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Meet our Board of Directors:
Meet Mellissah Hendrickson, Chair - Career Navigator with South Coast Business Employment Center. Mellissah spends every Thursday in the Southern Oregon Coast Resource Center working to guide a full caseload of clients into livable wage employment in Curry County. More to come......we are awaiting her bio from her own words.
Meet KIrsten Aarsen:Secretary - Kirsten Aasen grew up in Montana. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington where she studied Special Education and Biology. While at Gonzaga Kirsten worked at a homeless shelter and ran a mentoring program for at risk youth. Following university Kirsten traveled and lived in New Zealand where she obtained a Master of Biomedical Science. She also obtained a Health Coaching Certificate. Kirsten worked with Garden to Table programs to increase nutritious foods in Docile 10 (Title I) schools. Upon returning to the US, Kirsten moved to Bandon to work at Coast Community Health Center as the Wellness Coach and was promoted to the Population Health Manager. Kirsten has a passion for increasing quality of life through supportive, affordable and educational health care services.
Meet Jim Johnson: Jim works tirelessly to provide direct service to unhoused individuals and families through his non-profit, Beyond Rejection Ministries. Jim is a member of St. Charles of Borromeo Catholic Church in Gold Beach. Jim provides chaplain services to inmates at the Curry County jail and so much more. Jim has a history of experience operating emergency shelters, hospice shelters for people with Aids/HIV and grew up in a family of Salvation Army soldiers serving all who need temporary housing, and essential services to meet day-to-day needs. Jim spends his Tuesday's volunteering at the SDA food pantry and evening soup kitchen at the SDA church in Gold Beach from 4:30-6:30 each Tuesday. If you see Jim walking the streets of Gold Beach, give him a wave and a smile - he is likely providing direct service to those in need in our community.
Meet Michele Youngblood, Vice Chair - Michele works at Curry Community Health as an Employment Specialist. Michele has a strong passion for unsheltered community members. Some of her clients are working homeless, struggling to maintain shelter sleeping rough, and employment, while navigating access to basic human needs like showers, laundry, sleep and food security to show up to work, ready to be productive, responsive and dedicated to their employer.
Meet Teresa Lawson: Teresa is a strong advocate for community members who's voices are often unheard. Teresa supports our local public school programs such as Knowledge Bowl. Teresa is compassionate about creating a thriving, health accountable community.
Meet Sjoera Kenede, Brookings Emblem Club #265 member, her desire to work for the Curry Homeless Coalition comes from her heart for unsheltered community members. Sjoera provided support and compassion for a homeless shelter located in Redding CA for over 14 years working with homeless women in shelter and participating in drug and alcohol programs.
Meet Jan Barker - Jan has worked in Curry County for many years, primarily focused on substance use disorder. Jan was the Director of Addictions at Curry Community Health. She is now retired, but still providing support for our community by providing Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention services to the community.
"In respecting the innate dignity of all; the Curry Homeless Coalition provides education, advocacy, and coordinates supportive services for people with housing needs."
Housing - We are participants in the development and focus of the Curry Housing Task Force. We are at the table, promoting low barrier transitional housing and permanent supportive housing needs for Curry County residents. We work to establish relationships with developers, contractors and other non-profits whose mission and vision is to advocate for increased housing options in Curry County.
Youth - We engage with Mckinney Vento Homeless Student Liaisons 2orking to support our students struggling with housing stability. The goal is to determine gaps/needs amongst students, support homeless students and exploring evidence-based support programs like Second Home. Second Home is a program offering housing, support, and resources for High School students experiencing homelessness.
Portals - We support local direct support providers such as Coast Community Health's outreach staff, St. Timothy's Episcopal church, & Beyond Rejection Ministries. The Curry Homeless Coalition launched The Southern Oregon Coast Resource Center located at 29821 Colvin Street in Gold Beach January 3rd 2019. We have served over 420 clients, visiting the SOCRC over 1650 times. We offer OHP enrollment, employment/career navigation, clothes, food, tents, tarps, hygiene products, showers, one-on-one, client-centered planning.
Our Homeward Bound Program offers transportation services for people needing access to shelter beds, Domestic Violence shelter support outside Curry County, family/friend support network. If a client has an opportunity to access stable support systems within or outside Curry County, we are often able to accommodate those needs. We have provided transportation for clients to Wisconsin, Idaho, California and beyond. We confirm all support systems to ensure no one is transported to another city/county with no support.
In 2021 we launched our mobile outreach program. We have outfit a 12 passenger vehicle donated to us by Curry Public Transit Inc. We co-locate with community partners like the Gold Beach Community Center to park in their parking lot, serve hot meals created by Mark Pharis, chef at the Gold Beach Community Center. Our partnership with Gold beach Community Center to increase access to high quality, nutritional hot meals 5 days a week to our unsheltered community members. Other services provided include OHP enrollment, hygiene supplies, tents, tarps, sleeping bags, socks, outerwear, referrals to employment, housing, Intensive Care Coordination, homeless prevention, homeward bound, and more.