2013 Grants

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Deschutes River Conservancy

Project: Deschutes Water Planning Initiative

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Bend, OR

The Deschutes Water Planning Initiative is a collaborative process to restore streamflows in the Upper Deschutes River by creating a long-term management plan that reallocates water to the river while meeting agricultural and municipal needs.   The DRC’s goal is to restore 300 cubic feet per second to the reach, meeting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s instream water right and flow target.  Through the collaborative development of water supply options and water management scenarios, the DRC and its partners will negotiate a water management agreement to restore the Upper Deschutes River while meeting needs of existing water users.

Door to Grace

Project: Support for a host home

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,425 Location: Portland, OR

Door to Grace mission: Provide restorative care services and safe shelter for children who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.  This grant will support one girl who is a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation in one Host Home for one year.  This includes providing both the girl and the host family individualized support services through the Door to Grace REACH Daytime program.  Door to Grace’s vision is that by matching girls with families and fostering the attachment through the daytime program, CSEC girls will develop lifelong relationship with their Host family and the family’s church community.  Note: Closed in 2019.  See Safety First.

Family Nurturing Center

Project: Parent/Baby Support Group

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Medford, OR

Family Nurturing Center is Jackson County’s Children’s Relief Nursery, a community-based non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention program.  The overall goal of Parent/Baby Group is to promote secure parent-child attachment and help parents understand child development and the needs of infants.  General family support and stabilization is also a focus.  Specific objectives include improving parent-child relationships, increasing the use of healthy parenting strategies, and decreasing the prevalence of child maltreatment.  Parents and their babies attend a once weekly session facilitated by one of the Family Nurturing Center’s therapists, and receive two home visits per month by the same therapist.

Girls Incorporated of Northwest Oregon

Project: Afterschool Girl Empowerment programs for Portland-area girls

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Girls, Inc. of NW Oregon will bring Girls Group programming to girls in Multnomah and Washington Counties.  Participating girls are between the ages of 6 and 18 and represent the following racial/ethnic groups: Latina 30%, Black/African American 17%, White 24%, Native American 7%, Mixed Race 11%, Other/Unknown 7%.  Girls Groups cover three of the Girls Inc. curricula in three eight-week terms, meeting for 90 minutes weekly over a given school year.  Each curriculum is broken out into age-appropriate modules.  Girls Inc. anticipates the following outcomes: 65% of participants increase or maintain high levels of self-confidence, knowledge of subject matter and pro-social behaviors.  Girls Inc. Girls Group provides a one-of-a-kind, researched, gender-specific experiential educational opportunity for Portland area girls.

Good News Community Health Center, Inc.

Project: General Operations

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $7,000 Location: Portland, OR

Good News Community Health Center (GNCHC) is a non-profit, faith and community-based medical center serving our poor and uninsured neighbors in the Rockwood community of East Multnomah County.  This grant helped to launch two new programs: A dental tech lab that gives patients an affordable option for dental restorations and a new program to assist patients with diabetic supplies.  The Rockwood community has some of the highest rates of Type II diabetes in the state.

Impact Northwest

Project: Communities for Safe Kids Program

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Impact NW’s Communities for Safe Kids program (C4SK) will empower our community to create an environment where children can grow up healthy and safe from violence, abuse and neglect.  Drawing upon cutting-edge research in violence prevention, this initiative pairs two existing Impact NW programs – Listen to Kids and the Kids on the Block Awareness Program – to provide engaging, informative workshops and curriculum to elementary school children in the Portland Metropolitan region. C4SK’s mission is to leverage the power of individuals, families and communities to advance the well-being and safety of children.  Research demonstrates repeatedly that effective violence prevention involves a child’s entire community, including teachers, school administrators, peers and families.  The program offers 4-6 one hour workshops,  incorporating educational puppetry, role play, and in-depth discussions, and includes prior training for teachers and parents.

Janus Youth Programs, Inc.

Project: Furniture upgrade for Harry's Mother Crisis Triage Center

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

As a one-stop youth crisis triage center, Harry’s Mother has created a 24-hour coordinated system of care for youth in crisis under the age of 18 that includes 3 integrated service arms: Counseling and Crisis Intervention Center, Juvenile Reception Center and CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Short/Long Term Shelter.  With limited moments when the co-located Counseling/Crisis Intervention and Juvenile Reception Centers are not teeming with youth/families, public/private partners attending meetings, or youth sleeping on a couch or curled up in a chair as staff and/or authorities attempt to connect with family members, wear and tear on each Center’s furniture is significant.   This grant replaces furniture that was broken and worn from years of use in the crisis center.  New furniture helps youth and their families to feel more valued and comfortable, and to be more receptive to the help they need during this crisis period.

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LifeWorks Northwest

Project: Children's Relief Nursery, St. Johns

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $12,000 Location: Portland, OR

LifeWorks NW’s Children’s Relief Nursery program aims to keep children safe and families strong, working to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.  Our innovative mix of programs includes therapeutic classrooms, helping infants & toddlers reach developmental milestones; one on one home visits, where our skilled staff help parents practice skills like safe discipline and stress management; child-parent psychotherapy, to rebuild the bonds broken by trauma; and other services which help stabilize families and ease extreme stress that puts them at risk for child abuse – such as assistance finding housing, food and employment.  All of the families we serve are low-income.  Services are provided in English and Spanish, at no cost to our families.  Lamb Foundation funds support services in the St. Johns office. see http://www.lifeworksnw.org/who-we-serve/children-teens-families/childrens-relief-nursery/ for more information


Lift Urban Portland

Project: Urban Garden Feeds Body and Soul

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Portland, OR

Urban Garden Feeds Body and Soul is an integral part of Lift Urban Portland’s mission to serve our neighbors in need. Two years ago we embarked on our journey to increase healthy fresh food choices to our food programs for low income people. Our first year incorporating fresh vegetables from our organic garden was a huge success.  Recipients helped out tending the garden, then enjoyed the benefits of the fresh harvest.  Last year we partnered with White Shield Home, a residential program for teenage moms (moms to be) and installed 9 new raised gardens.  This successful effort is continuing this year with a broader scope of having the young women participate in the gardening, as well as having a pee wee garden for their toddlers.  The next two years, we want to create raised garden beds at each of the low income high rise apartment buildings we work with, and work with the residents to grow their own produce as well.

Northwest Housing Alternatives

Project: Annie Ross House

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

The Annie Ross Shelter is the only shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County.  Through five units of emergency shelter, five units of transitional housing, and supportive case management delivered by Family Support Specialists, the Annie Ross House will help approximately 50 families transition from homelessness in 2013.  More than just a place to sleep, the Annie Ross House connects families to social services to help them gain long-term housing stability. Family Support Specialists guide parents through the tough times, and help them break the cycle of poverty to give their children the best opportunity to succeed in school and throughout their lives.  Family Support Specialists provide the knowledge necessary for families to become and remain independent.

Oregon Food Bank

Project: Unrestricted

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Oregon Statewide

Mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes – because no one should be hungry.  Oregon Food Bank provides emergency food to people who are hungry through a cooperative statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger by advocating for fair public policies, strengthening community food systems and providing nutrition and garden education to help people become more self-sufficient and resourceful.

Oregon Symphony

Project: Music Education & Community Engagement

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Supports the Oregon Symphony’s Music Education and Community Engagement programs for under-served children in Portland metro-area public schools in the 2013-2014 school and program year.  Programs include: early learning events for preschool-Kindergarten aged children in public libraries; interactive classroom ensemble performances for K-2 students in Title I elementary schools; interactive concert hall concerts for grades 3-8; Sunday matinee family concerts for K-5; performance opportunities for student and community ensembles of all ages; and teaching resources for inter-disciplinary learning.

Portland Baroque Orchestra

Project: Richard Eggar Residency and young people's concert

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Renowned conductor and early music specialist Richard Egarr from England (called the Leonard Bernstein of early music) will spend a week in February 2014 with Portland Baroque Orchestra educating youth through a dedicated Young People’s Concert and serving a broad audience with three subscription performances.  Performing on instruments of the period (ca. 1760), specialists from across North America and the UK will be brought to Portland to collaborate with PBO’s local musicians, providing cultural experiences for young people and adults found in only a few regions. The Saturday performance includes  instrument demonstrations and explanations from Maestro Egarr.  Note: Unfortunately Maestro Egarr was unable to participate due to a family emergency, but Monica Huggett  flew back from the UK to conduct the program as planned.  In addition, two of four concerts had to be cancelled due to snow and ice, so two substitute education/outreach projects were offered in May.

Portland Fruit Tree Project

Project: Continuation and expansion of outreach, harvest and fruit distribution services to low-income families with children

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $9,700 Location: Portland, OR

This grant continues the successful work started in 2012 to increase harvesting events that involve children, and distribute more fresh fruit to children.

Sexual Assault Resource Center

Project: Continuing Support for CSEC Intervention & Support Program

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC),a strongly volunteer-based organization, has provided crisis intervention and social support for survivors of sexual assault for the past 36 years.  Services include a 24-hour support line and in-person response team, case management, individual and group mental health treatment, culturally specific services for Latinas, and school-based primary prevention education.  Additionally, SARC offers comprehensive services to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children in order to decrease barriers to support services and increase participation in their own recovery process, which in turn helps the youth move from victim to survivor to leader.  The continued goals of the CSEC Intervention & Support Program include 1) training first responders about CSEC identification, 2) providing 24-hour crisis intervention, and 3) long-term case management and service coordination for the youth.

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