Meet our Board of Directors:
Beth Barker-Hidalgo, Chair
Beth has had over 30 years experience working in non-profit industries from public transportation to community action and direct service provision. She is the mother of 3 adult children, 2 brilliant, beautiful Grandchildren (no bias here). Beth enjoys camping, paddling, cycling, and hiking. Beth has served on the Curry Homeless Coalition Board for over 3 years, as chair for 2.5 years.
Linda Maxon: Linda Maxon is the Executive Director of Coast Community Health. Linda's passion to serve the community of North Curry County is demonstrated by her determination to realize clinic, pharmacy and outreach center operations in Port Orford.
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.
Hollie Strahm: Hollie is a lifelong resident of Curry County. Hollie is an RN and is currently working to obtain an MBA on top of it all. Holie works for Coast Community Health Center as the Nursing and clinic supervisor. Hollie and her husband have opened their home, serving as foster parents for children placed into foster care for many years. She has also adopted two children blending a family seamlessly while providing a strong foundation for their children to succeed.
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 Boromeo 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.
"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 have offered scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness. We also work closely with our local Opportunity youth program to provide additional supports for youth in need. We are currently recruiting youth to serve on the board in an advisory role. We attend regularly scheduled meetings with the Brookings Harbor School DIstrict, facilitated by the McKinney Vento Homeless Liaison and the YTP instructor. We recently worked with the Central Curry School District to determine how best to support our homeless youth attending school in their district.
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 50 clients and work closely with the Curry County Sheriff's Parole and Probation department to provide OHP enrollment, Peer Support, employment and housing services to inmates released from our local jail as well as state prison institutions.. Everyone is welcome at the SOCRC. We have family connections to resources from ORCCA's FAST, STEP and Head Start programs. We host partner agencies who provide support group meetings, trainings and orientations for Curry residents who struggle to secure needs such as housing, energy assistance, peer support, employment services and more.