local services.

A big thank you to everyone who helped us meet – and exceed – our donation target!

This year, all donations went toward our Rapid Rehousing program that helps families at the shelter achieve permanent housing… and stay housed.

Our case managers diligently work one-on-one with clients at the shelter to figure out personalized solutions to their situation.

Whether this includes finding and applying for housing, managing and resolving prior debts, or improving job and skills options, the goal is simple: get clients back on their feet and into a home of their own.

And after they move out of the shelter, Rapid Rehousing subsidizes rent through a family’s crucial first year in their new home.

The result: Independence and self-sustaining home stability.

Rapid Rehousing is clearly the solution to regional homelessness.