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Fruit Valley Terrace resident Ty Wilson enjoys a playful moment with his dog, Apollo. Community Roots Collaborative, the nonprofit that created Fruit Valley Terrace, a tiny home village for people exiting homelessness, has partnered with Amerigroup Washington. Together, the two organizations plan to innovate solutions and collaborate on efforts that help people experiencing homelessness in Southwest Washington overcome barriers to resources.

Clark County nonprofit Community Roots Collaborative grows

Fruit Valley Terrace resident Ty Wilson enjoys a playful moment with his dog, Apollo. Community Roots Collaborative, the nonprofit that created Fruit Valley Terrace, a tiny home village for people exiting homelessness, has partnered with Amerigroup Washington. Together, the two organizations plan to innovate solutions and collaborate on efforts that help people experiencing homelessness in Southwest Washington overcome barriers to resources.

August 17, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

Community Roots Collaborative, a nonprofit developer of permanent, affordable tiny homes for people exiting homelessness in Clark County, has joined forces with Amerigroup Washington, a coordinator of Medicaid managed care health insurance benefits. Read story

Sesany Fennie-Jones will join Council for the Homeless as its executive director in late September after she relocates from Minneapolis.

Council for Homeless announces new leader

Sesany Fennie-Jones will join Council for the Homeless as its executive director in late September after she relocates from Minneapolis.

August 13, 2022, 5:14am Clark County News

Council for the Homeless announced its new executive director Friday. Read story

Vancouver resident John Beakley gets a free haircut and beard trim from Briana Schwarz of Great Clips during the Open House Ministries annual block party in 2022. The event included a wellness clinic, informational booths and a preventive pet care clinic. The party returned this year following a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open House Ministries’ block party, resource fair returns to Vancouver after 2-year absence

Vancouver resident John Beakley gets a free haircut and beard trim from Briana Schwarz of Great Clips during the Open House Ministries annual block party in 2022. The event included a wellness clinic, informational booths and a preventive pet care clinic. The party returned this year following a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 11, 2022, 7:07pm Clark County News

Kids got cotton candy. Pets got microchipped. People got haircuts. And everyone was glad to gather as the Open House Ministries Community Block Party and Outreach Resource Fair returned Thursday for the first time in two years. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate and hospitalizations decrease; CDC eases guidelines

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August 11, 2022, 3:59pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate and hospitalizations decreased this week, and the county remains at low risk for disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read story

Former Lifeline Connections President and CEO Jared Sanford, from left, former President and CEO Joe Foster, Interim President and CEO Brandy Branch and incoming President and CEO Andrea Brooks pose for a photo Wednesday during a 60th anniversary celebration event for the organization at the Clark County Center for Community Health Building. Sister events were held at three other Lifeline Connections locations across Washington.

Lifeline Connections celebrates 60th anniversary

Former Lifeline Connections President and CEO Jared Sanford, from left, former President and CEO Joe Foster, Interim President and CEO Brandy Branch and incoming President and CEO Andrea Brooks pose for a photo Wednesday during a 60th anniversary celebration event for the organization at the Clark County Center for Community Health Building. Sister events were held at three other Lifeline Connections locations across Washington.

August 11, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

When Billy Peck first visited Lifeline Connections in Vancouver, his addiction to drugs and alcohol consumed him. Read story

Bob Kyte, a volunteer for the Southwest Washington Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, chats with Gwen Swenson, a resident at Bonaventure of Vancouver.  Kyte mainly visits residents and gets to know them. But his purpose is to be an advocate if any of his residents feel that their rights are being violated. However, volunteers only act to resolve a complaint if a resident expressly asks them to do so.

Vancouver volunteer makes impact as long-term care advocate

Bob Kyte, a volunteer for the Southwest Washington Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, chats with Gwen Swenson, a resident at Bonaventure of Vancouver.  Kyte mainly visits residents and gets to know them. But his purpose is to be an advocate if any of his residents feel that their rights are being violated. However, volunteers only act to resolve a complaint if a resident expressly asks them to do so.

August 10, 2022, 6:05am Clark County Health

After Bob Kyte retired from his long career as a business executive, he wanted to volunteer somewhere where he could help people. Read story

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Vancouver move to aid group activities

August 6, 2022, 5:31am Clark County News

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Vancouver team is moving offices. Read story

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center gets 5-star rating

August 5, 2022, 6:03am Business

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center its highest rating, five stars, for its 2021 overall hospital quality star ratings. Read story

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Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate decreases; county now at low risk

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August 4, 2022, 3:30pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate decreased this week, causing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lower Clark County from medium risk to low risk for disease transmission. Read story

University Village will include 140 independent living units and 26 cottage-style units, along with 101 assisted-living apartments. A partnership with WSU Vancouver will connect seniors with learning, and students and faculty with seniors.

Senior living community, WSU Vancouver team up to benefit residents, students

University Village will include 140 independent living units and 26 cottage-style units, along with 101 assisted-living apartments. A partnership with WSU Vancouver will connect seniors with learning, and students and faculty with seniors.

August 4, 2022, 6:06am Business

When people think of students and universities, they usually don’t think of seniors. But research shows that staying intellectually engaged and learning new skills as we age can improve quality of life and even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Read story