Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has a five year plan in the works aimed at strategically addressing Oregon’s most pressing housing issues. They need your input to ensure that your needs are considered and your ideas are heard. OHCS is reaching out to communities around the state to collect community members’ opinions on housing issues important to them.
Since our previous post on meningococcal information on the blog, two new cases have surfaced at the University of Oregon - the most recent announced today. Now more than ever, consider getting the latest type B vaccines, and brush up on the facts. Here’s what you need to know:
Children living with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) do not process sensations in the same way as their peers. Jean Ayres, PhD describes SPD as a “traffic jam” that prevents parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. Children with a SPD often get overwhelmed by sensory challenges and can react with meltdowns, tantrums or withdrawals. A Swindles Resource Center workshop on April 9 brings in an SPD expert to share how lifestyle changes can bring fullness quite literally to your child’s life and help build resiliency.
Free basic services are coming to Yamhill county! Whether it’s a health screening, food support, or shelter information, find these vital resources and much more at a Community Connect event at Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Valley Campus in McMinnville on May 16.
Our health is the most precious resource we have. As our understanding of how to maintain it improves and changes, holding on to outdated conventions just seem silly, but that’s what we are doing. In Fed Up, a documentary exploring new breakthroughs in our understanding of diet and exercise’ effects on serious health conditions, the current adages no longer apply. See it at a free screening on April 11 at the McMinnville Community Center.
Of the ways you could fight the weight loss battle, Choose the better and healthier strategy of support, fun, active movement, and nutrition education as a SNACK participant. The Student Nutrition and Activity Clinic for Kids (SNACK) program was developed for youth between 6-18 years old, so if you or a friend or child currently struggles with their weight, consider this great program.
Yummy and healthy meals on a budget? Sure it’s possible - and within your reach. Let the Fresh Start Team show you and your family the basics of cooking without compromise at a free seminar on March 21 at North Portland’s Celebration Tabernacle Church.
Earlier on the blog, we shared a great workshop resource for families who’s children have an existing Individual Education Plan. Discover there, how to advocate most effectively for your child who currently struggles due to a lack of IEP oversight at school. However, the family who’s special needs child is transitioning into an IEP functions within a different set of circumstances - mainly the option to plan and prepare. Learn how to transition successfully at a workshop on Thursday, March 19 in North Portland.
Parents of school-age children with a learning or physical disability; do your child’s IEP meetings resemble more of a senate floor than a collaborative learning support team? Or are you too unsure about your child’s rights and guarantees to resources under the law? Attend an introductory workshop for parents of children with special needs in Stevenson, WA on March 21 to tackle these questions in fine detail.
Communicating a dream is the first step in achieving it, and “achieving dreams” is after all, Lane Community College’s motto. College faculty can help you in all aspects from start to finish, including improving the language ability to do it. Take advantage of low cost English as a second language courses beginning this Spring.
Community gardens are a great way of eating healthier and building relationships in your community. Plots are available for purchase all throughout Portland. Find one in your community and get involved!
Tax filing at its very simplest boils down to two key tasks. There is having all your documents in order - which can turn into quite the scavenger hunt. And then, as if you weren't already tired, there’s also knowing the credits and deductions that you are qualified for, and any possible penalties coming your way. Two tasks, sure - but what work to complete each one! It's easy to see why there are dedicated professionals who do this for a living. Yet, reclaimed money that could otherwise help out with bills or grocery costs just ends up paying the consulting fees. Thankfully, your options aren't only to file independently or hire someone to do them for you. This tax season like previous years, Southwest Washington and Portland area AARP Tax Aides are generously donating their tax expertise. All you need to worry about are the documents: they’ll help you with the rest.
The alarm clock sounds and you gather up the courage to throw off the warm covers while the sleep is still in your eyes… and yikes it’s cold! Summer’s warmth is a ways away yet, no matter how these blue skies and sunshine may fool! There’s not much better than a hardy, piping-hot bowl of soup to fight the last of winter’s chill, but soup done by Portland’s culinary elite may just about put that homemade stuff in second place. At a Transition Projects fundraiser on March 12, let someone else make your soup, and drink up to help end the homelessness of families and individuals throughout Portland.
Not every surprise is a good one. During tax season, the old expression rings especially true. Sometimes we get blindsided by an overlooked guideline. Oh, if we had only known… Have you already made the February 15 health care enrollment deadline? If not, don’t let the resulting fee from the IRS come as a surprise. Fortunately for those Oregonians and Southwest Washingtonians who remain without a health plan, a special enrollment period (SEP) is your way out of a hefty fee. See the following state-specific information below.
Do your friends, neighbors, relatives or clients have children between 0 and 5 years old that live on the Westside of Portland? Would you like them to get a “Head Start” on school readiness by participating in a free preschool program?
Sampling a friend’s drink or a quick kiss goodbye before you and your girlfriend or boyfriend head your separate ways to class - it’s innocent enough and done all the time on Oregon’s college campuses. Trouble is, these gestures of love and conviviality, although well-meant, are enough to spread things that are not very loving or convivial: diseases. Specifically for students at the University of Oregon and resident Eugenians, the threat of meningitis lies heavy on this community.
Are you mechanically inclined but not quite sure how your interest can lead to a career? Going back to school for training is a risky decision with tuition and time considered. Labor Works Industrial Staffing offers an alternative, benefiting both you and them. They are now hiring to fill 16 temp to hire positions assembling transmissions with training included. Come to the hiring event on Friday, March 6 at WorkSource Portland SE.