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CORE Collaborative Grants

Our CORE Collaborative Grants provide support for groups of multiple cross-sector partners with shared goals focused on long-term solutions for families with young children (prenatal to age 8) experiencing low income.

This CORE Approach combines two promising national models: Collective Impact, which is intentional, measured collaboration and a 2-Generational Approach, which focuses on the well-being of the whole family. This strategy fundamentally shifts the conversation around poverty from single programs to collaborative, cross-sector partnerships. Our five CORE Collaboratives focus their work on removing the barriers within and between the systems related to: early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, social capital, and health and well-being.

Seventy percent of our CORE Fund is allocated to CORE Collaborative grants. CORE grants are 3-year investments that began in January 2018.

All funding decisions were made by volunteers who also helped refine our investment focus. Grants were available to public and nonprofit organizations that met the minimum standards for eligibility and submitted all required eligibility documentation.

 

CONTACT
Any questions related to our CORE Collaboratives Grant investments or future grant opportunities should be directed to Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at lark.kesterke@uwsc.org or 425.374.5506.
 
 

 

All Families are Ready
All Families Are Ready: Creating equitable opportunities for all Casino Road families
 
Casino Road's All Families Are Ready Collaborative is one of the action teams of a larger neighborhood initiative called Connect Casino Road. The Collaborative serves families with young children who come to The Village, the physical hub of the initiative, located on Casino Road in South Everett. The Village offers a variety of family support services including adult education, learning opportunities, early childhood education, and afterschool care.
 
The Collaborative serves families with young children who come to The Village, the physical hub of the initiative, located on Casino Road in South Everett. The Village offers a variety of family support services including adult education, learning opportunities, early childhood education, and afterschool care.
 
The Collaborative has a coordinator who serves as the point of contact for families.
 
How it Works
  1. Family comes to The Village to receive services for the adult, the child, or both and is greeted by the Casino Road Connect Collaborative Coordinator.
  2. If family has a young child, prenatal-age eight, coordinator assesses whether they would be a good fit for All Families Are Ready CORE Collaborative. 
  3. Collaborative Coordinator meets with family and builds relationship. 
  4. Together, Coordinator and family develop customized plan with goals at 3, 6, and 12 months. 
  5. Coordinator connects family to Collaborative partners within Connect Casino Road and broader Snohomish County communities to help achieve goals outlined in family plan.
  6. Family expands community network to other partners, peers, and people both at The Village and in Snohomish County to ultimately build a deeper sense of community on Casino Road.
Anticipated Outcomes
  1. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  2. Parent becomes a more powerful learning partner and is motivated to pursue postsecondary learning.
  3. Parent health & mental health is strengthened.
  4. Family empowered and stable.
  5. Family is connected with economic, social and/or other supports.
Collaborative Partners
  • YMCA of Snohomish County
  • Community Health Center of Snohomish County
  • Seattle Goodwill Industries
  • Case Latina
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • Casino Road Initiative
  • ChildStrive
  • Mukilteo School District
  • Everett Community College

 

Homeward House
Homeward House: Nurturing the vital parent-child bond in the face of crisis, treatment, and recovery
 
Homeward House is a house in Everett where all five focus areas—Post-Secondary & Employment Pathways, Early Childhood Education, Economic Assets, Social Capital and Health & Well-Being—exist in one physical location.
  • Birth parents and baby have supervised visitation in a single-setting, allowing for an environment more conducive to bonding and attachment.
  • Collaborative services are provided onsite, reducing potential barriers to access services. This can include parenting classes, infant massage, and mental health.

How it Works

  1. Mother and newborn baby test positive for opiates. 
  2. Hospital social worker is contacted.
  3. Hospital social worker calls Collaborative Coordinator.
  4. Coordinator connects parents to parent ally mentors through Parents for Parents (P4P) at YWCA.
  5. P4P mentors with lived experience build relationship with birth parents.
  6. Child is separated from birth parents.
  7. Within 72 hours, case is heard in court, with support of P4P allies.
  8. Plan is developed with the influence of legal counsel, a Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) representative, and the parent ally mentor. Through this collaborative approach, family’s plan includes Homeward House.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child physical and emotional health develops appropriately.
  2. Parent is motivated to climb career ladder.
  3. Family is empowered and stable.
  4. Family is connected with economic, social, and/or other supports.
  5. Educational success becomes a core family value.
Collaborative Partners
  • YMCA – Homeward House & Parents for Parents & Shelter Plus Care programs
  • ChildStrive
  • Snohomish County Early Intervention
  • Hand in Hand
  • Wonderland/Hope Rising Clinic
  • Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Washington Department of Social and Human Services
  • HASCO United Way of Snohomish County
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Cocoon House
  • Babies of Homelessness
  • Maud’s Place
  • Monroe Women’s Shelter
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Snohomish County Sheriff
  • Providence Regional Medical Center
  • Snohomish County Music Project
  • Center for Human Services
  • Ideal Option
  • Community Health Center of Snohomish County
  • Infant Massage
  • Sherwood Early Intervention Services
  • Compass Health
  • Snohomish County Human Services
  • Evergreen Health Women’s & Children’s Program
  • SeaMar
  • Swedish Edmonds
  • WIC
  • Coordinated Care
  • Nuture New Life
  • Cascade Valley Hospital
  • Housing Hope
  • Bridgeways
  • Law Office of Brice & Timm, LLP
  • Snohomish Superior Court
  • City of Everett
  • State of WA Public Defense
  • Pacific Treatment Alternative
  • WA State Assistant Attorney General
  • ABC Law Group
  • Workforce Snohomish
Improving School Attendance for Families in Transition
Improving School Attendance for Families in Transition: Improving educational outcomes for families experiencing homelessness
 
Improving School Attendance serves families within the Everett Public Schools boundaries. There are seven entry points—partners who connect families to this Collaborative: Interfaith Family Shelter, YWCA, Domestic Violence Services, Housing Hope, Homage Senior Services, Everett Gospel Mission, and Schools in Everett School District.
 
How it Works
  1. Concerned educators or Collaborative partners identify a chronically absent* student experiencing transition (*missing 10% or more of the school year) 
  2. Educator or partner calls Collaborative coordinator.
  3. Collaborative coordinator connects family with best-suited Child Family Advocate. 
  4. Each entry point has a newly created Collaborative-paid staff position called a Child Family Advocate who builds relationship with student, caregiver, and school.
  5. As a team, the family, Child Family Advocate, and school develop a customized family plan.
  6. Family accesses services that meet their needs in the Collaborative’s five focus areas.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  2. Caregiver is motivated to climb career ladder.
  3. Caregiver health and mental health is strengthened.
  4. Caregiver improves emotional capacity and parenting skills to ensure they and their children can successfully navigate society.
  5. Family is empowered and stable.
Collaborative Partners
  • Everett Public Schools
  • Housing Hope
  • ChildStrive
  • Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest
  • YMCA
  • Providence Institute for Health
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Workforce Snohomish
  • Amerigroup Washington
  • YWCA
  • Interfaith Family Shelter
  • Parent Trust for Washington Children
  • Homage Senior Services
  • Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center
  • Edmonds Community College
  • HopeWorks
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition
  • Volunteers of America – Western Washington
  • College of Hope
  • Everett Police Department
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • Everett Gospel Mission
Making Life Work
Making Life Work: Helping families experiencing poverty in Stanwood-Camano to become stable and self-sufficient
 
Making Life Work is a community-based Collaborative serving families in the Stanwood-Camano area. This Collaborative is dedicated to helping families experiencing poverty become stable and self-sufficient, and ensuring the children of those families attain early educational success to lay the foundation for school and beyond.
 
How it Works
  1. Families are identified by any Collaborative partner and are referred to the Director of Making Life Work.
  2. Director visits with family to assess needs and begin setting goals.
  3. Director brings needs and preliminary goals to monthly Collaborative meeting of partners to develop a plan with customized resources for each family.
  4. Trained volunteer mentors are paired with families and build trusting relationships.
  5. Mentors provide ongoing support to help execute their family plan.
  6. Mentor support could include transportation to needed services, emotional support, and making connections with other partners.
  7. Part of this Collaborative program model includes monthly workshops for all families.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Child physical and emotional health develops appropriately.
  2. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  3. Caregiver is motivated to climb career ladder.
  4. Family is empowered and stable.
  5. Family is connected with economic, social and/or other supports.
Collaborative Partners
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Community Resource Center
  • Hope Unlimited
  • Housing Hope
  • North County Regional Fire Authority
  • Safe Harbor Free Clinic
  • Sno-Isle Library Camano Branch and Stanwood Branch
  • Stanwood Community & Senior Center
  • Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • Village Community Services
  • YMCA
  • Youthnet
  • Camano Island Fire & Rescue
  • Snohomish County Human Services

 

North Counties' Community Collaborative
North Counties' Community Collaborative: Reducing intergenerational poverty in Darrington by improving access to employment, health, and education
 
Darrington is a small, rural community that is geographically isolated. The primary barriers for this community are the distance to services, limited local services, inconsistent Internet connectivity, and minimal public transportation. North Counties’ Community Collaborative aims to better align services around a 2-Generational approach, reduce barriers for families to access local services, and bring new services to Darrington to support the whole family.
 
How it Works
Currently, the Collaborative partners meet monthly and commitments have been made to both expand local services and bring new services to Darrington families. The implementation model continues to evolve but priorities include: 
  • Reliable high-speed Internet in homes, which is not currently available. 50K of the 76K total infrastructure cost will be provided by the Collaborative. 
  • Childcare stipends for families enrolled in post-secondary education or workforce training.
  • Events that embed services in spaces families already use and bring multiple services to one location.
  • In-home therapy and early invention services for children birth to three. 
  • Community family nights to increase social connections.
Anticipated Outcomes
  1. Child is ready for school and takes charge of his/her learning.
  2. Caregivers receive any needed post-secondary and employment support or services. 
  3. Caregivers' health and mental health are strengthened.
  4. Family is connected with economic, social, and/or other supports.
  5. Family is empowered and stable.
Collaborative Partners
  • North Counties’ Family Services
  • Darrington Strong (Darrington’s Local Business Association)
  • North Counties' Family Services
  • Darrington Internet Users Association
  • Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
  • Darrington Pharmacy
  • Opportunity Council
  • Sno-Isle Regional Library-Darrington Branch
  • Darrington Family Dental
  • Providence Health & Services/Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse
  • Darrington Clinic
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Darrington Elementary & Middle Schools
  • Darrington Elementary
  • Snohomish County – Developmental Disabilities and Early Learning Division
  • Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • The Arc of Snohomish County
  • Workforce Snohomish
  • Goodwill Industries
  • United Way of Snohomish County