RISE staff recently sat down with Community Hotline, a program of MetroEast Community Media, to discuss the program as well as the Center For Family Success and Pathfinders’ overall work in Rockwood.
Located at Plaza Del Sol (18535 SE Stark St., Portland, OR, 97233) on June 27th (3pm -8pm) and June 28th (10am – 4pm), Rock the Block is an engaging, family-oriented community celebration that shines a much-needed spotlight on the vibrant and diverse neighborhood of Rockwood for one jam-packed weekend. This is not your average festival! Rock the Block enables neighborhood residents to enjoy safe family fun, nutritious food, access and enroll in needed services, and change their environment for the better via positive social engagement, all in one space. Rock the Block provides a forum for the community to connect to youth activity and resource providers in the area and thrive on an ongoing basis.
We’re currently looking for volunteers to work two-hour shifts, entertainers to perform at the event, event sponsors, and in-kind donations! Whether you are from a social service organization, a small business or you’re a Rockwood parent interested in getting your children involved, there are many opportunities to be a part of this community celebration!
For more information, please check out RockwoodNation.org.
Please join us for the first annual “Safe Summer Rockwood” event to kick off the summer with a vibrant celebration of all that Rockwood has to offer! Pathfinders of Oregon is sponsoring this event in conjunction with I Have a Dream Foundation/Alder Elementary and the Maurice Lucas Foundation and with the the support of Reynolds School District, City of Gresham, and the Gresham Police Department.
Held on June 1, this will be a dynamic event featuring youth activities, entertainment, and community resources. We hope you will attend!
WHO: You! This event is open to all community members. Social service agencies, private businesses, Gresham Police and Fire Departments, Reynolds School District, faith-based community, Rockwood Neighborhood Association, etc. will all be in attendance.
WHAT: The “Safe Summer Rockwood Kick-Off Event” is a celebration of the community of Rockwood and will include various forms of entertainment, food, youth and family activities, health and resource information, opportunities for enrollment in ongoing activities and services, and more!
WHERE: Plaza Del Sol (18535 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97233)
WHEN: Saturday, June 1st all day
WHY: To come together as a community to celebrate the beginning of a safe, active summer and to connect with ongoing positive activities, services and resources.
Pathfinders of Oregon is partnering with Black United Fund of Oregon to offer five college scholarships for youths whose parents are or have been involved with the criminal justice system. These scholarships are made possible by a special donation to Pathfinders and are available to Oregon and SW Washington students who will be college freshmen in the 2013-2014 academic year. Applications are due on March 22. Please visit Black United Fund’s scholarship info page for more details.
Pathfinders of Oregon’s Center for Family Success was recently featured on the front page of the Sunday Oregonian. The article highlighted the parenting and family skills people who have recently been released from incarceration learn at the Center.
With the start of the new year comes the close of our holiday celebrations. Pathfinders of Oregon celebrated the winter holidays in a variety of ways.
Our adopt-a-family program was successful and engendered many great gifts! We are appreciative of all who participated, and of Payless, who provided 100 gift certificates for kids’ shoes.
Pathfinders hosted a very successful holiday event for children and their fathers at Columbia River Correctional Institute. Featuring craft activities, a special holiday meal, donated gifts and books for each kid, a visit from Santa Claus, and plenty of opportunities for fathers to enact the skills they’ve learned from Parenting Inside Out, this event was a very special experience for all who attended.
Residents of Two Rivers Correctional Institute who had recently completed Parenting Inside Out celebrated with their families at their graduation, which coincided with the holidays and featured fun seasonal activities.
Members of our Living in Freedom Today program engaged in several prosocial holiday activities. They learned 15 carols, and wrote their own uplifting song about treatment to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas — all of which they then performed for 600 inmates, including a special performance for the treatment unit. They created ornaments depicting positive LIFT values such as gratitude and awareness, and they decorated the windows of the treatment unit with winter landscapes — and staff members were very impressed with their artistic talent.
Our holiday festivities culminated in two fun parties, one at Pathfinder Academy and one at the Center for Family Success. We are grateful to all who helped to make each one of our holiday activities great!
The Pathfinder Academy Harvest Party was a great success! Fifteen families joined us in the festivities, everyone made turkey hands and wrote messages of gratitude to place on our Tree of Thankfulness. Staff and volunteers prepared an incredible meal that was appreciated all around and it showed when the students started boxing up leftovers to take home. Not a scrap of food was wasted! Each family also got to take home a holiday food box donated by Carpenter’s Food Bank to aid them in their home holiday meal preparation. After the meal we all had a chance to thank our volunteers who make it possible for us to provide our students with such a plentiful Thanksgiving celebration. Students relaxed and had dessert while their kiddos played together at the kid’s table. We hope to be able to keep our Tree of Thankfulness up in the dining hall year round as a reminder of the wonderful sense of community we share at Pathfinder Academy.
Pathfinders of Oregon and Clackamas County Children of Incarcerated Parents Committee were honored to host Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, at the A Voice for Invisible Children luncheon in Portland on November 13th. Miss Kaeppeler, whose father was imprisoned when she was a teenager, joined elected officials from Multnomah and Clackamas counties in raising awareness and funds for children of incarcerated parents. Read more about this inspiring event in The Oregonian:
The Pathfinder Academy for pregnant and parenting youth just published their first ever newsletter! Take a look to learn more about the exciting things going on at the Academy this fall . . .
Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, has bravely increased the visibility of children of incarcerated parents across the country as a tireless advocate and nonprofit leader. We are excited to announce that Miss Kaeppeler will be coming to Portland on November 13th as the featured guest of a luncheon co-hosted by Pathfinders of Oregon and Clackamas County Children of Incarcerated Parents!
A Voice for Invisible Children Luncheon
Hosted by Pathfinders of Oregon and Clackamas County Children of Incarcerated Parents
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Ambridge Event Center
Single Tickets: $35 Tables of Eight: $250
Buy tickets here: http://avoiceforinvisiblechildren.eventbrite.com/
Please contact Rebecca Witten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.312.3895 for more information.