About Homeward House CORE Collaborative
Anchored by parents with lived experience, we are a coalition of people from social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the community at large in Snohomish County, Washington. We are working together to reduce and prevent the harm, damage, and costs of opioid and other substance use disorders to current and future generations in our community.
With an emphasis on nurturing the vital bond between parents and their young children, we are providing direct services to families with newborns and infants while — at the same time — working to recognize, understand, and eliminate the indefensible systemic inequities facing Black, Native, and other marginalized families.
Providing direct services
Parents who are striving to overcome poverty and substance use disorders often face overwhelming challenges and are unable to keep their children.
Through Homeward House, families find a central source for a network of specialized wraparound services they need in order to conquer those challenges and build strong, healthy bonds with their children.
Services include enriched parent/child visitation, assistance with basic needs, support from an infant mental health specialist, and assistance with education and employment — with the majority of services at no cost to families.
We welcome families with newborns or infants up to one year old (as well as parents who are expecting) who are living at or below the federal poverty level and have an active substance use disorder.
Parent ally mentors who have overcome similar challenges and are now living healthy, productive lives are at the heart of our services. They build relationships with parents and support them step-by-step in utilizing the services available to them in their journeys to recovery and reunification.
Advancing systems change for racial equity
We know that the impact of our collective efforts will bring about lasting change only if it is focused on changing underlying structural constraints, not just providing programs or services.
We recognize that marginalization and oppression are actually embedded in existing systems for many different groups and populations. We strive to take responsibility for perpetuating and correcting inequities by improving systems and shifting power in partnership with Black and Indigenous leaders and communities.
Steering Committee — YWCA Seattle｜King｜Snohomish (lead agency) • ChildStrive • Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County • Housing Hope • Interfaith Family Shelter • Law Offices of Brice & Timm • Parents with Lived Experience — YWCA Parents for Parents Program
Other Collaborative Partners include — Bridgeways • Catholic Community Services • Cocoon House • Community Health Center • Compass Health • Coordinated Care • Denney Juvenile Justice Center • DCYF • Everett Gospel Women’s Mission • Evergreen Health Women’s and Children’s Programs • Evergreen Recovery • Family Drug Treatment Court • First Clinic • HopeWorks Social Enterprises • Housing Authority of Snohomish Co. • Ideal Option • Pacific Treatment Alternatives • Providence Regional Medical Center • Sherwood • Snohomish Co. Early Intervention • Snohomish Co. Health District • Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Outreach Program • Snohomish Co. Superior Court Improvement Program • WA State Dept. of Health • Wonderland • Hope Rising Clinic • YWCA Housing and Emergency Shelter Programs
We also acknowledge the history of slavery upon which our country was built and the indefensible inequities that exist for Black people and other people of color today. While the movement for justice and liberation is ever present, this legacy persists, and we are committed to working toward racial justice, equity, and dismantling the barriers and inequities built into the systems of which we are part.