We are a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting a growing coalition in the Snoqualmie Valley that works together to ensure that all community members have access to the resources they need to thrive.
A Supportive Community For All (SCFA) is a new nonprofit organization that is dedicated to supporting a growing coalition in the Snoqualmie Valley that works together to ensure that all community members have access to the resources they need to thrive.
In 2018-2019, leaders from Hopelink, Encompass, Mt Si Senior Center, Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, and the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network convened a diverse group of community members to serve on a working group that used an adaptive leadership model to guide process for collaboration and goal setting. This group learned about the barriers that make it difficult for community members to access human services and identified numerous strategies to address these barriers.
Barriers to Accessibility
Through a Community Needs Assessment conducted by Berk Consulting in 2019, the working group developed a better understanding of the demographics and needs of Snoqualmie Valley residents. The top local needs identified through this process included supports for older adults, veterans, youth, mental health, as well as a need for stronger community connections to increase social cohesion and understanding. Regional needs identified included transportation and housing.
The consultants also identified numerous barriers that make it harder for people in our community to get the help they need when they need it. Some of these barriers include:
- Complexity of navigating available services
- Lack of awareness around what services are available
- An ethos of self-reliance in the Valley that deters people from seeking help when needed
- A lack of anonymity in accessing services because of small-town nature of the Valley
- Location of services
Following completion and review of this needs assessment, the collective decision was made to design and launch multiple interventions to strengthen community connections as a means to address these barriers, ultimately weaving a tighter safety net for all of our community members. This work will continue to be funded by King County Communities of Opportunity through December 2021.
Areas of Intervention
Key components of SCFA’s work in 2021 include (1) improving web access to local community resources, (2) launching a referral and navigation program, and (3) completing a feasibility study to determine whether to establish a nonprofit center in the community.
This work is guided by a Governance Board comprised of community members and representatives from organizational partners. The Governance Board provides leadership and strategic oversight for this collaborative project.
Improved Web Access
Our new resource page contains up-to-date listings of service providers and community resources offering a public benefit to community members in the Snoqualmie Valley, so that community members and service providers alike have a trusted source to turn to when the need to find local support. If there is a local organization or resource you'd like us to consider including, please contact us at email@example.com to let us know!
We are also building a social media presence to raise awareness of local resources and to encourage utilization of services, programs, and resources offered by our partner organizations. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Referral and Navigation Program
SCFA’s primary service includes our Referral and Navigation program, a coordinated service program. The goal of this work is to streamline referrals from community partners to get people the services they need more quickly and efficiently. We are currently using an online platform, Julota, that allows users to send and receive referrals electronically, reducing administrative burden for social service providers, and providing a comprehensive tool for case management.
When a referral comes through the platform, staff at SCFA are responsible for processing, fulfilling, and tracking the referral, providing much needed capacity to the staff at our partner organizations. The use of Julota further centralizes and streamlines the process. This centralization for referrals will allow us to aggregate and analyze data across the region on demographics, the efficacy of the referral, how long it took to fulfill, and other data points that can paint a fuller picture of resource provision in our region and point to where there are gaps and opportunities.
We are proud to partner with staff from multiple organizations that use the Julota platform to send and receive referrals. These include the Duvall Food Forest, Holy Innocents Food Pantry, Hopelink, Mt Si Senior Center, Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, Empower Youth Network, Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services, and Tolt Congregational UCC Community Connections Program. We are also happy to count King County's local libraries, Duvall Highlands MHC, Sno-Ridge Apartments, SVA Church, St Clare Episcopal Church, and the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church among our referring partners at this time.
If your organization or community group is interested in learning more about being a partner in the Snoqualmie Valley Referral & Navigation Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff members at organizations that use Julota to send and receive referrals may access documents and resources here.
Nonprofit Center Feasibility Study
We have hired consultants from the Nonprofit Centers Network to assist us with a feasibility study to assess whether and how to establish a nonprofit center in the Snoqualmie Valley. Nonprofit centers are buildings where multiple nonprofit organizations locate their office or service spaces. By operating in one facility, organizations are able to share information, resources and services. Through this collaboration, organizations can use precious resources more efficiently. Sometimes nonprofit centers can also serve as a “one stop shop” to provide services to more people more effectively.
Our feasibility study will explore four primary areas.
1. Vision: What are the vision and goals for the proposed center? What are the prioritized needs of the community that could be addressed by a new center?
2. Demand: If affordable, high quality office space was available to the local nonprofit and direct service community, would organizations be willing to relocate their offices and/or services and able to pay for this space? How large a scale is the demand that exists? What types of spaces are in demand?
3. Budget: How much is it going to cost to build and operate the center? What are the likely sources of equity and other capital? What does a sustainable operation look like?
4. Governance, Operations and Implementation Plan: If the project is feasible based on preliminary information, how would it be implemented? Who would own, manage and govern the center? How would programming be determined and funded?
If you are interested in learning more or want to get involved in the feasibility study, please contact us at email@example.com.