Various academic sources, public media, poverty networks, nonprofit and charitable organizations depict poverty as hunger, disease and homelessness, inaccessible healthcare and education, child labor, poor infrastructure, existence of food banks and feeding programs. We also know poverty from global poverty measurement standards such as the MDGs, where poverty is income of less than $ 1.25 a day. The US Federal Poverty line looks at poverty in terms of annual household income of below $22,811. International indicators of poverty include life expectancy, water quality, adult literacy, employment rates, school retention and transition rates and underweight children. 14.1% of Washington State’s population is poor.
Hohmann Community Services Initiative’s goal is to support and strengthen poor and low income community groups in Snohomish and King County so that they are able to access basic human services. Our activities are shaped according to our belief that “No community member should be left behind”
Community Networking Centers - Through the Community Networking Centers, Hohmann Community Services Initiative provides a venue where community members of Snohomish and King County can walk-in to discuss and bring to life their ideas, and their voices are heard regarding access to basic human services. The Community Networking Centers also provide a venue for collaboration between our community and key stakeholders who include the university, civil society, the public sector and private organizations.
Basic Job Skills Training and Employment Linkage & Referral – The poor and low income groups of Snohomish and King County who are unemployed due to lack of job skills, and voluntarily wish to get employment will be assisted with obtaining the necessarily tools for a successful job search. Services include basic computer skills training that are provided free at the Hohmann Community Services Initiative’s Community Centers in Snohomish and King County, WA.
Hohmann Community Services Initiative’s staff and volunteers also provide educational workshops and personalized job search assistance which includes job referrals and linkages to potential employers, resume writing, and employment networking opportunities. The aim is to strengthen and empower the poor and low income groups who need these skills so that they can have a job and earn a salary that will help them access basic human services.
Diversity and Inclusion /Supporting and empowering people with disabilities - Hohmann Community Services Initiative believes that “no community member should be left behind” including persons with disabilities. We provide services that support the diversity & inclusion of this group. Our activities are based on individual needs and designed to preserve human dignity and encourage the involvement and responsibility of the individual’s family and community.
Our focus for this activity includes the following:
- Basic computer skills training depending on the abilities of persons with disabilities
- Health and Safety classes
- Employment training and employment referral and linkages
- Linking this group to on-going community activities that support in their integration and participation in the social life of the Snohomish and King County community
- Support in relationships development with friends, relatives, neighbors, community members, and peers
- Provide care and treatment referrals
- Support in basic competence development to manage daily activities and pursue personal goals
- Support and strengthen this group in achieving Personal Power and the ability to make informed Choice
- Support and strengthen this group in achieving status and positive recognition by self and others
Empowering Children - Hohmann Community Services Initiative believes that all children need an equal chance in education. Three out of four children from poor and low-income families in Washington are behind their peers when they start school. These children have as much potential as any child but face obstacles such as lack of educational books, toys and writing materials. We reach out to poor and low income families who are struggling to provide their children with books, educational materials, toys and writing materials with the aim of giving the children an equal chance in education.
Free Tax Preparation and Benefits Application support - One in five children in Washington State struggles with hunger, while around 9,000 people are homeless in King County. Further, 1 in 5 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) eligible taxpayers are not claiming their returns.
Hohmann Community Services Initiative’s Free Tax Preparation program aims to help poor and low-income groups improve their lives through tax refunds earned through free tax filing. We hope that with the money earned, people will use it to pay for basic services such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care among others.
Through this activity, we aim to help lift people out of poverty so that no community member is left behind. The organization provides information, free tax and benefits application service and linkages and referrals to existing community social services and by so doing aim to a) enable poor and low income groups get tax refunds that will help improve their welfare, b) the support in benefits application and linkages & referrals for these groups will help them access basic human services.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes - By providing English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, also called English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Hohmann Community Services Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of the poor and low income groups, who have English as a second language, advance their English speaking skills so that they can communicate in different situations necessary for accessing employment and basic human services. Through this activity, we aim to strengthen the capacity of the poor and low income groups who have English as a second language access basic human services as they will be strengthened to read, communicate and gain employment.
Counseling Services - Some poor and low income groups require counseling in order to move on in life. An Intake Specialist and Volunteer Counselors at our Community Networking Centers provide this service. We are committed to supporting poor and low income families that are faced with drug abuse issues, or those families that are struggling with domestic abuse. We are dedicated to strengthening families. Our Intake Specialist and Volunteer Counselors will answer any questions from affected families and will conduct an initial assessment. This assessment will help these families choose the services that best fits their needs. Further, the organization will connect the families with outside resources that are appropriate to their need.
Information Dissemination – Most poor and low income groups face social and economic hurdles that hinder their access to basic human services. These hurdles are lack of access to quality education particularly those groups that are new to the culture and the language, lack of secure jobs which results to poor and crowded housing, lack of access to good health services and isolation from services that could help them. Further, emotional isolation deters the poor and low income groups from seeking basic human services. Hohmann Community Services Initiative supports these groups overcome these challenges through our information dissemination activity by providing information on; the basic human services available and how they can be accessed easily especially the services that relate to public schools, health care and mental health services including information on how to easily access organizations that provide services on legal rights. The free information dissemination is available at our Community Networking Centers.
Call: (425) 375-3962
P. O. Box 927
Bothell, WA, 98041
"No community member should be left behind"
Our activities are shaped according to this belief