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Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith

Iraq War veteran Samuel Price, a member of Partners in Careers&#039; Roots to Roads program, tends to a row of cauliflower while working with fellow veterans at the 78th Street Heritage Farm on Friday afternoon. Program participants were harvesting vegetables for a farm-to-table lunch happening Thursday during Give More 24!, an annual day of charitable giving.

Give More 24! day of giving gets personal

Iraq War veteran Samuel Price, a member of Partners in Careers&#039; Roots to Roads program, tends to a row of cauliflower while working with fellow veterans at the 78th Street Heritage Farm on Friday afternoon. Program participants were harvesting vegetables for a farm-to-table lunch happening Thursday during Give More 24!, an annual day of charitable giving.

September 16, 2019, 6:03am Clark County News

Give More 24! aims to raise $1.6 million for Southwest Washington nonprofits from midnight to midnight on Thursday. Read story

Ron Darland, center, watches as foster children play at Alderbrook Park during a Mockingbird event on July 27. Top: Connie Ryley, left, and Laura Darland go through the medication schedule of two foster kids that Ryley dropped off at the Darland home on July 22 before leaving on vacation. Respite is a major part of the Mockingbird Family Model of foster care.

Making foster care a family affair in Vancouver

Ron Darland, center, watches as foster children play at Alderbrook Park during a Mockingbird event on July 27. Top: Connie Ryley, left, and Laura Darland go through the medication schedule of two foster kids that Ryley dropped off at the Darland home on July 22 before leaving on vacation. Respite is a major part of the Mockingbird Family Model of foster care.

September 8, 2019, 6:05am Clark County News

A large family reunion, complete with a photo booth and thumping music, recently took over a picnic shelter at Alderbrook Park. Read story

Open House Ministries was given two neighboring properties at 12th and Jefferson streets in downtown Vancouver. The faith-based nonprofit said the land will be turned into a gravel parking lot.

Open House Ministries to use two downtown Vancouver parcels to address parking needs

Open House Ministries was given two neighboring properties at 12th and Jefferson streets in downtown Vancouver. The faith-based nonprofit said the land will be turned into a gravel parking lot.

September 7, 2019, 6:01am

Open House Ministries takes up an entire block on downtown Vancouver’s west edge and recently took steps to expand its footprint. Read story

Construction is about half complete at The Pacific, an 18-unit apartment building for people exiting homelessness. It will be the first completed development by Housing Initiative.

Housing Initiative’s The Pacific in Central Vancouver a ‘labor of love’

Construction is about half complete at The Pacific, an 18-unit apartment building for people exiting homelessness. It will be the first completed development by Housing Initiative.

September 7, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Work is half completed on The Pacific, an 18-unit apartment building in central Vancouver for people exiting homelessness and who have behavioral health issues. Read story

A sign at the Camas Farmers Market in 2013 advertises the market’s participation in the Fresh Match program, which gives participants $5 when they spend $5 in SNAP benefits toward fresh fruits and vegetables. Camas, along with the Vancouver and Salmon Creek farmers markets, participates in the Fresh Match program.

SNAP eligibility changes would hit state hard

A sign at the Camas Farmers Market in 2013 advertises the market’s participation in the Fresh Match program, which gives participants $5 when they spend $5 in SNAP benefits toward fresh fruits and vegetables. Camas, along with the Vancouver and Salmon Creek farmers markets, participates in the Fresh Match program.

September 6, 2019, 6:01am Clark County News

The Trump administration’s proposed changes to food stamps eligibility would impact an estimated 175,600 Washingtonians annually, according to a comprehensive impact statement completed last month by the state Department of Social and Health Services. Read story

Women’s Housing and Transition shelter client Deborah Brown, right, gives a tour of a sleeping area with church liaison Kathy Gallaher. Brown will soon be leaving the shelter at St. Luke’s–San Lucas Episcopal Church and moving into housing but plans to continue volunteering in the homeless community.

6 nonprofits apply to Vancouver Affordable Housing Fund

Women’s Housing and Transition shelter client Deborah Brown, right, gives a tour of a sleeping area with church liaison Kathy Gallaher. Brown will soon be leaving the shelter at St. Luke’s–San Lucas Episcopal Church and moving into housing but plans to continue volunteering in the homeless community.

September 3, 2019, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Cassie Sorensen has noticed that the women who stay at her overnight shelter are trending older and they tend to be more medically fragile. The 18 women at Share’s Women’s Housing and Transition, also called the WHAT shelter, can’t go inside until 6:30 p.m. and have to leave by 7:30… Read story

Sharon Martin harvests ears of corn at Bob Buker’s farm. Buker donates most of his yield to the Clark County Food Bank.

Farm donates tons of corn annually to the Clark County Food Bank

Sharon Martin harvests ears of corn at Bob Buker’s farm. Buker donates most of his yield to the Clark County Food Bank.

August 25, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

On a warm August evening, Bob Buker slowly padded down the dirt road bisecting his field of Illinois super sweet corn. Read story

Jack Crowley of Battle Ground speaks with Community Services Northwest case manager Jamie Spinelli at the Vancouver Community Library. Spinelli recently helped Crowley find an apartment after he had been homeless for many years.

Pilot program at Vancouver Community Library a bridge to social services

Jack Crowley of Battle Ground speaks with Community Services Northwest case manager Jamie Spinelli at the Vancouver Community Library. Spinelli recently helped Crowley find an apartment after he had been homeless for many years.

August 21, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Jack Crowley used to hang out at the Vancouver Community Library every day. The 70-year-old was homeless for 34 years, and the downtown library provided a safe, quiet place out of the elements. Read story

William Silva, left, speaks to Blake Hauser, an outreach case manager with Share, in January for the annual Point in Time count. By midmorning Hauser said he’d seen many familiar faces as he helped conduct a census of Clark County’s homeless population.

Guide helps businesses, employees who interact with homeless people

William Silva, left, speaks to Blake Hauser, an outreach case manager with Share, in January for the annual Point in Time count. By midmorning Hauser said he’d seen many familiar faces as he helped conduct a census of Clark County’s homeless population.

August 19, 2019, 6:00am Business

Council for the Homeless has crafted a new guide for business owners and their employees who interact with homeless people. It’s simultaneously a tip sheet, how-to guide and list of phone numbers for major resources. Read story

Salvation Army to remove donation trucks from area Fred Meyers

August 18, 2019, 6:02am Clark County News

The Salvation Army is removing its donation trucks from Portland-Vancouver area Fred Meyers at the end of the month. Read story