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WGAP working with Skyline to help laid off Underwood Fruit employees

posted Nov 6, 2017, 4:26 PM by Leslie Naramore

HELP WITH MEDICAL BILLS IS AVAILABLE

Were you laid off from Underwood Fruit Company?

Do you have an outstanding debt at Skyline Hospital?

Come to WGAP’s Bingen office, 115 W. Steuben Street, on Wednesday, November 15, from 1:00-4:00pm to speak with a Skyline Employee who can get you enrolled in their Charity Care billing program. You will need to bring proof that you were laid off and a copy of your hospital bill.


AYUDA CON LAS FACTURAS MÉDICAS ESTÁ DISPONIBLE ¿Fue despedido de Underwood Fruit Company?

¿Tienes una deuda pendiente en Skyline Hospital?

 Venga a la oficina de Bingen de WGAP, 115 W. Steuben Street, el miércoles 15 de noviembre de 1:00 a 4:00 p. M. Para hablar con un empleado de Skyline que lo puede inscribir en su programa de facturación de Charity Care. Tendrá que presentar prueba de que fue despedido y una copia de su factura del hospital.

 


Underwood Fruit Fire

posted Oct 21, 2017, 1:55 PM by Leslie Naramore   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 1:57 PM ]

October 18, 2017, Underwood Fruit Company was engulfed in flames. This fire created immediate job losses within our community as 283 employee was laid off for the foreseeable future.  

Washington Gorge Action Programs has set up a fund to help UFC employees and their families get through this difficult time. All funds received will be used in compliance with WGAP's policies and procedures to ensure families affected by job loss and their emergent needs will be supported equitably.  All of the money donated for UFC will be used to directly benefit UFC employees. It will not be supporting any WGAP program. When UFC employees come in for help, WGAP will verify that they were an employee and then any needs that they have can be taken care of. WGAP will pay bills on their behalf directly to the vendor. They can also utilize any of WGAP's programs such as the Food Bank. 

I was able to speak with a representative of UFC Friday, October 20, and I was informed that the biggest concern they're hearing from employees at this time is a fear of losing their healthcare. UFC is trying to negotiate with their insurance company but there are no guarantees. 

All of the jobs lost were minimum wage. This means that many of these families were already facing financial hardship. With winter and the holidays right around the corner these families are looking at a very bleak winter indeed. 

If you would like to donate, you can donate directly to WGAP by either bringing a check into the office or mailing checks to PO Box 805, Bingen, WA 98605. Please designate in the memo line that the money is for the UFC fund. You can also donate online at our GoFundMe page.

If you were an employee who lost their job you can either come into our Bingen office or call us at (509) 493-2662. 

Thank you for your support and please stay tuned for further ways to help over the coming months.  In times of need, the support from friendly hands builds community. 

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.

 

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