Apr 222013
 
Project Home Connect Planning Meeting April 26, 12 Noon Co. Commissioner's Conference Room

Project Home Connect
Planning Meeting
April 26, 12 Noon
Co. Commissioner’s Conference Room

NEXT PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT PLANNING MEETING SET

The next planning meeting for the 2013 Project Homeless Connect event in Newport is scheduled for Friday, April 26 at noon. The meeting will take place in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at the Courthouse in Newport.

“This will be the seventh Project Homeless Connect event in Newport and the ninth in Lincoln County overall,” said County Commissioner Chair Bill Hall. “But this is an event that’s in need of constant renewal in order to stay viable. We need new volunteers and new resources, both cash and tangible goods.” The first Homeless Connect event was held in 2007 to coincide with the launch of At Home in Lincoln County, the ten-year housing and homelessness plan. Based on a successful model used in hundreds of other communities, Project Homeless Connect brings together on a single day in a single location a variety of resources for individuals in crisis.

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“The first Homeless Connect served 125 customers, and last year we set an all-time record with 223 people attending, so the need is clearly still there,” Hall said. One of the many troubling trends in recent years has been the growing number of homeless families rather than just single adults, he said.

Several dozen state, county, nonprofit and faith based organizations come together at Homeless Connect to provide information about their programs, as well as direct services like a hot meal, urgent dental care, health screenings, immunizations, haircuts and personal hygiene items.
The date of this year’s event has not been set, but it’s traditionally been held in early October.

For more information, contact Hall at 541-265-4100 or bhall@co.lincoln.or.us

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 Posted by at 10:58 AM
Feb 072013
 

Janette McBride
Homeless, trying to break into house on SW 2nd
Thought it was vacant

Story from Newport Police

Newport Police Officers were dispatched this week to a disturbance at 520 SW 2nd Street in Newport. It was reported by resident Jan Johnson, age 72 of Newport, that a subject outside the residence was banging on the windows and doors in an attempt to enter the home. She told Dispatch that her husband, Keith Johnson, age 68 of Newport, had gone outside to confront the subject. As officers arrived on scene they encountered Janette McBride, age 38 of Newport, walking away from the residence. McBride was detained. During their investigation Officers were told by McBride that she had attempted to enter the residence by breaking the front window with a metal garden hose nozzle, and by kicking out the window. McBride told officers she needed a place to stay and thought the residence was vacant. She was arrested and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. Her bail was set at $122,500.00. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were not harmed in this incident.

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Oct 302012
 

Representatives from Samaritan House Family Shelter recently presented a “Because We Care” certificate of appreciation to the women of First Presbyterian Church in Newport for their most recent contribution. They, along with founding members from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, have provided support for 25 years. Samaritan House is the only shelter for homeless families on the central Oregon Coast. (From left to right: Patty Olmsted, Jane Haskell, Michelle Cottrell, Martha Sneller, Clair Finnigan, Edith Branchfield, and Maxine Demory, Samaritan House board member).

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 Posted by at 3:33 PM
Oct 212012
 

A new Lincoln County non-profit group, dedicated to helping homeless families get back on their feet, has announced a new plan to enlist the help of churches, county-wide, to put one family up for a certain number of days a month. Non-profit Family Promise says they’ve signed up one church, Faith Baptist, as their first partner in the program.

Family Promise says a homeless family is brought in and offered a kitchen, showers, laundry services, computers with internet access, a nursery and case management to connect families with offices and agencies to help them get their lives back on track.

Family Promise Project Manager Hanna Connett says each church that signs up will take in an eligible family for one week, four to five times a year. Connett says the program will prove to be very effective at a cost that is 1/3 the amount required to run a full time homeless shelter. “I believe the Family Promise model is a unique and effective solution for families with no where to go. When the community, its churches and social agencies unite to create a strong response to this critical need, we can truly provide hope and safety to families, especially the children.”

Connett says they would like all churches in Lincoln County to examine the web page of Family Promise at www.FamilyPromiseOfLincolnCounty.org They’re also seeking financial donations from Lincoln County citizens who want to help better care for the area’s homeless families and their children. It’s estimated that there are nearly 500 Lincoln County children who living in homeless families. Family Promise is also calling out to the community for volunteers. Call them at 541-996-4878.

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 Posted by at 1:38 AM
Sep 262012
 

Deadline for goods at the drop off locations is October 4th.
Anyone who needs their donation picked up can call Brad Taylor: 541-264-6153.

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 Posted by at 3:00 PM
Aug 172012
 

Video by Elise Jordan and Brad Taylor

Project Homeless Connect Newport is gearing up to put on another event in Newport this October. They need volunteers to help make it an effective outreach effort so that homeless men, women and children connect with services from acquiring food, health care, medicines, clothing, temporary or permanent shelter, mental health counseling and registering for assistance that they may be qualified to receive.

The above video briefly outlines what volunteers do during this very important effort by the community to relieve the pain and suffering too many of our fellow residents are enduring due to the rapid onset of homelessness in a recession that may be over for some Americans, but not for millions of others.

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 Posted by at 6:27 PM
Jun 202012
 


Courtesy photo
Story provided by Elise Jordan, Americorps-VISTA Homeless Coordinator

PhotoVoice 2012 Opening Exhibit this Saturday at Newport Farmers Market!

PhotoVoice is a creative project that shares the photos, stories and voices of youth experiencing homelessness in Lincoln County. Last Spring, four youth were given cameras to document their experiences and participate in 3 mentor-based workshops. The mentor- workshops were facilitated by local artist Casey McEneny and local photographer Bob Gibson. With contributing support from the Lincoln Commission on Children and Families.

The four Youth (2 girls and 2 boys) spent time in April and May recording their experiences through the lens of a camera for this unique and creative photo exhibit. Mutual goals of the PhotoVoice project is empowerment and advocacy. The exhibit intends to help raise public awareness about the need for community support for our youth and families who are experiencing homelessness. We also hope PhotoVoice will help inspire collective action for change and involvement throughout Lincoln County.

The Photo Exhibit will be open to the public this Saturday June 23rd at the Newport Farmers Market from 9am-1pm.

The PhotoVoice exhibit’s premiere display will take place on Friday, June 22nd during the Samaritan House Garden Gala Fundraiser at the Shilo Inn from 6-8pm. Samaritan House is currently the only shelter for homeless families on the Central Oregon Coast. The shelter provides emergency and transitional shelter while empowering families with the skills and supports to achieve independent living. For more information about the Garden Gala call 541-574-8898

For more information about PhotoVoice please contact Elise Jordan 541-265-9883

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 Posted by at 3:31 PM
May 242012
 


Brad Taylor photo

On May 17th, an army of volunteers, donors and service providers delivered vital assistance to nearly 100 homeless and disadvantaged Lincoln City area people at Project Homeless Connect’s second annual event at St. Peter The Fisherman Lutheran Church.

Individuals and families found a wide spectrum of helping hands in one convenient location demonstrating that people of all walks and stations in life care deeply about our fellow human beings.

Thanks to the following entities who generously reached out:

ANIMAL MEDICAL CARE, BEACH CUTS, BIMART, BOSS RADIO, CALDWELL’S UPHOLSTERY,CASH & CARRY,CHAPEL BY THE SEA PRESBYTERIAN, CHINOOK WINDS CASINO RESORT, CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE, CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH,DEPOE BAY THRIFTWAY, DR. ATHENA BETTGER, DR. JAY FINEMAN,DR. JEN MALTER, DR. JIM RANSOM, DR. KENDALL HORN, DR. KRISS HOFFMAN, DR. SANDRA MEMENIS, ELEMENTS SALON, FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH, FEED CORRAL, GROVE VETERINARY CLINIC, H.E.L.P. PROGRAM, LCSD, HISTORIC ANCHOR INN, JALEA’S SALON AND SPA, JILLIAN’S HAIR SALON, KBCH RADIO, KENNY’S IGA, LAKEVIEW SENIOR LIVING, LINCOLN CITY ANIMAL CLINIC, LINCOLN CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,LINCOLN CITY COMMUNITY CENTER, LINCOLN CITY CULTURAL CENTER, LINCOLN CITY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, LINCOLN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, LINCOLN COMMISSION ON CHILDREN & FAMILIES, LINCOLN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSONERS, LINCOLN COUNTY TRANSIT, MAYOR DICK ANDERSON, MEDICAL TEAMS INTERNATIONAL, MIST @ SURFTIDES, MO’S RESTAURANT, MURRAY’S GROOMING, NEWPORT NEWS-TIMES, NEWS LINCOLN COUNTY.COM, NEWS GUARD – LINCOLN CITY, OCEANLAKE, VETERINARY CLINIC, TANGER OUTLET MALL, THE BEACH DOG, WILDFLOWER GRILL, WILLAMETTE DENTAL, OLD NAVY, PEPSI COLA BOTTLING COMPANY, PRICE AND PRIDE LINCOLN CITY, ROADHOUSE 101, R.S.V.P. OF LINCOLN COUNTY, SAFEWAY LINCOLN CITY, SALISHAN SPA & GOLF RESORT, SAMARITIAN HEALTH SERVICES, SILETZ CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION FUND, SNUG HARBOR, STATION 3 EMBRODERY, ST. PETER THE FISHERMAN LUTHERAN CHURCH.

Everett Cutter, Publicity, for the Project Homeless Connect Committee.

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 Posted by at 11:27 AM
May 232012
 


Homeless children
The Oregonian photo

Everyone who cares about homeless kids and wants to do something to help them do well in school, despite their very difficult circumstances, is invited to a Spaghetti Fundraiser and Cookie Bake Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1226 S.W. 13th St. in Lincoln City.

All funds raised go directly to students through Lincoln County School District’s Homeless Education & Literacy (H.E.L.P.) Program, which supports homeless students in our schools. This year in Lincoln City, 109 students in kindergarten through 12th grade have been identified as being homelessness.

Lincoln County Schools are trying to keep kids in school and to keep their lives on track. H.E.L.P. offers school supplies, hygiene supplies, clothing, meals, transportation, computer access, early childhood assistance, tutoring and homework help, afterschool enrichment, and offers goals to help move homeless families forward.

So please come out, bring your family and friends to enjoy this delicious dinner and make a difference for homeless youth in our community. Dinner is $6 for adults, $3 for kids. Cookies are $1 for half a dozen. The fund-raiser is sponsored by Thrivent, which will provide matching funds.

For information, contact Hanna Connett at 541-996-4878 or hanna.connett@lincoln.k12.or.us.

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 Posted by at 2:43 PM
May 202012
 

Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall and Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families Director Barbara Dougherty want to thank all the volunteers who helped to make last week’s Project Homeless Connect in Lincoln City such a success. Nearly one hundred homeless people were given ways to freshen up, enjoy a hot meal, get clothing, personal hygiene items, minor dental care, pet care and many more services which included employment and social security assistance, help in getting their birth certificates, officially recognized identification among other things.

The next Project Homeless Connect in Lincoln County is set for October in Newport.

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