From the Director’s Corner
Deanna Euritt
3/17/17

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The Economy is Growing!

The new jobs report just released this week by the U.S. Labor Department indicates that unemployment is now at 4.7% compared to 9.8% in January of 2010.  The economy has been making a slow come back for several years and the unemployment rate continues its downward trend.  This measurement includes people who are actively looking for work and does not include retirees, high school students, or disabled people among others.  Please click the link to see the full Washington Post  article on March 10th, 2017.

Read full Washington Post article here

So, this should be really good news, right?

Yes, it is good news for our economy and many hard working people who need and are able to work.  At a closer look the rate breaks down differently based on race and education.

No High School7.9
High School Diploma5.0
Some College4.0
Bachelor's Degree2.4
White4.1
Black8.1
Hispanic/Latino5.6
Asian3.4

As you can see the unemployment rates are not so good for some ethnic groups and people with less education.  Yet, overall, we are still seeing improvement.  The biggest problem is that many of the jobs being added are in the retail and fast food industries, which often pay a minimum wage of $10 per hour.  Additionally, many of these jobs are part-time without benefits.

Yet, the hard working people who come through our doors at the Center are happy to have work and often work 2-3 jobs to keep a roof over their heads.  Due to the scarcity and high cost of Marin housing, our Center provides emergency support through our Rental Assistance Program.  This program helps to ensure that struggling families do not lose their housing due to illness or unexpected expenses.   This program would not be possible without our community partners, The HCA Family Fund and the City of Novato, and their very significant annual contributions to this program.

Despite today’s challenges we can hold each other in practical and thoughtful ways and become part of the matrix that creates a strong and healthy community.  We thank the HCA Family, the City of Novato, and all of you for your kind and generous support of our more vulnerable neighbors!

From the Director’s Corner
Deanna Euritt
3/1/17

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Novato Human Needs Center continues to welcome all Novato based people who are in need to our Center.  We appreciate the newcomer, we welcome diversity, and we strive to be of service to families, children, seniors, and individuals who need support to move toward a better future.  We are grateful for the support of many in our community who make our work possible.  In particular we would like to highlight one of our long-time supporters, Marin Community Foundation, for their on-going commitment to our entire community and for their recent positive and uplifting statement – California Rising.  Please click here to see their profound words and artistic image.

 

Warm regards,

Deanna

From the Director’s Corner
Deanna Euritt
11/16/16

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Rejecting Fear of the ‘Other’

At the Novato Human Needs Center, we continue to welcome, befriend, and embrace all those who are in need, and we soundly reject the notion of the ‘other’ — an outsider who does not deserve the same benefits as other human beings.

Fear of the ‘other’ is probably one of the deepest and most insidious elements of social unrest around the world.  Often referred to as xenophobia — fear of foreigners, other groups, or strangers — this irrational emotion has found its way into countries torn apart by civil war and religious sects, and is at the root of ISIS cults. We saw it at the center of the United States Civil War and during American racial unrest in the 1960’s. Great Britain recently became the focus of  a surprising movement called “Brexit”,  as people became divided and elected to withdraw from their historic role in the European Union mostly due to trade and immigration policies.

And now it has found its way into America, again.

Fear of the other was by far the most obvious outcome of our recent, bitterly contested presidential campaign.  The negative rhetoric not only encouraged, but granted people permission to channel their fear into hatred toward anyone perceived to be different.

Just in the past week, numerous reports have been made of school children who are being openly bullied. Children are running home crying after being taunted for their Muslim style of dress or after being told by other kids that they will be deported or lynched.

We do not need to stand idly by.  We can comfort our children and continue to teach them that tolerance, acceptance, and equality are rights guaranteed to all Americans under our United States Constitution, and that hatred is the enemy not people from other cultures. We can tell them that sometimes adults make mistakes and say things that are just plain wrong.  We can model for our children, what it means to be a compassionate and fair minded person.  We can reassure all of our children that their lives are precious regardless of color, sexual orientation, religion, culture, place of birth, or whether they are a girl or a boy.

Our Center has always, and will continue to open our doors to all people in economic and personal crisis. We will continue to provide a welcoming place for all who feel vulnerable, invisible, isolated, fearful, or alone. Please join us in our call to action to reassure our children and care for all of those in need, not because they fit into a special group, but because they are wonderful and unique human beings—just like you and me.

 

Most sincerely and with deep gratitude,

Deanna

From the Director’s Corner
Deanna Euritt
9/28/16

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Why is it so hard for people to overcome poverty?  Quite simply, many jobs such as those in the food and service industry do not pay enough to cover basic costs for necessities such as food and rent.  The current minimum wage in California is only $10 per hour, or $1,683 per month, and the average rent in Marin is now $2,583*.  Struggling parents often work two or three different jobs to make ends meet with one parent working nights while the other works a day shift to rotate care for their young children.  Other parents squeeze multiple families into small apartments to try to make ends meet.  Paying for child care is usually out of reach for most low income people and child care assistance programs are limited. Households with single parents (mostly women) are most at risk.

Many families turn to public support for help. Unfortunately, welfare support does not always do enough to bring families out of poverty.  Despite Federal dollars dedicated to assist families for the past 20 years (Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), called CalWorks in California) has not kept pace with the cost of living.   The goal of this program is to offer limited income, resources, training, and other support for parents to improve their job skills and employment opportunities.

CalWorks is a great program, but it needs more dollars to do the job right. This is where organizations like our Center supplement government programs by providing food pantries, rental assistance, and other support.  You can help too. Support legislation to increase the minimum working wage, subsidies for child care, and vote to fund key programs like CalWorks. (Click this link to see more about Calworks —  http://calbudgetcenter.org/blog/tanfat20-can-better-support-low-income-families-california.)

Please help ensure that vulnerable children and their parents are not forced out onto the streets or go hungry.  You can also donate now to our Center to support 3,800 low-income people struggling with poverty. Act now to improve their chance to have a better quality of life and a brighter future.

 

Thank you for caring!

Deanna

*http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20151115/NEWS/151119857

From the Director’s Corner
Deanna Euritt
8/26/16

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Welcome to our website! Whether you are a new visitor, a long-time Center affiliate, or even if you just happened to have stumbled onto this site following a web search, we hope that you notice our bright colors, diversity of services, and our bold movement toward the future.

A lot of exciting things are happening at our Center as we move toward our 45th year in 2017, as Novato’s key resource center connecting people in need with volunteers, supporters, and community leaders.  We continue to serve over 3,800 hundred people and their families each year in their fight against poverty and crisis.

Like the nimble runner on the top of our logo, people entering our Center can throw off the weight of severe challenges and move at a faster pace toward an improved future.  At our Center, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed and supported in their movement from loneliness to community; despair to hopefulness; and poverty to self-sufficiency.

During this special month of USA excellence in the 2016 Summer Olympics, we invite you to run with us in support of our mission and services and help build a strong and proud future for our community.  Please be sure to check out our Services, Staff, and News pages to learn more about us and how you can help keep the torch burning. We believe that with a small amount of help, people can achieve great things!

 

Warm regards,

  Deanna