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Review for Northwest Family Services, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

PIO participant Kenny Aromin posted this review on our Facebook page: "I had an Amazing opportunity to participate in a twelve week parenting coaching series. Learning through a great curriculum identifying skills and steps towards being the best parent I can be. The Instructor Samantha F. was helpful beyond belief. Over the course of the class she promoted a culture of trust and used positive reinforcement around situations that required delicacy. These our our kids we are talking about. I strongly recommend this to any parent looking to learning more about the potential they have. 10/10"

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Review for Northwest Family Services, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Kelly is a 7th grader at a middle school in Oregon City where Northwest Family Services (NWFS) staff works with high risk students to provide them and their families with much-needed resources. Kelly and her five siblings live with her parents and grandparents in one house. There is little to no money for her to do any extra activities outside of school. The NWFS staff person reached out to the homeless liaison at the school to see if Kelly would be able to get her school softball fee waived so she could participate on the girls' softball team. NWFS heard back that if the mom would fill out the registration form, she would be able to get the fee taken care of. After the registration was taken care of, NWFS heard back from the mom in an e-mail that read, “All done with Kelly's registration! Thank you all so very, very much! You truly have no idea how happy you all have made my Daughter. With all the struggles our family has faced in the last few years, my daughter's beautiful smiles have become increasingly rare. I cannot thank you all enough for allowing us to see her beautiful smile again.”

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Review for Northwest Family Services, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

At the beginning of the school year, a high school counselor referred a student to Molly Martinez, Northwest Family Services' PreventNet School Site Coordinator. The student needed assistance with OHP re-enrollment for herself as well as for her younger sister, so they could continue to see their Trillium therapist. Not knowing much about her background, Molly met with the student to inquire more and found out that she is almost 19 years old, and has been the acting guardian of her 16-year-old sister for several months now. They have no family involved in their lives, and both are currently ‘couch surfing’ at different friends’ houses because they have nowhere else to live. The student had started attending a local alternative high school as a freshman back in 2014, but after some time of spotty attendance, and flying just under the radar, she stopped attending school. The school later found out that the small home that she and her sister were living in at the time with their biological mother and step-father was well-known in the neighborhood for having a large number of unaccompanied youth, as well as various other adults also staying there, and was eventually raided by the police for a number of reasons. The house was lost and they had to find a new location to live, but their biological mother left town and abandoned them, and they opened an investigation against their step-father in which they both were victims. Over this past summer, the sisters resurfaced at the high school, wanting to re-enroll. Since then, they’ve been coming to school daily, working diligently, despite having to care for themselves while also navigating numerous systems. Molly connected them with the school district Student and Family Advocate, who works with homeless and unaccompanied youth and families. She came in to meet with the older sister to help her apply for housing, SNAP benefits, as well as Oregon Health Plan for herself and her sister. Molly got the girls some new clothing through Bloomin’ Boutique in Oregon City, checked in with them weekly to review grades and set academic goals, and even helped them to create resumes and apply to various jobs. The following week, the younger sister came to Molly, ecstatic because she was called in for an interview for a retail position at the local shopping mall. After the interview, she was hired for a part-time position there. Despite being so dauntless and hard-working, there were many days when the older sister came to the counseling office in tears because of all of the stresses and hardships in her life. She’s working daily to secure housing for herself and her sister, filling out applications, managing paperwork, navigating healthcare to schedule appointments and obtain medications, trying to find a job to earn money, as well as trying to do well in school in order to graduate and advance in her life. It's amazing how much both of these girls are dealing with in their personal lives, yet they still manage to attend school and complete work. They often talk about their futures and are finally getting to a place where they feel safe and secure. Molly was able to secure an award of $1200 for each of them for living expenses through Building Blocks for Kids, who support youth who are aging out of foster care. These scholarships helped to ease their financial burden, at least temporarily, so they could focus on school and work towards the futures that they dream about. Looking back, it would have been easy for someone to simply assist them with health insurance and move on, allowing them to slip through the cracks like they had once before. But Molly Martinez of Northwest Family Services saw two bright young girls who were forced to navigate adulthood much too soon, and knew she could do more to help make a difference in their lives and to help them navigate their own lives...

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