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Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith

DeAnn Forde, left, poses for a photo with her mother, LeRae Brigham, on Monday afternoon, Dec. 24, 2019.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity program provides home repairs to low-income homeowners

DeAnn Forde, left, poses for a photo with her mother, LeRae Brigham, on Monday afternoon, Dec. 24, 2019.

January 6, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

Her 980-square-foot home hasn’t changed much since she bought it in the late 1970s. LeRae Brigham insists she is the one who has changed over the years. Read story

Seasons of Hope to host death cafe Jan. 12

December 30, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Read story

Lifeline counselor Tiffany Kostrba, left, and Lifeline admissions coordinator Cindy Malone, right, are pictured before they leave for their shift in the Sobering Urgent Response Vehicle at Lifeline Connections&#039; office in Vancouver. Kostrba typically goes out in the van five times weekly and Malone tries to go out two to three times weekly. At top, Lifeline Connections heads out in the Sobering Urgent Response Vehicle, a 15-passenger van that was donated by the Clark County Sheriff&#039;s Office.

Lifeline Connections van equipped to take people to sobering unit in Vancouver

Lifeline counselor Tiffany Kostrba, left, and Lifeline admissions coordinator Cindy Malone, right, are pictured before they leave for their shift in the Sobering Urgent Response Vehicle at Lifeline Connections&#039; office in Vancouver. Kostrba typically goes out in the van five times weekly and Malone tries to go out two to three times weekly. At top, Lifeline Connections heads out in the Sobering Urgent Response Vehicle, a 15-passenger van that was donated by the Clark County Sheriff&#039;s Office.

December 30, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Health

Cindy Malone had a song stuck in her head as she clocked out of her job in admissions at Lifeline Connections and clocked in to her role driving the Sobering Urgent Response Vehicle around Vancouver. Read story

Kate Dunphy, left, deputy director of the Tenants Union of Washington, works with Charmaine Crossley following a hearing in her eviction case at Clark County Courthouse in October 2017.

Knowledge of law fuels fight against source-of-income discrimination

Kate Dunphy, left, deputy director of the Tenants Union of Washington, works with Charmaine Crossley following a hearing in her eviction case at Clark County Courthouse in October 2017.

December 29, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Last spring, Charmaine Crossley was excited to learn she would receive a Section 8 voucher to help her cover rent. However, when she texted her landlord’s son to give him the good news that she would be receiving rental assistance, he wrote back, “We do not accept Section 8 at… Read story

Vancouver nonprofits get $5 million in grants, loans for affordable housing

December 19, 2019, 6:43pm Clark County News

The state Department of Commerce on Thursday announced more than $91 million in grants and loans for affordable housing projects, including $4.9 million for Vancouver. Read story

Marge Boulden, left, helps unload donated food at Chuck&#039;s Produce during the annual Walk &amp; Knock food drive.

Walk & Knock collects 276,220 pounds of food during drive

Marge Boulden, left, helps unload donated food at Chuck&#039;s Produce during the annual Walk &amp; Knock food drive.

December 18, 2019, 7:31pm Clark County News

This month’s Walk & Knock Food Drive collected more than 276,220 pounds of food for the Clark County Food Bank. Read story

A cat named Renae looks for some attention from Tesslynn Escamilla, right, and Jacob Haas at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Animal shelters in Vancouver, Washougal, Longview create network, set holiday pet adoption Saturday

A cat named Renae looks for some attention from Tesslynn Escamilla, right, and Jacob Haas at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

December 12, 2019, 6:01am Clark County News

Shelters in Vancouver, Washougal, Longview create Humane Southwest Network, set holiday pet adoption Saturday Read story

Volunteers Heidi Kartchner, left, and Noah Sarkissian help unload a car filled with Walk & Knock food donations in the parking lot at Chuck’s Produce in Salmon Creek in December 2018.

Still a need for Walk & Knock

Volunteers Heidi Kartchner, left, and Noah Sarkissian help unload a car filled with Walk & Knock food donations in the parking lot at Chuck’s Produce in Salmon Creek in December 2018.

December 6, 2019, 5:59am Clark County News

As the annual Walk & Knock Food Drive enters its 35th year of collecting nonperishables for the Clark County Food Bank, you may ask yourself, ‘Is this still necessary?’ And you may ask yourself, ‘How did we get here?’ Read story

A severe winter weather shelter is set in Living Hope Church’s chapel in Vancouver.

Impending freeze spurs call for more shelter beds in Clark County

A severe winter weather shelter is set in Living Hope Church’s chapel in Vancouver.

November 25, 2019, 7:41pm Clark County News

The Council for the Homeless issued a severe-weather alert Monday, which asks shelters to provide additional overnight beds. The alert is in effect Wednesday night through the night of Tuesday, Dec. 3. Read story

Local officials and Salvation Army leaders cut the ribbon during the Nov. 15 grand opening for the newly expanded Salvation Army campus in east Vancouver.

Salvation Army settles in for service at expanded east Vancouver campus

Local officials and Salvation Army leaders cut the ribbon during the Nov. 15 grand opening for the newly expanded Salvation Army campus in east Vancouver.

November 23, 2019, 6:01am Clark County Life

The Salvation Army is settling into its newly expanded campus in Vancouver's Fircrest neighborhood. Opening the new digs comes at one of the busiest times of year for the long-standing, faith-based nonprofit. Read story