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With warm summer days and bright skies that last long into the night, you will find NWFS busy providing lots of programs and support. Northwest Family Services (NWFS) programs such as summer KAOS, swimming pool tour, PhotoVoice, our summer Adventure Camp, and much more have kept hundreds of youth engaged and safe.

The Portland Timbers soccer association honored our Latino Family Empowerment program at their July 3, 2012, home game with an engraved plaque and a $5,000 grant. Our employment specialists are busier than ever preparing unemployed individuals for successful job placements. NWFS is partnering with a wide range of businesses, non-profits, and faith organizations to support Date Night Challenge Portland – 4 dates in 4 weeks – as a way to support healthy relationships. NWFS is scheduling a number of parenting and healthy relationship classes for couples who want to strengthen their relationship. Google Date Night Challenge Portland August 1st and there will be a free app that provides lots of discounts including access to the evidence-based Couple’s Check Up.

In other news, we just learned that Northwest Family Services was recognized for the fourth year in a row as one of the Top 100 Non-Profits to work for in Oregon. And stay tuned to learn about our new oral health navigation program.

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Do you have a story how Northwest Family Services has impacted you or someone you know?

Recently, the Portland Children’s Levy shared an impact story on their newsletter:

PCL After-School Programs Making a Difference: Northwest Family Services Latino Family Empowerment Project   Lacking a father figure had made I.G very insecure and shy. While he did well academically, his social skills were poor. He didn’t know how to relate to other students and was often labeled “weird” by his peers.

For more than two years, I.G was a faithful attendee at the NW Family Services Latino after-school program at his middle school. But while he came and did his homework, he lacked a real connection with the group. As staffers tried to integrate him with others they realized his potential and asked if he would be willing to help tutor his fellow Latino club students.

He was an advanced student in most subjects so it was easy for him to explain math problems and equations and reading assignments. As other Latino club members saw I.G helping, they became more open to the idea that he had unique gifts. I.G’s confidence and ability to connect grew as his classmates continued to seek his help. He made honor roll during the two years he assisted in the program and is now in high school. His experience in the NW Family Services program is sure to help him face new challenges in high school.

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