The Advisory Newsletter

July/August 2019

New Asian Meal Site in Beaverton
We've partnered with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization to bring a new community meal site to Beaverton! The site opened in April and serves culturally specific meals to Asian older adults, most of whom are Vietnamese.

Meals are served from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday at the Phật Quang Buddhist Temple located at 4760 SW 160th Avenue in Beaverton.

The site is gaining in popularity and some days there have been more than 70 older adults coming to share a meal and socialize with others.

For more information, please call Huy Phan at 503-988-0273. 
Older Adult Comedy Workshop
Develop your joke-crafting skills in a new 12-week comedy workshop!

The comedy workshop is designed for adults age 60 or better who are experiencing anxiety or depression who would like to discover how to see the humor in life's challenges — and express it through the art of writing laugh-out-loud jokes!

The workshop will be held every Tuesday from 4 – 6 p.m., July 9 through September 24 at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) located at 18680 SW Shaw Street in Aloha.

For more information and to register, please call NAMI at 503-356-6835 or send an email to Dave Mowry at dave@washconami.org.
Mentorship Opportunities at Juvenile Services
Are you looking for a meaningful way to volunteer your time? Consider becoming a mentor through the Washington County Juvenile Department Mentoring Program.

The mentoring program is a component of the Supervision, Training and Employment Programs (STEP) and aims to inspire hope and motivation for youth involved in the criminal justice system. As a trained mentor, your role will focus on helping to empower a young person to develop social skills and reach their personal goals.

To learn more about this program, call Jennifer Yonker at 503-846-8775 or email her at Jennifer_Yonker@co.washington.or.us.
Lunch and Learn Classes in Hillsboro
Meals on Wheels People is hosting Lunch and Learns at the Sonrise Church meal site location.

These fun and informative sessions give older adults a chance to learn something new before they share a meal together. Upcoming sessions include:

  • July 9 at 10:30 a.m. – Beginner Tai Chi with JoysJe

  • July 31 at 11 a.m. – Eat Like the French: Rethinking Social Eating for Better Nutrition, Health and Well-Being. This class is taught by Kera Magarill from DAVS!

Sonrise Church is located at 6701 NE Campus Way in Hillsboro. Call Meals on Wheels People at 503-648-2950 for more information. 
Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival
Join us for the Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Directors Park in downtown Portland!

This event aspires to enrich the wider community’s understanding of the Muslim faith through experiencing the diversity of its cultures and customs.

The festival includes performances, food from around the world, arts and crafts from artisan vendors, henna, Islamic calligraphy as well as resources and information. DAVS will be hosting a booth at the event. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit the event page on the Muslim Educational Trust website. 
Veterans Stand Down
The annual Veterans Stand Down will take place on Thursday, August 22, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, located at 7553 NE Quatama Street in Hillsboro.

The Stand Down provides homeless veterans in our community a one-stop connection to a wide array of essential services, including medical and dental care, as well as breakfast, lunch, gear and clothing.

For more information, please call 503-846-3060 or email Sean Files at Sean_Files@co.washington.or.us.
DAVS Client Profile: "Susan"
Program: Oregon Project Independence
Oregon Project Independence (OPI) offers in-home supports for individuals 60+ and those 18-59 with a physical disability who need assistance to remain independent. It provides up to 15 hours per month of caregiving assistance and up to $250 per year for durable medical equipment.

“Susan” is an OPI client. At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease. In her adulthood, Susan was in a car accident that left her with a broken back and neck. A decade later, she had a heart attack which led to respiratory failure and then kidney failure. She survived, and these days she receives regular dialysis to stay alive.

Over the years, Susan had applied for many different programs but wasn’t eligible. Estranged from her family, she managed to get by on her own. That changed when she fell one day and ended up in the hospital. When she returned home she was unable to do many of the things she could before.

Through the DAVS Care Transitions program, Susan learned about OPI. After an evaluation, she was accepted into the program and now has a caregiver, Petra (pictured to the right of Susan, above), who comes two times a week and helps with laundry, cleaning, groceries and numerous other tasks.

Susan is grateful for the services she receives through the program, as they have helped her to maintain independence and the quality of life that is important to her.

Learn more about the OPI program by visiting the DAVS website. 
Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council
The Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council (AVSAC) advises and supports the policies, procedures, events and other activities carried out at DAVS.

The AVSAC meets the third Thursday of every other month from 9 10:30 a.m. at 5240 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite 300, in Hillsboro. The meetings are open to the public and we invite you to join us! For more information, call Janet at 503-846-3081.

Next meeting dates: July 18 and September 19.