South Coast Social Services Connect is a monthly meeting for Coos and Curry County nonprofits and community partners. This informal session typically includes 1-2 presenters and ample time for participants to meet and network with community partners, share information about their organizations, and learn about community organizations and projects happening on our southern Oregon coast. All social service providers and community advocates are welcome to attend!

Meeting Info
Notes from prior meetings:
January 2021 (211info)
February 2021 (HIV Alliance)
March 2021 (CASA, South Coast Business)
April 2021 (VA Services, Wally’s House)
May 2021 (Coos/Curry unsheltered community project updates)
June 2021 (Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative)
July 2021 (Advanced Health, United Way funding opportunities)
August 2021 (Southern Oregon Coast Pride, Queers & Allies of Coos County)
September 2021 (Community Check-In)
Community Resources
Current Grant Opportunities
Local COVID-19 Resources
Scholarship Opportunities
Trainings/Resources


Meeting Info

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Community Resources

  • Direct service agencies, please list your organizations at https://www.211info.org/
  • Curry County organizations, list or update your organization’s information at Wild Rivers Connect (https://wildriversconnect.org/) – also submit volunteer opportunities, news stories, press releases
  • Coos County organizations, list or update your organization’s information at South Coast Oregon Connects (https://southcoastconnects.org/) – also submit calendar events, volunteer opportunities, news stories, press releases

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Current Grant Opportunities

  • General:
  • Youth/Education:
    • Oregon GEAR UP funding calendar – Oregon GEAR UP’s goal is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary programs. Education-related grant opportunities here: https://oregongearup.org/calendar/fund
    • South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub Community Investment grants for programs impacting pregnant mothers and/or children age 0-6, and addressing at least one of the Early Learning System goals in Raise Up Oregon – https://www.screlhub.com/apply-for-funds
  • Arts & Culture:
    • The Kinsman Foundation encourages the enjoyment of life through traditional Oregonian and American values. Their Historic Preservation grant category supports the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction of historic buildings, structures, and related sites. Their Wildlife Rehabilitation grant category primarily supports wildlife rehabilitation programs offering urgent care to injured and orphaned wildlife native to Oregon and Washington. Small Grant requests of up to $5,000 are accepted throughout the year. Application guidelines for both grant categories are available on the Foundation’s website.
  • United Way of Southwestern Oregon is pleased to offer small and volunteer-run organizations technical assistance and consulting with grant proposals. Grant writing trainings aimed at demystifying the grant application process will also be offered periodically. Contact Annie Donnelly at swograntplan@outlook.com to sign up for a free consultation!
  • Nonprofits are encouraged to complete Oregon Community Foundation’s Organizational Profile Tool – this helps OCF inform donors about your work: https://oregoncf.org/grants-and-scholarships/grants-resources/organization-profile-tool/

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Local COVID-19 Resources

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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Please Contact Us if you have scholarship opportunities to list.

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Training/Resources

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September 14, 2021 – Community Check-In

  • Audio recording
  • Community updates
    • Welcome new participants
      • Naomi Ulstead (503-432-5990; nulsted@belloniranch.org) – new Executive Director of Bob Belloni Ranch
      • Rachael Wilson (541-776-6285; rwilson@or.easterseals.com) – EasterSeals Oregon Senior Community Service Employment Program, matching seniors with job opportunities in nonprofits and government agencies, looking for resources/job opportunities/connections
      • Maddix Vickers (mvickers@allianceor.org) – HIV Alliance Volunteer Coordinator
      • Jordan McLaren (jmclaren@wfall.org) – Waterfall Community Health Center Behavioral Health Navigator
      • Amanda Brown (541-824-3010; amandabrown@cvhospital.org) – new hospital social worker at Coquille Valley Hospital, looking to connect with everyone who has resources to support communities members of Coos County
      • Annie Donnelly (swograntplan@outlook.com) – United Way of Southwestern Oregon Grants Project Manager, providing free technical assistance and direct grant writing consultation to small and volunteer nonprofits through one-year pilot program
    • Future meeting ideas
      • Housing (tentatively November)
      • Funder roundtable (tentatively December)
      • Employment resources (Teri Moore can lead)
      • LGBT+
      • Trauma informed care
    • Community updates
        • Food security
          • Pamela Winebarger and Olivia Davis (Brookings Harbor Community Helpers) – food bank and help center, wraparound services for people affected by COVID-19. Services are expanding! Fresh Food for Seniors will provide fresh fruit and vegetables to seniors receiving SNAP benefits twice a week, October -December. Also will provide PPE. Getting new clients all the time. Used to have a school ‘grab and go’ program for any youth, now limited to students enrolled in school.
            • Note from Kelcy Szetela and Cambria Turnbow (ODHS) – SNAP recipients currently receive the full allotment, this will end at some point. Food stamp benefits roll over month to month.
          • Bear Wear (Bear Cupboard, Coquille) – seeing less clients with food stamp benefits continuing, but still serving many families each week.
        • Youth
          • Margie House (Curry 4-H) – held the County Fair this year. Downturn in enrollment last year. Will be offering virtual programming (free statewide babysitter training, youth preparedness initiative) and limited in-person/hybrid programs. Also focusing on supporting volunteers and emerging needs.
          • Britney Forbes (Coos Drop) – still doing virtual support and just started in-person 1:1s. Clothing closet available. Weekly events include self-care boxes, tie dye. Thursday: virtual student support group, Tuesdays: young parent support group. Providing art kits, food boxes, other items in need from youth.
          • Naomi Ulstead (Bob Belloni Ranch) – independent living program has seen an increased need in housing. Meeting with youth 1:1, organizing in person group event for October. School starting soon at the Ranch.
          • Scott Cooper (AYA) – GED program is off to a slow start, looking to recruit and locate kids for the program. Biggest problem is housing. Also seeing increase in self-harming behaviors. Collaboratively working with Naomi and Melinda to address challenges.
          • Melinda Torres (The ARK Project, homeless youth liaison) – having a lot more unaccompanied youth come to office. Clothing, free laundry, showers, resources available for homeless youth and families. Transportation is also an issue. The ARK Project is open full time M-Th 1-5pm, appointments in the morning. Located behind Marshfield HS.
          • Erlette Upshaw (Coos Elderly Services) – has LOTS of backpacks to give away! Contact Erlette at erletteu@cooselderly.org.
        • Health care
          • Steve Nagel (Coast Community Health) – still doing rapid tests, going out into the community to test and provide vaccines.
          • Amanda Brown (Coquille Valley Hospital) – seeing cases of COVID and having issues with many of the same issues – placement issues and issues finding caregivers for patients who need support at home after their acute care needs have resolved but still need support at home
        • ODHS
          • Zachary Richard (D7 SNAP Navigator) – emerging need to keep up with ever-changing services available and organizational operating hours. Clients are fatigued from uncertainty.
          • Linda Morton Hunter (APD) – consumers are meeting conditions for assisted living but not able to move into facilities due to COVID. Struggle to find home care workers to work in individuals’ homes. Seeing an uptick in number of homeless individuals meeting criteria but it’s difficult to find placements, working with St Tim’s/CORE/Curry Homeless Coalition to find things like clothing, toiletries that APD is not able to provide when someone moves into a placement. State employees are under the governor’s mandate for vaccinations, may see an impact to staff and services.
            • Doreen Kelly (South Coast Hospice) – anticipating loss of health care workers due to vaccination mandate. Also seeing a huge toll on patient caregivers (loss of social/emotional support and lack of respite).
          • Whitney Warr – significant backlog of One System work, staff working tirelessly to catch up. Working with Curry Homeless Coalition to provide services to homeless residents at the Gold Beach APD parking lot Thursdays 10am-2pm.
        • Ideas to address social isolation
          • Coos Drop has a lot of variety in their activities to try to address education, art, connections. Hosting a virtual scavenger hunt soon. Incentives help with motivation – zoom fatigue is a challenge.
          • South Coast Hospice is starting a Pen Pal program with patients and caregivers.
          • Coos Elderly Services has a volunteer call clients once a month to check in.
          • Cheri Forster shares COVID-friendly events with members.
          • ODHS (Starla) sends out Positivity Project Oregon emails with daily positivity challenges and monthly themes. https://www.oregonpositivity.org/
        • Employment
          • Teri Moore (WorkSource Coos, 971-707-1802  or Teri.L.Moore@Oregon.Gov) – federal program extensions have ended. If someone did not have wages throughout the pandemic they are not eligible for a new unemployment claim. Supportive services are available to SNAP recipients, employment services are available to anyone looking for work. Now open M-F 8:30am-5pm. Jobs are available – over 600 job listings currently.
          • Maria Walker (WorkSource Curry, Maria.Walker@oregon.gov) – all services listed above are available for Curry residents too.
        • Community
          •  Gordon Clay provides a summary of county-by-county data to the Curry County BOC every other week. No counties have seen a reduction in severity of cases.
          • Gordon Clay – Suicide Awareness and Prevention month. RUOK brochure about warning signs and how to respond is now available to Coos organizations. Contact Bonnie Ell to place an order (bonnie.ell@advancedhealth.com).
            • Ariana Ryzebol provides Signs Ask Validate Encourage & Expedite (SAVE) Training – Ariana.Ryzebol@va.gov
            • Out of the Darkness auction: https://www.32auctions.com/cooscountyootd
          • Lualhati Anderson (Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative) – the South Coast Older Adult Work Group is hosting the 5th Annual Healthy Aging Conference; open to all Sept 23-24. The OABHI is also offering Free QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training on Sept 16 and Sept 20 and once a month.
          • Emily McConathy (Connections Case Management) – serves adults with disabilities. Celebrating 20 years serving Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties.
          • Britney Forbes (Coos Drop) looking for drivers ed teachers!
          • Rachael Wilson (EasterSeals) – having mobility issues with clients. Looking for assistance with resources.
    • Grant opportunities
      • Coquille Tribal Community Fund (https://www.coquilletribe.org/?page_id=2489 is open now through October 31, selected applicants will need to turn in applications by November 30.
      • Annie Donnelly is working on a list of upcoming grant opportunities that will be shared with the group.

South Coast Social Services Connect meetings will continue virtually through year-end, but we are looking to host smaller in-person regional networking meetings as COVID permits.

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August 10, 2021 – Southern Oregon Coast Pride, Queers & Allies (Q&A) of Coos County

  • Audio recording
  • Laura Erceg, Organizer (Southern Oregon Coast Pride, Q&A of Coos County, laura.erceg@gmail.com or socpcooscounty@gmail.com) – Presenting activities and supports for LGBTQIA+ adults and youth on the south coast.
    • Q&A of Coos County was founded in 2015 to create safe spaces and build a multi-generational community of support for LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-24 and their allies in Coos County through bold advocacy, creative outreach, and fun activities. Recently expanded to include support for job readiness, gender affirming health care.
      • Strong partnerships with Coos Health & Wellness and community partners.
      • Weekly social gatherings, offline supports through Q&A Elders (adult mentors).
      • New grant supports a Gender Affirmation Closet (ensuring rural youth have access to items that affirm their gender, available to any youth under 25 in Coos County, items include makeup/clothing gift cards, travel funds related to gender affirmation appointments,  name change fees, and more – see the request form for more details: https://forms.gle/KzaZ3Qs1RNSaBYAAA – once a request is received, a Q&A Elder will reach out via the individual’s preferred contact to coordinate purchase and delivery). This grant also supports a new youth internship program.
      • Resources for LGBTQIA+ youth will be listed on the new Q&A web site coming soon, send information you would like to see listed to daphne.sprinkle@gmail.com.
      • Curry County partnerships are invited! Please contact Laura at the email(s) above to discuss opportunities.
      • Meetings are held every 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Thursday (5:30-7:30pm, virtually via Zoon until further notice) and 4th Thursday (outdoor field trip). Please contact Laura at the email above prior to a youth’s first meeting so she can discuss guidelines and expectations.
    • Southern Oregon Coast Pride exists to conduct events that foster hope and provide support for LGTBQIA+ youth and adults, educate about LGBTQIA+ issues and resources, and collaborate with allied individuals and community groups.
      • Built upon prior events to launch 2019 “Pride in the Park” (North Bend) – over 150 attendees. On hold for 2020, then June 2021 online events included an author event, Safe Zone training, book group, drag queen story time, suicide prevention session.
        • Why is Pride important? Small towns and rural communities create unique challenges for LGBTQIA+ people. Experiences of discrimination can hinder our efforts to belong, to be safe, and to create success. We have limited access to resources and support that is available in larger, urban areas. Too often, many of us feel as though we have to leave our local communities to find the opportunities and affirmation we seek.
      • October 2021 (National Coming Out Month) – looking at ways to bring people together in person and virtually (as COVID permits).
      • Monthly LGBTQIA+ book club – all virtual. All are welcome. Updates are posted to the SOC Pride Facebook page.
      • SOC Pride planning committee meets every Monday (5pm, virtually via Zoom). Contact socpcooscounty@gmail.com for information on upcoming events and how to get involved.
    • Additional contact: jamarruff@gmail.com
    • Click the link for SOC Pride and LGBTQIA+ Terminology information flyers. Printed copied are available upon request.
  • Community updates
    • Welcome new participants
      • Sam Roberts (Oasis Advocacy and Shelter, Gold Beach, ) – now open on a limited service basis. Emergency shelter is still closed at this time but Oasis can assist with restraining orders, DHS cases, rental assistance, etc for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or trafficking.
      • Cheri Forster (Intensive Care Coordinator for Curry County with Allcare Health, cheri.forster@allcarehealth.com) – welcome Cheri!
    • Employment
      • Teri Moore (WorkSource Coos, 971-707-1802  or Teri.L.Moore@Oregon.Gov) – Office is now open M-F 8:30am-5:00pm.  Job seeking services are open to anyone in the community. STEP Program/supportive services for job searches are available for residents receiving SNAP benefits. Services are available virtually or via phone as well. Contact Teri for details on appointment requirements.
        • Unemployment extensions/PUA end September 4. If you are working with people who are using these services please send them to WorkSource.
      • Maria Walker (WorkSource Curry, 541-469-9836) – Appointments recommended.
      • Annabel Taylor (Recruit HIPPO – South Coast Business’ In School Youth Program through WorkSource Oregon, www.recruithippo.com) – Works with in-school youth to help with work experience credit requirements, internships, industry tours, etc. to lead them to a career after high school. In partnership with AYA and Recruit HIPPO, ePuerto has opened a sports complex in Pony Village mall (flyer here), free August 16-20 for youth up to age 24, youth development/child care/sports  coaching internships will be available soon!
      • Natasha Garrison (SCBEC Career Ambassador, ngarrison@scbec.org, 541-435-9046)  – Assists with employment and certification. Goal is to scale up workforce as much as possible. South Coast Business contact: Worksource@scbec.org, 800-822-3525. Click the links for flyers about a Flagging Certification Class and Community Health Worker Class coming up soon!
      • Zach Richards (SNAP Coordinator, Zachary.A.Richard@dhsoha.state.or.us) – job training, job retention services are available, community partnerships are welcome – contact Zach.
    • COVID support/updates:
      • Erlette Upshaw (Coos Elderly Services, erletteu@cooselderly.org) – Funds available for Coos County residents in isolation/quarantine. Supports rent/mortgage payments, utilities, and food. Contact CES at 541-756-1202. Also, backpack giveaway with COVID information/PPE supplies and school supplies on August 28 (9am-12pm) – flyer here. Child(ren) must be present to receive a backpack.
      • Curry Homeless Coalition has similar funds available – contact Beth Barker-Hidalgo  at BBH@curryhomelesscoalition.onmicrosoft.com.
      • Finding housing for quaratine/isolation especially during tourist season is especially challenging.
      • Linda Morton Hunter (APD/Gold Beach) – As of 8/10 Brookings Harbor Community Helpers food bank is temporarily closed. Working with community partners on alternate plans to make food available. APD office in Gold Beach is storing PPE for community partners – go through public health to request. APD offices are open at this time but phone/email contact is strongly encouraged.
      • Julie Griffin (Coast Community Health, Julieg@coastcommunityhealth.org) – drive through COVID testing and vaccines are available at Bandon/Port Orford clinics. COVID Testing: 1:20–4:30pm, COVID Vaccines: 8:20–11:40am. Coast Community Health will not turn anyone away and we will help any way we can.
      • Connie Hunter (Connie.Hunter@outlook.com):
        • From the desk of Commissioner Boice. Posted with his support. “We are in a serious COVID – now apparently the new Delta Variant Surge. This reality has put us all in a very delicate and difficult situation. I’m asking everyone to please review this update from our friends at Douglas County that follows – It is well written and an excellent Nationwide update. Our Hospital, Care Organizations, Medical Centers and Brookings St. Timothy’s are all exhausted. They need our help. I believe we are back to where we were in the highest 3 months of 2020. Consider – It’s not just about ‘you-me-I’’ – it is about everyone of all ages. Please observe, consider the following, and respectfully do your part. Vaccines – I completely understand Vaccine Hesitancy, but the risks clearly from contracting COVID are far greater. Test – If you’re uncertain – please arrange immediately to be tested. Hygiene focus – Don’t touch your face and wash multiple times daily, etc. Masks – Put the face coverings back on anytime you leave your home. Stay home – if it isn’t very important to venture out. Social distancing – Go back to solid 6 ft. individual spacing. Group gatherings – Commit to avoiding large groups. Most vulnerable – be aware of those we care about that have the greatest risk.”
        • St Tim’s is providing testing (12-3pm, M-Sat) and vaccines (1-3pm Wed/Sat).
        • If you are interested in growing Access to Healthcare, please join our Curry CHIP workgroup. Help us address barriers to care, gaps in care and improving delivery of services. We are looking to Curry Health Network’s Community Needs Assessment’s efforts toward behavioral health.
    • General resources/updates:
      • Susan Smith (Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Family Services Program Manager): Tolowa Dee-ni” Days will be 9/11/2021 at the Howonquet Community Center in Smith River.
      • Ariana Ryzebol (VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, based in North Bend, serving the South Coast) – Out of the Darkness walk will be held 9/25/2021. Sponsorship and team signup forms are available here. Happening in Coos County, and all south coast residents are invited to sponsor, walk, volunteer.
      • Ashley Taylor (Victim Services, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Ashley.taylor@tolowa.com) – opening back up again with outreach services to Tribal affiliated domestic violence and sexual assault situations, expanded to serve elders and children for Coos and Curry Counties. Housing assistance, court advocacy, legal service assistance also available. Now offering employee/workplace awareness presentations (via zoom or in person).
      • Erlette – Veteran’s Stand Down is scheduled for 9/17 at Pony Village Mall.
      • David Ross (Waterfall Community Health Center) – mobile clinic RV will be in Charleston next Wednesday 8/18 providing primary care and vaccine services. The mobile clinic will be in Lakeside the following Wednesday 8/25. Also now has a community garden, looking for volunteers. Contact dross@wfall.org for more information.
      • Double Up Food Bucks available at all Curry County farmers markets.

South Coast Social Services Connect meetings will continue virtually through year-end, but we are looking to host smaller in-person regional networking meetings as COVID permits.

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July 13, 2021 – Advanced Health and United Way funding opportunities

  • Audio recording
  • Laura Williams (Advanced Health, laura.williams@advancedhealth.com, 541-269-4550) – Presenting the current Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) funding opportunities.
    • Many focus areas across Coos and Curry Counties – transportation, behavioral health, health equity, prevention, housing/homelessness, etc.
    • CHIP funding:
      • Two funding review cycles for Coos County: July 22, September 23 (if funds are still available).
      • Two funding review cycles for Curry Count: July 12, September 13 (if funds are still available).
      • If serving both counties please submit just one application indicating how you plan to spend funding across both counties.
      • Decision makers are plan members and community partners (Community Advisory Council).
      • Funding is flexible for small and large programs/projects, 501c3 status is not required. Sustainable projects are encouraged (e.g. projects that have multiple funders).
      • Advanced Health may have funding to support other health education initiatives. Contact Laura for more information.
  • Jen Shafer (United Way, director@unitedwayswo.org, 541-267-5202) – Presenting UWSWO’s 2021 annual grantmaking program.
    • Three funding categories:
      • $45,000 available for 501c3s working in health, education, and financial stability. Maximum award $5,000.
      • $5,000 available for 501c3s working to address social isolation and loneliness on the south coast. Maximum award $5,000.
      • $5,000 available for community organizations working in health, education, and financial stability (501c3 status not required). Maximum award $1,000.
    • Applications are reviewed by UWSWO’s Grant Allocation Committee (community partners, community advocates) and funding recommendations are provided to UWSWO’s Board of Directors.
    • Timeline:
      • Applications due July 31, 2021.
      • Reviews and site visits August-early September 2021.
      • Funding decisions made September 15 with awards to follow.
    • Visit  https://unitedwayswo.org/grantmaking/ or contact Jen for more information.
  • Additional funding opportunities are available at https://unitedwayswo.org/south-coast-social-services-connect-roundup/#community-grants
  • Community updates
    • Welcome new participants
      • Laura Moore (ORCCA) will be going part-time. Two new housing staff – Jason Worman (training and compliance) and Laura Fortan (housing program manager). Laura M will still be sending community info. Welcome Jason and Laura!
      • Cheryl Brown (Start Making A Reader Today/SMART reading program) – SMART partners volunteers with students preK-3rd grade to work on reading skills. During COVID, implemented a new virtual reading program, also delivered new books to 941 youth (8k+ books total given to community). Serve 14 sites in Coos/Curry. Thanks Cheryl!
      • Corey Leckband (Coos County Transportation District) – promoting veteran transportation. Contact Corey at 541-267-7111 or cleckband@coostransit.org.
    • General resources/updates:
      • Ariana Ryzebol (VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, based in North Bend, serving the South Coast) – Out of the Darkness walk sponsorship and team signup forms available here. Happening in Coos County, and all south coast residents are invited to sponsor, walk, volunteer.
      • Connie Hunter (Curry County) – contact Connie for more information on any of the following (Connie.Hunter@outlook.com):
        • Looking to identify female veterans in Curry County for special recognition. Also encouraging the community to visit the Suicide Awareness & Prevention Council and Veteran’s Task Group booths at the Pirate Festival.
        • To help reduce barriers to vaccination, OHA has been connecting partners with transportation resources. There are many ways people can get a ride to a vaccine. Please share this messaging with your partners, community connections, and staff. Also available – non-emergency transportation for OHP members, people supported by TANF. Need a ride to your vaccination appointment? We can help. Call 211 or 1-866-698-6155.
        • Curry CHIP Coalition Access to Healthcare workgroup invites participants.
      • Renee Menkens (South Coast Together) – Help that Helps guidebook almost ready! Tips on working with kids, self-care, resources, etc. Distribution process planning in progress. Cost offset assistance may be available. Contact Renee or Dawn Granger for more information or to view a copy of the guidebook (dawng@scesd.k12.or.us or renee.menkens@gmail.com, or visit https://www.scesd.k12.or.us/south-coast-together/).
      • Courtney DuMond (Waterfall Community Health Center) – contact Courtney for more information on any of the following (cdumond@wfall.org):
        • Hiring for Patient Navigators and Resource Navigators, more info here: https://www.wfall.org/resources/employment/
        • Parking Lot BINGO is back, first Wednesday of the month at Pony Village Mall!
        • Lots of volunteer opportunities available.
        • Free dental care clinics coming up August 2 (screening) and August 6 (dental day) in the Waterfall parking lot.
      • Gordon Clay – CDC chart regarding the top 50 causes of death for Oregonians in 2019 by age and gender is here. Suicide ranks number one for 15-54 year olds. When using CDCs top 10 causes of death – youth 15-24 don’t die by any of the top 9 causes, only the 10th – suicide. Poisonings and road traffic deaths are next.
      • Zachary Richard (Case Manager/D7 SNAP Navigator, Zachary.A.Richard@dhsoha.state.or.us)
        • Extended SNAP benefits have been further extended through August.
        • For Oregonians who have been affected by the wildfires still need assistance getting certified copies of vital records. Oregon Health Authority will provide certified copies of vital records free of charge starting June 1 – October 28, 2021. $0.00 fee & up to (3) certified copies of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, domestic partnership or dissolution of domestic partnership record. In the “Reason for needing record” section on the order form, customers and funeral homes must list “Oregon Wildfires” to receive the records free of charge.   https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/GETVITALRECORDS/Pages/VitalRecordsFeesforOregoniansAffectedbytheOregonWildfires.aspx
        • If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a licensed childcare provider, please join us on July 29! Call (541) 888-7957 to register or inquire. More information available at https://www.socc.edu/for-the-community/care-connections/
      • Starla Paris (DHS) – Check out Community Cooking with the Co-Op: Starring Jamar on July 22 (5:30-6:30pm),  https://www.coosbaylibrary.org/community-cooking-co-op-starring-jamar-5
      • Lualhati Anderson (Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative) provided several resources after the meeting:
    • Food insecurity:
        • Bear Lawrence (Bear Cupboard, Coquille) – starting back to grocery style shopping next month.
      • Michael Thompson (Lakeside Feed the Need) – still doing drive-up boxes, senior center is going to open again soon for in-house meals. New freezer coming Friday to enable serving more people.
    • Employment:
      • Teri Moore (WorkSource Coos) – opening doors July 21 8:30am-5pm, virtual appointments will continue. Work search requirements and other unemployment requirements will resume the week of July 25. Federal extension will end in September – encouraging people to look for work now to avoid a flood in the labor market. STEP program still available, laptops still available for people looking for work. Contact Teri for more information (971-707-1802  or Teri.L.Moore@Oregon.Gov).
      • Annabel Taylor (Recruit HIPPO) – Appointments moving to WorkSource, still available at SCBEC as well. Working with students who just graduated to assist with resumes and job searches.
      • Isabel Milkovich (ORCCA) – ORCCA/Head Start job fair July 23, 3-5pm in the ORCCA parking lot. Flyer here.
      • Summer Gray (SWOCC) – free tuition saw increase in summer enrollment. Campus preparing to fully open for fall term. Several laptops will be given away to students or job seekers engaged in STEP program. Contact Summer for more info (summer.gray@socc.edu).

South Coast Social Services Connect meetings will continue virtually through year-end, but we are looking to host smaller in-person regional networking meetings as well.

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June 8, 2021 – Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative

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  • Betsy Boyd-Flynn and Jennifer Hendrickson (Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, bbf@oafp.org) – Community-wide approach to health including primary care providers, public health, and community based organizations is very effective in addressing urgent public health crises and supporting the general health of the community on an ongoing basis. Primary care providers are trusted by community members and can help break down barriers to vaccine adoption. The philosophy of the project is listening-based rather than presentation-style.
    • OAFP has identified physicians on the south coast who are interested in collaborating with community partners to help with vaccine adoption in the immediate future and address social determinants of health in the longer term. If you are planning an educational event OAFP may be able to help with co-hosting, co-organizing and/or logistics.
    • Feedback on this project is welcome!
  • Lualhati Anderson (South Coast Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative, lualhati.anderson@chw.coos.or.us / oregonbhi.org)
  • Community updates
    • Welcome new participants
      • Julie Griffin (Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Coast Community Health) – available MWF at Bandon office, Tu at Port Orford, Th telehealth services.
      •  Ashley Taylor (Victim Services Manager Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Ashley.taylor@tolowa.com, 707-487-9255) – Advocacy Services for Native Americans are available through the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribe.
      • Susan Smith (Family Services Program Manager, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation).
    • Vaccines
      • Renee Menkens (Coos County Friends of Public Health) – drop-in vaccine clinics Wednesdays in June at the Coos Bay Farmer’s Market from 10am-1pm, and Sundays at 7 Devils 1-3pm. J&J, Pfizer and Moderna available.
      • Janet Choi and Erlette Upshaw (Coos Elderly Services, Janet @ 541-294-6329) – organizing drive-through vaccination events 6/15 and 7/13 (11am-3pm) at Pony Village Mall (English flyer/Spanish flyer), Blue Heron BBQ available! Powers vaccine event at the Pioneer House (6/28 11am-3pm) with Elkhorn BBQ available! A COVID vaccination info flyer is also available in English and Spanish.
      • Beth Barker-Hidalgo (Curry Homeless Coalition, 541-425-0426) – FEMA vaccine event 6/11-16 at Brookings Harbor High School, weekends 2-6pm, weekdays 3-8pm, Pfizer vaccine. On 6/21 there will be a J&J vaccine clinic at Rite Aid in Harbor 10-2p. Giveaways, food, contact Beth for more information.
    • Financial assistance (and more)
      • Laura Moore (Oregon Coast Community Action) – COVID rental assistance is available, individuals should visit www.oregonrentalassistance.org to sign up.
      • Erlette Upshaw (Coos Elderly Services, contact Janet @ 541-294-6329) – CES also has funds to assist individuals in isolation or quarantine (rent, mortgage, utilities).
      • Rachael Espy (Executive Director, The SAFE Project, respy@stopabusecoos.org) – The SAFE Project still has trauma recovery support group openings. Housing funds are available for Coos survivors through December.
    • Employment related
      • Maria Walker (WorkSource Curry, Employment Department/Brookings, maria.walker@oregon.gov, 971-701-0392) – can connect job seekers with employers and employers with job seekers. Training, resume support, other services available virtually, or via email and phone.
      • Doreen Kelly (South Coast Hospice) – Job fair for Thrift Store will be 6/11, 12-3pm. All are welcome. South Coast Hospice also has positions in the following categories: Primary Care Nurses, Part Time Social Worker, Part Time Chaplain.
      • Teri Moore (Worksource Coos, Teri.L.Moore@Oregon.gov, 971-707-1802) –  unemployment extensions ending in September. Encouraging people to seek job opportunities now rather than waiting until the fall. Worksource can help!
      • Summer Gray: CTCLUSI needs many employees at their Florence casino – they’re struggling to find individuals w/ dependable transportation.
      • Annabel Taylor (Recruit HIPPO, ataylor@scbec.org) – working with in-school youth. New youth re-engagement effort to incentivize seniors who can complete credits by end of summer, will also work with them on a career path plan. Flyer will be available soon.
      • Andy Pruski (Employment Specialist, EasterSeals) – enrolling in Coos County. Trainings and stipends are available. Referral form is here.
    • General health/well being updates
      • Ariana Ryzebol (VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, based in North Bend, serving the South Coast) – If anyone is interested in suicide prevention training (SAVE) please email Ariana.
      • Carrie Prechtel (AllCare Health) –  Curry folks can join a workgroup to help with Community Health Improvement Plan initiatives: Access to Healthcare, Behavioral Health, Oral Health, Housing, Food, Youth & Seniors, or Workforce. Visit the CHIP Coalition website to learn more: https://www.currycountychip.org/
      •  Jen Shafer (United Way) – Nominate a nonprofit or community organization to be celebrated! Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S5TPQJQ for our nomination form. Also, June is Pride month, check out Southern Oregon Coast Pride’s Facebook page for June events! https://www.facebook.com/socpcooscounty
      • David Ross (Americorps VISTA with Waterfall Community Health Center, dross@wfall.org) – on 6/14 Advantage Dental will be doing screenings at Waterfall Community Health in our mobile clinic. Email David for more info. Those who want a dental screening do not have to be patients.
      • From Connie Hunter (offline):

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May 11, 2021 – The Devereux Center, Curry County Homeless Coalition, Brookings Community Resource [CORE] Response Team

  • Audio recording
  • Cheryl Davies (Southwestern Community College) – SWOCC is conducting a survey asking for input on an Applied Baccalaureate in Behavioral Science 4-year degree with an emphasis in mental health and drug and alcohol counseling through SWOCC – the survey is here, responses are requested by May 21: https://forms.gle/YWF5a3Dsr8HWVStW8
  • Tara Johnson (Executive Director, The Devereux Center, director@thedevereuxcenter.org)
    • Community campground – partnering with ORCCA to provide pallet shelters (metal/plastic solid structures, 8x8x9′) for 20-25 people. By referral only through The Devereux Center, services will be provided at the Center. Will also have some space for community partners to provide services on site. A list of community campground needs can be found on AmazonSmile’s charity lists. Security and staff will have offices on site with someone there 24/7.
    • Azalea House – home has been purchased/donated, renovations in progress. Partnership with Coos Health & Wellness, space for up to 5 adults with mental health issues. Referrals will be taken through CH&W.
  • Beth Barker-Hidalgo (Executive Director, Curry County Homeless Coalition, curryhomelesscoalition@gmail.com)
    • Mobile outreach bus provides hot meals/coffee, water, snacks, OHP enrollment, housing applications for subsidized housing, ORCCA applications, section 8 applications.
    • Contracted with OHA as a community based organization responding to households affected by COVID – wraparound services including rent/mortgage/utility/insurance payment assistance.
    • Homeless prevention program – can pay rent/mortgage through a one-time payment to keep folks housed.
    • Advocating for affordable housing.
    • Homeward bound program – can help with travel costs to return folks to out of area support systems.
    • Supporting DV services during Oasis’s transition. Have some funding to isolate households impacted by COVID.
    • Building robust network of coordinated care with Curry community partners.
    • Assisting with routine vaccine events.
  • Diana Cooper (Executive Director, Brookings Community Resource [CORE] Response team, diana@brookingscoreresponse.org)
    • Based out of St Timothy’s, provide service navigation/connections, direct services, advocacy, vaccine administration/coordination.
    • HAF grant to purchase iPads and weatherproof gear to help facilitate providing services.
    • Intentionally working with Fair Housing Council of Oregon to provide resources, education at a local level for residents and government agencies. Also working on preventing loss of housing.
    • Partnering with HIV Alliance who will be coming to Brookings every Monday, working on out-of-area outreach for services.
  • Community updates:
    • Rachael Espy (Executive Director, The SAFE Project, respy@stopabusecoos.org) – The SAFE Project is assisting with Curry County survivor needs during Oasis Advocacy & Shelter’s transition period. Oasis still has financial assistance for survivors but their shelter is temporarily closed.
      • 24/7 Hotline call or text SAFE to 541-756-7000.
      • New support group flyer is here, info sheet is here.
      • The SAFE Project has housing assistance funding for survivors in Coos.
      • Free condoms available at The SAFE Project – 100% confidential for adults and/or teens.
    • Carrie Prechtel (AllCare Health) – Unite Us (Connect Oregon) is a free referral service for partner agencies in their system. Anyone who goes to an agency in the system can be connected immediately to other agencies for services. Warm handoff instead of requiring the individual to follow up, tell their story multiple times, etc. Rolling out across the state, stay tuned for updates for Coos/Curry Counties.
    • Zachary Richard (new D7 SNAP Navigator, Zachary.A.Richard@dhsoha.state.or.us, https://www.oregonstep.info/, Gold Beach 541.247.7036; North Bend 541.808.6155) – job training program for anyone on SNAP. The email address for District 7 STEP program referrals is ODHS-SSP-D7.SNAPNavigators@dhsoha.state.or.us.
    • David Ross (Americorps VISTA with Waterfall Community Health Center, dross@wfall.org) – connecting with community partners to address social determinants of health.
    • Natasha Garrison (Workforce Specialist/Coos, South Coast Business) – training and employment services. Big push to partner with WorkSource to provide training unemployment insurance and training funding, people can receive unemployment insurance while going to school.
    • Shane Brown (South Coast ESD regional education network, shaneb@scesd.k12.or.us) – working to affirm racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity, creating safe spaces for all students. Reach out to see if Shane can help with funding relevant projects.
    • Starla Paris (D7 Program Analyst 1/Community Partnership Coordinator, ODHS)
      • American Rescue Act funding webinar May 14 @ 12pm – register here: https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/learn-how-to-secure-federal-funding-for-your-community-a-better-normal-with-ctipp-dave-ellis-dan-jurman
      • News Release 05.11.21 Federal approval in Oregon to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-2021 school year. Any questions or clarifications, please contact Tracey Anderson, ODHS – SSP Branch Manager at Tracey.ANDERSON@dhsoha.state.or.us or via phone at 541.808.6073.
      • Last week was Public Service Recognition Week across the nation to honor public employees and to educate the public about the many ways that the government makes life better for all Americans. Here in Oregon, Gov Brown selects five state employees who exemplify being a servant to Oregonians and this year, our very own Gloria Clark, the D7 Community Development Coordinator, was selected.
      • Cambria Turnbow has a new role of Branch Office Manager in the North Bend office.
    • Nadia Yakovich (ODHS Branch Office Manager/Gold Beach, Nadia.Yakovich@dhsoha.state.or.us) – rolling out the ONE system, providing SNAP, TANF, day care assistance. Significant DEI work in progress! Temporary HFS1 position available, contact Nadia for more information/referrals.
    • Becky Yaeger (211/OHA, becky.yaeger@dhsoha.state.or.us) can provide updates on COVID-19 vaccine clinic opportunities and ways of working through vaccine hesitancy within the community – email Becky for more info.
    • Georgia Nowlin: From a policy level, be sure to vote in the May 18th Special Elections. The League of Women Voters of Curry County have the candidate forums for races for Curry Health Network board, SOCC board and ESD board on https://lwvcurry.org/. [Coos County League of Women Voters debates are here: https://my.lwv.org/oregon/coos-county/candidate-debates-interviews]
    • Lualhati Anderson (Coos Health & Wellness, lualhati.anderson@chw.coos.or.us): The older adult BH initiative is hosting a QPR training on Friday, May 14th (flyer here). Several OABHI specialists have partnered up to put together an advance care planning series for consumers starting June 3rd (flyer here). I am hoping to roll out the vulnerable adult gatekeeper training (similar to the gatekeeper/APS training) sometime in June.
    • Rachel Montgomery (Community Strategies Coordinator with Humboldt Area Foundation/Wild Rivers Community Foundation, rachelm@hafoundation.org) – supporting food and housing, community outreach, connecting with similar agencies in Curry specific to the pandemic but also going forward. Also works with Equity Alliance on institutional level to look at internal policies, procedures to impact public health outcomes.
    • Teri Moore (WorkSource Coos) – almost 400 job listings available! Unemployment is starting to change regulations back to pre-pandemic unemployment regulations. Extension is tentatively scheduled to end in September. Laptops are available.
    • Clayton Willett (STEP at SWOCC): Free summer classes at SWOCC! In-person, online, hybrid courses available. To register for classes offered through the Coos Campus, call or email (541) 888-7352, firststop@socc.edu. To register for classes on the Curry Campus, call or email (541) 813-1667, curryfirststop@socc.edu. To talk with an advisor on the Coos Campus, (541) 888-7405. To talk with an advisor on the Curry Campus, (541) 813-1667.
    • Gordon Clay – May is Mental Health Awareness month. Curry Co Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council has a brochure at over 100  retail locations in Curry County (locations are listed here: http://zeroattempts.org/curry.html). It is also National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month – resources available at http://zeroattempts.org/teen-pregnancy.html.

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April 13, 2021 – VA Services and Wally’s House

  • Audio recording
  • Ariana Ryzebol (VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator, based in North Bend, serving the South Coast): Ariana.Ryzebol@va.gov / 541-756-8029
    • Presentation link, video link, VA App Store link
    • Suicide prevention is everyone’s business! There are so many amazing services available and so much need for these services! See slides for information about the Veterans Crisis Line, High Risk Flag Dashboard, Case Conference Consultations, REACH VET Program, Community Awareness and Partnerships, Signs Ask Validate Encourage & Expedite (SAVE) Training
    • Contact Ariana for a SAVE Training, she will also try to coordinate some general community trainings in the future
  • Will Wasson (Primary Care and Mental Health Integration Program Manager at the Roseburg VA Healthcare System, serving the south coast): william.wasson2@va.gov / 541-860-8466
    • Presentation link
    • Evidence-based model based on engaging mental health into patient setting will produce more impactful, higher quality treatments.
    • Focus is on coordinated care around symptomatic features for veterans. So critical and very needed in our region (20% of veterans who have died by suicide were seen by medical care within 24 hrs of their death).
    • Outcomes: safety, patient satisfaction.
    • Contact Will with questions, contact info above.
  • Jackie Antunes (Wally’s House, Curry County): jackie@wallyshouse.org
    • April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, symbolized by pinwheels up and down the coast.
    • Wally’s House works with community partners (federal/state/local law enforcement, DA office, ODHS Child Welfare, mental health referals, Curry Community Health, private mental health referalls, Coast Community Health, CASA, Oasis, Child Abuse Solutions, and more). Provides medical examinations, works with foster care program to coordinate care, supports coordinated efforts on investigations.
    • Child Abuse Screening Number to report child abuse in the State of Oregon: 855-503-7233
    • Wally’s House in Curry and Kids’ HOPE Center in Coos are amazing resources in our community – please contact them for more info!
  • Community updates:
    • Annabel Taylor (Recruit HIPPO): If anyone would like to submit a Senior Shoutout to go out virtually to our seniors to encourage them in their futures, please reach out to me at ataylor@scbec.org
    • Chelsea Corliss (SCBEC): Wanted to introduce Mellissah Hendrickson as the new interim Workforce Program Manager for SCBEC as I will be transitioning out. Thank you all for the wonderful work you are doing in our communities and please do not hesitate to reach out to Mellissah (mhendrickson@scbec.org 541-315-7210) for any workforce related assistance! Thank you.
    • Jen Shafer (United Way of SWO): Through 4/16, accepting nominations for local nonprofits to highlight in community celebrations! Organizations will be recognized starting at the end of April.
    • Lualhati Anderson (SC OABHI): FREE QPR training scheduled for May 7th and 14th. The flyer is here.
    • Amy Jester, she/her, WRCF/HAF: Amy Jester and Rachel Montgomery, Wild Rivers Community Foundation and Humboldt Area Foundation: amyj@hafoundation.org and rachelm@hafoundation.org
    • Paul Addis (Coos Bay Public Library): Wanted to plug the library’s new partnership with Kelli B from NBMC, Community Yoga: https://www.coosbaylibrary.org/community-yoga-6
    • Dawn Granger (South Coast Together): We have trainings open for ACES, email dawng@scesd.k12.or.us to sign up
    • JOBS JOBS JOBS:
      • Easter Seals, Andrew Pruski: See flyer here – I apologize that it says Lane County, but the contact and information is good for COOS County as well.
      • OED WorkSource, Teri Moore: Offering job seeking services and STEP Program
      • Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Dorothy Wait: Here is a link to the current Tolowa openings: https://www.tolowa-nsn.gov/employment/ Applicants can contact HR@tolowa.com for more information.
      • Bandon Dunes, Marie Simonds: Bandon Dunes has over 40 job openings
      • South Coast Hospice, Doreen Kelly: 10 Part time and full time positions at the South Coast Hospice Thrift Store. For job descriptions and application, please visit www.schospice.org.

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March 9, 2021 – CASA and South Coast Business

  • Audio recording
  • Greg Dalton (CASA of Coos and Curry): gdalton@orcca.us / 541-435-7103
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates – volunteers advocating for the best interest of children in foster care (visits, reporting to the court, being part of a care team)
    • Contact Greg to learn more about volunteering with CASA or donating to foster families in Coos/Curry
    • Coos Foster Resource Closet donations accepted: New items primarily (car seats must be new), ‘gently used’ clothing in good shape
    • Curry donations: contact Every Child Curry
    • Ask to join the Foster Coalition of Coos and Curry Facebook page
  • Mo Aakre (South Coast Business)
  • Community updates:
    • Virtual Volunteer Fair for Coos and Curry on Wednesday, March 31 (12-2pm): Contact Paul Addis (Coos Bay Public Library)
    • Ariana Ryzebol (Coastal Suicide Preventionist for North Bend VA): Trainings coming soon!
    • Mikah Levitt (KAIROS): Openings for peer support for Coos youth, skills training, wraparound care. Open access hours available, self-referrals OK. 541-267-3511
    • Stacey Reynolds (South Coast OR Connects): Hosts Coos community information, news, events, etc. Coos organizations and businesses should register in the directory. Raffle prize for new March entries!
    • Gordon Clay (Curry Co Suicide Prevention and Awareness Council): Recommend everyone who has Netflix, check out Will Smith’s six one-hour sessions on “AMEND: The history of the 14th Amendment” up to January 2021 and how it has been blocked and continues to be blocked from totally taking affect.
    • Connie Hunter (veteran services): Curry Co and Brookings passed proclamation to honor veterans and their families. Please refer veterans in need to those who work in veteran services. New VJO, Linda Shannon.
    • Carol Salter (Easter Seals): If you have need of an office volunteer, we have seniors looking for work experience (we pay them, you don’t).
    • Beth Barker-Hidalgo (Curry Homeless Coalition): Wednesday March 10, Chetco library free COVID testing, 11-3p. Register here.
    • Joe Kuehner (Bandon Inclusivity Group): Engaging Bandon area residents in creating an inclusive, just and fair community. Very active group! Check out their new website!
    • Laura Moore (ORCCA): Additional rental assistance available for residents at 80% AMI or less. 541-435-7080.
    • Teri Moore (WorkSource): Phase 2 FreeGeek laptop program. Recipients must be participating in SNAP program/receiving SNAP benefits. www.oregonstep.info
    • Brittney Forbes (Coos Drop): Student support group each Thursday @ 5pm, LGBT support group Weds, self care and empowerment meets every other Wednesday @ 5pm. Young parents group Tuesdays @ 5pm. Food boxes, hygiene kits, activity kits, art kits available. Open to youth 25 and under, Coos or Curry County.
    • Malissa Trojan (Coquille Valley Hospital): If you know of anyone looking for a hospital social worker position, we have one open. Job posting here.
    • Commissioner Court Boice (Curry County): Wrapped up movie filming for Planet 65 in Curry. Great feedback from the crew. Very exciting!

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February 9, 2021 – HIV Alliance

  • Audio recording
  • Dane Zahner (HIV Alliance): dzahner@allianceor.org
    • Services include HIV and HCV testing, syringe exchange services, and naloxone outreach and overdose prevention on the southern Oregon coast. Many clients were served during the pandemic.
    • Volunteer opportunities are available! Contact Dane to learn more.
    • See presentation for more information.
  • Community announcements:
    • From Don Ford: Harmony United Methodist Church will soon be partnering with HIV Alliance on services.
    • From Doreen Kelly: We have several job openings right now at South Coast Hospice and our Thrift Store.  Visit our website at www.schospice.org.
    • From  Pam Connelly: I help with a parent support group. PAL Parents of Addicted Loved Ones. Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (palgroup.org)
    • From  Mellissah Hendrickson: South Coast Business has employment and training service available. Even though WorkSource is closed the public we are providing services virtually. We have scholarships for truck driving, and an on the job training opportunity for a pressure washer in Coos. We are also hiring a Career Consultant in Curry. Positions are listed on our Facebook page. Job seekers can also reach out to me directly mhendrickson@scbec.org 541-315-7210
    • From Annabel Taylor: SCBEC working directly with Coos and Curry schools to work with youth 16-18 to place them into 1:1 opportunities with local businesses to teach work ethics, job responsibilities, etc.
    • From  Gordon Clay: Info to group If you are interested in knowing what issues Oregonians are texting to the Crisis Text Line 741741 about and their  co-occurring issues, see https://bit.ly/3on6MjG. It is a 25 month record to date. A LOT of additional information as to day of the week, hour of the day, etc. if presented. New monthly data is usually added on the 3rd of each following month.
    • From Jen Shafer: Every Child in Coos and Curry are offering tutoring programs for youth in foster care. For more information, contact Bonnie Ell for Curry (everychildcurry@gmail.com) and Grant Crim for Coos (everychildcoos@unitedwayswo.org).

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January 5, 2021 – 211info

  • Becky Yaeger (211info) – becky.yaeger@211info.org
    • https://www.211info.org/
    • https://www.211info.org/search-resources – Find available client resources in your area
    • http://www.navigateresources.net/info/Request.aspx – “For Providers” to list your organization
    • https://www.211info.org/reporting – All that great data Becky presented on demographics and inquiry types, by county
  • Community updates
    • From Pam Connelly (Coos County): I’m associated with PAL Parents of Addicted loved ones. palgroup.org. We meet twice a month at Kaffe 101. Details and contact info on the website (https://meetings.palgroup.org/meetings/5973). I’m also available to train and distribute Naloxone to individuals or groups.
    • From Gabi Colton (Coos County, Youth Era): Still trucking along with great virtual programs. Currently we have a student support group, LGBTQ+ empowerment group, Young Parents Group, Adulting group, and a Recovery group. We are also providing peer support on Twitch, Discord, Facebook, and Instagram. All services open to any youth under 25.  (https://www.youthera.org/coos-drop-team)
    • From Malissa Trojan (Coquille Valley Hospital): Senior Life Solutions has openings in their group/individual mental health support program in Coquille, anyone who is on Medicare qualifies, and is free for them. Senior Life Solutions – Coquille Valley Hospital (cvhospital.org)
    • From Teri Moore/Clayton Willet/Melissah Hendrickson (Worksource/SWOCC/SCBEC): SNAP Training and Employment Program (STEP) – Oregon Employment Department’s STEP program is designed to assist individuals receiving SNAP benefits to obtain skills, training, work experience, and employment to increase their ability to obtain living-wage employment. Career coaches can help develop a plan to reach training and employment goals.  They will also provide access to great employment opportunities that match an individual’s skills and interests.  https://www.oregonstep.info/
    • From Melissah Hendrickson (SCBEC): Assistance available for job searches, employment readiness, and other services. mhendrickson@scbec.org

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