Checking in, Just In Case You Need To Fly, Garbage Can Tool + Resource Round-up 2/18

Counselor Corner  /  News & Events Lincoln Park courtyard garden with several inches of snow, starting to melt

Hello, friends! I hope you reading this means that you have had power restored and your internet is fully functioning. And of course that you and your family are safe and healthy. What a week! As you can see, there is still snow in the courtyard at Lincoln Park, but the fields and the park are melting out.

If you receive SNAP and had to throw out food due to a storm-related power outage, you may be able to get replacement benefits. Learn more at the SNAP website or: English , ខ្មែរ, Русский, Español, Tiếng Việt.

This week’s story is Just In Case You Want To Fly, by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson. A modern-day Goodnight Moon, this book is half affirmation, half bedtime lullaby and all loving whimsey. It even has a dad joke! Where would you fly? What would you take?

Our Toolbox Tool for the second half of February is the 🗑️Garbage Can Tool🗑️ How many times have you told your child to “Just ignore them!” when someone is getting on his/her nerves? Easier said than done, right?  It is difficult for children (and many adults) not to take things personally. The Garbage Can Tool teaches this skill. We practice thinking  of mean stuff as “garbage” that can be placed in the Garbage Can where one can, hopefully, let it go.  You can learn more about the Garbage Can Tool in this video, newsletter, or from my hero, Pete The Cat, master of letting the little things go:

Resource Round-up 2/18

(some repeats, just in case)

  • SNAP Benefits May be Replaced for Food Damaged by Power Outages. SNAP recipients may request food replacement if they are in areas affected by the recent power outage. Deadline to apply: 10 days from the time a lack of power damaged your food. See news release HERE. Phone: 800-699-9075 or Email: 
  • City of Fairview Food Pantry. The City of Fairview with Wood Village,Troutdale and Multnomah County runs a Food Pantry Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church 2420 Fairview Ave.  Information:  503-753-5517 .
  • Portland Mercado Provides PPE for Local Entrepreneurs.  In conjunction with the State of Oregon, Portland Mercado is distributing PPE for local businesses. Here is the link to the application.
  • Foreclosure Assistance from Hacienda. The Hacienda Economic Opportunity Department has a program for helping people at risk for foreclosure: or 503-961-6432
  • Vaccine Sites for BIPOC and Immigrant Elders 70+ Click links or Call 503-988-8939 for help signing up for an appointment or interpretation services.
    • Gresham High School,  Tuesday, February 20th, 8:30am – 5:30pm, 1200 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030 
      • Sign up HERE . Anyone who had an appointment for 2/16 was automatically rescheduled for the same appointment time on Saturday, 2/20. Community members should have received an email, text message and automated phone call with the change to their appointment. If you are not available for your new appointment on 2/20 and need to reschedule, please call 503-988-8939.
    • Rockwood Boys and Girls Club (in conjunction with and next to Latino Network), Sunday, February 21, 8:30am-5:30pm, 454 SE 165th Ave, Portland, OR 97233
      • Sign up HERE . There are still slots available for the 2/21 clinic for any BIPOC/immigrant/refugee elders ages 70+ living in Multnomah County.  Note: they do not have to live in east Portland/Gresham (as was previously indicated).
  • Webinar on Faith and the COVID Vaccine. On February 11, several Oregon faith leaders and physicians came together to host a webinar entitled: “Faith and the COVID vaccine: A discussion about safety, theology, and responsibility.” Hosted by the Muslim Educational Trust President & Co-Founder Wajdi Said, the webinar features several local faith leaders. You can view the recording here.
  • Faith Leaders COVID-19 Vaccine Workshop. Dr. Rima Chamie, a Family Medical Physician,  spoke with faith leaders in the Portland metro region about the COVID-19 vaccine to support broader outreach and education within communities on February 12. You may view the webinar HERE .
  • CDC Toolkit on Vaccine for Community/Faith-Based Organizations. The CDC has put together a communications toolkit specifically for community and faith-based organizations. Included are items such as:Myths & Facts about COVID-19, Vaccine FAQs, Social media templates, Member letter templates, Posters, and Key messages. You can find the toolkit on the CDC website here.
  • Oregon Health Authority on Vaccine Access For People With Disabilities
  • Oregon City High School will be a Storm Resource Center on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18-19, from 10 am-4 pm.
    • Find blankets, water, flashlights, lanterns, batteries, snacks, and hand warmers.
    • Recharge your electrical devices (please bring your own charging cords)
    • Shower availability (please bring your own toiletries and towels if possible)
    • 30 lb food boxes (with perishable food) available while they last
  • Have you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to the winter storm?  You can request replacement benefits from DHS/SNAP  – your request  must be submitted within 10 days of the loss of food.  More information here .
  • REACHing US Older Adult COVID Vaccination Clinic (BIPOC/refugee/immigrant)
    • Highland Haven, 10am – 3pm – click link to sign up or call 503-988-8939 for interpretation services or support.