Grace Wins Haven has some serious needs

Source: News Lincoln County

Grace Wins Haven
Helping the homeless get back into life!

Grace Wins Haven is having another volunteer training session, gearing up for winter, this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 pm. Also, the homeless facility is in need of sharing their supply list again. Here’s what they need:

Beverages: Milk, Juice, Cream, Sugar, Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate Packets
Breakfast Food: Frozen Breakfast Burritos, Waffles, Instant Oatmeal
Lunch Food: Burritos, Pot Pies, TV Dinners, Raviolis, Syrup, Pepper, Peanut Butter, Jelly
Paper/Plastic Products: Paper Plates and Cups, Paper Towels, Plastic Eating Utensils, Napkins, Toilet Paper, etc.

Drop off anything on the lists above – even cash donations if you can spare them.
Grace Wins Haven is located at 437 NE 1st Street, Newport.
Phone: 541-265-1974.

And Traci’s final request is for her sister to set up a Go Fund Me page for Traci, to help get her car fixed and other medical expenses covered. Her car is having more and more issues with every trip.

Thank you,
Traci Flowers

 

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Join Family Promise “Tsunami Run” to care for homeless families

Source: Join Family Promise “Tsunami Run” to care for homeless families – News Lincoln County

Family Promise of Lincoln County announces its first Tsunami Run to help fund their Homeless Program in Lincoln County.

The innovative fundraising workout will see teams of three people meet at one of four participating gyms in Lincoln City on March 22nd and take part in a 30 minute run/walk on a treadmill. Exceptions will be made for those with health issues who choose to participate on another machine such as a stationary bicycle. “This is an event for any level of athlete to join.” stated Sue Anderson, Family Promise Board President. “Just the fun of getting together with two other people to help these families through donations can be the goal. Get your friends together and sign up for a good time.”

The teams signs up at a favorite workout location and a set time slot at that gym. Two winning teams will be named including both the team with the most donations raised as well as a team with the most miles recorded in the 30 minute time slot. Two awesome gift packages will be given to the winning teams. All proceeds will support Family Promise in helping families experiencing homelessness get back on their feet and into their own homes again.

“We are so lucky this year to have a grant from the Collins Foundation to receive matching funds for any donation made by a person giving to Family Promise for the first time.” added Elizabeth Reyes, Executive Director of Family Promise. “Teams just need to let us know who the new donor is and they will get credit for twice the amount donated by that person.”

The gyms participating in the event are:
* Fitness 101 at 7755 Hwy 101 in the Salishan Marketplace, 541-996-6101
* The Lincoln City Community Center at 2150 NE Oar Place, 541-994-2131 (16 or older)
* Chinook Winds Fitness Center at 3245 NW 50th, 541-994-4474 (15 or older)
* Taft Athletic at 4744 Hwy 101, 541-614-1446 (18 or older)

Participating gyms have paperwork, sign-up sheets and time slots available. Call or stop in to register.

Family Promise of Lincoln County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance to homeless and low-income families with children in Lincoln County while they seek to achieve sustainable independent living. This is achieved through a collaborative community effort and based off a proven successful national model that partners with local congregations and social service agencies to provide practical and effective services. For more information, call Family Promise at 541-614-0964.

Homeless students on the rise

BY CALLEY HAIR   Of the News-Times

NEWPORT — One out of every eight students in Lincoln County aren’t certain where they’ll sleep tonight, up from one in nine students by the end of last year.

The number of homeless kids in the region continues to grow, according to a running tally kept by the Lincoln County School District’s Homeless Education and Literacy Project (HELP). And with more than two months left in the school year, that number will keep going up, said HELP Homeless Program Coordinator Katey Townsend.  

“I think definitely this year, it’s lack of affordable housing that has increased our numbers in Lincoln County. Because it’s a pretty drastic increase so far,” Townsend said.  

During the 2014-15 school year, 717 students were identified as homeless in the district, including 579 in the K-12 schools. The remaining 138 children included younger students, often siblings enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs.  

This year, that figure had already reached 707 students by the end of the first semester.  

“At the midyear point, we were at the same amount as the whole school year prior,” Townsend said. “When we pulled the numbers up at the end of the semester, we were feeling overwhelmed by the need in the community. The numbers just validated that.”  

They hit 817 students by an updated tally on April 11, 2016, with 654 homeless students enrolled in K-12 schools.  

“Still, we have an influx of referrals.”  

Last year, Lincoln County had already ranked highest in the state for homeless children, according to a 2015 study by Children First for Oregon. Ten percent of Lincoln County’s children were homeless, according to the report, compared with the statewide average of 3.3 percent.  

HELP uses the national criteria for identifying a homeless child. Included in that definition are children living in a shelter, a car, a campsite, a motel, or with a friend or family member.  

The majority of the reported homeless students are living with friends or family, a situation HELP refers to as “doubled up.” However, those situations often lead to more dire circumstances, Townsend said.  

“We see a lot of movement between the categories,” Townsend said. “We have to report on how they were first qualified — the first circumstance in which we met them in the school year.”  

This creates some misrepresentation in reporting. While 525 of the reported 817 students are categorized as “doubled up,” many of them have since moved into cars or shelters, Townsend said.  

Between this year and last year, HELP didn’t make any changes to its reporting practices, or in how it identifies homeless students. Townsend attributes the spike to a precarious local economy and tough housing market.  

“What I’m hearing across the county is that there’s just no place for families to live,” Townsend said. “As soon as a rental gets on the market, it gets snapped up usually the same day.”  

The issue is compounded by the region’s seasonal industries, including tourism and fishing, said Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall.  

“The nature of our economy is a big driver of it. Tourism has so many part-time and low-wage jobs,” Hall said, adding that the average age of a minimum wage employee in the county is 31 years old.  

Even for families who could afford to pay the rent on a reasonably priced home, often times that place just doesn’t exist.  

“(We’ve) always had a low rental vacancy rate,” Hall said. “For a long time in Lincoln County, it’s been 2 percent. It’s now less than 1 percent.”  

He partially credits the recent drop to a rise in technology. The ease of websites like Craigslist and Airbnb made it more convenient — and often more lucrative — for landlords to rent property on a nightly basis.  

“What I hear again and again (from) a lot of people who own rentals is that they were renting on a month-to month basis, and they have converted them from monthly rentals to nightly rentals,” Hall said.  

The staff at HELP is well acquainted with the region’s rental issues. Homelessness has always pervaded Lincoln County, Townsend said.  

However, she said they weren’t entirely prepared for how quickly their enrollment would spike in just a year.  

“We couldn’t do this work without community donations, both with people who drop off jackets and shoes and school supplies, or they drop off checks,” Townsend said.  

Contact reporter Calley Hair at 541-265-857 1, ext. 211 or chair@newportnewstimes.com

The News Times, April 13, 2016 Number 30, Page 1  www.newportnewstimes.com

 

A day to make someone’s life better

EDITORIAL  Newport News Times  January 22, 2016

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”   — John Holmes, U.S. Army veteran  

The ninth annual Project Homeless Connect will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Newport Church of the Nazarene, located at 227 NW 12th St.   The event provides a variety of services for those who are in need, everything from health care to haircuts, from obtaining a legal ID to care for their canine companions. And there has been such a demand for the dental care provided at previous events that dental services will be expanded to include the following day, Jan. 29.  

Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall also serves as president of the board for Samaritan House, which operates a shelter for homeless families with children. He said Project Homeless Connect “is a really important event, not only getting services to people on the day of the event, but I think it has important spillover eects throughout the year.” Some homeless people have said knowing resources are there and that caring people are there makes a huge difference for them, said Hall, and he added it’s a great event for helping raise awareness of the homeless situation in Lincoln County.  

Organizers are still looking for volunteers to help with the event on Jan. 28. Lola Jones, executive director of Samaritan House, said the only requirement is “a willingness to make a human connection.”   People who volunteer do so for many reasons. One person involved with a previous Project Homeless Connect asked this question: “If you could make someone’s life better in just one day, would you?”   Those who reach out to help others through an event like this will often find that they receive as much of a blessing as those they are there to serve. A volunteer at a past event said, “This was definitely a very humbling experience for me. The clients that I helped throughout the day were so kind and caring.”  

There are a lot of things in this world that we have no control over, but reaching out and helping others is not one of them. It’s a choice we can make. We have the opportunity to make someone’s life better in many ways, and Project Homeless Connect is one of them.   Those who want to get involved with this year’s event can find a volunteer application form online at http://tinyurl.com/PHCvolunteer or they can call 541-574-2684.   — STEVE CARD