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Social Services

MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of the Samish Social Services Department is to empower families and individuals toward obtaining self-sufficiency and improving their well-being through the cooperation of tribal programs, of the community, and the cooperation of other service providers.

Social Services offers a variety of programs to promote healthy families and self-sufficiency of the Samish tribe. 

  • Indian Child Welfare (ICW) and Family Support Services
  • Kinship
  • Victims of Crime (VOC)

Samish Social Services is part of the larger Health & Human Services Department offering assistance and advocacy to tribal members. Verification of tribal enrollment is a requirement of participation. Some services are subject to availability of funds and may not be available year-round. The HHS Department also offers Health & Diabetes Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Housing Services. Please inquire for details.

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    Gary Gaggens

    Social Services Director

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  • Ana Cortez

    Ana Cortez

    Family Services Specialist

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  • Danielle Stock

    Danielle Stock

    Family Services Specialist

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  • Nicole Sorenson

    Nicole Patterson

    Social Services Specialist

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Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey

Kent, WA

Come watch the Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Portland Winterhawks!

Dates: 23 – 23 Feb, 2019

Elders Program: Health Lecture Series: Emergency Preparedness

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Concerned about an emergency, come learn how to be prepared in your home for a disaster.

Dates: 28 – 28 Feb, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 2

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Come carve a paddle! This workshop is an extended series across several weekends.

Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Part 1

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar series, the first of two classes. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Nettles

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 3

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle! This workshop is an extended series across several weekends.

Dates: 13 – 14 Apr, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Part 2

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar series, the second of two classes. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - TBD

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 4

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

Annual Samish Elders Luncheon

Anacortes, WA

Please RSVP to Katy with a count of Tribal Elders planning to attend. Open to regional Tribes of the Salish Sea.

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2019