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Faith-Based Coffee Update

Meeting on May 28, 2020
Meeting Updates
Faith-Based Coffee does not meet during
the summer months of June, July or August.
Please watch for an announcement of the fall meeting later this summer.
Many thanks to everyone who joined the online Faith-Based Coffee meeting on May 28. We had approximately 50 participants. Please press the red button below to access a recording of the meeting. The recording begins just after the meeting started and includes the summary from the break-out groups. This recording will be available until Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
Announcements and Resources
Teen Talk is Open
Kris Henriksen shared that Teen Talk, the crisis line for youth in Clark County, is open. Youth can access the line in any of several ways:

In addition, Kris has 250 support kits available for delivery to any middle/high school teen who lives in Clark County. Each kit contains a journal, a Peppy Pen, a kit to make a resilience cheerleader for stressful times, a stress squishy, info on how to handle stress, and a small yummy treat.

Kris has already sent out 200 kits, so don't wait if you know someone who would benefit. To request a kit, any youth, parent or caregiver can email Kris at kris.henriksen@clark.wa.gov . Include the name(s) and mailing address(es) for the youth.
Compassion Vancouver Heights, a free medical and dental clinic scheduled for
July 18, has been CANCELLED to be safe during COVID-19.
Clark County Department of Community Services Receives COVID Response Funds
Rebecca Royce announced that Clark County Department of Community Services is receiving COVID funding from the Community Services Block Grant. The Community Action Advisory Board elected to use this money to bolster existing community services: the Clark County Food Bank, Volunteer Lawyers Program, 211 Info, Clark College Financial Wellness, Partners in Careers' Career Academy and the SHARE Hunger Response Program.
Support for those who have or who care for people with Traumatic Brain Injury
Carla-Jo Whitson is the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Manager for Southwest Washington with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA). This is a free state funded program for people who have experienced a brain injury and those who support them. If you have questions or need help, please contact Carla-Jo at CarlaJoW@BIAWA.org, 360.991.4928; BIAWA Resource Line - 877.982.4292
Turn adversity into resilience:
Help others heal from child sexual abuse as a #SHINE Ambassador
The Clark County Children's Justice Center wants to shed light on the issue of child sexual abuse. They are looking for adult survivors of childhood abuse who can pass on messages of healing and hope to others.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact  Amy Russell .
Foster Parents Needed Now!
Catholic Community Services International is seeking foster families for children. For information, please contact Stephaniebro@ccsww.org or call 360.836-2556.
Featured DIscussions
"SEWcial Distancing" Club protects Clark County with one stitch at a time
Clark County seamstresses have banded together on front porches across our community. They call themselves the SEWcial Distancing club and they meet outdoors on people's front porches to ensure their name is reflected in their practice.

With needles and ironing boards at the ready, they have stitched together and donated more than 18,000 masks to 150 organizations including hospitals, nursing home, the Clark County Food Bank and more.

Barbara Rogers, one of the club founders, said that a side benefit of helping others has been the reduction in anxiety that volunteers feel when they have a way to help out.

The group was started through The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and is open to anyone with a heart and skills to help. If you would like to be involved, you can connect through their Facebook site.
Compassion and Safety for All - Campaign and Outreach
Presented by Diana Avalos-Leos, founder of the Latino Youth Conference.

Through a collaborative effort by the Latino Youth Conference, NAACP, LULAC and the Latino Community Resource Group, a culturally-inclusive communication campaign to share safety information about COVID-19 and to support resilience among communities of color is being launched. The visuals and messaging were informed and tested by members of their key audiences.

Future efforts by this partnership will focus on parenting, mental health, wellness, education and learning, and more. In addition to culturally-informed graphics and messaging for COVID-19, the partners are launching a youth video contest aimed at preventing substance use.

You can contact Diana to learn more at clark.co.latinoyouthconference@gmail.com
You can also follow the Latino Youth Conference on FaceBook.
Child Abuse and Mandatory Reporting During COVID-19
Presented by Amy Russell, executive director for the Children's Justice Center.

Reports of child abuse are down by 50 percent during COVID-19. Experts suspect this is b ecause children are not attending school or other activities where potential abuse may be identified. Other data indicates child abuse may be higher than ever:
  • Online exploitation of children is up 100 percent since COVID started
  • Reports from emergency rooms indicate injuries from abuse are more extensive and extreme
  • Domestic Violence has increased, which is traumatic for children who are present or who may intervene

Recent data indicates that children at greatest risk of abuse are those who have:
  • Disabilities (4 - 6 times the risk of abuse)
  • Lack of connection
  • Three or more siblings
  • Increased mental health needs, a history of suicide attempts, self-harm, depression or past sexual or physical abuse

What you can do
  • Watch for signs of potential abuse such as bruises, burns or injuries, or signs of neglect, such as being inappropriately dressed for the weather, being alone, dirty, or hungry, when connecting with students on-line


  • Report suspected abuse to Region 6 hotline: 866.764-2233 or to the

  • Washington state reporting hotline: 866.363-4276

Our Child Care Crisis and How You Can Help
Presented by Debbie Ham, Executive Director of SELF
T he Healthy Communities Newsletter is published the first week of each month.
To submit announcements or share information, please send complete information or attach a high resolution PDF file to Cyndie.Meyer@clark.wa.gov by the 20th of the month prior.
All submissions will be screened and may be edited prior to publication.

If you would like to receive the Healthy Communities Newsletter , please email Jan.Dolph@clark.wa.gov
For other formats, contact the Clark County ADA Office
Voice 564.397.2322 / Relay 711 or 800.833.6388 / Email ADA@clark.wa.gov