Social Services For Youth & Children

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New Avenues for Youth

Project: New Meadows life-skills programming and case management

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $18,000 Location: Portland, OR

New Meadows will provide approximately 15 youth transitioning from foster care with support and a safe place to live as they pursue education, career, and life goals during the proposed one-year project period.

New Meadows, a joint partnership of Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth and a key initiative of New Avenues for Youth’s youth-homelessness prevention efforts, offers stable transitional housing, trauma-informed services, and a network of families and elders who nurture young people as they prepare to enter adulthood.

New Avenues for Youth

Project: SMYRC Center

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

With an increasing focus on reaching youth earlier to prevent those at risk of homelessness from ever experiencing it, this grant helps bring to scale New Avenues’ newest program, the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), which serves the social, safety, and resource needs of LGBTQ youth.  The strategic union between New Avenues and SMYRC leverages the reputations, capacities, and competencies of both organizations, broadens service offerings, and creates a safety net for LGBTQ youth – who are at risk and experience high rates of homelessness in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Funding will support outreach to service providers to connect LGBTQ youth to culturally responsive supports; cultural sensitivity training to schools; and social support groups/events at New Avenues and in the tri-counties.

2014 New Avenues Annual Report


New Avenues for Youth

Project: Wilderness & Experiential Therapy Program Development

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

New Avenues for youth is working with Catalyst Wilderness Therapy Program to explore opportunities for developing wilderness and experiential therapy programming that can be integrated into and supplement PDX-Connect, a comprehensive suite of prevention programs for youth in foster care, who are at high risk of homelessness.  The combination of a backcountry setting, small group size, and intensive support from expert guides and therapists makes wilderness therapy a powerful option for those struggling with the long-term effects of abuse to release the negative patterns of their daily lives.  It also addresses pre-existing traumatic experiences and offers opportunities for youth to gain confidence and develop skills that contribute to successful transitions into adulthood.

Newport Food Pantry

Project: Newport Food Pantry Prepared Food Program

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Newport, OR

Our objective is to provide people who live in poverty nutritious food so that they are able to maintain health and focus on developing changes that will enable success

Nixyaawii Community School

Project: National Honor Society and Greenhouse Project

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $11,470 Location: Pendleton, OR

Three projects to stress the importance of lifelong learning, building connections, and caring for ourselves and our environment for Native American youth on the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation:

  1.  Greenhouse project to understand the significance of horticulture and contribute positively to the environment through the production of organic vegetables, herb and flowers for community and school use.
  2.  Foster lifelong learning via a cultural field trip to Portland, OR, where students will attend a writing workshop at Lewis & Clark College, a TEDx PDX (TED=Technology, Education and Design) event, tour Portland State University, and visit cultural attractions in Portland, such as Oregon Museum  of Science and Industry, the Portland Art Museum, The Oregon Zoo and other Washington Park attractions.
  3. Encourage community and school interaction and engage students in planning, fundraising, and designing through the National Honor Society community project.  This is an event envisioned by student members of the local National Honor Society chapter, which is in its first year at our school, and gives youth, adults, and elders a healthy, positive experience to help frame choices for healthy social activities in the community.  This project includes clothing and food donations.

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.

Oasis Advocacy & Shelter, Inc.

Project: Rental Assistance/Homelessness Prevention  

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Gold Beach, OR

In Curry County, Oregon, we plan to prevent homelessness for 15 families over the course of approximately 1 year. “Families” who have experienced a form of interpersonal violence/abuse will be given priority.

Oasis Advocacy and Shelter, Inc.

Project: General Operations

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Gold Beach, OR

Oasis Advocacy and Shelter has a 30+ year record of direct services for domestic violence/sexual assault survivors in Oregon. Offers: emergency shelter, court support, and advocacy services for survivors and their children.  General Operations support allows freedom to attend to the most appropriate needs of survivors.

Lincoln County Child and Family Day Treatment dba Olalla Center

Project: Olalla Center Relief Nursery Start-up

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

Start-up funds will help to prepare the first therapeutic classroom in the new Olalla Center Relief Nursery, estimated in the first year to impact an estimated 60 families in Lincoln Co. with young children at high risk of abuse and/or neglect due to multiple stressors.

We have moved forward from “Emerging Relief Nursery” status to “Provisional Relief Nursery”. The Replication process takes 2 to 3 Years to reach full “Mature status with a therapeutic classroom.  Preparing the classroom is the next step in this process.

Old Mill Center for Children and Families

Project: Relief Nursery Transportation Need: Purchase of a Van

Year: 2014 Grant Amount: $12,500 Location: Corvallis, OR

Since 2011, the Old Mill Center Relief Nursery has been serving 19 families at a time in the therapeutic classrooms.  Over the course of a year’s time, that has been between 25-30 families as children transition in and out of classrooms to other programs, such as Head Start and public kindergartens.  Unfortunately, throughout this time our ability to serve families in these much sought after classrooms has been limited by the lack of ability to provide transportation to those families in need.  The purchase of a van will enable us to more than double the capacity to transport children. The objectives include: 1) To transport up to 10 children a day, to and from their homes to their therapeutic classroom sessions; 2)To be able to transport up to 10 children a day for field trips and other special classroom events; 3)To be able to transport families or children in other programs as needed for appointments, special events and field trips; and  4) To provide staff travel to conferences, meetings or training.

Ophelia's Place

Project: Rural School Partnerships to Empower Youth

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

Delivers a holistic program of prevention-based services for underserved female and male youth in the rural Lane County, Oregon communities of Junction City, Harrisburg, Cottage Grove, Elmira and Mapleton.

Oregon Coast Community Action

Project: CASA of Coos and Curry Counties

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Coos Bay, OR

This proposal will provide recruitment, training, and supervision support for our CASA volunteers. Our goal for this year is to recruit and train 15 new CASAs and serve at least 150 children. CASAs advocate for children in foster care.

Oregon Farm Academy

Project: School Food Forest Project

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Eugene, OR

Funding will be used to build a perimeter deer fence and tool shed, and to purchase the materials to grow food and provide 4 workshops to at least 30 students. Within one year, the forest will provide fresh produce for 25 low-income families through a sliding-scale CSA.

Oregon Food Bank

Project: Unrestricted

Year: 2012 Grant Amount: $4,000 Location: Portland, OR

Mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes – because no one should be hungry.  Oregon Food Bank builds food security and helps to feed hungry people in Oregon.

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.

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