Family Promise of Clark County has a new leader.
Shane Scalf was appointed executive director in June, leading the nonprofit that helps families out of homelessness through case management and shelter. Scalf has been involved with Family Promise of Clark County since its rotation shelter program began in 2019.
He served as the interim executive director from May 2023 to June, when he took on the permanent role.
Scarf spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before eight additional years serving in the Army. He said his military career provided him with skills that he uses in his career, like organizational skills, leadership, ethical standards and discipline.
After his service in the Army, Scalf went to work in the health insurance industry for over two decades while studying business management at Marylhurst University.
While working in the Portland metro area, Scalf became aware of the increasing homelessness in the area. His desire to help with these issues led him to work as a staff lead for the Portland Rescue Mission Men’s Shelter, which sprung his passion for helping people experiencing homelessness.
Scalf said he believes in using a trauma-informed approach to help families throughout Clark County in receiving resources, support and hope.
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