2011-2012 was a busy year for ORCCA as we launched new programs, streamlined procedures, and prepared to move into our new buildings in Coos Bay! Financing was finalized for the Child and Family Resource Center and construction began in December 2011. The building is scheduled to open in September in time for the Head Start school year. South Coast Food Share moved into its new warehouse in June.
One of the most exciting new programs at ORCCA is Home Now, a transitional housing program for families. By using efficiency apartments at Park West and working with community partners, families are getting a helping hand out of homelessness.
ORCCA also received two recognitions this year! ORCCA received the Better Business Bureau Charity Seal after having met the Standards for Charity Accountability and ORCCA was named AmeriCorps "Sponsor of the Year" for our region.
We continue to assess our services, listen to community needs, and work to ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity thrive. Looking into 2012-13, we are excited for the new possibilities our facilities will bring and are anticipating how we can partner with other local agencies to feed, house, warm, and educate children and families on the South Coast. Thank you for joining us in our mission and making it possible for more people to receive help when they need it most!
CEO Oregon Coast Community Action
2011-2012 Year in Review
- Increased services to clients even while in an economic recession
- 20 jobs created outside ORCCA through energy & green initiatives, $350,000 in local wages
- $1 Million in supplies purchased from local suppliers
- Partnered with the Elks and Safer Coastlines to offer CERT disaster response training and conducted initial research in preparing the organization for disaster readiness.
- Construction was swiftly underway on LaClair and Thomas getting ready for the new Food Bank and Child and Family Resource Center.
- Essential Services installed solar power in the follow facilities:
Two Transitional homes
Airport Heights apartments
Only four years ago, Michelle Humiston and her five children were alone in Coos Bay, staying at a shelter with nothing but their clothes. Now she helped build the new Child and Family Resource Center as a carpenter's apprentice.
Michelle knew what she wanted to do, but just couldn't catch a break to get there. Michelle was a TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) client barely getting by, when she walked through the doors at Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA). Her case manager suggested she enroll in the EmPower program, an innovative energy assistance program.
Through the EmPower program, ORCCA helped Michelle find and keep her housing, reduce her energy bills, go back to school, and two of her children enrolled in Head Start. Along the way she worked with South Coast Business Employment Corporation (SCBEC) to get more training and experience.
Michelle worked with SCBEC and South Western Oregon Community College (SWOCC) to complete the Oregon Green Tech Certificate program. With help from SWOCC, Michelle was connected with Oregon Tradeswoman, Inc., and completed an 8-week intensive training program in Portland that allowed her to get the credentials she needed to work as a carpenter.
Having completed the program in the fall, Michelle applied for work and, in a twist of fate, the first job she was offered was working for P&C Construction on the new Child and Family Resource Center, which will house new classrooms for Coos Bay Head Start. As a Head Start parent and Policy Council Member, it is a full circle as Michelle is now on post-TANF and has strong prospects for the future.
- Expansion of Great Afternoons including new afterschool and summer program offerings
- Expansion of Head Start by 36 slots, a 10% increase in children served
- Launched the new "I am for the child" campaign for CASA
- CASA working with County partners, hosted a workshop for teens who are aging out of foster care. CASA also offered two new volunteer trainings and served a total of 211 kids
- Formation of the ORCCA Children's Program Committee
I am for the child...
who is 17 years old, who has been in a wonderful foster family for four years with one of his four siblings and is graduating from high school. He is so grounded and is an amazing student and athlete. Now he is going to the Culinary Institute to follow his passion. I am for him. . .
CASA of Coos County
- Head Starts began using reusable drinkware in their classes
- South Coast Food Share has been reusing plastic wrap and worked with a community partner to reuse food waste
- Head Starts have provided Green training for staff members
- Active Head Start "Going Green" committee
- Head Start switching to green products for cleaning at all sites
- AmeriCorps volunteers piloted energy education in elementary school classes
AmeriCorps NCCC team members developed classes on sustainability and energy education which they presented at 3 elementary schools in Coos Bay! Highlighting energy education and water conservation, they tutored 302 elementary students through 23 classes.
- Offered free flu shot clinics in partnership with Walgreens, with more to come
- Played a lead role in the "Stand Down for Veterans" second annual event
- Created Home Now, a new program to provide transitional housing for homeless families
- Added an additional pantry, Salvation Army
- Expanded the Snack Pack Program to serve more than 700 kids
- Acquired a new truck for South Coast Food Share
- Obtained funding for freezers & refrigerators for South Coast Food Share partner agencies
- Curry County provided for holiday needs through the giving tree program grant
The Home Now program is intended to help homeless families receive the necessary support for them to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. The supports the families receive depend on the individual needs of each family. No two families will be exactly the same. Support for the families will come in all varieties and may include: financial, emotional and physical areas.
The first Home Now Family entered the program in February 2012. Before entering Home Now, the family of 4 had spent over 6 months apart, with the kids staying with extended family, and Mom and Dad living out of their car. 16 months ago they were forced to move and after soon losing employment, they could not afford to move into new housing. Within the two weeks of the program, the family acquired food stamps, TANF, and OHP for all 4 members, and Dad started working with a local construction company. The family successfully excited the program.
Facts and Statistics
|Emergency Food||(* Duplicated Total)|
|• Households Receiving||44, 236*|
|Emergency Food Boxes|
|• Number of Individuals||118, 281*|
|• Emergency Meals Served||198,690*|
|According to the Oregon Food Bank 33% of the people receiving emergency food In our region that means that over 39,000 children a year receive food through the food bank network.|
|Social Security Support||6||People|
|Completed furnace replacements||51||Homes|
|(saving over $20,000 & 125KWHs annually)|
|Early Head Start||56||Babies|
|New CASA volunteers||10|
|Donated||1800||pounds of food|
|(for Reedsport Food pantries, which serve up to 1500 families each year)|
|Great Afternoons activities||727||individuals|
|Grants and Contracts||$8,942,420|
|Interest and Other Income||$40,177|
|• Youth Services||$4,902,109|
|• Energy Services||$2,120,859|
|• Housing & Emergency Serv.||$1,917,229|
|Total Program Services||$8,940,197|
|Management & General||$746,105|
The full audited financial statements can be found at: www.orcca.us/corporatedocuments
ORCCA Officers and Board of Directors
- Brenda Brecke, Chair
- Mirrandah Wittman, Vice-Chair
- Cecilia Lyon, Treasurer
- Christina Alexander, Secretary
- Carl Siminow
- Kedric Brissette
- Ranelle Morris
- Marcia Hart
- Carole Akre
- Mikel Chavez
- Matt Zook
|ORCCA Employees and Volunteers|
Looking Towards the Future: 2012-2013 Work Plan
Going Green- Sustainability at ORCCA:
Care for the environment so that we can be self-sufficient and take care of our neighbors today and tomorrow.
Funding - Abundant Resources for ORCCA Services and the Community:
Develop opportunities for ORCCA services by increasing and sustaining funding for our programs.
Programs - Helping our Neighbors Today & Tomorrow:
Improve services, grow programs, and meet community needs through innovative strategies to bring social and economic justice
Facilities - Build our home:
Create places for the ORCCA family to learn and grow.
Staff Support - Support Staff Wellness, Health, and Productivity:
Encourage a company culture of vitality through training opportunities, and supporting health and wellbeing.
Communications - connect with each other and the world:
Inspire action through communication and networking, thoughtful recordkeeping, and increasing outreach and accessibility