Programs from Volunteers of America Western Washington.
Many different emergency programs and case management services are provided by Volunteers of America in Western Washington. Much of the coordination is done from their Sky Valley Resource Center, and the non-profit help low income families, veterans, seniors, and the disabled in the region. They provide services in the counties of King, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.
The Western Washington Volunteers of America (VOA) Sky Valley Resource Center offers an array of services, assistance programs and resources. They will provide lower income or struggling Skykomish Valley residents with referrals and connections to any type of assistance or support they may need.
While the staff and volunteers do the best they can, it is all too often that community needs exceed the charity organizations resources. So not everyone will be able to find help. Please keep that in mind. Or to donate or contribute in an effort to help the less fortunate, call them at 360-793-2400.
- Young people, single moms, and youth can get help from the center. Services include Preschool and Pre-Head Start Classes, Backpack Day, Referrals to affordable child care, Holiday Giving Tree and other programs.
- There is also assistance for the elderly at the Volunteers of America Western Washington Sky Valley Senior Center. They can use the facilities in an effort to remain connected to the community.
Emergency services, including financial support, may be provided to the general public, provided they qualify. All of this is depending on the availability of funding. Clients can receive funds for some or all of the following.
- Transportation - This includes free Gasoline Vouchers or Bus Tickets for travel in counties such as King or Snohomish.
- Housing - Loans may be issued for paying security deposits or there may be funds for mortgage, utility bills or rent assistance.
- Medical needs - Mobile Dental Van, Prescription Vouchers, and more is offered by VOA of Western Washington partners.
The Everett Food Bank distributes a few days worth of supplemental groceries or food to Everett Washington area families. There are also items offered for seniors, children and individuals with disabilities.
The VOA works to help with housing needs. Homelessness Prevention and Housing and Transitional Services Programs offer a range of services to those that qualify, with an emphasis on preventing homelessness. This is in addition to the Emergency Services referenced above. The resources will help clients avoid family disruption, stress, and anxiety and also save the general community funds.
Western Washington VOA will focus on addressing and resolving the causes of each family's situation, with the ultimate goal of achieving permanent housing and self-sufficiency. To that end, the non-profit offers cash assistance with rent payments, loans for security deposits, and rapid re-housing services.
For those from the region who are evicted and do become homeless, they can provide up to 90 days of emergency shelter. However the goal is always to prevent homeless from occurring in the first place. There are also transitional housing facilities and individualized case management offered to clients.
Promoting self-sufficiency is one of VOA's overriding goals. Some of the tools to make this happen include Life Skills Education courses and workshops. These classes will help clients to fulfill this goal. Case managers are assisting community residents with managing their households, both gaining and keeping steady employment, and reaching their full potential.
For those from western Washington that are able to enroll, the VOA Life Skills workshops are typically held at the Wilson Building. There are other resources administered at this facility, including the Basic Needs Services program as well as the Everett Food Bank. Dial 425-259-3191.
The disabled can access self-sufficiency and other assistance from the VOA Supported Living Program. It is committed to supporting the population by providing efficient and effective services to enable them to remain in their own apartments and homes. Volunteers and staff will help them enjoy the best possible quality of life.
The Volunteers of America ECEAP Preschools are used to ensure that children are well-prepared and ready to learn when they attend school. Considering that some studies show that over half of students are not prepared for school, it is a concern.
Volunteers of America Western Washington preschool curriculum is taught by experienced and highly educated staff members who work to make learning both dynamic and engaging. There are also social services available for the child's parents as well.
For lower income or uninsured people without dental insurance coverage, the Dental Van is a welcome sight. It travels across western Washington, including Skagit, Snohomish King and Whatcom counties. It will provide complimentary dental services to patients.
The stops at the Sky Valley Resource Center occur regularly, but not often, so people line up to take advantage. The Dental Van is sponsored by a coalition of non-profit organizations and charities. They work with VOA of Western Washington to provide mobile care. Some of the other key partners include Northwest Medical Teams, Delta Dental, Regence Blue Shield, Puget Sound Energy, the Washington Dental Service non-profit Foundation and Boeing Employees' Community Fund.
For more details on the programs offered by Volunteers of America-Western Washington, the main office is at 2802 Broadway Ave., Everett, WA 98201. Dial 425-259-3191.