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Everyday Heroes

Every year MOHAI recognizes Everyday Heroes, the people and organizations who make our community stronger.

The program began in 2020 as our region—and the rest of the world—struggled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The honorees are individuals and organizations that have impacted our city, our nation, or our collective quality of life. They created positive change through their innovative ways of thinking and taking action in our community.

Seen here are some of our 2020 Everyday Heroes from Harborview Medical Center, working on the Mobile Testing Program during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MOHAI is a proud contributor to the Pacific Northwest, and we are stronger because of all the amazing people who support our community, every day. In gratitude and recognition, we honor our region’s Everyday Heroes at our annual History Makers Gala

Congratulations to our 2023 Everyday Heroes honoree…

Facing Homelessness: The BLOCK Project

Facing Homelessness believes that we can and will end homelessness when we inspire and engage community members to be a part of the solution. We established a variety of programs, partnerships, and services that invite all of us to come closer, and to contribute our unique passions and skills toward the effort of ending homelessness.

Our two signature programs: the Window of Kindness and the BLOCK Project engage both housed and unhoused community members to help our unhoused community members get the supplies, services, and housing they need.

The Window of Kindness is a physical place of connection between community members and people experiencing homelessness. The healing power of listening and connecting extends to everyone who participates. At the window, our volunteers hand out thousands of socks, gloves, snacks, sleeping bags, and other supplies essential to staying dry and warm. But people often come for a cup of hot chocolate, conversation, and a listening ear. Everything we give is a vehicle for kindness and human connection. Every connection is a reminder that we all live better when we feel loved.

Our BLOCK Project program builds fully equipped, environmentally sustainable homes for people experiencing homelessness. BLOCK Homes are permitted and placed in host homeowners’ backyards throughout Seattle. This model gives residents a place to call home and our communities around the city an opportunity to make a real difference in supporting our unhoused neighbors and addressing the issue of homelessness together.

Our goal is to Increase the connection, sense of belonging and stability of those living unhoused as a pathway to ending homelessness. We Inspire deliberate relationship building, engagement, and community mobilization toward ending homelessness. We envision a world where homelessness no longer exists.

A group of people pose with power tools as they build a home.

Past Everyday Heroes

To learn more about past Everyday Heroes, see details below.

Below are images from our very first Everyday Heroes, in 2020.

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UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

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UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

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UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

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Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

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Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

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Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

2022 Honoree: Alimentando al Pueblo

Alimentando al Pueblo

The only Latinx food bank in the country, Alimentando al Pueblo shares music, community and joy along with culturally relevant food.


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2022 Honoree: JM Wong

JM Wong

JM Wong has been a long-time advocate, and change-maker. They are dedicated to liberation movements , particularly in creating cultures of learning, compassion, and healing within Seattle’s Asian American community. Through their work with the Massage Parlor Outreach Project, JM has created spaces for cross-community care and international solidarity.


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2021 Honoree: Katherine Kehri

Katherine Kehrli – Community Loaves

Community Loaves started when Katherine Kehrli wanted to bake bread for her local food bank. It then expanded to an all-volunteer network of over 500 bakers, flour packers, drivers, and baker mentors. In 2020, they delivered over 8000 loaves of bread to local food pantries.

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2021 Honoree: Rita Zawaideh

Rita Zawaideh – Salaam Cultural Museum

Rita Zawaideh founded the Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) to raise awareness of Arab American cultures and provide support to refugees and immigrants, both locally and internationally. She is a one-person community information center for the Arab community. Zawaideh has used her travel agency network to organize volunteer trips and donation drives for refugees in the Middle East and North Africa since the 1980s.

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2020 Honoree: Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

These chefs organized themselves very early on in the COVID-19 pandemic to provide free meals to all people in need of a hot meal. They combined resources to prepare hundreds of meals nearly every day.

Seattle Community Kitchen Collective consists of:

  • Damon Bomar and Chef Kristi Brown of That Brown Girl Cooks and Communion
  • Chef Tarik Abdullah, founder Feed the People
  • Melissa Miranda of Musang
  • Chera Amlag of Hood Famous Bakeshop
  • Cam Hanin of Guerrilla Pizza Kitchen
  • Guitar Srisuthiamorn of Sugar Hill

2020 Honoree: UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

Dr. Lisa Chew, Martine Pierre-Louis, and Paula Houston rose to the challenge of suppressing the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak with inventive, real-time solutions. They realized that serving everyone required a fully concerted effort between medical personnel and community outreach.

2020 Honoree: Omari Salisbury and Converge Media

Omari Salisbury and Converge Media

As co-founder of Converge Media, a multifaceted production platform created to uplift Black media, Omari Salisbury is fully committed, driven, and open with his opinions. His passion is evident in his long-standing coverage of Seattle’s Central District and reporting on Black Lives Matter, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) following George Floyd’s murder, and more.

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