Community Support / Collaborative Services

Community Support / Collaborative Services include Celebration of Life, Clothing Bank, Domestic Violence Project, Food Bank, Food Distribution Program, Job Placement Collaboration, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.

Celebration of Life is a collaboration between Family Services, the Executive Department and various governmental departments of Squaxin Island Tribe.  The purpose of the collaborative team is to assist with the planning and coordination of tribal funerals.  The primary responsibility of Family Services is to coordinate and host the Celebration of Life meal.  For more information the Director of Operations can be reached at 432-3982.

The Clothing Bank is managed by TANF staff and located at the Family Services Building.  (Building currently under constructions so the Clothing Bank has been placed on hold due to the temporary office space of the Family Services staff.)  Contact TANF Case Aide for more information, 432‑3934.

Domestic Violence Project (DV) is a collaborative program between Family Services and Public Safety and Justice Department.  Program provides referrals to services, DV assessments, and assists DV clients in court, and support services for emergencies such as assistance with temporary housing for victims.  Several community events provide information and training on DV issues, along with emotional support with Bridge the Gap activities, and the Women’s Circle.  For more information the Community Outreach Coordinator can be reached at 432-3927.

Food Bank referrals are made by the Family Services staff.  Food Bank is managed by the clinic staff.  Contact the Child Care Coordinator/Community Advocate at 432-3931, for more information.

Food Distribution Program, commonly known as Commodities, provides monthly food deliveries to the reservation for eligible families.  Referrals are made to the SPIPA staff.  Contact the Child Care Coordinator/Community Advocate for more information, at 432-3931.

Job placement collaboration is administered by the Family Services Staff.  FS Staff have many different types of programs to assist tribal members with employment and training opportunities.  The programs include on-the-job training, work experience, job readiness as well as classroom training where a person attending college can earn a small amount of money for every hour they are in class.  For more information contact the TANF Employment & Training Specialist at 432‑3921.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides outreach activities and assist low-income eligible households to meet their energy costs, particularly households paying a high portion of household income for energy. This program is administered through SPIPA by referrals from Family Services Staff.  More information can be obtained from the Child Care Coordinator/Community Advocate at 432-3931.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program administered by the SPIPA staff.  WIC provides culturally competent services to eligible women, infants, and children.  Outreach services are provided to inform and educate breast-feeding women so they know how to maximize the vouchers or Farmers Market checks for cheese, milk, eggs, juice, and baby formula.  For more information contact the Parent Educator at 432-3971 or Child Care Coordinator/Community Advocate at 432‑3931.