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Sunrise Outreach Center of Yakima

Our vision is to alleviate hunger and homelessness and interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

aka SOC   |   Yakima, WA   |  www.socyakima.com

Mission

Our Mission Statement: Community solutions for hunger and homelessness Solutions aren't limited to shelter beds or giving someone food. Beyond providing basic needs we are working to finding real solutions. Our approach is three-fold; provision of basic services (which are temporary), intervention as a personal investment in restorative justice (building/returning dignity and/or sustainability with supportive services) and prevention which interrupts the cycle of inter-generational poverty, primarily through education.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Dave Hanson

Main address

PO Box 10413

Yakima, WA 98909 USA

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EIN

27-1028426

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our vision is to alleviate hunger and homelessness and interrupt the cycle of inter-generational poverty. We express these values through programs centered on provision and prevention. Our programs work to alleviate and prevent inter-generational poverty, with the belief that children are our future. We believe that by helping meet a family’s basic needs (provision), we support children; by meeting children’s academic and emotional needs (prevention), we support families

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOC Food Pantries

According to the WSDA 2019 Food Assistance Report, 1 in 4 Yakima County residents received food from an EFAP food pantry compared to the state average of 1 in 6. This data coincides with Yakima County’s higher-than-state average of people living in poverty, unemployment rate, and households receiving SNAP.

As the only organization in Yakima County operating six food pantries, Sunrise Outreach Center (SOC) has a large impact on localized hunger. Our food pantries are all located in Yakima County and serve the communities of Yakima, Sunnyside, Mabton, Wapato, White Swan and Wiley City. In the last food bank calendar year we served 39,381 total households representing 143,359 individuals. True to our philosophy of reaching the most vulnerable, our food pantries reached 60,525 children and youth age 1-17. Our food pantries program distributed 2,362,860 lbs. of food. We do more than just provide groceries, three of our food pantries also offer “clothing banks”’ Our six food pantries served 26% of the total households using food pantries in Yakima County.

Two of our six food pantries (White Swan and Wapato) are located in the Yakama Nation where the poverty level among Native Americans is 42.6%. A third (Mabton) borders the Yakama Nation and has a population make up of 92% Hispanic households.

Our impact is perhaps most felt in the White Swan and Mabton communities. In these two communities over 90% of the households utilize our food pantry services last year. The food pantries are both part of their community's life blood amid a food desert where there is no local grocery store providing affordable, nutritious foods.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Age groups
Family relationships
Sexual identity
Social and economic status

With poverty being so high in the Mt Adams and Mabton school districts we have partnered with the school districts to provide weekend meal backpack programs to both of these districts elementary schools.

Teachers and McKinney-Vento counselors have identified the 125 most vulnerable children in the Mabton and Mt Adams School Districts for our weekend backpack programs. Without the backpacks, some of these children wouldn’t have anything to eat over the weekend.

To fill the backpacks each week we utilize the districts high school students to pack the meal bags for distribution. Involving the high school students teaches them that they can be part of the solutions in their communities.

Multiple studies document the effects of food insufficiency on children’s performance, attendance, and behavior in school. A 2001 study published in the American Journal of Public Health by Alaimo, Olson, Frongillo, and Briefel observed the associations between food insufficiency, family income, and health among preschool and school-aged children. In the study:

“Food insufficient” children and teenagers were more than twice as likely to have repeated a grade and missed more school days. Forty percent of food insufficient teenagers had repeated a grade as compared with only 20.7% of food sufficient teenagers. Food insufficient children and teenagers were also more likely to have psychosocial problems than those who were food sufficient: food insufficient teenagers were more than twice as likely to have seen a psychologist, almost three times as likely to have been suspended, almost twice as likely to a lot have some difficulty getting along with others, and four times as likely to have no friends.” (Ross, 22-23)

Food provision is prevention in that it directly impacts health and development. Many low-income households have to choose between paying rent and eating dinner. The food provided in our weekend backpacks, and pantries, directly offsets other important bills and indirectly prevents homelessness.

Ross, A. (2010). Nutrition and Its Effects on Academic Performance: How Can Our Schools Improve?
(Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Northern Michigan University. https://www.nmu.edu/sites/DrupalEducation/files/UserFiles/Files/PreDrupal/SiteSections/Students/GradPapers/Projects/Ross_Amy_MP.pdf

Education is key to preventing intergenerational poverty. As social service providers and humanitarians, we understand and daily observe the direct correlation between educational achievement and financial success.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

The Sandwich Outreach program is located in downtown Yakima, right in the heart of one of Yakima’s most poverty stricken neighborhoods where:

50.8% of the residents live below the poverty level
Source: (http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Yakima-Washington.html)

Monday through Friday anyone who is hungry or in need of hygiene items can stop by our office and receive sandwiches, bottled water and hygiene items. Clients can also receive information utility assistance, housing and shelter information.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Substance abusers
Ethnic and racial groups

Each week Care Givers come to our food pantries and pick up boxes of food for their clients who are unable to come to a food pantry. In addition, in Yakama we fill food boxes for seniors and deliver those food boxes to their homes.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are strategically located where low-cost indigenous community solutions are most needed throughout the Yakima County. We are focused on four primary objectives; Feeding Families, Housing our Homeless, Community Mobilization and Organizational Networking. The first two are what we do; the latter are essentially how we do them. Our approach is three-fold; provision of basic services (which are temporary), intervention measurable sustainability with supportive services and prevention which interrupts the cycle of inter-generational poverty, primarily through education.

Our approach is three-fold; provision of basic services (which are temporary), intervention measurable sustainability with supportive services and prevention which interrupts the cycle of inter-generational poverty, primarily through education.

SOC currently operates:

Two Weekend Meal Backpack programs; one in Mabton that feeds 75 k-6 school aged children and the second in Harrah that feeds 50 k-6 school aged children.

Five fixed location food pantries located in the communities of Yakima, Sunnyside, Mabton, Wapato and White Swan and one mobile food pantry that serves the Ahtanum / Wiley City communities in Yakima County

Three clothing banks located in Yakima, Mabton and Wapato

A Community Help Center located in our Yakima offices.

Art Expressions, a summer and after school program that teaches STEAM.

Camp Hope - a County approved homeless camp where we are sheltering homeless men women and families with children. We have onsite case managers whom work with the clients to help them reestablish their lives and get employment, housing, and proper medical care.

A Clean and Sober house for women units.

Two tiny homes for single parents with small children

Two transitional housing homes for senior homeless women

A young adult home to help those who have aged out of foster care or have become homeless get established and live productive lives.

In the last year we have helped place over 30 formally homeless individuals and families into housing.

The food pantries served over 20% of the people living in or below the poverty level in Yakima County.

Opening the young adult home has prevented 6 young adults from being homeless.

The STEAM program served over 560 children this last year.

Financials

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Sunrise Outreach Center of Yakima

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Danhart

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No