For services please call 541-425-0426, or email Curryhomelesscoalition@gmail.com
"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 working to support our students struggling with housing instability. 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, Brookings Harbor Community Helpers, Brookings Core Response and partners providing direct services to our unsheltered community members. The Curry Homeless Coalition has served over 500 clients and over 1850 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, 9:30 - 1:30; Wednesday, Curry Library, Gold Beach, 9:30 - 1:30, and Thursdays at ODHS (Department of Human Services, 5th Place, Gold Beach), 9:30 - 1:30.
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 outfitted a 12 passenger vehicle donated to us by Curry Public Transit Inc. We co-locate with community partners like the The Seventh Day Adventist Church, ODHS, and the Curry library 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".
Homeless Prevention - When households experience unexpected expenses and are unable to pay rent, we can step in and prevent eviction by helping with one month's rent. We also assist with move-in costs. We refer households to ORCCA if ongoing support is needed.
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.
Melinda Schwartz - Health and physical education teacher at Gold Beach High School/Central Curry School District. As a teacher I have grown to realize that homelessness can impact individuals of all ages, and many in our community survive month to month just trying to pay rent and care for themselves and their families. As I know that some of my students and their families could at any time become homeless, I feel passionate about working to problem solve and connect with resources, so that I am as prepared as I possibly can be for the day that might come where one of my students knows homelessness.
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.
Kirk Nelson - Kirk has been an avid supporter of the Coalition for over a year. Mr. Nelson lives, unsheltered in Gold Beach. He serves as an ambassador building bridges between local police officers and Coalition leadership through education, advocacy. Kirk has been deemed our official ambassador by Fr. Bernie because he is able to negotiate, advocate and triage situations that arise in Central Curry, often before our organization is even aware an issue exists. Kirk is an integral asset to our organization through assisting with mobile outreach, leading unsheltered community members to our mobile outreach bus, encouraging people to re-engage with services regardless of past negative experiences. Kirk increases our impact through empathy, genuine compassion and advocacy.
Kori Rotolo - Kori is our Treasurer and Finance Director for the organization. Kori comes to the Coalition with a strong finance background in the for-profit sector. Kori has vast transferrable skills that are proving to be invaluable for the organization. Kori's experience includes but is not limited to, Operations Manager, small business development and support, Loan Signing Agent & Notary Public, finacial management, and DME Accreditation Consultant.
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 three openings on our Board of Directors.