Project Highlights

Current Projects

Northwestern California Rural and Tribal Behavioral Health Stipend Program (2021-2025)

This grant through the United States' Health Resources and Services Administration will expand the number of professionals working with persons in high need and high demand rural, vulnerable, and medically-underserved communities by providing team-based primary/behavioral health care training, rural/Tribal experiential training placement opportunities, a $10,000 stipend, and post-graduation employment search assistance for 34 advanced year Master of Social Work students over the project performance period.

Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Education

As an approved State of California trainer and provider, the Institute trains people on administration of the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone (Narcan) along with opioid overdose prevention education. Each trainee receives two doses of naloxone to use if they encounter an opioid overdose in the course of their work. This project will continue as long as there is funding to sustain it.

Oliner Altruism Research Archive

Sam and Pearl Oliner's original research on Holocaust rescuers and survivors, forgiveness and apology, love and compassion, heroism, moral exemplars, and more can be shared with the world. In order to do this, thousands of documents need to be scanned, hundreds of recorded interviews need to be digitized, and a system to organize these precious artifacts needs to be developed. The Oliner Altruism Research Archive will be freely available to researchers, practitioners, and citizens around the world. Please consider making a gift to support the archive.

Completed Projects

We Live Here - Strengthening community relationships through identity stories
This project cultivates community connections by collecting, editing, and sharing excerpts from interviews with people who have had diverse experiences with marginalization in the Humboldt Bay area. The intention is to bring forth empathic responses in listeners as they bear witness to stories about people who live in their community. This project will be ongoing as long as there is funding to continue gathering interviews and editing them.

Note: The original plan for this project was halted due to COVID-19 and transformed into We Live Here: Humboldt Families Coping with COVID-19. With additional funding We Live Here can continue to collect and share stories.

Evidence-Based Panhandling

The Institute continues to distribute pocket-sized and weather-proofed cards that aim to increase the amount of money people engaged in panhandling receive, decrease incidence of conflict between people panhandling and law enforcement, and decrease incidence of conflict between people solicited and those soliciting (thereby leaving both parties feeling safer and more respected).

Read the "white paper" here.