Spirit Mountain Community Fund to Advance Equity for Children with Learning Challenges

A $35,000 grant to The Shadow Project will help children with disabilities like dyslexia and autism thrive, and achieve their potential.

The Shadow Project, a 15-year-old nonprofit committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges has received a one-year, $35,000 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Shadow Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella, M.A., received the grant in a September ceremony in Grand Ronde.

“The strength of our local partnerships is something we take pride in,” said Mychal Cherry, Spirit Mountain Community Fund executive director. “It’s an honor and a privilege to support an organization like The Shadow Project that makes it possible for children with learning disabilities to meet and exceed their full academic potential.”
The majority of the children in The Shadow Project are from low-income homes and communities of color. The Spirit Mountain grant gives them personalized learning experiences such as reading mentors who use a specialized audio-visual library to make books comes alive, sensory spaces where children can find calm and focus, and a goal-setting program that motivates discouraged learners.

“Because of Spirit Mountain’s generosity, our children have tools tailored to the way they learn, teachers equipped to support them, and a sense of belonging in school that sets them on a path of pride and accomplishment,” said Scattarella. “Many of the students we serve have been ready to give up—on school and on themselves—and their perseverance and determination inspire me daily.”
The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, distributing $78,610,930 in grants to non-profit organizations in 11 counties, government agencies in Polk and Yamhill counties, and the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon.

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New Program Manager for The Shadow Project

Sharon Juenemann has joined The Shadow Project as its program manager, overseeing the organization’s partner schools, including service development, delivery, and evaluation. Sharon was longtime program director for Mt. Hood Community College’s federal prep and access grant (TRIO) for low-income students seeking higher education. Most recently, she was interim director of TRIO at Portland Community College.

Sharon has a master of arts in adult education from Oregon State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from Lewis & Clark College. She has 20 years teaching experience including English as a Second Language for Non-Native Speakers, instructional Spanish, and EvenStart Family Literacy.

“Sharon’s passion for changing educational systems so they truly benefit all children, as well as personal experience with special education in Portland will greatly benefit our organization as we strategically standardize and grow our programs to serve more schools and children,” said Shadow Project Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella.

The Shadow Project’s mission is to make school more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges, so they can achieve their full potential.
By equipping classrooms with innovative tools and strategies tailored to diverse learning needs, The Shadow Project has teamed with schools to foster success for more than 10,000 students who typically read one- to three-years below grade level, and have challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

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Shadow Day Combines Kids with Dogs and Books

On Shadow Day, a celebration of The Shadow Project’s 15th anniversary as a nonprofit, and in honor of our mascot on her Valentine’s Day birthday, we are collaborating with Columbia River Pet Partners to bring local dog “Molly” into the classroom so kids who struggle with literacy can find courage in reading aloud.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 10 to 11 a.m. There is no formal program; reporters may drop in as available during this time frame

Sitton Elementary School, 9930 N. Smith Street, 97203. Please sign in at the office and come to room 3.

Many children with learning challenges like dyslexia and ADHD, or kids with anxiety are afraid to read out loud in front of their peers for fear of ridicule. That’s one reason why students with learning challenges are often one- to three levels behind in reading. Educators say that dogs make great reading partners because they can encourage students with a gentle nudge to keep going, or strategically place a paw to offer support and enhance focus. Dogs also have a calming effect that can reduce anxiety, and their quiet presence boosts confidence, courage … and reading comprehension.

Kids and dogs! Four Sitton children in special education who struggle to read will take turns sitting comfortably in the brightly colored SuperSensory Literacy Space bean bag chairs to show their growth mindset (perseverance at a challenging task) by reading aloud to Shadow friend “Molly” from their favorite book. The four students are available for questions, as is their teacher, Mandee Bish, and Shadow Project founder/executive director Christy Scattarella.

The Shadow Project is a Portland nonprofit that makes school more accessible and engaging for students with learning challenges so they can achieve their full potential.

Columbia River Pet Partners is a therapy animal group promoting health and happiness through visits to a wide variety of facilities.

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CareOregon Gives $15,000 Grant to Shadow

CareOregon Gives $15,000 Grant to Shadow

June 9, 2017 (Portland, Ore.) — CareOregon, which serves the largest number of Medicaid recipients in the state, takes the stand that good health requires much more than clinical care. For that reason, it has awarded a total of $300,000 in development investment grants to seven organizations focused on reducing housing insecurity this spring alone. The grants continue CareOregon’s emphasis on addressing housing problems, a key goal for the CareOregon board of directors, which authorized the funding.

Through its relationships with Coordinated Care Organizations, CareOregon manages care for about 180,000 members of the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). That population is at greater risk for housing insecurity, as well as other social and economic factors that affect health.

CareOregon’s spring community benefit giving additionally awarded nearly $115,000 in nine smaller grants within the organization’s core focus areas: childhood development, member and community empowerment, social determinants of health and Community Health Improvement Plan goals in its service areas.

“We focused on programs that are not only helping people with housing insecurity, but they also tend to involve the whole community in finding solutions,” said Shawn DeCarlo, grant evaluation program manager.

The development investment grants include:

  • Village Coalition (Metro, Multnomah County)—$60,000 for the Village Community Restorative Justice Training Program, working to permanently increase the amount of low-cost transitional housing in the metro area.
  • Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (Metro)—$50,000 for Homeownership Retention Program, which fosters homeownership stability for low‐ and moderate‐income homeowners age 55 and older.
  • Bridge Meadows (Metro)—$45,000 for Building Resilience & Wellness through Intergenerational Place, Permanence and Purpose, a program to help children move from foster care to adoptive families. The grant supports staffing in North Portland and Beaverton.
  • Maybelle Center for the Community (Metro, Multnomah County)—$45,000 for staffing support for program building connections and community in Portland’s Old Town-Downtown neighborhoods.
  • Restoration House (Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, Clatsop County)—$40,000 to help bring Restoration House up to fire code. The Seaside housing facility is for adult men transitioning from incarceration back to their home community.
  • Northwest Pilot Project (Metro)—$35,000 for a full-time housing case manager for extremely low-income seniors of color, in danger of displacement due to gentrification of their neighborhoods.
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives (Metro, Clackamas County)—$25,000 to help renovate and expandAnnie Ross House Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families.

The capacity investment grants are:

  • African Youth and Community Organization—$20,000
  • The Shadow Project—$15,000
  • Tucker Maxon School—$11,000
  • Nursingale (Children’s Nursing Specialties)—$10,633
  • Reading Results—$10,000
  • Store To Door—$10,000
  • AntFarm Youth Services—$10,000
  • Community Partners for Affordable Housing—$7,850

“A common factor of these grants is that they are to programs that are primarily direct services for young children and families at high risk of experiencing poor health outcomes,” DeCarlo said. “We know that if we can have a positive impact on families’ health early on, that impact will not only provide benefis now, but will continue to have benefits for them and their health for many years into the future.”

For information, contact Jeanie Lunsford, 503-416-3626, lunsfordj@careoregon.org.

About CareOregon
CareOregon is a nonprofit community benefits company that’s been involved in health plan services, reforms and innovations since 1994, serving Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) and Medicare members and their communities. Our mission is cultivating individual well-being and community health through shared learning and innovation. Our vision is healthy communities for all individuals, regardless of income or social circumstances. We focus on the total health of our members, not just traditional health care. By teaming up with members and their families, providers and communities, we help Oregonians live better lives, prevent illness and respond effectively to health issues.

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Shadow Receives Grant from The Portland Clinic Foundation

Shadow Receives Grant from The Portland Clinic Foundation

16 local organizations will receive a total of $30,000

June 8, 2017 (Portland, Ore.) — As community organizations in the Portland area face an uncertain future due to budget cuts at the state and federal levels, several groups are receiving some much-needed assistance. The Portland Clinic Foundation announced today that 16 local nonprofits will receive grants to help support community wellness and advance the social determinants of good health.

“The Portland Clinic Foundation’s inaugural round of grantees is a diverse group of organizations which serve some of Portland’s most vulnerable populations,” says Kris Anderson, Executive Director, The Portland Clinic Foundation. “From a very strong field of applicants, our board has selected organizations that have an outsized impact on Portland’s communities. Our aim is to advance community wellness at all levels, from frontline services to quality of life to systemic change, and I think this round of grantees really embodies our goals. We look forward to building support for our foundation so that we can deepen our partnership with Portland’s nonprofit community in the future.”

By the Numbers

The Portland Clinic Foundation will donate $30,000 to Portland-area groups this summer. Sixteen nonprofit organizations will receive grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 apiece. The Foundation is funded through private donations from Rose City residents, as well as by The Portland Clinic, which underwrites all operational expenses, ensuring that 100 percent of donations go to organizations in need.

“At The Portland Clinic, we believe that ‘relationships matter.’ That can be the relationship between a doctor and a patient, or one of our clinics and [its] local neighborhood, or our practice and the broader community,” says Dick Clark, CEO, The Portland Clinic. “We are very proud to invest in our local communities and our neighbors through The Portland Clinic Foundation. We are excited to see how we can grow our contributions and fundraising efforts in coming years to bring even more assistance to a broader range of deserving groups.”

The complete list of 2017 grantees includes:

Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program — $3,000
Coalition of Communities of Color — $3,000
Sexual Assault Resource Center — $3,000
Voz: Workers’ Rights — $3,000
Clackamas Service Center — $2,000
Elders in Action — $2,000
Good Neighbor Center — $2,000
Growing Gardens — $2,000
North by Northeast Community Health Center — $2,000
Raphael House — $2,000
The Shadow Project — $2,000
Beaverton Police Activities League — $1,000
Community Warehouse — $1,000
Hollywood Theatre — $1,000
Chelsea’s Closet — $500
Living Yoga — $500

Supporting Community Wellness

The core mission of The Portland Clinic Foundation is to support and energize organizations that advance community wellness, which includes education, arts and culture, social justice, and research and advocacy.

“Catholic Charities is delighted to be among The Portland Clinic Foundation’s first cohort of grantees,” says James Howell, Director of Development, Catholic Charities. “Their investment in our Refugee Resettlement Program furthers our ability to offer some of the most vulnerable members of our community a broad array of services that not only meet their most basic needs, but that also provide them with the tools, knowledge and support they need to thrive in a new country.”

In addition to providing funds to basic service providers and frontline resources like Clackamas Service Center and the Sexual Assault Resource Center, The Portland Clinic Foundation also works upstream from problem areas to support systemic changes that improve community wellness. Additionally, the Foundation deliberately seeks to serve communities that are traditionally overlooked, either by geography, race, culture, income, orientation, background, or generation.

“We are so pleased to partner with The Portland Clinic Foundation to enhance our advocacy and direct service to vulnerable older adults in the Portland area,” says Barbara Bernstein, executive director, Elders in Action. “Our volunteer corps of [more than] 140 active and engaged personal advocates work directly with hundreds of seniors each year to provide them with the support and assistance they need to remain independent and to age in place.”

For more information on The Portland Clinic Foundation, its mission, the grant application process, and how to donate, please visit The Portland Clinic Foundation website.

About The Portland Clinic
Established in 1921, The Portland Clinic is Oregon’s oldest, private, multispecialty medical group. Today, with sophisticated medical technology, modern spacious facilities and dynamic medical specialists, a personal approach to each patient’s good health remains The Portland Clinic’s primary focus. The Portland Clinic’s six locations serve the Greater Portland metropolitan area and care for more than 90,000 patients each year throughout the Northwest. For more information, visit ThePortlandClinic.com and follow us on Twitter (@PortlandClinic) and Facebook (@ThePortlandClinic).

About The Portland Clinic Foundation
Created in 1963 and revitalized in 2016 to reflect a new direction for the organization, The Portland Clinic Foundation supports nonprofits that improve community wellness and advance the social determinants of good health. Funded through community donations and contributions from The Portland Clinic, the Foundation is able to invest in a variety of nonprofits that support the greater Portland’s communities in need.