Since 1994, The Northwest Regional Council (NWRC) Tribal Outreach and Assistance Program has successfully linked American Indian Elders with services they need. Serving the Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Swinomish, and Upper Skagit tribal community members in Skagit and Whatcom Counties, this valuable program assures access to elders and provides technical assistance for programs on and off the reservations. This focused outreach uses culturally appropriate materials and a culturally relevant approach to make services understandable and effective for older Indians.
The Tribal Outreach Coordinator provides information, assistance, and help in finding culturally-appropriate care for elders who need personal care and other assistance in their homes. She acts as a cultural interpreter for service providers and as an advocate for the needs of elders who experience barriers to accessing necessary services.
Support for tribal caregivers, especially those who provide kinship care (care for young children or grandchildren) is an important part of the program, particularly because of the higher incidence of kinship care in Indian Country. Training, support groups, conferences, and consultation are just a few of the services available to kinship caregivers.
For more information, please call 360-676-6749 or 800-585-6749 or email.