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Annie Ross House (NW Housing Alternatives, Inc.)

Mission: “Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) creates opportunity through housing. NHA builds and preserves affordable housing for people earning low-incomes including families, seniors and people with special needs. Homeless Intervention Services are provided to families, couples, singles and seniors in Clackamas County through the Annie Ross House and its sister program, HomeBase. Northwest Housing Alternatives’ properties in the Portland Metro area are enriched with Resident Services to provide our residents with opportunities to live healthy and fulfilling lives.”

Resources Provided:
Provides emergency shelter for homeless families in Clackamas County. Also offers food boxes, job search and success skills, parenting skills and support, medical care access, and permanent housing assistance.

Contact:
2316 SE Willard St. Milwaukie, OR 97222
T: (503) 654-1007
Email: info@nwhousing.org
http://www.nwhousing.org/homeless-services/annie_ross_house.shtml

Year Established: 1989

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Catholic Charities

Mission: Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon, partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.”

Resources Provided:
Offers information and referral services, short-term intervention, housing assistance, employment information, parent classes, youth groups, and mental health counseling; also provides immigration and legal services.

Contact:
231 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
T: (503)231-4866
Email: info@catholiccharitiesoregon.org
http://www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org

Year Established: 1917

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Candlelighters

Mission: “Candlelighters provides frontline assistance to families of cancer patients, ages 0-21, as they battle the emotional stresses of their experiences. The connections made with other members who have been through it all and know how to help is tremendously supportive. Meetings, personal assistance and activities for families provide the outlets needed to share the fear and frustrations caused by childhood cancer.”

Resources Provided:

  • Bi-Monthly newsletter and access to our website
  • College scholarships to cancer survivors
  • Emergency financial support
  • Food pantry and Snack Cart at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
  • Monthly activities for the whole family
  • Quarterly support group meetings for families and children facilitated by trained professionals
  • Outreach to newly diagnosed families
  • Pediatric Cancer Resources
  • Summer family camp
  • Tickets to area sporting/entertainment events
  • Toys for children at Randall and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals
  • Bereavement support services
  • Monthly catered meals for in-patients and their families at Emanuel and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals

Contact:
T: 503-235-5722
http://www.4kidswithcancer.org/

Year Established: 1977

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American Cancer Society

Mission: “The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.”

Resources Provided: Various programming for children with a cancer diagoses and supportive programming for families as well.

Contact:
http://www.cancer.org/index

Year Established: 1913

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Madonna’s Center

Mission: In our mission statement, the term “with child” includes an unborn child, a newborn babe in arms, a toddler in tow, and could possibly be a preschooler or in kindergarten.

Resources Provided:
-Housing for teen mothers or expecting mothers.
-On-call help for teen parents
-Childcare
-Clothing
-Food
-Programming for teen dads

Contact:
http://www.madonnascenter.org/beta/

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Native American Youth and Family Center

Mission: “to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.”

Resources Provided:
-College and Career Services especially for youth
-Early College Academy
-Foster Care Support
-Parent Involvement
-Youth and Education
-Middle school advocacy services.
-High school advocacy services.
-Tutoring and after-school programs.
-Middle school, grade 8/9 transition, high school math, and science summer programs.
-Healing circle domestic violence prevention program.
-Recreation program.
-Cultural arts program.

Contact:
5135 NE COLUMBIA BLVD. PORTLAND, OR 97218 | 503.288.8177 | INFO@NAYAPDX.ORG
http://nayapdx.org/services/

Year Established: 1974

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Portland Rescue Mission-Shepherd’s Door

Mission:The essential emergency services we offer, like food and shelter, open the door to deeper relationships with our homeless guests. From there, we’re able to offer a powerful solution to the root causes of homelessness: our New Life Ministry.

Resources Provided:
Women and children are invited to stay at the Residential addiction recovery program for women.
A 12-month residential program consisting of addiction recovery, life skills training, and spiritual renewal. Hot, delicious meals three times a day. Access to a workout facility, garden, lounge room, computer lab, clothes boutique, and more. Job and independent living training. The option to stay for another year, work for the Mission, and gain valuable experience.

Contact:
http://www.portlandrescuemission.org/what-we-do/new-life-ministry/

Year Established: 1949

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Volunteers of America

Mission:
To change lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities and standing for social justice.

From at-risk youth to victims of domestic violence, recovering addicts and the frail elderly, Volunteers of America Oregon provides a range of supportive and empowering services to our area’s most vulnerable populations – and works with them to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

Today, through the dedication of 300 staff members and more than 900 volunteers, we help thousands of families in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. We serve men, women, and children with a continuum of services, touching individuals from all walks of life, from the youngest to the oldest.

We are passionate about finding innovative solutions to our community’s most intractable social problems. Our comprehensive programs focus on three main areas: children and family, public safety/substance abuse treatment, and senior services.

Services Provided:
Therapeutic Nursery: We provide children with a high-quality therapeutic infant, toddler, or preschool classroom experience that helps them reach vital developmental and educational benchmarks. A high staff-to-child ratio ensures personal attention and builds self-esteem. We provide developmental assessments for all children, and referrals to additional resources are made as needed.

Respite Care: Our therapeutic classrooms give parents respite time to maintain employment, complete schooling, and resolve critical issues related to medical care, substance abuse treatment, and child welfare involvement. We also provide respite care one day each week for families enrolled in services on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parenting Education: We work with parents to cultivate parenting skills and build a strong family unit. As of July 1, 2009, we implemented Making Parenting a Pleasure, an interactive community- and strength-based program for our parent education already in use by other relief nurseries around the state.

Home-Based Services: Through regular home visits to families, we provide advocacy services and support. Upon entry in the program, we assess families’ risk factors and support systems, and in monthly home visits, we develop individualized plans that help parents to set and achieve goals. We provide access to resources that empower parents to remove the barriers inhibiting the development of better parenting skills and refer them to community resources. Furthermore, home safety assessments are conducted at six-month intervals to ensure families maintain safe environments for their children.

Transportation Services: We provide free transportation services to families living west of East 82nd Avenue, prioritizing families with the greatest need.

Contact:
503-236-8492
http://www.voaor.org/Learn-About-our-Services/Children-and-Family-Services/Family-Relief-Nursery/Family-Relief-Nursery-Services.aspx

Year Established: 1896