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Party at Touche’

Touche Invite

Join the NWFS Ambassadors Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 6pm. Come hang out, enjoy the buffet, play some pool, network with other professionals, and find out what’s going on in your community.  Please RSVP with Jordan Turel at jturel@nwfs.org or call 503-546-5072.

• First 100 people get a free ticket to buffet

• Donations optional but appreciated

Touche’ Restaurant is located at 1425 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

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By Tracy Gilbert
NWFS’ Vibrant Future Community Coalitions put on a drinking awareness event/town hall called, Project X Aftermath, at Rex Putnam School, April 23rd, from 6-7:30pm. Project X is the recent movie that is creating quite an up-roar and is very …appealing to youth around binge drinking and partying to the extreme. The Coalition event created awareness of youth binge drinking and other substance abuse within the community. This was a good place for the community to have a conversation around this topic. High school students had a great impact from the drinking awareness event.  They donated their time and energy to come support a community event and also took away very valuable information.

 

By Abraham Escobar

Recently, Northwest Family Services’ drama troupe, “Encuentros” presented their message of healthy choices and healthy relationships to over 450 students in three packed out sessions, at the Cesar Chavez conference.  There where so many students in second sessions that some had to stand because of lack of seating capacity.  The Cesar Chavez conference is a regional leadership conference held in honor of the late activist Cesar E. Chavez.  This conference is focused on empowering young Latinos to go to college and become involved in their communities to bring about positive change.   Northwest Family Services has contributed for the past 7 years to this conference by sending the “Encuentros” drama troupe to perform and inspire many young lives through their skits.  This conference has been held for over 25 years at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR.  As expected by the organizers, the 2012 conference saw a record attendance of students from all over Oregon.   We are proud to say that every year the “Encuentros” drama troupe performance is one of the favorites for all students.

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This is an over the top parody of 5 college-aged ‘friends’ who sit at a coffee shop sharing stories from their dating life, making the audience laugh at the obvious misconceptions they have regarding life, success, romance and sex.  The classic line that portrays their inexperience is “but that always works in the movies?”  Always causes quite a reaction form the high school audience.   Encuentros finishes the presentation with a student testimonial of why they have decided to live a healthy lifestyle, and have chosen to abstain from alcohol, premarital sex, drugs, gangs and other high risk activities.  Before the students leave the auditorium they are pumped by a high energy rap performance from “Zacarias.”  The music may be loud, but the students really enjoy dancing and moving to the rhythm while hearing lyrics like “All we got in life are choice, make them healthy ones and don’t listen to them voices.”

Encuentros is very excited and thankful to be able to provide this valuable message to students at the Cesar Chavez conference and is committed to provide the best performance yet for 2013.

February is Relationship Month

When marriage works, it makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school. Click here for new research on “Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from Social Science.”

This year, February 7th to 14th marks National Marriage Week, USA. This is a collaborative effort to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children. http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/

Northwest Family Services received a three-year grant from the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance supporting healthy marriages and relationships. The focus of the grant is to improve family stability and child well-being. Through this project NWFS will offer healthy relationship, parenting, and money management classes as well as work with individuals on job readiness and placement services. This grant allows NWFS to provide skills and resources for almost 20,000 people over this 3-year project.

“A strong and stable family is the greatest advantage any child can have,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These grants support programs that promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability.” To learn more about these programs and services check out www.nwfs.org or www.lastingrelationships.org.

February is Dating Violence Prevention month.

Sadly, not all relationships are positive. One in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Let’s make this February a time to end that cycle of abuse.

Source: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf

If you know of a teen or parent that could benefit from speaking to a carrying, well-trained peer advocate, please connect them with the National Dating Abuse Helpline, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453) or by texting “loveis” to 77054, or through live chat at loveisrespect.org.

Recently, The Oregon Health Authority’s Office of “Healthy Kids” highlighted Northwest Family Services.  Healthy Kids is a program that enrolls kids and teens in FREE or low-cost health insurance.

Oregon Health Authority’s Office of “Healthy Kids” says:

This week’s Partner Spotlight shines on one of our Healthy Kids Grantees who has been around since the beginning of Healthy Kids – Northwest Family Services (NWFS).

They have consistently improved their numbers and expanded their outreach each year. During their first year, they were able to help with 38 applications. Then in their second year, the number of applications assisted with jumped to 270. To date, NWFS has helped with over 519 Healthy Kids applications! It seems like every weekend they are attending a community event promoting Healthy Kids.

Through their great work, they’ve developed a number of sustainable relationships with agencies and organizations throughout Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. NWFS has forged a strong partnership with the homeless liaisons in schools throughout Clackamas County. Due to these partnerships, more and more homeless and unaccompanied youth are getting access to the services they need. NWFS has also helped over 60 children and teens with enrollment for KP-CHP, a program available to children and teens who don’t qualify for Healthy Kids because of documentation status.

One unique partnership that NWFS has succeeded with is Job Corps sites. Job Corps is a no-cost educational and vocational training program that helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives. Many youth at these sites don’t have health insurance and many times are unaccompanied. NWFS has helped to ensure these youth have access to the services they need.

Thank you to NWFS for all of your great work!

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We are excited to announce a new partnership with Stand Realty, a real estate company operating in Clark County, dedicated to doing business a little differently. Every time they make a sale, 25% of that commission is donated directly to a charity or non-profit organization in the name of their customer.  That means that if you or someone you know complete a real estate transaction with Stand Realty, you can select Northwest Family Services to receive the funds.  Considering that a typical real estate commission is around $6000, simply using their services will provide us with nearly $1500.  The brokers at Stand Realty are experienced with high character and professionalism and are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure your satisfaction. Please tell your friends and family about this new opportunity; help make a difference by calling Stand Realty at 360-891-9000 or email Gregg@standrealty.com.

Fertility Matters

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By Lauren Fuller

For nearly 30 years now, Northwest Family Services has helped couples learn about the benefits of fertility regulation through natural means. Teachers certified in our method can now be found all over the country, and through our online course, we’ve been able to teach Natural Family Planning (NFP) to thousands of couples in the past few years.

NFP is an effective, scientifically based method of family planning that treats fertility as a normal, healthy process. It involves none of the side effects associated with artificial hormones, and it can be highly effective for couples who are avoiding or achieving a pregnancy.  Couples who are taught well, understand the method, are clear about their family planning intention, and follow the rules will experience a 98 to 99.9 percent effectiveness rate.

The benefits do not stop at the numbers, though.  As an NFP Provider, I have seen firsthand the enrichment that practicing NFP has brought to a marriage time and again. Here is a testimony from one learner:

 “Initially, we had no idea that NFP was so much more than an alternative to birth control.  If I had imagined my life after NFP, I would have sold myself short.  NFP has literally and completely changed my life and me as a person.  NFP has given me freedom from birth control.  Doctors told me that my menstrual issues could be solved with birth control, when in reality it just prolonged the root of problem.   NFP has strengthened my marriage by 1000%.  The friendship, love, and respect still continue to grow every day.  My husband and I have truly become best friends.”

As described above, practicing NFP can mean working on skills such as communication, self-control, patience, and responsibility. This can involve hard work at times, but hard work put into a relationship is never wasted work, and the payback can be immense. In this regard, I am proud to be a part of the work Northwest Family Services is doing to “equip people with vital skills for a lifetime.”