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Project Details

Weekend Hours to improve health outcomes for homeless/low-income American Indians/Alaska Natives

Posted in Projects / Thu, July 28, 2016

Grantee: Chief Seattle Club

Timeframe:   July 2016 - June 2019   |   Amount:   $428,000


The Chief Seattle Club has expanded its service hours to include the two weekend days, from 7am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Chief Seattle Club will expand programming by recruiting volunteers or contracting with additional instructors. Many of Chief Seattle Club’s members have PTSD and anxiety disorders so the program will provide pet therapy or animal assisted therapy. The Club has contacted Helping Paw and Project Canine as potential partners as well as also considering music therapy and has contacted PNW Music Therapy. The Club is considering implementing a Weekend Walking Club where pedometers would be provided to track steps, provide prizes for reaching certain goals, and host monthly Indigenous Feasts to celebrate the clients’ accomplishments. Monthly health workshops will be conducted (SIHB hosts monthly health workshops during the week), either through SIHB, contracted nurse, or volunteers. Health topics would include lice, stress, colon, diabetes/exercise, opiate overdose safety, fluids and nutrition, TB/HIV/Hepatitis, immunizations, hypothermia, and diabetes/foot care.

About Our Grantee

Chief Seattle Club

The Chief Seattle Club is a 501(c)3 registered organization dedicated to physically and spiritually supporting American Indian and Alaska Native people. At our center in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle, we provide food, medical support, housing assistance, computer training, the Urban Indian Legal Clinic, a Native art program and gallery, weekly Kateri Circle Mass, frequent outings to tribes, pow wows, and museums, and much more.

The Chief Seattle Club exists to provide sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native people. The Chief Seattle Club is a human service agency that provides for the basic needs of their members, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. Over 50,000 meals are served every year and members can access quality nursing care, mental health providers, chemical dependency professionals and traditional healing practices. Native people in urban areas face unique challenges and the Chief Seattle Club embraces the cultures, languages, and traditions of Alaska Natives and American Indians as the primary method for healing and transformation.

Visit Chief Seattle Club website here.

About Our Partner

Seattle Indian Health Board

The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the State of Washington. They provide community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the greater Seattle/King County area. They are state-recognized and our ambulatory health care services are nationally accredited through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. They have been serving the community since 1970.

Visit Seattle Indian Health Board website here.