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Bridgeview resource center wins award for innovation

The Columbian
Published: October 24, 2019, 6:00am

The Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center won an excellence in innovation award from the National Association for County Community and Economic Development.

“I can say that the committee was impressed by how comprehensive the project is,” said Mary Keating, the association’s president. “It appears the center and its partners support a diversity of residents (youth, parents, seniors, people with disabilities, youth aging out of foster care) with a comprehensive approach to service delivery. We also really appreciated the level of engagement from the residents, and the broader community.”

The resource center, located at 505 Omaha Way in Vancouver, opened on Jan. 7. Designed to be a place where people can connect to several social service organizations in one building, it’s served more than 2,700 people, according to a news release.

Clark County Community Services’ staff nominated the resource center for the award. In the nomination, staff said: “By centralizing access to services, everyone benefits.”

Samantha Whitley, Community Services program coordinator, accepted the award last week in Tucson, Ariz.

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