Social Services For Youth & Children

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Project: Childhaven transportation program

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Seattle, WA

Childhaven is one of only two agencies in Washington State that provides scientifically-based therapy programs for very young abused and neglected children, providing the care and support they need to build skills for healthy lives.  This grant supports the purchase of a 15 passenger van properly equipped to carry 13 children and two teachers. The van removes an important barrier to access to service and also allows teachers to interact with families on a twice-daily basis.

Children's Center of Clackamas County

Project: The Children's Center Foundations of Hope Initiative

Year: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Oregon City, OR

The Children’s Center’s Foundations of Hope initiative answers a critical community need by expanding our clinical team, allowing us to provide up to 600 child abuse medical assessments and related services per year, as well as drug screenings to children exposed to illegal drugs in their homes.  This expansion effort enables us to provide workshops and education, resources and referrals for up to 30,000 community members each year.

Clackamas Service Center, Inc.

Project: Core Support - Food Distribution

Year: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Core support allows them to provide improved client services and referrals.  Funding allows replacement of depleted reserves of groceries and clothing, to provide more hot meals, and the ability to grow programs that serve the low-income community that has depended on them for over 40 years.

Community Connection of NE Oregon, Inc.

Project: Wallowa County Food Bank Program

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: LaGrande, OR

This grant made it possible for the two food banks in Wallowa County to have adequate food and supplies throughout the year, including off-season and off-holiday times, to assist an average of over 285 people per month.  In addition, they were able to purchase meat processing for donated beef, which greatly added to the amount of protein-rich food available, and they were able to pay more attention to providing healthy food choices.  In addition to much-needed food, the food bank program helps with necessary staples that food stamps does not pay for.  (Such as toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toiletries, etc.)

Community Development Corporation of Oregon

Project: Listening to our Neighbors' Needs in Workforce Development

Year: 2023 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Gresham, OR

Outcome of the Rockwood Speaks project: 1) needs assessment of what types of jobs our neighbors want to be trained for, 2) needs assessment of what barriers they face in gaining access to training, & 3) identification of local leaders to oversee training programs.

Community Transitional School

Project: General Operations 2016 - 2017

Year: 2016 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Furthers support of the mission to provide Pre-K – 8th grade students from homeless and transient families throughout the greater Portland metro area with a quality education that promotes their academic and personal growth.

Community Transitional School

Project: Educating Portland's Homeless Children

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Provides daily education services and two meals a day for 180-210 homeless children living in the Greater Portland Metro, every school day for the 2020-21 school year.

Community Transitional School

Project: General Operating Support for 2011-2012 school year

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Portland, OR

Community Transitional School  teaches Portland area children who are at risk for school failure due to their families’ unstable lives of poverty, transience and homelessness.  The school provides many of life’s basics: breakfast and lunch, clothes, school supplies and bus rides to and from school, no matter how often students move around the metro area.

The PreK-8th grade school’s goal is to provide a stable learning place for these children so they can begin to see that they have choices, and so they can begin to gather the skills they need to make them.  Almost all of the students come with large gaps in their education.  This general operations grant allowed the school to meet their budget and continue to serve an increased number of homeless children and youth.   The 2011-2012 school year saw a huge increase in the number of students served, as well as those on the waiting list, highlighting the need to expand.


5th and 6th graders wrote free-form poems titled “Wishes I Keep to Myself.” Here are excerpts from four of them:

Wish I was a normal girl
in this world
Someone who has
a dad, lives in a house
and has a friend.

Wish I didn’t have to worry
if me and
my family will find somewhere
to sleep tonight.

Wish to be appreciated for the way I am —
the guy who likes the
opposite of everyone else.

Wish mom had a job
to care for us,
and to have money to live
in this heavy town.


Community Transitional School

Project: General Operations 2018-2019

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Each school year, Community Transitional School (CTS) teaches 180-220 children, in Pre-K -8th grades, from throughout the Portland metro area whose access to an education is severely compromised due to the homelessness their families are experiencing.  CTS provides homeless students at high risk for school failure with the academic, social and behavioral skills they need to succeed in school.  In addition to improving their educational outcomes these same skills will improve their ability to successfully function in the world and build a more stable future.

Community Transitional School

Project: Playground for 3rd-5th graders experiencing homelessness and attending Community Transitional School

Year: 2023 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

Funding will help build a playground for our 3rd-5th grade students to help build core strength. Living in shelters, hotels, and cars, our students have little opportunity to exercise or play outside of school.

Community Works

Project: Youth & Family Services - Transitional Living Program

Year: 2019 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Medford, OR

Provides transitional housing up to 24 months coupled with supportive services, case management, life skills training and resources to anyone 16-26 years and their children, who are homeless or at serious risk of chronic homelessness.

Door to Grace

Project: General Operations - Staff Building

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $18,000 Location: Portland, OR

This grant was used  to hire 2 professional staff to begin to perform the operations required to carry out the organization’s mission, to open safe home(s) in order to shelter minor girls rescued from sex trafficking.  This is a young organization that is creating an uncharted program.  During the grant period, their vision underwent a metamorphosis, which allowed them to more clearly see what was realistic and appropriate in accomplishing their mission.  Plans were put in place to open a day center while they continued working towards their original mission.  Note: Closed in 2019.  See Safety First.

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.

Door to Grace

Project: General Operations

Year: 2016 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Portland, OR

Provides the ability to increase awareness of the problem of exploitation of children in Portland and increases the ability to serve more girls affected by commercial sexual exploitation.  Note: Closed in 2019.  See Safety First.

Door to Grace

Project: Mentoring

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Portland, OR

Impacts child sex trafficking through Door to Grace’s intensive mentoring program in the Portland Metro area to an annual two dozen teens and young women served.

Objective 1: Serve 24 mentees annually through the day home and community-based supports. Objective 2: Provide a mentor for each of the girls.  Objective 3: Offer Programming opportunities at the day home and in the community throughout the year.  Note: Closed 2019.  See Safety First.

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