For services please call 541-425-0426, or email Curryhomelesscoalition@gmail.com
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 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 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.
If you are interested in learning more about serving on our Board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-425-0426. We currently have two openings on our Board of Directors.
"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 has served over 420 clients and over 1650 visits to our former location and now our Mobile Outreach Bus. We offer OHP enrollment, employment/career navigation, clothing vouchers, hot food, coffee, tents, tarps, hygiene products, one-on-one, client-centered planning. Days/Hours of outreach are: Tuesdays: 94191 3rd St. Gold Beach, 10-2; Wednesday/Thursday: 29841 Airport Way, Gold Beach, 10-2.
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 offering hot meals to clients created by Mark Pharis, chef at the Gold Beach Community Center. We partner with Gold beach Community Center Meals on Wheels program to increase access to high quality, nutritional hot meals 3 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. Mobile OUtreach Bus schedule is above under "Portals".