The new Family Services Department was created about a year ago. It now includes TANF, ICW, Vocational Rehabilitation, Domestic Violence Advocacy, Wellness and Prevention, Elder’s Activities and Meals, Childcare and Emergency Services.
“To Strengthen families through services promoting family safety, wellness, and self-sufficiency with respect for Tribal Culture and Tradition.”
Where Are We
We are currently in the mobiles behind the clinic. TANF should be moving to our location soon. VR is located in the Administration Building and Elder’s Programs are located in the Elder’s Building.
What We Are
The Elder’s Activities Coordinator coordinates all Elder fund raisers, trips and activities. The cooks provide lunch on Mondays and Thursdays and dinner on Wednesdays. They have also been able to provide soup and sandwiches on Tuesdays.
The primary role of ICW is to provide services to families in crisis that assist in keeping families together.
TANF (Tribes Assisting Native Families) assists families in obtaining needed services to gain self-sufficiency. Services may include: education, GED completion, vocational training, job readiness training, work experience and job training and other identified resources to meet the needs of the family.
Vocational Rehabilitation is set up to help eligible people with disabilities prepare for work. General Assistance is also available, along with Native Employment Works and Western Washington Training Program.
The Prevention and Wellness Program provides information and education to the Squaxin Island Community to encourage personal and community wellness, healthy practices and lifestyles. Janita Raham works with other departments in coordination of the annual Community Health and Awareness Fair.
The Childcare Program provides assistance with childcare. Emergency services include help with utilities, rent, food, etc., on an emergency basis.
Domestic Violence Prevention Program provides referrals to services, DV assessments, and assists DV clients in court, and in emergencies with temporary housing for victims. Gloria Hill has conducted several community events and will be starting up the Women’s Circle again very soon.
The Family Services Department has taught young mothers how to make cradleboards for their babies. Janita Raham can help you check your car seats to make sure they are installed properly. We are planning to facilitate Positive Indian Parenting Classes and other trainings that should be of interest to the community. TANF staff works with youth through different cultural activities.