Scary News, Beekle, Resource Round-Up 1/7

Counselor Corner  /  News & Events Ms. Snyder holds up the book, Beekle, as she points to a poster about resilience.

My friends, what a week it has been already this year. First of all, I hope you had a wonderful winter break and wish you good health and happiness in the year to come. The recent incidents of violence and the terrorist attack on the Capitol this week have been weighing heavily on my heart. If you are seeking resources for talking about scary news, here are some tip sheets and articles that may prove helpful.

This month, we are learning about RESILIENCE (an unintentionally timely happenstance), the ability to bounce back from adverse events. You can foster resilience by building strong relationships and optimistic attitudes. Did you know that the strongest predictor of resilience in children is a strong relationship with a caring adult? Here is a story by Dan Santant about an imaginary friend named Beekle who experiences adversities, but maintains hope and perseveres to find his person. I always love Dan Santant’s illustrations, but I also love the message of this particular story (se also: After The Fall). How did you meet your best friend (real or imaginary)?

Tonight, January 7th, the School Board will be discussing plans for what will happen re: virtual vs. in-person instruction after January 8th. You can watch the stream live at 7 pm or view it later on the district YouTube channel.

Resource Round-up

  • If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can find links and information here.
  • Free Tax Service: Metropolitan Family Services is offering a FREE service to families who need to renew their ITIN number. Their weekly hotline is available on Thursdays from 2:00pm-6:00pm. See attached flyer: FreeTaxService and FreeTaxServiceESP . Staff are available who speak English and Spanish. 
  • Vaccine Q&A from SEI for the Black and African communities.  Friday 1/8 at 5 pm.  See flyer for more information or visit SEI’s Facebook page.
  • Here is a DIY Study Carrel video from our Occupational Therapy department- Mrs. Renick even throws in some handy organizational tips.
  • Free class for Black/African American parents and caregivers of children with mental health barriers from NAMI Multnomah County.  See flyer.  Other offerings and services from NAMI can be found here.
  • Human Solutions properties in Multnomah County with short/no wait list.  Click link for flyer:  Glisan Commons, Arbor Glen, Rockwood Building, Lincoln Woods, Rosewood Plaza.
  • Multnomah County Library is offering Chromebook 101 classes for people who need to learn the basics of using a Chromebook (flyer)
  • Planned Parenthood has a job opening for an Education and Training Coordinator
  • Brave Space is offering micro grants for transgender and nonbinary folks
  • CEU opportunity: Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes for People Impacted by Poverty and Racism (Thanks Mary Joy)
  • LCSNW is starting a Dari-speaking women’s group, virtually for now (English, Dari)
  • SE Works has a Professional Immigrant Credential Program that helps refugees and immigrants with long term employment goals based on their degrees/certifications received in other countries. They are actively looking for new enrollments (flyer)
  • Cascadia is having a screening of the film, “John Lewis: Get in the Way” in early February. You can sign up here.
  • Information about Public Charge. Seek public benefits/public charge legal advice from Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center’s Public Benefits Hotline at 1-800-520-5292. Stay informed about changes to Public Charge by checking Oregon Immigration Resource and Protecting Immigrant Families 
  • Driver License, Vehicle Tag Grace Period Extended into 2021. If your driver license, permit or vehicle registration expires between Nov 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, you have three months after the expiration date to renew without being cited. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles is allowing this grace period in order to catch up with the backlog caused by COVID-19. DMV offices are open by appointment. Visit for a list of services available by office. Some services are available online at
  • Applications Now Open for OCF 2021 Community Grants. Oregon Community Foundation announces that 2021 Community Grants is now open for applications, aiming to offer community-based organizations flexible types of support, with prioritized funding for those communities most disproportionately impacted by the multiple crises in Oregon. The Request for Proposals is available on the website, including Program Guidelines, application questions priorities and frequently asked questions. Key dates:
    • Application submission period: December 15, 2020 – February 1, 2021, 5 p.m. Those that submit an application by the early bird deadline of January 18 will be entered to win one of two $2,500 general operating support grants.
    • January 6, 2021, 4 p.m. – 5 pm.: Community Grants 2021 applicant webinar and Q&A. RSVP here.
  • Oregon Health Authority Vaccine Updates 1/8/21
    • View the OHA COVID-19 Vaccine Facts sheet
    • View OHA Social Media Vaccine Toolkit
    • Questions about the vaccine? You can email with your vaccine questions.
    • View this FAQ on vaccines in Oregon
    • Governor Kate Brown Issues Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination. The Governor has set a goal of ramping up to 12,000 vaccinations per day by the end of next two weeks. Read the full news release here.
  • Videos on Face Coverings. Multnomah County published videos with tips for wearing face coverings (wearing is caring) and how face coverings work:
  • UCLA COVID-19 Resources Available in Many Languages. Use this UCLA-sponsored website to search for specific topics related to COVID-19 in specific language
  • Civic Dialogue Workshops. The Multnomah County Prevention and Health Promotion Program is excited to host two civic dialogue workshops with Portland United Against Hate (PUAH). Learn more about the coalition here!
    • The first workshop will be led by Debra Kolodny: 
      • Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces (3 hours). This workshop will be hosted over the course of two 1.5 hour sessions on the following dates: 
      • Monday January 4th: 3:30-5:00pm 
      • Monday January 11th from: 3:30-5:00pm
    • The second workshop will be led by Harout Akdedian: 
      • The Trauma of Anti-Immigrant Hate: Impact and intervention from a trauma-informed perspective (2 hours)
        • This workshop will be hosted as one 2 hour workshop on the following date:
        • Monday March 29th – 3:30-5:30pm
          Find more information HERE. If you would like to register for either or both of these workshops, register here. You will receive participation gift cards for each of the sessions you attend.
  • Oregon Eviction Moratorium Extended. HB 4401 established a new eviction moratorium that will end June 30, 2021. It is different than past moratoria and tenants must document that they have experienced financial hardship impacting their ability to pay rent after March 16, 2020. Read more here. If you need advice or support with your landlord please contact the Community Alliance of Tenants or Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Please see this helpful summary of the eviction mortarium from our partners at the Oregon Law Center.
  • Moratorium on Foreclosures Extended for FHA Loans. The FHA moratorium on single family FHA-insured mortgages has been extended through February 28. Borrowers with FHA-insured mortgages seeking additional information on available options should visit FHA’s COVID-19 Resources for Homeowners web page on Other homeowners are encouraged to visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Coronavirus Mortgage and Housing Assistance web pages. 
  • The Multnomah County Public Health Division, Community Partnerships & Capacity Building Unit is hiring!
    • Community Partnerships with Latinx community 
    • Questions: Contact Chandra Montgomery  at or +1 (503) 9884733 x84733
    • Note: Anyone who has relevant experience is encouraged to apply.  In lieu of a degree, we will consider any combination of education, training and experience.
    • Closing date: January 11th
  • Black Mental Health Oregon Free Food Market. Shop for healthy fresh food free at the Black Mental Health Free Food Market on Thursdays 12:00-2:00 at Olivet Baptist Church, 8501 N. Chautauqua Blvd. See flyer in five languages.