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First Food for All fundraiser successful!

posted Aug 9, 2017, 11:13 AM by Leslie Naramore

As I’ve been pondering WGAP’s first North Shore Food for All Jubilee, I’ve been struck with two feelings: wonderment and gratitude. I’m awestruck by this community. The people who attended this first event took a big leap of faith with us and we’re so grateful for their support shown by both their presence and their monetary donations.

Our volunteers outdid themselves. During the evening, I looked around and I saw a team that had just formed a few hours earlier, laughing, working together, and getting the job done. We had WGAP employees, community members and partners, and even the Executive Director of another non-profit all working for our cause. I believe that a rising tide raises all boats and I firmly believe that was accomplished that evening.

I have special thanks for our event coordinator, Annie McHale, and Rachael and Anais of AniChe Cellars in Underwood, WA. Rachael and Anais showed up that morning, did set-up in a hot and dusty field, and then just kept going through the whole event, plating food, serving wine, and then helping with tear down. I truly believe that WGAP owes the success of this event to these two and I’m eternally grateful to them. They are a huge part of what makes our Gorge community so special.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

Until next year….

Leslie Naramore
Executive Director
Washington Gorge Action Programs


Food Bank Fundraiser

posted Jul 3, 2017, 3:22 PM by Leslie Naramore


We hope you'll join us for this fun filled evening for a good cause! 

Linda Schneider Retires

posted Jan 4, 2017, 9:27 AM by Leslie Naramore   [ updated Jan 9, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

At the end of the year, Linda Schneider, longtime executive director of WGAP retired. Community members, friends, family, and WGAP employees came together to celebrate Linda and her 29 years of work in our communities.

 




Linda Schneider


Debi Van Camp, longtime WGAP board member welcomes everyone


Roger Gadway, 2016 board president and longest serving board member gave a speech about Linda's work in Klickitat and Skamania counties. 


Leslie Naramore, incoming executive director


Lori Call, WGAP housing director, couldn't pass up a chance to embarrass Linda one last time by outfitting her in her very own Wonder Woman outfit. 


Our Wonder Woman





Thank you, Linda, for all that you've done for this agency and for our communities. We hope that you enjoy all the best in retirement. 

Oh, Christmas Tree

posted Dec 20, 2016, 4:11 PM by Leslie Naramore

Thanks to some very generous donors, Youth Center kids were able to go out and cut down their own tree this year. 


They loved the experience and took turns working the saw. 


After getting the tree back to the Youth Center they got to make their own ornaments. 





Happy Holidays, from all of us here at WGAP. 





Changes Coming to WGAP's 2016-2017 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

posted Aug 2, 2016, 9:35 AM by Leslie Naramore



We're making a big change to our Energy Assistance Program this year: we will be taking calls starting in October instead of November for the 2016-2017 season.
Call-ins will be placed on a waiting list for an appointment to determine eligibility. Being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee that a household will receive assistance. This is a first come first serve program. 
Please watch our website and Facebook for further details as they become available.


Becoming a Trauma Informed Agency

posted Jul 27, 2016, 9:15 AM by Leslie Naramore



This week, our entire staff participated in a training for our agency to become Trauma Informed. Being trauma informed means that we understand that many of our clients have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives. People who have experienced trauma deal with their everyday experiences in a different way than those who have not; they need to know that they are cared for and supported. It is our goal as a trauma informed agency to be able to help people without re-traumatizing them.  You can find out more about trauma informed care here

Insitu Builds Fence at Community Youth Center

posted Jul 11, 2016, 11:51 AM by Leslie Naramore


This past Friday, interns from Insitu came together to build and install a fence along the back of the property at our Community Youth Center. 











These guys were total rock stars, digging 3 foot deep holes in very rocky, compacted soil. 



Thank you, all! The fence looks amazing, and the kids now have a much safer place to play. 

Success Story: Programs for Peaceful Living

posted Jul 5, 2016, 12:43 PM by Leslie Naramore

This year we were able to serve a young man affected by domestic violence in his home. This young man’s father had recently returned from military service in Iraq. The effects of war caused his father to suffer from severe PTSD, which often presented as “black- out” rage episodes where his father would physically and verbally abuse him and his mother.

The mother contacted our office searching for help for the whole family. We were able to offer therapy services for the young man through our United Way funding. This young man connected very well with our therapist, and has over time been able to better understand the effects of PTSD on people. More importantly, he learned the skills necessary to move forward and heal from the devastating effects of violence perpetrated by a parent. This young man responded very favorably to therapy and continues to exhibit resiliency.

 Additionally, we were able to refer the father to Veteran’s services and get the mother connected to supportive services. We are thankful that we were able to have a positive effect on the whole family. 

 Often when people think of our services they assume that we only serve women. We serve anyone who is affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or victims of crime.

 

Program Highlight: Community Youth Center

posted Jun 20, 2016, 2:44 PM by Leslie Naramore

A mature 8th grade boy who has been attending the Community Youth Center for 3 years now has recently taken the initiative to start getting other youth outside to play. Soccer, football, kickball, hide and seek; any activity to get them outside and moving. It is often the case that members want to stay indoors and play on the computers or on their phone, thereby missing out on the opportunity for positive human interactions.

This young man brings his excitement and positive attitude and has no problem getting youth to go outside and play.

He is a wonderful gift to the Youth Center, and has become an integral part of the team.  He is a fantastic mentor for our younger members. They look up to him and he has a special connection to them that most adults would not. He has proven to be a fair and caring person and he inspires younger members to treat each other with respect.

When someone gets their feelings hurt  or feels left out, he is right there to offer his encouragement and cheer them on.  We appreciate his positive influence and know that our other members appreciate him as well.

It is our hope that all of our members can find their way like this young man and go on to make a difference wherever they land. We know that with positive role models and a caring community they can.

Youth Center Member, Sean 

 

Success Story: Transitional Housing, Skamania County

posted Jun 13, 2016, 12:42 PM by Leslie Naramore

We received an application for Transitional Housing from a mother who came to Skamania County with her son. They were escaping from a domestic violence situation and they had been staying at a domestic violence shelter. They were both looking for an opportunity to truly start over. The Transitional Housing program was exactly the fresh start that they needed.

The mother was very determined to create a better life for herself and her son. Her goal was to find work and make sure her son finished school and graduated. Shortly after they entered the Transitional Housing Program, the mother became employed and her son enrolled in the local school.

A little over a year later, the mother found permanent housing for herself and her son. She was very excited because the new home was within walking distance of her job. Her son was on track to graduate and go  to college.

We’ve recently heard from her and she is still working for the same employer. She is hoping to  become a property manager and be able to live on the job site. Her son has graduated and is going to college.

With the help of our programs and her  own strength and determination, this woman was able to turn her and her son’s lives around.

 

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