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How Events are Sorted:

First, at the top of the list: SAMHSA Disaster Helpline and similar links.

Next in the list: Bundled “All Day” Events for organizations with events happening at multiple times throughout the day and/or in many formats or locations; these are bundled into a single listing to prevent endless scrolling.  Usually these offer a lookup by zip code or other criteria. 

Lastly, Time-Specific Events listed by start time from 12:01am early morning to 11:59pm late night.  Warmlines and places east of Oregon’s time zone tend to start earlier (e.g. 4am in Oregon is 7am in New York).

02-Urgent Info – Oregon Winter Storm 2023 – Shelter, Transportation, Information
Jan 1 2020 – Dec 31 2023 all-day

2023 Oregon Winter Storm

Shelters, Transporation, Information

Multnomah County

All active severe weather warming shelters will remain open during daytime hours today, Friday, Feb. 24, and also stay open overnight:

All sites welcome pets and are accessible to people with disabilities.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info(link is external) by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-698-6155.  211info staff are available to identify shelters, warming centers, and review transportation options 24/7 for Multnomah County.


Free transportation to warming shelters will be available by calling 2-1-1. Starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday through noon Saturday, people in need can ride TriMet to warming shelters or any other warming space without being turned away if they cannot afford to pay fare.  Due to road conditions, expect delays.

If you are concerned about someone you see during colder conditions, such as an individual who is not dressed for the weather conditions, call the non-emergency response line at 503-823-3333 and request a welfare check.

If someone is unsheltered and their life appears to be in danger, call 9-1-1 for medical attention.

Year-round shelters

Portland Rescue Mission
111 W Burnside Street, Portland 97209
Intake: Walk in or call 503-906-7690 for information. Additional beds available for winter shelter.
Hours: Check-in: 7 days per week 8am-2pm for lottery, 7pm for bed, 7:30pm for mat

CityTeam International
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
Intake: Walk in to sign up 5:45pm, must be checked in by 6:30pm. $5 nightly fee waived during severe weather.
Hours: 7 days per week 5:45pm-7am

Wy’East Shelter
1415 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland 97233
Intake: Visit website to fill out an online referral form. Shelter intake times will vary as the shelter often maintains a waitlist. Once a space is reserved, the guest may continue to use the space until they no longer need it.
Hours: Shelter services: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week, but check-in changes based on intake appointment time
Referrals accepted Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm

Laurelwood Center
6130 SE Foster Road, Portland OR 97206
Intake: Intake is done through the TPI Resource Center. If guests arrive at the shelter location without going through the reservation lottery intake, they will be turned away. Once a space is reserved, it is saved until the guest does not return.
Hours: TPI Resource Center walk in: 650 NW Irving Street, Portland, 7 Days per week 8am-4pm
TPI Resource Center phone: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, 503-280-4700
Shelter: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Gresham Women’s Shelter
Intake: Call 2-1-1 to be added to a callback list when the list is open
Hours: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Willamette Center
5120 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland 97202
Intake: Intake is done through the TPI Resource Center. If guests arrive at the shelter location without going through the reservation lottery intake, they will be turned away. Once a space is reserved, it is saved until the guest does not return.
Hours: TPI Resource Center walk in: 650 NW Irving Street, Portland, 7 Days per week 8am-4pm
TPI Resource Center phone: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, 503-280-4700
Shelter: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Walnut Park Shelter
5329 NE Martin Luther King Junior, Portland OR 97211
Intake: Intake is done through the TPI Resource Center. If guests arrive at the shelter location without going through the reservation lottery intake, they will be turned away. Once a space is reserved, it is saved until the guest does not return.
Hours: TPI Resource Center walk in: 650 NW Irving Street, Portland, 7 Days per week 8am-4pm
TPI Resource Center phone: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, 503-280-4700
Shelter: Overnight only until November 1st, then 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

River District Navigation Center
1111 NW Naito Parkway, Portland OR 97209
Intake: Intake is done through the TPI Resource Center. If guests arrive at the shelter location without going through the reservation lottery intake, they will be turned away. Once a space is reserved, it is saved until the guest does not return.
Hours: TPI Resource Center walk in: 650 NW Irving Street, Portland, 7 Days per week 8am-4pm
TPI Resource Center phone: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, 503-280-4700
Shelter: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Creating Conscious Communities with People Outside (C(3)PO) Outdoor COVID-19 Shelter
Intake: By reservation only. Walk in to one of the three locations listed below to sign up. Agencies will reach out as shelter space is available. Once a guest has a space reserved it is theirs until no longer needed. One site prioritizes people who identify as LGBTQ+, while a second site prioritizes people from communities of color.
-BIPOC Affinity Village: 84 NE Weidler Street
-Queer Affinity Village: 42 SE Water Avenue
-Blended Village: NW 6th and Glisan
Hours: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Bybee Lakes Hope Center Shelter
Intake: Call 971-333-5070 for intake
Hours: Intake: 7 days per week 8am-8pm

Multnomah County Family Shelters
Intake: Call 2-1-1 to be screened and added to the waitlist
Hours: Waitlist/Intake Line: 7 days per week 9am-5pm. Shelter: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Porch Light Youth Shelter
1635 SW Alder Street, Portland 97205
Intake: Walk in or call Janus Youth Access Center at 503-432-3986
Hours: 7 days per week 8:45pm-8:45am for emergency shelter access

Clackamas County

Open Shelters

  • Father’s Heart Street Ministry
    603 12th St.,Oregon City
    Service pets (on leash or in carriers) are accepted.
    Open Date/Time: Wed., Feb. 22 2023 9:00 AM
    Close Date/Time: Fri., Feb. 24 2023 1:00 PM
  • Molalla Hope Center
    209 Kennel Avenue, Molalla
    Dogs and other small pets in carriers are welcome, but check with the staff. Hot drinks available. Dinner is served around 7 p.m.
    Open Date/Time: Thu., Feb. 23 2023 8:00 AM
    Close Date/Time: Sun., Feb. 26 2023 8:00 AM
  • Zoar Lutheran Church Shelter, Dinner at 6PM
    190 SW Third Ave.,Canby
    Dinner will be at about 5 to 6 p.m. There may be other activities at the church from 6 to 8 p.m.  Dogs on leash and other small pets in carriers are welcome, but check with the staff.
    Open Date/Time: Wed., Feb. 22 2023 5:00 PM
    Close Date/Time: Sat., Feb. 25 2023 7:00 AM

Daytime Centers

Call 2-1-1 or visit 211info to confirm openings and for additional shelter information

Unless otherwise noted, all sites are ADA accessible, allow service animals only, and are open to the general public. Mask guidelines are subject to change but at this time are optional.

  • Canby Library – Open
    220 NE 2nd Ave, Canby map
    Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Friday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Open to public as a warming center when temps reach 35 degrees or lower.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, restrooms, water fountain.
  • City of Milwaukie’s Ledding Library – Closed
    10660 SE 21st Ave., Milwaukie map
    TriMet: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 70, 75, 99, 152, Max Orange Line
    Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, restrooms, water fountain.
  • Estacada Community Center – Closed
    200 SW Club House Dr., Estacada map
    TriMet Line 30
    Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, water. Lunch is served Tuesday-Thursday, donation for 60 and older, and $4 for anyone else. Library, table games, and puzzles available.
  • Father’s Heart Street Ministry – Open
    603 12th St., Oregon City map
    Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Gladstone Senior Center – Open
    1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone map
    TriMet Line 34 and 31
    Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open to public when temps reach 35 degrees or lower AND The Gladstone Emergency Center announces to public via city website, social media and phone message.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, small snacks, and access to computers. Lunch is served Tuesday-Thursday. Suggested donation of $4 for 60 and older, and $5 for everyone else. Everyone is welcome.
  • Happy Valley Library – Closed
    13793 SE Sieben Park Way, Clackamas map
    TriMet Line 155 and 156
    Sunday, Monday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, restrooms, water fountain.
  • Hoodland Library – Open
    24525 E Welches Rd, Welches map 
    Serviceable via Mt Hood Express
    Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
    Restrooms and water fountains available.
  • Lake Oswego Adult Community Center – Open
    505 G Ave., Lake Oswego map 
    1/2 mile from Lake Oswego Transit Center
    Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, and access to a computer. Lunch is served Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation of $4 for 60 and older, and $5 for everyone else.
  • Lake Oswego Library – Closed
    706 4th St., Lake Oswego map 
    3 blocks from Lake Oswego Transit Center, routes 35, 36, 37, 38
    Monday –Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, restrooms, water fountain.
  • Oregon City Library – Opening at noon
    606 John Adams St., Oregon City map 
    TriMet Line 33 and 32
    Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, restrooms, water fountain
  • Sandy Library – Open
    38980 Proctor Blvd, Sandy map 
    Serviceable by SAM
    Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    Restrooms and water fountains available.
  • West Linn Community Center – Closed
    22500 Salamo Road, West Linnmap
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, games, a library, restrooms, water fountain.
  • West Linn Library – Closed
    1595 Burns St., West Linn map  
    TriMet Line 35
    Monday, Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    We offer free Wi-Fi, restrooms, water fountain.

Washington County

Washington County opens additional Severe Weather Shelter Capacity 2/22/2023 at 3 p.m. until inclement weather ends

Washington County opens additional Severe Weather Shelter Capacity 2/22/2023 at 3 p.m. until inclement weather ends

Due to dangerous weather conditions, Washington County has activated inclement weather shelters to anyone seeking shelter through the winter weather event. Unhoused people seeking shelter should present in person at the locations listed below:

The Salvation Army Building, 1440 SE 21st Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR

Shelters will remain open 24 hours throughout the severe weather event. Hot meals are provided for guests, no one will be turned away, and domestic pets are okay (be prepared to work with shelter staff as locations individual pet policies may vary). To help someone obtain transportation to a shelter location, please call 503-846-4722.

If someone outside is unsheltered and whose life appears to be in danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned during cold weather call the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and request a welfare check.

For additional information about the program, please contact

Winter Shelter

The Winter Shelter Program has historically operated between November and March to provide life-saving emergency shelter. Until Washington County increases year-round shelter capacity, winter shelter capacity is critical to keeping people safe from the winter elements.

From November 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023 Washington County funded four winter shelter sites throughout the County for youth, individuals, and families. Locations include the Hillsboro Cloverleaf building, the Beaverton Community Center, and motel vouchers for families and medically fragile individuals.

To access shelter and housing resources, contact Community Connect (our coordinated entry system to receive services) at 503-640-3263 or email

If someone outside is unsheltered and whose life appears to be in danger, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, if you see someone about whom you are concerned during cold weather call the police non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and request a welfare check.


If you need shelter from winter weather, call the Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline at 360-695-9677. Council for the Homeless can provide referrals for winter shelters.

To get warm during the day, go to St. Paul Lutheran Church’s basement shelter at 1309 Franklin St., Vancouver, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Overnight walk-in shelters include:

  • Living Hope Church, 2711 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver, open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. No referral is needed.
  • Washougal Community Center, 1681 C St., Washougal, open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. No referral is needed.

Winter weather and City of Portland services

You can help all Portlanders survive the freezing temperatures by checking in on neighbors, whether housed or unhoused.If you are concerned for someone during colder conditions, such as an individual who is not dressed for the weather conditions, call the non-emergency response line at 503-823-3333 and request a welfare check.

Call 911 if someone is showing symptoms of hypothermia: shivering uncontrollably or suffering confusion, slurred speech or drowsiness. Get them somewhere warm and dry.

Call the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) hotline at 503-988-3646 for 24-hour information and assistance to older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers.

Our Benson bubbler water fountains are a critical drinking water source for people living outside, but they can be hazardous during cold weather as the water can leak on the sidewalks and freeze. We have turned most of them off for safety, but three bubblers remain in operation so that they’re accessible to those that need them. The working bubblers are located at:

  • NE Wheeler & NE Holladay
  • NW 6th & W Burnside
  • NW Everett at the waterfront, south of Steel Bridge (west side of the Willamette River)


Road closures and transportation updates

PBOT Ready Yeti Cartoon

Get the latest severe weather travel tips, road closures, chain advisories and more on the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Winter Weather webpage. PBOT serves as the City’s hub for real-time information to help you stay safe and get where you need to go during winter weather events.

Check highway conditions before you go at

Check for the latest bus and MAX service information before you go.


Parks and community centers

Are you planning to visit your favorite City park or attend a class or activity at a community or arts center? Check Portland Parks & Recreation’s Inclement Weather Policy and Closures or call 503-823-2533 for information.


Protect plumbing, report water main breaks and other service impacts

Cartoon of two Water Bureau employees turning off a water main in winter weather

Learn how to prepare your home plumbing for winter weather.

Check out The Water Blog for news about winter weather impacts to water. Be our eyes and ears! If you think you’ve spotted a broken main, call our 24-hour emergency line at 503-823-4874. Crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.


Downed trees

Did you see a downed tree or large limb on City property or public streets? Report it by calling 503-823-TREE (8733). Please be patient; Urban Forestry crews are minimizing safety risks and clearing the largest debris first. Emergency dispatchers are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Urban Forestry work to address tree emergencies citywide due to severe weather conditions. The priority is to remove trees and tree debris from public roads and thoroughfares, starting with the most-traveled routes and working our way into neighborhoods. It’s important to provide ambulances and fire trucks with clear paths.

If you see large tree debris left by Urban Forestry emergency response efforts, crews will return at a later date to remove it. A large volume of emergency incidents will affect the timeline.

Here is additional information to help you as we continue the emergency response:

  • Call 503-823-TREE for the fastest way to report tree emergencies. If phone lines are busy, consider reporting online using the PDX Reporter website.
  • Emergency Situations:
    • If a tree emergency situation involves downed wires please contact your utility provider first. PP&R Urban Forestry staff are unable to respond until electrical hazards have been addressed. For road closures visit PBOT’s webpage.
    • Please avoid calling for NON-emergency issues as crews are focused at this time on reopening major roads and thoroughfares in Portland.
  • Large Branches & Trunks:
    • For larger branches or stumps, contact your garbage and recycling company to get a cost estimate for a special bulky waste pickup.
    • Or find pick-up and drop-off options through Metro’s Find A Recycler tool: type in your home address and search for “branches” or “stumps.” Or call 503-234-3000 to speak with a Metro recycling specialist (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
    • If you see a woodpile that City of Portland crews assembled for later removal; that is standard protocol. It may take weeks for our capacity to allow for staff to remove the debris, as we deal with those more than 700 tree emergencies citywide.
  • Small Branches (up to 3 feet long and under 4 inches thick):
    • For wood debris on sidewalk, it’s the responsibility of the adjacent property owners.
    • If your yard or sidewalk are filled with tree branches after the snow melts, you can fill your green compost bin with branches up to 3 feet long and under 4 inches thick. You can also set out extra bags, bundles or cans of branches for $3.75 per bag, bundle, or can (The maximum size is 32 gallons and 45 pounds per bag/bundle/can)
    • Additionally, please consider contacting a Tree Care Provider or lawn care professional to assist with your debris pile.


Home safety advice from Fire & Rescue

Home heating can be a source of many hazards. From electric heaters to wood stoves, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of a fire. For more information on how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe in your home during winter weather, visit Portland Fire & Rescue’s Winter Fire Safety Tips or PF&R’s Twitter account for space heaterfireplace and other fire safety tips.

Stay safe when heating rooms in your home. Local fire departments report an uptick in families using space heaters to keep rooms warm. Alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating or cooking can cause carbon monoxide to build up — in a home, garage, or camper — and to poison the people and animals inside.


Garbage, recycling and compost collection

Snow and Ice Garbage and Recycling Pickup Snowman

In case of snow or ice, leave your bins at the curb. Your garbage company will come as soon as they can. Learn more.


Building inspections

Inclement weather may affect some building inspections from the Bureau of Development Services. Check the Bureau of Development Servicesservices affected by snow and ice.


General preparedness for winter weather

Questions on how to prepare for snow, ice, wind, and other winter weather? Visit’s winter weather resource webpage with information on how to stay safe and get help before, during, and after a storm.


Sign up for public emergency alerts

Sign up for public emergency alerts at PublicAlerts so you know when an emergency is happening in the Portland-Vancouver Region. Getting info quickly gives you power to take action. It could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.


Sidewalks should be shoveled

Property owners or tenants are responsible for shoveling the snow and removing ice from in front of their homes and businesses. Check in with neighbors who might need a hand. Some elderly homeowners or people with disabilities may have physical challenges or risk injury in the snow and ice.


0 – Helpline – SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline @ 1-800-985-5990 (Multilingual) or 1-800-846-8517 (TTY) – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends
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0 - Helpline - SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline @ 1-800-985-5990 (Multilingual) or 1-800-846-8517 (TTY) - 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends

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Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Counseling Services

The Disaster Distress Helpline puts people in need of counseling on the path to recovery. Our staff members provide counseling and support before, during, and after disasters and refer people to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support. Since its launch in February 2012, the Disaster Distress Helpline has provided counseling and support in response to disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Ebola outbreak.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States. These counselors provide:

  • Crisis counseling for people in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
  • Information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families
  • Tips for healthy coping
  • Referrals to local crisis call centers for additional follow-up care and support

When you call or text, crisis counselors will listen to what’s on your mind with patience and without judgment. There is no need to give any identifying information when you contact the Disaster Distress Helpline. The counselor may ask you for some basic information at the end of the call, but these questions are optional and are intended to help SAMHSA keep track of the types of calls it receives.

Who Should Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline?

This crisis support service is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as:

The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the Ebola outbreak, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.

The impact of crises may affect people in different ways. Learn how to recognize the warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress related to natural and human-caused disasters.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is open to everyone. This includes survivors of disasters; loved ones of victims; first responders; rescue, recovery, and relief workers; clergy; and parents and caregivers. You may call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

Call or Text

From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.

Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services; to connect with a counselor in your primary language, simply indicate your preferred language to the responding counselor and she/he will connect to a live interpreter (interpretation in less commonly-spoken languages may require calling back at an appointed time). Learn more and download information about the Disaster Distress Helpline in 30 of the most commonly-spoken languages in the U.S.

To connect with a live DDH crisis counselor 24/7 via SMS, from the 50 states text “TalkWithUs” for English or “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746. Spanish-speakers from Puerto Rico can text “Hablanos” to 1-787-339-2663.

Texting is subscription-based and only involves a few steps:

  1. Enroll in the service by texting TalkWithUs or Hablanos exactly as written. It’s important to do this before sending your first text message because otherwise the enrollment may fail, and you will not be able to speak with a counselor, or you may accidentally subscribe to another service.
  2. Look for confirmation that your subscription was successful. You will receive a Success! message if it was.
  3. To unsubscribe, text Stop or Unsubscribe to 66746 (or 1-787-339-2663 from Puerto Rico) at any time. For help, text Help to 66746 (or 1-787-339-2663 from Puerto Rico).

Standard text and data message rates will apply when texting from mobile phones. International text and data rates may apply from within U.S. territories and free association nations. SAMHSA will not sell your phone numbers to other parties.

The Disaster Distress Helpline’s TTY number 1-800-846-8517 is available 24/7 to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, who can also utilize the texting options or their preferred Relay service (including 7-1-1) to connect with the main DDH hotline 1-800-985-5990, 24/7.

Other Inquiries

If you’re not in immediate need of crisis counseling support and would like to contact us for other reasons, send an email. Contact us for:

  • Technical problems. If you encountered a technical problem while trying to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, please include your name and preferred contact information in your email if you wish to receive a reply.
  • Provider inquiries. Providers with specific inquiries about technical assistance and support, requests for materials, and exploring collaborations are encouraged to send an email.
  • Feedback. To provide feedback about your experience reaching out to the Disaster Distress Helpline, send an email describing your experience and SAMHSA will look into the matter. Please include your name and preferred contact information if you wish to receive a reply.
  • Social media inquiries. Email us with questions about the Disaster Distress Helpline’s use of social media.
  • All media inquiries. Members of the media with questions about the Disaster Distress Helpline are encouraged to call the SAMHSA Media Services Team at 1-240-276-2130.

Our staff appreciate hearing from people about their experiences. SAMHSA takes feedback about our services, whether it is positive or negative, very seriously.

SAMHSA also encourages public promotion of the Disaster Distress Helpline. Anyone can use the Disaster Distress Helpline logo and telephone number on their website and link to the Disaster Distress Helpline’s materials and social media properties.

Call 211 for information about disaster-related evacuations, shelters, food and clothing distribution, volunteer opportunities, and other resources and referrals. Or visit the national 211 Call Center Search website to find the 211 information and referral center nearest you.

Last Updated: 11/11/2019

Deaf/Hard of Hearing & Spanish

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0 – Hotline – DH – DeafHelp VideoPhone App + ASL (American Sign Language) Deaf + HoH Accessible @ 1-321-800-3323 (DEAF) – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends
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0 - Hotline - DH - DeafHelp VideoPhone App + ASL (American Sign Language) Deaf + HoH Accessible @ 1-321-800-3323 (DEAF) - 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends

Deaf & HoH Accessible Crisis Line

Video Phone with ASL

Available 24/7/365

Call VP (321) 800-3323

Crisis Resources and Deaf-Accessible Hotlines

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) offers several resources and strategies to locate deaf-accessible crisis services, community resources and hotlines:



You matter.  You are not alone.  Meaningful social connections can make a huge difference.  You deserve support.

If you know or find additional resources, please share.  If you have feedback, please share.

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“when the world comes crashing at
your feet
it’s okay to let others
help pick up the pieces
if we’re present to take part in your
when your circumstances are great
we are more than capable
of sharing your pain”

― Rupi Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers

00 – Chatline – Text HELP to 741741 to Connect with a Crisis Counselor for Crisis / Depression – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends
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FREE Text Messaging to Connect with a Crisis Counselor for Depression / Crisis, etc.

Anytime 24/7/365 Weekdays and Weekends

Text HELP to 741741  

An alternative way to connect is through Facebook Messenger at this link:

You aren’t alone – support is out there! 

How you feel NOW may not last Forever.

Connecting with someone who cares and listens can make a difference and can help us get through our most difficult moments.

Whether it’s friends, family, or community – Everyone needs Somebody to lean on!

NOTE: Wait time can vary.  Usually a response comes pretty quickly in under 5 minutes.  Sometimes the wait can be 5 to 15 minutes or longer if there is a disaster or other reason.


Who are the Crisis Counselors? They are trained volunteers who—with the support of full-time Crisis Text Line staff—use active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning to help texters in their moment of crisis.

Crisis doesn’t just mean suicide; it’s any painful emotion for which you need support. 

This service is for short term needs and is not a substitute for a friend or professional therapist.

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions at this link: 

crisis text line banner

00 – Hotline – NSPL – National 988 Lifeline – Call or Text @ 988 – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends
Mar 27 all-day


988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

People can dial, call, text or chat 988, a the three-digit number, available 24/7, to directly connect anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis to compassionate care and support from trained crisis counselors. 988 connects callers to the existing Oregon partners of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a network of local crisis call-centers throughout the country. 988 call-centers in Oregon are operated by Lines for Life statewide, and Northwest Human Services in Marion and Polk counties.

How Does 988 Work?

988 was established in July 2022 to improve access to crisis services in a way that meets our country’s growing suicide and mental health-related crisis care needs. 988 provides easier access to behavioral health crisis services, which are distinct from the public safety purposes of 911 (where the focus is on dispatching Emergency Medical Services, fire and police as needed).

911 continues to operate as it does across the state. For serious and life-threatening situations, 988 call centers work with local mental health providers to support appropriate interventions.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon’s 988 call centers are collaborating with 911 Public Safety Answering Points to develop a roadmap on how 911 and 988 can coordinate with each other in the future.

988 crisis counselors are trained to use the least invasive interventions. Oftentimes, responding to a call, text or chat is all that is needed to help someone in crisis. In fact, more than 95 percent of current calls are resolved over the phone.

If a 988 call cannot be resolved over the phone, a mobile crisis team or first responder may be dispatched.

Other important facts to know:

  • 988 is available through every landline, cell phone and voice-over internet device in the United States, as well as text and chat.
  • The current technology for 988 routes callers by area code, not geolocation.
  • 988 is not currently available when phones are locked or do not have prepaid minutes.
  • The transition to 988 does not impact the availability of crisis services for veterans and military service members. They can call 988 and press 1 to connect with the Veterans Crisis Line.
  • For support in Spanish, callers can press 2 to connect with the Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has an infographic with more information on what happens when people call, text or chat.

Community partners interested in helping promote 988 can use posters, social media shareables and other materials about 988 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at Learn more about 988 in Oregon on OHA’s 988 webpage. Read OHA’s press release about 988.


PeerGalaxy has a 988 Card and web page with additional resources.

For details, visit this link:

00 – Hotline – SAMHSA Disaster Distress Videophone @ (800)-985-5990 and ASL NOW APP link for American Sign Language (ASL) Users – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends @ phone
Mar 27 all-day
Disaster Distress Helpline Videophone for American Sign Language Users
Call or Text (800)-985-5990 or Visit ASL NOW link below
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Disaster Distress Helpline Videophone for American Sign Language Users.

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a 24/7, year-round, confidential, multi-lingual crisis counseling and emotional support resource for survivors, responders, and anyone in the U.S./territories struggling with distress or other mental health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls and texts to 1-800-985-5990 are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently operated crisis centers located across the country.




Video: Why a DDH VP for ASL users? (1 minute, 30 seconds)

While most people impacted by disaster will be able to bounce back fairly quickly with help from their support networks, others may experience significant emotional distress or other mental health concerns that can impede recovery. Deaf and hard of hearing people may be especially at risk for disaster-related distress. Barriers to accessibility for mental healthcare, emergency preparedness, and disaster relief services are just a few distress risk factors that Deaf/HoH people face throughout the disaster cycle.

In addition, the vast majority of crisis hotlines are set up to accommodate hearing, not Deaf/HoH, callers. While video Relay connections can offer 3rd-party interpretation between ASL users and hearing counselors, the responding counselor still may not fully understand the needs or be able to communicate effectively via the interpreter, especially if the caller is in crisis. While crisis chat and text services can seem like a sufficient alternative to hearing hotlines, Deaf people might understandably assume that responding chat/text counselors may not understand their needs as Deaf individuals, and therefore may be resistant in accessing these options.


Video: Who can access the DDH VP? (1 minute)

The DDH VP is intended for American Sign Language users, regardless of fluency level or whether they are fully Deaf or hard of hearing. The common denominator is that ASL is the language being used between the caller & counselor. Callers who cannot communicate at all in ASL should not use the DDH VP. These callers should call or text the DDH 1-800-985-5990 via their standard phone device.

Video: Who answers DDH VP calls? (1 minute)

The national Disaster Distress Helpline is a network of independently operated crisis centers located across the United States. DeafLEAD is the not-for-profit crisis center that staffs and responds to DDH VP calls, 24/7/365. DeafLEAD’s mission is to “provide individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing with comprehensive, unified and continuous support by enhancing socio-emotional development, effective communication and leadership through education.” Learn more about DeafLEAD


Video: Why a DDH VP for ASL users? (1 minute, 30 seconds)

While most people impacted by disaster will be able to bounce back fairly quickly with help from their support networks, others may experience significant emotional distress or other mental health concerns that can impede recovery. Deaf and hard of hearing people may be especially at risk for disaster-related distress. Barriers to accessibility for mental healthcare, emergency preparedness, and disaster relief services are just a few distress risk factors that Deaf/HoH people face throughout the disaster cycle.

In addition, the vast majority of crisis hotlines are set up to accommodate hearing, not Deaf/HoH, callers. While video Relay connections can offer 3rd-party interpretation between ASL users and hearing counselors, the responding counselor still may not fully understand the needs or be able to communicate effectively via the interpreter, especially if the caller is in crisis. While crisis chat and text services can seem like a sufficient alternative to hearing hotlines, Deaf people might understandably assume that responding chat/text counselors may not understand their needs as Deaf individuals, and therefore may be resistant in accessing these options.

Video: Who can access the DDH VP? (1 minute)

The DDH VP is intended for American Sign Language users, regardless of fluency level or whether they are fully Deaf or hard of hearing. The common denominator is that ASL is the language being used between the caller & counselor. Callers who cannot communicate at all in ASL should not use the DDH VP. These callers should call or text the DDH 1-800-985-5990 via their standard phone device.

Video: What happens if no one answers? (1 minute)

Sometimes callers to the Disaster Distress Helpline Videophone (“DDH VP”) may not get through on the first try because of high call volume, or might get disconnected because of poor WiFi or cellphone service, etc. If you experience any technical difficulties when connecting to the DDH VP, first try calling or connecting again. Sometimes it may take 1 or 2 attempts to get through. If you’re attempting to connect through the “ASL Now Link” at the DDH website, and you are not able to get through, you can try connecting from a different browser for the 2nd attempt (for example, if the first time you tried was through Google Chrome, for the 2nd attempt, try Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox). If for whatever reason you’re still not able to get through and you’re wanting to connect with the DDH as quickly as possible, you can also try texting to 1-800-985-5990; your text will likely be answered by a hearing DDH crisis worker, and they are still trained to support anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns.


Video: Who funds and operates the DDH? (1 minute)

The DDH is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA; a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and is administered by the nonprofit Vibrant Emotional Health; Vibrant also administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) for SAMHSA, of which the DDH is a sub-network. Learn more about SAMHSA and Vibrant

01 – Helpline – LFL – Lines for Life Alcohol and Drug Helpline @ 800-923-4357 – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends @ Phone
Mar 27 all-day

Alcohol and Drug Helpline

Call 800-923-4357 (24/7/365) or
Text RecoveryNow to 839863 Monday-Friday, 2-6pm PT.

Crisis Worker On the Phone

The Alcohol and Drug Helpline serves anyone who needs information, support, or access to resources and treatment for alcohol or drug use. If you or someone you know needs help, the Alcohol and Drug Helpline is free, confidential, and available for calls 24/7/365. The Alcohol and Drug Text Line is open Monday through Friday, 2pm to 6pm PST.

Call or text us for help understanding or dealing with alcohol and drug use or addiction. When you call us, we listen and support. We provide hope, referrals, resources, and information. Our highly trained staff and volunteers provide immediate assistance, non-judgmental listening, and compassionate support that can put you on a path to healing.

Para Ayuda en Español

llama al número 1-888-628-9454


For Youth

If you are under age 21 and would like to talk with a peer about alcohol and drug use or abuse, contact our YouthLine. YouthLine is a free, confidential, teen-to-teen crisis and help line.

Call (877) 968-8491
Text ‘teen2teen’ to 839863
We listen. We support. We keep it to ourselves.

Visit link:


Teens are available to help daily from 4-10pm PST (adults are available by phone at all other times!).

YouthLine is a free teen-to-teen crisis support and help line.

YouthLine is confidential to a point- while we will never share conversations had on the lines, we are mandatory reporters. If a young person is unable to agree to safety for themselves or another person, or if abuse is occurring, YouthLine contacts other agencies to ensure the best support and safety for the young person in crisis.

01 – Helpline – NCPG – National Council on Problem Gaming – National Problem Gaming Chatline – 24/7 @ Online Via Chat
Mar 27 all-day
01 - Helpline - NCPG - National Council on Problem Gaming - National Problem Gaming Chatline - 24/7 @ Online Via Chat


National Problem Gambling Helpline


Click the link below to chat with a helpline specialist.

Free, confidential and available 24/7. Works in all 50 states.

Online. Click here to enter.

Below are state helpline text/chat numbers. Hyperlinked items with take you directly to their contact page:

Arizona: Text NEXTSTEP to 53342

California: Text SUPPORT to 53342

Connecticut: Text CTGAMB to 53342

Illinois:  Text ILGAMB to 53342

Indiana: Text INGAMBÂto 53342

Minnesota: Text HOPE to 53342

Mississippi: Text to MSGAMB 53342

North Carolina:  Text MORETHANAGAMENC 53342

If you would like to call the National Problem Gambling Helpline, dial 1-800-522-4700

If you would like to text the helpline, text 1-800-522-4700.

NCPG also supports GamTalk, a 24/7 moderated online peer support forum,


01 – Helpline – ODOJ – Oregon Department of Justice – Sanctuary Promise Hotline @ 1-844-924-7829 (1-844-924-STAY) Toll Free / 1-844-626-7276 (1-844-6AMPARO) En Espanol – 24/7 Weekdays and Weekends
Mar 27 all-day


Promise Response Hotline

Talk to Us

Whether it happened to you or to someone else, we can all help track sanctuary promise violations.

Everyone has the right to live safely in Oregon.  Oregon’s sanctuary laws promise safety, human rights, and dignity for all. If you or someone you know was targeted in violation of Oregon’s Sanctuary Promise laws, please call 1-844-924-STAY/1-844-6-AMPARO or report online at or On the Oregon Department of Justice’s Sanctuary Promise hotline, you can report a suspected violation, receive support, and be connected to resources. The Oregon Department of Justice may open an investigation into the violation.


Sanctuary Promise Response Hotline

1-844-924-STAY (1-844-924-7829)
Spanish Direct Line: 1-844-626-AMPARO (1-844-626-7276)

Operators are standing by
9am to 5pm Pacific time, Monday – Friday.

Interpreters in over 240 languages.

After hours? Leave a message and we’ll return your call.

We accept all Relay Calls.


Since 1987, Oregon has officially been a sanctuary state that supports immigrant and refugee communities by prioritizing human rights, dignity, and safety.

The Sanctuary Promise Act », signed into law on July 19, 2021, strengthens the existing state sanctuary laws. It restricts the collection and prohibits sharing of information related to a person’s national origin, immigration, or citizenship status. Oregon state and local public resources and personnel, including state and local government offices and law enforcement agencies, are prohibited from being used for immigration enforcement.

If you suspect a violation of Oregon’s sanctuary laws, we want to hear from you.  Suspected violations can be reported through this online portal (available in 8 languages by using the language menu in the upper righthand corner of this screen) or the Sanctuary Promise Hotline at 1-844-924-STAY (1-844-924-7829). Call us in any language.  We have a direct access Spanish language website at with a Spanish direct dial hotline at 1-844-6-AMPARO (1-844-626-7276).

To report ICE activity in the community, contact Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, PIRC » at 1-888-622-1510.

Examples of violations to Oregon Sanctuary Promise Laws include:

  • Investigation or interrogation by police for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • Most inquiries, storing, or sharing of information about national origin, immigration, or citizenship status by police or state or local government;
  • Civil arrest without a judicial warrant/order from a court facility;
  • Arrests by federal immigration of a person on their way to or from court or while at court;
  • Police collaboration with federal authorities for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • Denial of services, benefits, or privileges to a person in jail or on probation/parole based on immigration status;
  • Police establishing coordinated traffic stops or traffic perimeters to enforce federal immigration laws; or
  • State or local government or police failing to document or report requests from a federal immigration agency relating to immigration enforcement;


Report a Sanctuary Promise Violation

Information About The Victim/Targeted Person

Note: The targeted person’s identity will not be shared publicly by ODOJ, but will be used and shared with the state/local government agency during the course of any investigation ODOJ opens. It will not be shared with federal immigration agencies or otherwise be shared to assist with immigration enforcement. If a specific person was not targeted in the violation, you can simply put “general public” as first and last names.

Use This Link to Report A Violation of the Sanctuary Promise Violation


01 – Helpline – SAMHSA’s National Helpline 24/7 – Línea Nacional de Ayuda de SAMHSA de salud mental y adicciones -1-800-622-4357
Mar 27 all-day


SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Línea Nacional de Ayuda de SAMHSA

  • La Línea Nacional de Ayuda de SAMHSA es un servicio gratuito, confidencial, disponible las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana, los 365 días del año. Esta línea telefónica es un servicio de información (en inglés y español) para personas y familias que enfrentan trastornos mentales o de uso de sustancias.


    Visite también el localizador de tratamientos.

Suggested Resources

What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families
Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.

It’s Not Your Fault (NACoA) (PDF | 12 KB)

Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, “It’s not your fault!” and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative’s suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.

Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery.

01 – Linea de Ayuda – L4L – Lines For Life – En Español – Lifeline ofrece 24/7, servicios gratuitos en español @ 888-628-9454 @ Phone
Mar 27 all-day


Ayuda En Español

Lifeline ofrece 24/7, servicios gratuitos en español, y no es necesario hablar inglés si usted necesita ayuda.

¿Qué pasa cuando llamo?

Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Tenemos actualmente 200 centros en la red y usted hablará probablemente con uno situado en su zona. Cada centro funciona en forma independiente y tiene su propio personal calificado.

Cuando el centro contesta su llamada, usted estará hablando con una persona que le escuchará, le hará preguntas y hará todo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarle.

Yo mismo necesito ayuda

Una persona capacitada le escuchará y hablará con usted. Si es necesario, podrá darle información sobre recursos o servicios existentes en su comunidad que podrán prestarle ayuda después de la llamada. Siempre puede usted volver a llamar al número 1-888-628-9454 si lo necesita o lo desea.

Una persona querida necesita ayuda

Si está usted preocupado por una persona que usted sabe que está pasando por una crisis o que piensa en suicidarse, nuestros centros pueden ayudarle. Una persona calificada del centro puede:

  • Darle ideas y sugerencias sobre la forma de acercarse a la persona que le preocupa. Puede ayudarle a pensar qué podría decir para alentar a esa persona querida a pedir ayuda.
  • En algunos casos, el centro puede hablar en conferencia al mismo tiempo con usted y con la persona que le preocupa.
  • Algunas comunidades tienen equipos móviles que pueden visitar a las personas en sus hogares. Si hay uno de esos equipos en su zona, nuestro centro le pondrá en contacto con él.

Llamo para pedir información sobre cuestiones de salud mental

No hace falta que esté usted en crisis para llamarnos. Nuestros centros pueden responder a preguntas generales sobre salud mental, depresión, suicidio, recursos de salud en la comunidad, y muchas cosas más. También es posible llamar para averiguar más sobre las actividades de prevención del suicidio en su zona.

Algunos datos sobre la Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis

  • Las llamadas son gratuitas desde cualquier teléfono en los Estados Unidos.
  • Nuestras líneas funcionan las 24 horas todos los días de la semana, de modo que usted puede ponerse en contacto con una persona capacitada en cualquier momento en que lo necesite.
  • Su llamada es confidencial; esto significa que la persona que le escucha hará todo lo posible por no divulgar su identidad.
  • Prestamos servicios en inglés (988) y en español (1-888-628-9454)
  • Somos la única red nacional de respuesta a situaciones de crisis con financiación del Gobierno Federal.


01 – Support Line – Racial Equity Support Line w BIPOC Lived Experience @ 1-503-575-3764 – 8:30am to 5:00pm PST Weekdays M-F @ Phone
Mar 27 all-day
01 - Support Line - Racial Equity Support Line w BIPOC Lived Experience @ 1-503-575-3764 - 8:30am to 5:00pm PST Weekdays M-F @ Phone


Crisis / Support Line For Racial Equity Support

Answered by BIPOC counselors 
M-F from 8:30 AM -5:00 PM PST

The Racial Equity Support Line is a service led and staffed by people with lived experience of racism. We offer support to those who are feeling the emotional impacts of racist violence and microaggressions, as well as the emotional impacts of immigration struggles and other cross-cultural issues.

Many of us experience racism every day.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture where racist acts happen often. From workplaces to housing to healthcare, we know that our communities aren’t getting the same kind of treatment as others.

Experiencing racism can harm our mental wellness.

Whether in small acts, or violent ones, racial bias can have serious emotional impacts. Racism changes how we see the world around us. It’s stressful to worry about how people see us as different or dangerous. It’s exhausting to notice the ways that people treat us as less-than, day in and day out. It’s heartbreaking to turn on the news and learn about more violence against people who look like us.

We get it. And we’re here to talk. To support. To connect.

The person who answers may be a stranger – but we understand what you’re going through. We’ll listen to your situation as you talk through your feelings, and we may offer resources based on what seems most helpful to you.

Call us today at 503-575-3764.

This line is available weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm, Pacific Standard Time.

If you have questions or want to reach the Director of Equity Initiatives, please email Donna Harrell at

Toll-Free Access

If you need toll-free access, call any line at Lines for Life and ask to be transferred to the Racial Equity Support Line during its operating hours.

For example, you can call Lines for Life / National Suicide Prevention Line @ 1-877-273-8255 and ask to be transferred to the Racial Equity Support Line between 8:30am and 5pm PST.

02 – Urgent Info – OHA – FREE COVID Test Kits & Positive Result Hotline – Weekdays 8am-6pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm PST
Mar 27 all-day



January 18, 2022

FREE COVID Test & Support

As of January 18, 2022, the U.S. Federal Government announced that households may get up to 4 FREE COVID tests.

Visit the website of the US Postal Service for free at-home COVID-19 test kits at this link:


Visit this US White House provide link at:


Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:

Limit of one order per residential address

One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests

Orders will ship free starting in late January

Fill in the form with your contact and shipping information to order your tests.

USPS only requires users to enter their name and the address where the kits will be shipped.

NOTE: If you have an apartment number or suite, be sure to put the apartment number on the 1st address line.  Otherwise, you might get an error message rejecting the request, indicating the address was already used.

If you test positive:

NEW: State of Oregon has a website and hotline number you can call for information on next steps if you test positive for COVID.


Toll Free (866) 917-8881.  Staff available Monday through Friday,  8am-6pm PST.  Saturday 10am-4pm PST.



Oregon instructions for positive COVID test

Additional resources:

Dial 211 to ask about COVID tests, vaccines, and boosters

SAFE+STRONG helpline for support 

Toll Free: (800) 923-4357

02 – Urgent Info – OHA – Oregon Health Authority – Health Advisory for Lamprey in Columbia River and its Oregon Tributaries
Mar 27 all-day








OHA issues health advisory for lamprey in the Columbia River and its Oregon tributaries

Pacific Lamprey

Agency recommends limited meals due to levels of PCBs, mercury in lamprey tissue

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing recommendations on the amount of lamprey from the Columbia River and its Oregon tributaries that people should eat.

Fish tissue data from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) show polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at levels of concern in lamprey for the general population, and for PCBs and mercury for vulnerable populations (children under 6 years old, people who are or may become pregnant, nursing mothers). Meal recommendations are needed for lamprey harvested in advisory area, according to public health officials.

OHA issues advisories when fish or shellfish tissue data show that the levels of contaminants — in this case, PCBs and mercury — are high enough to potentially harm health. OHA calculates meal recommendations to help people better understand the number of fish meals they can safely eat in one month. These meal recommendations for lamprey are found in Table 1.

Table 1: Recommended meals for lamprey: Columbia River and its Oregon tributaries

Whole body1 meals per month

Recommended consumption rates2

All collection sites


General population

(People childbearing age)

Vulnerable population

(Children under 6, people who are or may become pregnant, nursing mothers)

Columbia River and its Oregon tributaries

PCBs + mercury



1 OHA did not convert whole body data to fillet-only data due to the physical characteristics of lamprey (high lipid content), and because a high percentage of their body weight is edible and eaten.

2 A meal is about the size and thickness of your or your child’s hand or one ounce of uncooked fish for every 20 pounds of body weight.

Eating too many fish contaminated with PCBs or mercury can cause negative health effects over time. These health effects include damage to organs, the nervous system and the brain, leading to potential learning and behavior problems. PCBs and mercury can also be passed along to babies during pregnancy or in breastmilk.

Because lamprey are consumed mainly by Tribal members in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and these Tribes consume the whole fish as a cultural and spiritual First Food, this advisory is an important tool that can reduce exposure to PCBs and mercury, especially for the Tribes’ most vulnerable populations (especially those with thyroid and immune system problems).

Tribes, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other organizations are working to restore Pacific lamprey numbers.

“Lamprey have been an important part of the cultures, diets, and ceremonies of Columbia Basin tribes since time immemorial,” said Aja DeCoteau, executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. “The tribes have been successfully leading the effort to restore this threatened fish throughout the Columbia River Basin, not only to protect its role in the ecosystem, but also to preserve our access to this important First Food. As Oregon’s largest consumers of lamprey, this consumption advisory will impact tribal people most of all. We must all work together to make limiting consumption a temporary solution because the tribes believe that the long-term solution to this problem isn’t keeping people from eating contaminated fish—it’s keeping fish from being contaminated in the first place.”

Tribes that do not have reserved fishing and hunting rights and non-Tribal members need a permit to harvest lamprey at Willamette Falls from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and must harvest in accordance with State regulation in OAR 635-017-0090. This is the only location where Tribes without reserved rights and non-Tribal members can harvest, consistent with ODFW regulations.

While it is important for people to know about contaminants in lamprey, it is equally important to continue to eat at least two meals of a variety of fish from a variety of sources each week to gain important health benefits. Fish are high in protein and a rich source of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s provide protection from heart disease and are an important brain food for adults, children and fetuses.

As future data becomes available for lamprey from the Columbia River and its Oregon tributaries, OHA will evaluate and update the advisory meal allowances as needed.

When fishing in the Columbia River and its Oregon tributaries, OHA advises fishers to visit the OHA fish advisory webpage at for a list of other areas and water bodies with existing fish advisories and recommended meal allowances for other types of fish. Here is a direct link to a PDF of the advisory.

#MyORHealth horizontal rule

 View all OHA news releases.


03 – Job / Career Fairs, Events, Openings and Internships – Peer Support, Recovery & Wellness
Mar 27 all-day
03 - Job / Career Fairs, Events, Openings and Internships - Peer Support, Recovery & Wellness



Peer Support, Recovery & Wellness

NOTE: Information here is provided solely as a courtesy without any guarantees or warranties or liability of any kind whatsoever.  Use at your own risk and expense.

If you learn of any opportunities not listed here, please share via social media or email:


OSPO – Oregon Senior Peer Outreach

Seeking Independent Contractor for Evaluation.  Contact Sharon Kuehn, Program Manager.  503-308-2624 between 9am & 5pm PST, Monday thru Friday.

OSPO Web Page

Seeking PEARLS Coach for the Program to Enhance an Active Rewarding Life for Seniors to reduce depression with older adults.  This is a part-time job, 14 hours per week, $19+ per hour. For more details visit the links below:

PEARLS Coach position (Milwaukie, Oregon)

OSPO Web Page

CCS Job Openings Page


MHAAO – Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon is recruiting for several positions including 2 in Multnomah County – PSS/CRM Kaiser Project Nurture and PSS/CRM Voluntary Isolation Motel/Shelter (VIMOS) plus 1 in Washington County – PSS/CRM PRIME+ (Spanish Version).  For more details visit the link below:

MHAAO Careers


Folktime is recruiting for several positions including Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist,  Mobile crisis response team (Clackamas MCRT), Caring Connector, and others.  For more details visit the link below:

FOLKTIME Career Page


Multnomah County Crisis Assessment & Treatment Center (CATC) looking for Peer Support Specialists to join mobile crisis respoinse team. For more details visit the links below:

Telecare CATC Overview

Telecare CATC Careers


Lines for Life is hiring for a Peer Support Specialist / Program Coordinator. For more details visit the link below:

Lines for Life – Follow Up Coordinator / PSS Job Opening Page

Lines for Life – Other Positions



MHACCBO – Mental Health and Addictions Certification Credentialing Board of Oregon

MHACCBO Job Board 


State of Oregon

State of Oregon – Jobs Page


Partners in Diversity

Jobs Board

Job Board for Peer Support Specialist positions

Job Board for Certified Recovery Mentor positions


MAC’S LIST features many nonprofit opportunities

MAC’S List

03 – PRS – Peer Recovery Solutions – Peer Development Initiative 2022 – 2023 – Earn CEUs – Training Dates @ Online Via Goole Meet
Mar 27 all-day


FREE Peer and CRM CEU’s

Peer Recovery Solutions is excited to provide over 150 FREE continuing education units in 2022-23. Our goal is to help make the peer/recovery mentor field strong, healthy, and effective.

Below is a list of trainings you can take for FREE that will help build skills, meet the requirements of re-certification, and even achieve an CRM II (an advanced peer certification through the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon).

Learn more about CRM II status by visiting and clicking certifications.

Participant Criteria and Directions

To receive credit you will need to be a peer/recovery mentor or someone who supervises/works with peers/recovery mentors. To receive credit you will need to attend the entire meeting and be visibly engaged.

To attend, you just need to click the links below. All trainings are hosted digitally on GoogleMeets.

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December Training Dates

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04 – Resources – AKBAC – A Kids Book About – School Shootings – Free
Mar 27 all-day


A Kids Book About School Shootings

Crystal Woodman Miller

Many of us are going to need to find the words to talk to the kids in our lives about tragic events like the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Here’s a free resource from A Kids Company About to help you do that was written by Crystal Woodman-Miller, one of the survivors of the Columbine school shooting.

I hate that we need tools like this. I can’t wait for us to have to write the book “A Kids Book About Why It’s So Hard To Buy A Gun”


There aren’t enough words to explain all the thoughts, emotions, and heartbreak that comes with yesterday’s tragedy in Uvalde. We hope this book helps everyone start somewhere.

We’re making #AKidsBookAboutSchoolShootings free for kids, grownups, and educators everywhere, so that this conversation can get started when it matters most.


A Kids Book About School Shootings by Crystal Woodman Miller:



04 – Resources – BEAM – Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective – Girl Did You Know? – Mental Health Support Services You Can Reach Out To!
Mar 27 all-day
04 – Resources – CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Opioid Recovery Resources
Mar 27 all-day


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Opioid Recovery Resources

Addiction is a medical condition. Treatment can help. Recovery is possible.

Opioid addiction, also known as opioid use disorder (OUD), is a chronic and relapsing disease that can affect anyone. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from opioid addiction.

As with most other chronic diseases, addiction is treatable. If you or someone you know is struggling, treatment is available. While no single treatment method is right for everyone, recovery is possible, and help is available for opioid addiction.

Recovery is possible

Preventing overdose death and finding treatment options are the first steps to recovery. Treatment may save a life and can help people struggling with opioid addiction get their lives back on track by allowing them to counteract addiction’s powerful effects on their brain and behavior. The overall goal of treatment is to return people to productive functioning in their family, workplace, and community.

Opioid addiction treatment can vary depending on the patient’s individual needs, occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for varying lengths of time.

Evidence-based approaches to treating opioid addiction include medications and combining medications with behavioral therapy. A recovery plan that includes medication for opioid addiction increases the chance of success.

Medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction support a person’s recovery by helping to normalize brain chemistry, relieving cravings, and in some cases preventing withdrawal symptoms. The choice to include medication as part of recovery is a personal medical decision, but the evidence for medications to support successful recovery is strong.

Medications for opioid addiction include:

  • Available as dissolving tablet, cheek film, extended-release injection, or 6-month implant under the skin.
  • Can be prescribed by a doctor for use outside a clinic.
  • Available as daily liquid.
  • Can only be used in a certified opioid treatment program setting.
  • Can be prescribed by any clinician who can legally prescribe medication.
  • Only used for people who have not used opioids for at least 7–10 days.

Talk with a doctor to find out what types of treatments are available in your area and what options are best for you and/or your loved one. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease; be sure to ask your doctor about the risk of relapse and overdose.

f you notice that someone may be struggling with opioid addiction:

  • Ask if you can help. Everyone can play a role and take action to help their loved ones in recovery. Treatment and the support and help from family, friends, co-workers, and others can make a big difference in the recovery process.
  • Be supportive, and reduce stigma. Stigma or the fear of stigma may stop someone from sharing their health condition and prevent them from seeking the health or behavioral health services and support services they need. Recognize that opioid addiction is a medical condition, not a moral failing. Stopping stigma is important to helping loved ones feel safer and healthier.
  • Carry naloxone. Naloxone can reverse overdose and prevent death. It is a non-addictive, life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when administered in time.
04 – Resources – Families and Children Facing Tragic Events – Racial Stress – Racism – Hate Crimes, List by Children’s Mental Health Network
Mar 27 all-day


Resources for Families and Children Facing Tragic Events

Racial Stress – Racism – Hate Crimes


Childrens Mental Health Network

Helpful Resources to Address the Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas
Many thanks to Michelle Zabel, MSS, Assistant Dean, and Director, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, for compiling this list of resources in response to the horrific mass shooting in Texas earlier this week.

Helping Young People Cope With Mental Health Challenges
Vox Media’s NowThis is linking arms with Ken Burns and PBS to share an upcoming documentary titled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness.” Scenes from the forthcoming film will be shared across NowThis social platforms throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in May. NowThis will host a live TikTok conversation about the topic, as well. The goal, Burns said, is “to get this material out to young people around the country.” The film itself will debut at the end of June on PBS.

Uplift by Youth Era: Teaching Youth Peer Support Skills
More than 500 youth signed up for the most recent Uplift event! Studied by the University of Oxford and co-designed with young adults, Uplift by Youth Era is the future of peer support. Empower a young person in your life to be who they need, and apply to join the next Uplift training in June!

Randolph “Randy” Muck September 14, 1955 to April 21, 2021 in Memoriam
On the first anniversary of his death, several of us who knew and worked with Randy write this tribute to remember and honor his impact on so many people. Randy provided much-needed leadership from within the federal government to develop and disseminate evidence-based substance use treatments designed for adolescents and their families. He was successful because he had a rare ability to connect with all the groups important to improving adolescent treatment: provider organizations, schools, juvenile justice, counselors, federal agency decision-makers, researchers, private foundations, and most importantly—adolescents and their families. He saw how these groups could align their different interests and collaborate. This, in turn, helped youth, families, and systems of care in ways that continue to have an impact.

HHS Awards Nearly $25 Million to Expand Access to School-Based Health Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently announced nearly $25 million will be made available to improve and strengthen access to school-based health services in communities across the country. Awards will support local partnerships between schools and health centers to provide children and youth with the comprehensive physical and mental health care they need.

Investing in Prevention Makes Good Financial Sense
Primary prevention—including screening and intervention before negative health outcomes occur—is relatively inexpensive. The higher-risk behaviors it is designed to reduce are so costly to the healthcare system that it is staggeringly wasteful not to make sure that screening and treatment referrals are readily implemented and faithfully reimbursed by insurers and that interventions are convenient for parents and their children.

PAX Good Behavior Game
Speaking of prevention…
The PAX Good Behavior Game is an evidence-based universal preventive intervention applied by teachers in the classroom. This evidence-based practice consists of research-based strategies with origins in behavioral science, neuroscience, and cultural wisdom that operate together to improve children’s self-regulation. Teachers implement these strategies as part of their daily routines in carrying out tasks such as getting students’ attention, selecting students for tasks, transitioning from one task to the next, working as part of a team, limiting problematic behavior, and reinforcing pro-social behavior.

HHS Launches New Maternal Mental Health Hotline
The Maternal Mental Health Hotline is a new, confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges. Those who contact the hotline can receive a range of support, including brief interventions from trained culturally and trauma-informed counselors and referrals to both community-based and telehealth providers as needed. Callers also will receive evidence-based information and referrals to support groups and other community resources.

Six Things You Need To Know About Music and Health
A growing body of research suggests that listening to or performing music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. More justification for the plethora of music videos posted in Friday Update!

Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits
This brochure gives an overview of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. It lists some common limits placed on mental health and substance use disorder benefits and services.

Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech
Aaahhhh!!! Less than 20 days!!! Well? Have you registered for the 2022 Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech summit on June 8-9th yet? Can’t make it? Wondering if you can access all of the sessions with our hundreds of speakers after June 8-9th? YES, but ONLY if you register in advance. So, you should probably get on that.

Building a More Equitable Juvenile Justice System for Everyone
Racial inequities regarding the policing of children, and the subsequent disparities in their treatment within the juvenile justice system, have been problems in this country for far too long. It is encouraging that many states and counties are not only recognizing these issues but are taking action. The CSG Justice Center is committed to providing research-driven, data-informed solutions to our partners to continue building safer and stronger communities for everyone, especially our youth.

Disruptions to School and Home Life Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey, United States, January–June 2021
Young people have experienced disruptions to school and home life since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. From January to June 2021, CDC conducted the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES), an online survey of a probability-based, nationally representative sample of U.S. public- and private-school students in grades 9–12. ABES data were used to estimate the prevalence of disruptions and adverse experiences during the pandemic, including parental and personal job loss, homelessness, hunger, emotional or physical abuse by a parent or other adult at home, receipt of telemedicine, and difficulty completing schoolwork. Prevalence estimates are presented for all students by sex, race and ethnicity, grade, sexual identity, and difficulty completing schoolwork.

CDC Survey Finds the Pandemic Had a Big Impact on Teens’ Mental Health
According to a survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than four in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Girls were twice as likely to experience mental health troubles compared to boys. And LGBTQ students were hit the hardest. The CDC’s findings were gathered from online surveys from a sample of 7,700 US students during the first six months of 2021.

New Initiative to Define Policy Recommendations for Embedding Equity into 988
The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity & Beacon Health Options are joining forces to create and develop an equitable crisis response for the future of behavioral health service delivery ahead of the July 2022 launch of 988.

State Policymakers Can Support Equitable School-based Telemental Health Services
This brief presents five ways state policymakers can support equitable school-based telemental health services, with recommendations based on relevant policy context, existing research, and—in some cases—feedback from interviews with five TMH providers who testified to on-the-ground experience with these interventions.


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Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

In times of community or world-wide crisis, it’s easy to assume that young children don’t know what’s going on. But one thing’s for sure — children are very sensitive to how their parents feel. They’re keenly aware of the expressions on their parents’ faces and the tone of their voices. Children can sense when their parents are really worried, whether they’re watching the news or talking about it with others. No matter what children know about a “crisis,” it’s especially scary for children to realize that their parents are scared.

Some Scary, Confusing Images

The way that news is presented on television can be quite confusing for a young child. The same video segment may be shown over and over again through the day, as if each showing was a different event. Someone who has died turns up alive and then dies again and again. Children often become very anxious since they don’t understand much about videotape replays, closeups, and camera angles. Any televised danger seems close to home to them because the tragic scenes are taking place on the TV set in their own living room. Children can’t tell the difference between what’s close and what’s far away, what’s real and what’s pretend, or what’s new and what’s re-run.

The younger the children are, the more likely they are to be interested in scenes of close-up faces, particularly if the people are expressing some strong feelings. When there’s tragic news, the images on TV are most often much too graphic and disturbing for young children.

“Who will take care of me?”

In times of crisis, children want to know, “Who will take care of me?” They’re dependent on adults for their survival and security. They’re naturally self-centered. They need to hear very clearly that their parents are doing all they can to take care of them and to keep them safe. They also need to hear that people in the government and other grown-ups they don’t even know are working hard to keep them safe, too.

Helping Children Feel More Secure

Play is one of the important ways young children have of dealing with their concerns. Of course, playing about violent news can be scary and sometimes unsafe, so adults need to be nearby to help redirect that kind of play into nurturing themes, such as a hospital for the wounded or a pretend meal for emergency workers.

When children are scared and anxious, they might become more dependent, clingy, and afraid to go to bed at night. Whining, aggressive behavior, or toilet “accidents” may be their way of asking for more comfort from the important adults in their lives. Little by little, as the adults around them become more confident, hopeful and secure, our children probably will, too.

Turn Off the TV

When there’s something tragic in the news, many parents get concerned about what and how to tell their children. It’s even harder than usual if we’re struggling with our own powerful feelings about what has happened. Adults are sometimes surprised that their own reactions to a televised crisis are so strong, but great loss and devastation in the news often reawaken our own earlier losses and fears – even some we think we might have “forgotten”

It’s easy to allow ourselves to get drawn into watching televised news of a crisis for hours and hours; however, exposing ourselves to so many tragedies can make us feel hopeless, insecure, and even depressed. We help our children and ourselves if we’re able to limit our own television viewing. Our children need us to spend time with them – away from the frightening images on the screen.

Talking and Listening

Even if we wanted to, it would be impossible to give our children all the reasons for such things as war, terrorists, abuse, murders, major fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. If they ask questions, our best answer may be to ask them, “What do you think happened?” If the answer is “I don’t know,” then the simplest reply might be something like, “I’m sad about the news, and I’m worried. But I love you, and I’m here to care for you.”

If we don’t let children know it’s okay to feel sad and scared, they may think something is wrong with them when they do feel that way. They certainly don’t need to hear all the details of what’s making us sad or scared, but if we can help them accept their own feelings as natural and normal, their feelings will be much more manageable for them.

Angry feelings are part of being human, especially when we feel powerless. One of the most important messages we can give our children is, “It’s okay to be angry, but it’s not okay to hurt ourselves or others.” Besides giving children the right to their anger, we can help them find constructive things to do with their feelings. This way, we’ll be giving them useful tools that will serve them all their life, and help them to become the worlds’ future peacemakers — the world’s future “helpers.”

Helpful Hints

  • Do your best to keep the television off, or at least limit how much your child sees of any news event.
  • Try to keep yourself calm. Your presence can help your child feel more secure.
  • Give your child extra comfort and physical affection, like hugs or snuggling up together with a favorite book. Physical comfort goes a long way towards providing inner security. That closeness can nourish you, too.
  • Try to keep regular routines as normal as possible. Children and adults count on their familiar pattern of everyday life.
  • Plan something that you and your child enjoy doing together, like taking a walk, going on a picnic, having some quiet time, or doing something silly. It can help to know there are simple things in life that can help us feel better, in good times and in bad.
  • Even if children don’t mention what they’ve seen or heard in the news, it can help to ask what they think has happened. If parents don’t bring up the subject, children can be left with their misinterpretations. You may be really surprised at how much your child has heard from others.
  • Focus attention on the helpers, like the police, firemen, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and volunteers. It’s reassuring to know there are many caring people who are doing all they can to help others in this world.
  • Let your child know if you’re making a donation, going to a town meeting, writing a letter or e-mail of support, or taking some other action. It can help children to know that adults take many different active roles and that we don’t give in to helplessness in times of worldwide crisis.



What do we tell our children?

How do we reassure them of their own safety?
At The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon, we’ve provided grief support groups for children, teens, young adults and their parents or adult caregivers since 1982.

Based on our experience, here are some things for adults to keep in mind as you struggle with how to talk with children following tragic events, such as natural disasters, plane crashes, or school shootings.

1. Don’t project your fears onto your children. They take their cues from the adults around them.
You can’t hear the news about children being murdered or communities devastated by natural disasters without thinking about how you’d feel if it happened to your family, friends, or hometown. The outpouring of care and empathy for the families who lost loved ones will be powerful, and…we all know it could have been our friends, our child, our family and community members who died or were injured.

Identifying with the senselessness and randomness makes us all feel more vulnerable. But we should remember that children don’t always see things the same way that adults do, and it won’t be helpful to them for us to fall apart. They need to see that we care, that we feel terrible about this tragedy, and that we will do everything we can to keep them safe. They will take their cues from our behavior.

It’s okay to show emotion. We can model for children that feeling sad, scared, and upset is normal after tragedies. But we don’t want to overwhelm them with our emotions, or put them in the position of having to ‘parent,’ or take care of, the adults around them. Make sure you also model taking care of yourself, by sharing with trusted and supportive adult friends, eating (and drinking) healthfully.

2. Try to limit their access to the recurring news and exposure to the tragedy over and over.
Over-exposure to the graphic and emotional news can be overwhelming for children and can cause unnecessary anxiety and fear. Some children who repeatedly watched the footage of planes crashing into the towers on 9/11 thought it was happening again and again. Some children (and some adults) may have difficulty getting graphic scenes and images out of their minds. Too much exposure can fuel their fear, so don’t let them sit and watch the news over and over. Better yet, set the example of not doing so yourself as well.

3. Understand that you can’t completely shield them from what happened.
It would be next to impossible to hide these events from children, as much as we wish we could. You might be able to shield your own child in your home, for example, by not turning on (or owning) a television, but you can’t protect your children from hearing about it from other kids. The fact is, they will hear about it, so although they don’t “need” to know about it, pretending we can shield them is magical thinking.

That said, you don’t need to give them more information than they can handle, or more than they’re asking for. A simple, “Did they talk about what happened in _____ today at school?” would be a good starter. They need to know that you’re not trying to hide the truth from them, that you’re open to talking about it, but that you’re also not forcing them to do so.

4. Model truth-telling and build trust with your children by letting them hear things, even hard things, from you directly.
Eight days after the 9/11 attacks, I was meeting in small groups with pre-school workers in New York City, talking about how to respond to the young children in their care about the events. A man asked to speak to me privately after one of the trainings, and asked for my advice around his 7-year-old daughter. For the last week, since September 12th, she had been having stomach aches and difficulty sleeping. He said it was not tied to the events of 9/11 because, “We don’t have a television.” As his story unfolded it was evident that he did not want to have to explain to his child why people would do such horrible things, a normal dilemma that we face as parents and adults. This child was experiencing physical reactions, as it turned out, not primarily because of her reaction to the events of 9/11, but because she was unable to share her fears and concerns and questions in her own home, faced with her parents’ denial.

Here are some principles to keep in mind as you talk with children:

1. There is no one typical reaction one can or should expect from children.
Their responses will vary all over the ‘emotional’ map, from seeming disinterest to nightmares, eating issues, and anxiety. How any specific child will respond will depend on their age, previous experience with death and loss, and their personality style. Fearful children will tend to worry; quiet children may keep their feelings to themselves; those who want to appear unfazed may exhibit a sense of bravado or lack of caring. Of course, children directly affected – those who had a family member die; those who witnessed the tragedy; those who had friends die – will tend to have longer-term reactions and needs. Watch for changes in behavior, or concerning trends. While it would be normal to have heightened anxiety and sleeplessness, any concerning behavior or troubling symptoms should be taken seriously, and if warranted, professional help sought.

2. Many children will have an increased sense of fear about their safety.
Understandably. So will many adults. After a shooting at an Oregon mall in December 2012, the news outlets were filled with people who said they’d never take their children there again. Others said they’d return as soon as it opened in order to support the stores and employees who had experienced the traumatic events, and whose livelihoods were going to suffer as a result of the several day closure. Some runners in the Boston Marathon vowed to return; others said they would never do so again.

While we can’t guarantee to our children that nothing bad will ever happen to them, we can provide assurance that these events are relatively rare, and that we will do everything we can to keep them safe. Children may have many questions about the events, particularly about natural disasters. Answer their questions with language that fits their developmental stage. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer to a question. If it’s a question that might have an answer, offer to look up more information. You can also ask children what they think the answer is as they often have thoughts and ideas they want to share with you. In the case of natural disasters, if your child is fearful of something like that happening in your community, talk with them about the safety plan that you have in place for your family and home. You can also look into what community safety measures are in place and whatever elements are relevant with your children. Many children will be reassured knowing that there are specific, tangible things they and your family can do if something occurs. Some examples include, picking a meeting place, keeping flashlights in every bedroom, talking about where you will keep emergency water and food.

3. Children want, need, and deserve the truth.
In over 30 years of providing grief support to thousands of children and teens at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, we have never heard a child say, “I’m glad I was lied to.” Many, however, struggle with anger and lack of trust toward parents or other adults who lied to them. When we don’t tell the truth, they learn that we cannot be trusted. As difficult as it can be at times, and as horrendous as the truth may be, children want, need, and deserve the truth. Being able to talk openly and honestly with your children about tragic events and other losses, creates a foundation of trust, enabling them to come to you in the future with their questions, fears, and concerns.


How race-related stress affects you and your relationship with your child

What effect does racism have on your health and well-being?

Not only does racism impact you as a parent, it can also impact how you interact with your children. Experiences of racism build on each other and can chip away at your emotional, physical and spiritual resources as a parent, contributing to race-related stress. Race-related stress can make it hard to have the space needed to take care of yourself as a parent, which reduces the emotional space you need to adequately take care of your children.


Physical effects

Physical Effects

Physical Effects can include increased hypertension, illness and risky behaviors such as substance use.


Emotional effects

Emotional Effects

Emotional effects can include depression, anxiety, anger, irritability and aggression.


Spiritual effects

Spiritual Effects

Spiritual effects can include a decreased sense of purpose, lack of connection with the larger community, isolation from larger social groups and reduced involvement in communal activities that you enjoy.


Potential reactions to racial stress or trauma

Insecure feelings

Insecure Feelings

Feelings of shame and lack of confidence due to feeling that a situation cannot be changed.

Lack of trust

Lack of Trust

Feeling detached or a lack of trust for others due to experiencing multiple losses or letdowns. This can make it very difficult to seek out help and to identify potential safe sources of support.



Reminders of the event, such as particular people or situations, can also trigger strong emotional or physical responses (e.g., crying or rapid heartbeat).


Difficulty Controlling Emotions

Difficulty controlling emotional responses (going from “zero to one hundred”) can occur as the body helps you adapt to potentially unsafe situations, making you feel constantly on “alert.”

The body’s response to the experience of racism can make accessing resources to cope with the situation difficult. Race-related stress is unique in that it threatens psychological resources that are needed to cope and fulfill basic needs such as financial support, housing, access to jobs, etc.

When your body is in stress mode, it is geared up to help you and your child survive, which sometimes leads to impulsive decisions. If you live in a chronic state of stress related to racism, you can start to engage in survival coping. Survival coping can help you to deal with very hard or potentially life-threatening situations. However, if you continue to exist in this mode long-term, it can make it difficult to enjoy being in the moment with your child and can reduce your ability to feel safe and in control.


What impact can racial stress have on your parenting?

Experiencing race-related stress can also impact the quality of parenting relationships in the following ways:

Impostor syndrome

When you are exposed to racism repeatedly, you often start doubting yourself and can feel like you are an imposter in dominant culture settings or in settings where you feel as though you do not belong. Your inner thoughts might sound something like: “Am I being judged?” “Am I worthy?” “I got lucky.” “I only got this because I am Black.”

Being overly alert (hypervigilance)

Experiencing racial stress can make you more aware of potential dangers and negative experiences that can occur. This, in turn, can make the experience of parenting even more stressful. When you interact with your children, you can sometimes be reminded of negative race-related experiences that you had when you were a child. This reminder can amp up emotional responses, or hyperarousal, making it hard for you to “keep your cool” and be open to flexible problem solving.

“Helicopter parenting” (monitoring in fear)

These experiences of racism and unwarranted blame or lack of acceptance can make you want to protect your children so much, that you don’t allow them to explore in the way that they need to. You may shelter them from failures, which everyone needs to experience in order to learn how to manage everyday life. You may tend to be overly cautious or suspicious. Examples can include not allowing your children to have sleepovers or go to the park, even with your supervision.

Difficulty regulating emotions

  • When your past influences your emotional state, it can affect your emotional responses to both big and minor stressors with children, such as when they misbehave. This, in turn, can lead to being overprotective or overuse of physical discipline, as a means of survival.
  • For children, having parents who can keep perspective (stay cool) when children are upset, or misbehaving is very important. Likewise, it is important to stay calm when disciplining a child, otherwise discipline may go overboard. Both of these things can be hard if you are having difficulty controlling your emotions.


  • Avoiding situations that are related to racism can be a needed strategy to survive; such as instances that may involve violence or threat to yourself or your family. Sometimes you may avoid reminders of past experiences due to the pain or discomfort they cause.
  • If you find yourself avoiding strong feelings or situations with your child that bring up painful memories, it may make it hard to show affection and support for your child. It may even make it difficult to know how to provide emotional support for your child during times of stress. For instance, if your child brings up their own experience of oppression or an event in their life reminds you of something from your own childhood.

Mistrusting others

  • Racism can lead to distrust or mistrust of other communities. Internalized racism is when you begin to accept negative messages about your own abilities and inherent worth by the dominant group in society.
  • When you use society’s norms to judge yourself, you can feel depressed, unworthy and just not good enough. You are taught in many ways to take these feelings and paint them onto another group.
  • Intra and interracial violence, contention among disenfranchised communities or color, and the way the media conveys information about people of color, contribute to this.
  • This kind of coping can make you more vulnerable to racism, because on some level you may believe in racial hierarchy and difference when you belittle other groups. And when you show your children that it is right to discriminate against certain other groups, you make them more vulnerable to discrimination that they face.

Minimizing racism

  • Racism is overwhelming, as is the history of violence. You are sometimes taught that accepting this and minimizing racism is the only thing you can do. But when you ignore racism, and accept powerlessness, you encourage your kids to internalize racism. This can lead to increased levels of depression, anxiety and externalizing behaviors (e.g., engaging in risky behaviors, such as alcohol or substance use).
  • When you believe that you should be able to handle and manage it all without a break or without asking for help, you are at increased risk for health problems and can miss important cues about your well-being and safety.


Experiencing chronically unfair and dangerous discriminatory practices due to race can lead to feelings of low worth. For parents, this can also lead to a questioning of your parenting choices and abilities.

Unbalanced Racial and Ethnic Socialization (RES)

Unbalanced messaging or communication about race and ethnicity occurs when you only promote messages of mistrust, preparation for bias, or only give racial pride messages to your children.


Strategies to deal with racial stress and practice self-care.

So, what can you do to mitigate racial stress?

As parents, it is important to develop positive identities and share your cultural identities with your children. Positive cultural identity and advocacy are protective factors against racism, which can help to reduce and prevent racial stress.

There are many other ways to cope with stress and everyone has different preferences. Reducing stress can also allow you to model healthy coping strategies for your child. Here are some suggestions you can try.

You are not the only person dealing with race-related stress and connecting with other people with similar experiences and feelings can help you to successfully navigate racism.

  • Talk with family and trusted friends specifically about racialized events that have occurred and how to handle them
  • Start or join a group with others who may have had similar experiences and similar interests, like a book club that reads books by Black authors, or spend time with other African American parents who have the same concerns you do about how your children are treated at the school.
  • Seek out activities that you can do with your friends or family (e.g., exercising, cooking, watching a family show or movie together, etc.)


Much of the debate today is around gun control. Below are links to two bills currently pending in Congress.

HR 1446 Enhanced Background Check Act of 2021

HR 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021



04 – Resources – First Responders, Educators, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Youth, Elderly, Parents and Others Coping with Coronavirus / COVID-19
Mar 27 all-day


Suicide Prevention Resource Center


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Resource Lists to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)




















COVID-19 Resource Lists from Partners of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center

  • The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has developed a list of resources on safe messaging and for some specific populations.
  • The Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI) has developed a resource list for health care leaders and mental health professionals that addresses safe suicide care.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a resource list for individuals, providers, communities, and states focused on behavioral health care.
  • Education Development Center (EDC) has developed a list of resources related to health, mental health, and education.



04 – Resources – ODHS – Oregon Department of Human Services – During COVID You are not alone
Mar 27 all-day

COVID – 19 Resources

Suicide Prevention Resources

Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Resources

Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources

Youth Resources

Elder Resources

Financial Exploitation Prevention Resources

Reporting Abuse


04 – Resources – OPEC – Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative – Parenting Education Resources
Mar 27 all-day



OPEC has a new website! Visit for the most update OPEC information. will be phased out by the end of 2022.


About OPEC Hubs

The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) supports a statewide network of parenting “Hubs.” As part of their role, OPEC Hubs:

  • Provide infrastructure to support parenting education efforts across their region, serving as a “go-to” place for families and community partners related to parenting resources and programs, support professional development opportunities for parenting education professionals, and collect data
  • Foster community collaboration to coordinate parenting programs across community partners, build relationships between cross-sector partners, and leverage available resources in support of families
  • Expand access to and normalize parenting education programs through a combination of direct service and mini-grants to partner organizations to meet the needs of all families in their communities. OPEC Hubs support a blend of universal and targeted parenting programs that are evidence-/research-based and culturally-responsive

The OPEC Logic Model illustrates the strategies, outputs, and outcomes of this work.

Ready to get connected? Your local OPEC Hub can connect you with in-person and remote parenting classes, workshops, resources, and family events in your community.

OPEC Facebook Page

Select From the Counties listed below to fund your HUB


Resource Tip Sheets

Parenting Education Curricula Resources

 Training Opportunities


Program Fidelity Rating Tools

Additional Resources


Grantee Directory

Contact information for each of the OPEC Parenting Education Hubs is listed below.

OPEC Parenting Hubs

Building Healthy Families:
Baker, Malheur, Wallowa

Maria Weer
Executive Director

Clackamas Parenting Together:

Chelsea Hamilton
Clackamas OPEC Hub Coordinator

The Family Connection:
Jackson, Josephine

Bethanee Grace
Program Co-Coordinator
541.734.5150 ext. 1042

Diana Bennington
Program Co-Coordinator
541.734.5150 ext.1050

Family Resource Center of Central Oregon:
Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson

Dee Ann Lewis
Executive Director

Kim Pitts
Program Logistics Coordinator

First 5 Siskiyou:
Siskiyou, CA

Karen Pautz
Executive Director
First 5 Siskiyou

Four Rivers Early Learning & Parenting Hub:
Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler

Christa Rude
Regional Coordinator

Shira Skybinskyy
Parenting Hub Assistant Director

Frontier Hub:
Grant, Harney

Donna Schnitker
Hub Director

Patti Wright
OPEC Grant Coordinator


Claire Hambly
Education Program Manager
541.741.6000 ext 141

Emily Reiter
Education Program Specialist

Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, Inc.:

Lisa Harnisch
Executive Director

Tiffany Miller
Communication Specialist and Parent Education Associate

Margie Lowe
Performance and Fiscal Officer

Mid-Valley Parenting:
Polk, Yamhill

Brent DeMoe
Director, Family & Community Outreach
503.623.9664 ext. 2118

Stephanie Gilbert
Early Learning and Family Engagement Coordinator
503.623.9664 ext. 2368

Northwest Parenting:
Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook 

Dorothy Spence
Early Learning & Parenting Education Hub Coordinator

Elena Barreto
Regional Coordinator

Parenting Success Network:
Benton, Linn

Mike Jerpbak
Department Chair, Parenting Education

Sommer McLeish
Coordinator (Lincoln County)

Parenting Together Washington County:

Leslie Moguil
Senior Program Coordinator

Pathways to Positive Parenting:
Coos, Curry

Charity Grover
Parenting Lead

Take Root:
Douglas, Klamath, Lake

Julie Hurley
Parenting Education Coordinator

Susan Stiles-Sumstine
Assistant Parenting Hub Coordinator

Sanora Hoggarth
Parenting Education Coordinator for Klamath County

Umatilla Morrow Head Start, Inc.:
Morrow, Umatilla, Union

Aaron Treadwell
Executive Director

Mary Lou Gutierrez
Parenting Education Coordinator

Jen Goodman
Family and Community Partnership Manager (Union County)

OPEC Funded Parenting Education Curriculum

Abriendo Puertas /Opening Doors

Suicide Prevention for Parents
A guide for parents and caregivers while at the hospital emergency department




Run Wild 

by David Covell 

Daniel Finds a Poem 

by Micha Archer 

What to do with a Box 

by Jane Yolen & Chris Sheban



March 2022 

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba 

Lola Plants a Garden / Lola planta un jardín by Anna McQuinn 

Up in the Air: Butterflies, Birds, and 

Everything Up Above 

by Zoe Armstrong 

Greenie grows a garden / Verdecito cultiva un jardín (bilingual) 

by Harriet Ziefert 

Hasta Las Rodillas / Up to My Knees 

by Grace Lin (bilingual 

*This booklist provides recommendations 

based on the content of our monthly 

parent newsletter: Parenting Together. 



Mix It Up! 

by Hervé Tullet 

Pinta Ratones 

by Ellen Stoll Walsh 

Edward Gets Messy 

by Rita Meade 

Ultimate Slime: 100 new recipes and projects for oddly satisying, Borax-free slime 

by Alyssa Jagan 


by Mary Lyn Ray 


May 2022 

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? / Cómo son buenos amigos los dinosaurios 

by Jane Yolen 

The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight by Jennifer Holm 

How to Apologize 

by David LaRochelle 

Maple & Willow Together / Arce y Sauce juntas 

by Lori Nichols 

Meesha Makes Friends 

by Tom Percival


June 2022 

Recycle and Remake, 

edited by Hélene Hilton 

Rainbow Weaver / Tejedora del arcoíris (bilingual) 

by Linda Elovitz Marshall 

Out of the Box 

by Jemma Westing 

100 Easy STEAM Activities: awesome 

hands-on projects for aspiring artists and engineers 

by Andrea Scalzo Yi 

Recycling Crafts by Annalees Lim 


July 2022 

A Kids Book About Epathy 

by Daron K. Roberts 

I am Human: A Book of Empathy 

by Susan Verde 

Caring with Bert and Ernie: A Book 

About Empathy 

by Marie-Therese Miller 

Empatía: una guia para padres e hijos by Patricia Fernández Bieberach 


by Christopher Silas Neal 



ABC Dentist 

by Harriet Ziefert 

Does a Tiger Go to the Dentist? 

by Harriet Ziefert 

Max va al dentista 

by Adria F. Klein 

What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff 

Vamos al Dentista 


September 2022 

How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear? By Jayneen Sanders 

The Rabbit Listened 

by Cori Doerrfeld 

Breath Like a Bear: 30 Mindful 

Moments For Kids to Feel Calm and 

Focused Anytime, Anywhere 

by Kira Wiley 

Plantando semillas : la práctica del 

mindfulness con niños 

by Nhá̂t Hạnh 

Scaredy Squirrel 

by Melanie Watt


October 2022 

Mindfulness Moments for Kids: 

Hot Cocoa Calm 

by Kira Willey 

Calm Monsters, Kind Monsters: a Sesame Street Guide to Mindfulness 

by Karen Latchana Kenney 

You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses / Eres un león!: posturas de yoga para niños 


Thank You, Omu! / ¡Gracias, Omu! 

by Oge Mora 

Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids 

will Love to Make (and Eat!) 

by Deanna F. Cook 

Plaza Sésamo: C es de cocinar – recetas de nuestra comunidad 

by Susan McQuillan 

Kalamata’s Kitchen 

by Sarah Thomas 


Dumpling Day 

by Meera Sriram 

Alma and How She Got Her Name / Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre 

by Juana Martinez-Neal 

The Heart of Mi Familia 

by Carrie Lara 

Mango, Abuela, and Me / Mango, Abuela y yo by Meg Medina 

We Are Family 

by Patricia Hegarty 


04 – Resources – SRN – Scottish Recovery Network – Peer To Peer Training Resources
Mar 27 all-day

Let’s do Peer2Peer!

Peer2Peer is adaptable and flexible. Deliver the course as a whole or focus on specific sessions.

Scottish Recovery Network gives us the framework to think and create things for ourselves.

Peer2Peer Development Programme participant

Peer2Peer training manual

Peer2Peer helps you to deliver peer training for your organisation or initiative. It is adaptable and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Download .PDF document (4 MB)

Let’s do Peer2Peer guide

The guide complements the training manual. It has been developed in collaboration with organizations already delivering Peer2Peer. It provides insights and ideas on the different ways to run and facilitate the course.

Download .PDF document (3 MB)

Creating a positive learning environment

Considerations for creating a positive learning environment for your Peer2Peer participants.

Download .PDF document (888 KB)

Example Peer2Peer course outlines

Different organisations provide examples of how they are delivering the course.

Download .PDF document (573 KB)

Budget planning

Things to consider when budgeting or sourcing funding for your Peer2Peer course.

Download .PDF document (136 KB)

Certificate of achievement (PDF)

Downloadable certificate of achievement for course participants.

Download .PDF document (182 KB)

Certificate of achievement (Word)

Downloadable certificate of achievement for course participants.

Download .DOCX document (545 KB)

Hollie: peer support and me

Hollie, a Peer Worker with Penumbra, tells us what peer support means to her. This short animation is a powerful way to show the value and impact of peer support. It is also available on our YouTube channel where you can watch, download or share the film.

Download .MP4 video (4 MB)

Values Framework for Peer Working

This publication aims to increase understanding of the peer worker role and ensure that it maintains the peer support ethos.

Download .PDF document (246 KB)

Experts by Experience Implementation Guidelines

Guidelines to support the development of Peer Worker roles in the mental health sector.

Download .PDF document (880 KB)

04 – Resources – TAF – The Alexander Foundation – LGBTQ+ Assistance Programs, Scholarships @ apply for details
Mar 27 all-day


The Alexander Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3, all-volunteer organization whose sole focus is to give back to the LGBTQ+ community of Colorado.



This program provides assistance to those individuals who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties. Community Assistance is intended for immediate needs such as rent, security deposits, medical expenses, food, clothing, utility bills, and other basic living expenses. Assistance checks are issues only to third parties; for example, the recipient’s landlord or utility company.


Applicants must be:

  • Part of the LGBTQ+ community

  • Reside in Colorado

  • Pre-approved by a recognized Referral Agency

Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must not have received Community Assistance from The Alexander Foundation within the previous 12-month period. The maximum amount of assistance is $200. Individuals may only receive assistance three (3) times.


This program is intended to provide support to those who are at risk of losing their ability to provide basic life needs due to treatment or complications related to cancer, a catastrophic illness, or a serious illness. Examples include medical care, housing, food, clothing, phones, and utilities. Unlike one-time assistance provided through the Community Assistance Program, this program provides fixed monthly assistance for up to 12 months. The amount of assistance is determined by the recipients’ needs but cannot exceed $2400 (or $200 per month).


Applicants must be:

  • Part of the LGBTQ+ community

  • Reside in Colorado

  • Have been diagnosed with a form of cancer, catastrophic illness, or serious injury. HIV positive status alone does not qualify someone for this program.

  • The applicant’s healthcare provider must certify the condition or diagnosis.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and cannot have received financial assistance from the Foundation during the previous 6 months. The “Certification of Medical Condition” must come from the applicant’s healthcare provider, and may also be e-mailed or faxed.


The Holiday Letter Assistance program provides one-time assistance during the traditional holiday season from November through December. The amount of assistance is based on need and the financial support appeal response from the community.


The recipient must be:

  • Part of the LGBTQ+ community

  • Reside in Colorado

  • Demonstrate financial need 

A certification from a Referral Agency must accompany the application. Individuals may receive Holiday Letter Assistance a maximum of three times. Holiday letter Assistance is issued to third parties based on the need expressed in the application.

Application Process

Three to four weeks before the deadline, The Alexander Foundation’s Assistance Programs Director will notify Referral Agencies when Holiday Letter Assistance applications are due (typically at the end of November/early December). Referring agencies are encouraged to contact The Alexander Foundation to ensure all mailed applications have been received.

All Assistance Program applications MUST come from a Referral Agency. Applications are processed as they are received, and distributions occur within three to four weeks of receipt of the completed application.
 Referral Agencies must fax or e-mail assistance applications to The Alexander Foundation’s office on behalf of an applicant; mailed applications will not be accepted. To learn more about these programs, including the information required for Community Assistance and Catastrophic Assistance Grants, please contact a Referral Agency.


The Alexander Foundation was founded in 1981 as a public, non-profit, philanthropic organization. Through our three education scholarships, the foundation has continued a tradition of caring for the LGBTQ+ community to overcome barriers they may face in pursuit of academic success.

Applicants for ALL scholarships must:

  • Identify within the LGBTQ+ community

  • Be residents of Colorado

  • Be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the state of Colorado

Applications for ALL scholarships require:

  • A completed online application form

  • A personal essay that tells us about you and your goals, how the scholarship will help you achieve them, elaborate on your financial need, and your current or future plans for supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Two signed letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference on school letterhead.

  • A photocopy of a state or federally issued ID

 Furthermore, each scholarship has additional eligibility and application requirements. Please see below for further details about each of the three scholarship opportunities.

Applications will be accepted through March 20, 2022.

The Alexander Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships awarded from The Alexander Foundation provide financial assistance to those seeking a higher education degree from an accredited institution in the State of Colorado. Selection for awards are based on merit, need, and service to the LGBTQ+ community. Annual scholarship award amounts range from $300 to $3,000.

Eligibility and Process

In addition to the requirements listed above, each applicant must also:

  • Be pursuing a higher education degree within Colorado. However, exceptions may be made in certain instances. If you would like to apply for an exception, please elaborate in your personal essay (i.e., online program, continuing education over the summer, etc)

Applicants may apply as often as they wish; however, recipients are limited to a cumulative maximum award limit of $9,000.

The David and Sharon Alexander Scholarship

The David and Sharon Alexander Scholarship was created through a generous donation from the Alexander family. This scholarship, named for David and Sharon Alexander, serves to honor the contributions they made to furthering the education of their children, through providing funding to future generations of educators. 

Awarded annually to a student pursuing a degree that supports education and learning, recipients will receive a $1000 scholarship to be used on any school related expense. Students awarded the David and Sharon Alexander Scholarship are eligible for a continued annual award of $1000 for up to four years.

Eligibility and Process

In addition to the requirements listed above, each applicant must also:

  • Be pursuing a degree in education, higher education, counseling, school psychology, social work, special education, or a teaching certificate. Students pursuing their first degree post high school will be given preference, however, any student pursuing a degree in an education related field is encouraged to apply.

  • Demonstrate financial need in their application process.

  • Fill out an additional supplement, providing a statement that addresses the importance of education and your goals for pursuing a degree in an education related field.

Applicants who are not awarded the David and Sharon Alexander Foundation Scholarship will automatically be considered for all other Alexander Foundation Scholarships.

Apply Here

The Jordon Connor Memorial Scholarship

The Jordon Connor Memorial Scholarship was created through a generous donation from Michael & Gina Connor and Michael Alexander. The scholarship, named for Jordon Connor, serves to honor Jordon by providing funding to future generations of mental health providers dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ communities.

Awarded annually to two students pursuing a degree in a mental health-related field, recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship for any school-related expenses. Students who are awarded the Jordon Connor Memorial Scholarship are eligible for a continued annual award of $1,000 for up to four years.

Eligibility and Process

In addition to the requirements listed above, each applicant must also:

  • Be pursuing a degree in a mental health-related field (social work, psychology, counseling, etc.) at an accredited institution of higher education in the state of Colorado Students pursuing their first degree post-high school will be given preference. However, any student pursuing a degree in a mental health-related field is eligible and encouraged to apply.

  • Demonstrate financial need in their application process.

  • Fill out an additional supplement, providing a statement that addresses the importance of education and your goals for pursuing a degree in a mental health-related field.

Applicants who are not awarded the Jordon Connor Memorial Scholarship will automatically be considered for all other Alexander Foundation Scholarships.

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