Building bridges that cross societal hurdles
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Ways We Help
SOW Research is in the business of changing and shaping lives of immigrants and minorities in Washington State. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic research approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges affecting the minority population. Access to health equity is intrinsic to a high quality of life for all. Our effort through research flows towards unearthing much needed solutions to address these challenges. We make sure our partners and stakeholders are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities in ways void of discrimination for people of color.
Shalom Outreach Washington (SOW), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, conducts baseline studies to identify the pertinent needs of immigrants and minorities that compel them to the streets. We are raising funds and promoting initiatives to serve the people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing our society. Identifying the sociodemographic characteristics of people that will lead in taking them off the streets one person at a time is our priority. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.
Helping The Community: "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens [and influences] his neighbor [through discussions]"!
Immigrants comprise most of the minority population and have been favorably welcomed by previous and current government in Washington State. The harsh economic and religious regulations in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East have forced millions of migrants to look for shelter in the United States of America. The U.S. government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the care of these settlers. There are, nonetheless, immigration bottlenecks for immigrants who face disproportionate disparities in every aspect of life. The conditions exacerbate for individuals from developing economies with poor sociocultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, especially those arriving for asylum purposes. Immigrants face many challenges arising from the change in social structure and culture when they immigrate, which affects social environment, work, and health behavior domains. Differences in the culture of the new country add to the possibility of internal and external discord that may affect the mental health of these immigrants. This highlights the goals of Shalom Outreach Washington in bridging the research gaps to identifying the sociodemographic factors sustaining the societal problems in the city.
In Washington State, diseases, injury, premature deaths, and disability increase for this minorities. There are huge disparities for healthcare attainment, acquisition of economic and material resources for this population. Immigrant minorities do not choose to belong to this group and are forced to experience lower life expectancy, decreased quality of life, perceptions of injustice, and loss of economic opportunities, and perceptions of injustice (CDC, 2004). The majority actually fled from adverse political impasse, civil wars, corruption, inadequate healthcare, and religious persecutions. They gave up everything to preserve their lives and now must learn a new way of life difficult in a polarized environment. Immigrants are usually caught in a web of decreased productivity, low income earning, increased healthcare costs, and social inequity. Immigrants may experience increased barriers to mental health services due to language problems, cultural differences and limited health care access. Prior levels of individual educational accomplishments notwithstanding, some religious and cultural practices from their homelands pose oppositions to or acceptance of modern health interventions, such as immunization. Thus, they are exposed to a magnified adverse impact.
Minorities Research Center
One Step at a Time
At SOW, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts to addressing this issue. Solving the problem of mental health and substance use disorders is by no means an easy feat. However, through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference. We invite you to learn more and lend your support.
Homeless. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Outreach
Helping The Community: "Iron Sharpens Iron...
Our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. This is only achievable through skills development schemes- strategies to meet unmet needs for those in this spectrum of need in Spokane County. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.
A Bit of Background
Shalom Outreach Washington is a Minorities Research Center that is driven by a major goal; to do our part in making our city a better place for all irrespective of race, educational background, gender or place of origin. Our decision making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships with stakeholders and organizations interested in making positive impacts by way of our pursuits.
How We Stand Out
SOW designed a holistic qualitative and quantitative research approaches in tackling homelessness, mental health, domestic violence, and drug use disorder in Spokane County. Much credit goes to non-profits currently helping homeless individuals in the City of Spokane but there is a gap in knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) needed to ameliorate these problems. As of now, there is a dearth of research that documents the socio-demographic and cultural characteristics prevalent to solve these societal issues. The SOW approach stands out by bringing a much needed solid solution to help Spokane residents. SOW will conduct in-depth interviews (IDIs), focus group discussions (FGDs) and administer questionnaires designed to capture the acute needs in our society. Research analyses will be conducted and results disseminated to stakeholders. SOW will design intervention programs to address the outcomes of the research. SOW will also implement intervention programs for educational trainings (GEDs), job skills development, and job search references to appropriate organizations involved with each identified problems for immediate actions.