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Skagit Housing Needs - March 2, 2016

Host jim justice talks with Bob Hicks, Operations Manager for Skagit County Health Dept. Bob will provide an overview of housing needs in Skagit. Then jim talks with Don Mitzel and Joan Penney, of the Housing Affordability and Availability Task Force (HAATF). Don, lead on the task force, and Joan, a citizen participant, will talk about their findings and challenges to date. Joan Penney also mentions the potential start of a Skagit Housing Trust Fund to build low income housing. There will be a follow-up interview in the late spring.

To get involved with housing, contact Joan Penney, jmpenney59@comcast.net

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Skagit Reach Center - October 21, 2015

Dave McConnell talks with Jeff Reynolds, Director of the Skagit Reach Center. The Center is a peer run outreach facility which works primarily with persons looking to move on with their lives - to get beyond homelessness, mental health issues and addictions.

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Oasis Teen Shelter - April 1,2015

Dave McConnell travels to the Oasis Teen Shelter to talk with Claudia Avendeno Palemera about services offered at the Shelter, which includes overnight accommodations for homeless youth and programs to re-unite them with family or other caring adults, and an afternoon and weekend drop-in center for youth. We also talk about the nature and causes of youth homelessness.

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Secret Harbor - February 4, 2015

Secret Harbor is a long standing program for foster youth. Previously a residential home for boys on Cypress Island, Secret Harbor moved inland several years ago and is now a community based program. In this show, Ginny interviews Jon Rylaarsdam, Director of the Foster Care Program, and Megan Osterhout, a case manager, at Secret Harbor. Jon and Megan explain the concept of "treatment foster care," or "trauma informed care," which they provide to meet the needs of kids damaged early in life, whose traumatic experiences leave them with needs that can't be met with traditional foster care. They discuss the various programs they run - residential, foster family care, and direct in home services, and how they prepare and support the foster families which provide homes for these youth. They also share some stories describing both the challenges and rewards of working with these kids.

For more information, or to contact Secret Harbor, check their website at http://secretharbor.org.

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Foster Homes, Selection and Available Resources - March 12, 2014

Dave McConnell talks with Enrique Guillen, Foster Home Licensor, Division of Licensed Resources, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services about the need for foster homes, how they are selected and resources available. Enrique noted that 'non-traditional' families are encouraged to become foster homes.

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Project Homeless Connect comes back to Skagit Valley - September 4, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks about the Affordable Care Act and the current state of need for the uninsured and underinsured in our area with Bill Kluin, Development Director at Safe Harbor Free Clinic in Stanwood, and Candie Tafoya, the clinic's Patient Assistance Coordinator, who is also the medical coordinator for the upcoming free health and services event called Project Homeless Connect.

PHC happens this year Thursday September 9th on the SVC campus next to the Technical Building. Safe Harbor and Sea-Mar are teaming up to provide medical, dental, women's services, podiatry and mental health help, as well as a meal, through the efforts of a huge team of volunteer staff.

Safe Harbor Free Clinic operates on Friday evenings and two Saturdays a month out of the Skagit Regional Clinics office in Stanwood, and provides a comprehensive range of health care services.

http://www.skagitprojecthomelessconnect.org
http://www.safeharborfreeclinic.org

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Bite of Skagit - July 24, 3013

Jodie talks with Terry Belcoe from North Coast Credit Union and Bill Henkel from Community Action, about the upcoming Bite of Skagit (Sat. July 27 Noon-4pm in downtown Mount Vernon) which is a "food party" to raise funds to buy food directly from local farmers for distribution at food banks and local meal programs.

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No Place for Domestic Violence in Our Communities - September 19, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and SUSO speaks with Colleen Connor and Courtney Long, from Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, about the support services they offer and how the community can help victims of domestic violence to heal - including October's Awareness campaign: Purple Light Nights

For more information:
http://www.purplelightnights.org
http://www.skagitdvsas.org/

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Skagit Homeless Connect - September 12, 2012

Dave McConnell spent a couple of hours at the 2012 Skagit Homeless Connect talking with Service providers and recorded several that he shares on the program this week - from leather clad bikers who provide food for veterans to a law office that provides legal services for the disabled.

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Feeding and Nourishing Skagit's Future - May 9, 2012

Jodie Buller talks with Debra Lancaster from United Way, Karen Parnell from Community Action, and Steve Crider from neighbors in need food Bank and Garden of Hope Food bank Garden, about their work on the steering committee of Skagit's 1095 Club, whose mission is to ensure that kids in Skagit get 3 nutritious meals a day, 365 days a year. That equals 1095 - a magic number. They are currently focused on summer feeding programs throughout Skagit County.

http://www.unitedwayskagit.org

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One Community, One Voice - alleviating poverty in Skagit - April 25, 2012

Jodie Buller talks with Debra Lancaster from United Way, Bill Henkel from Community Action, and Terry Belcoe from North Coast Credit Union about their participation in a community-wide initiative called One Community One Voice, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by coordinating existing local efforts and resources, and forging new connections to address homelessness, life and job skills, food, healthcare and housing access, and education. Committee members include: Bill Henkel, Carl Bruner, Charlie Wend, Deb Davis Bundy, Debra Lancaster, Jim Meyer, Letty Alvarez, Lisa Janicki, Peter Browning, Ryan Sakuma, Sue Krienan

Terry BelcoeFor more information:
http://www.unitedwayskagit.org/get-involved/one-voice/

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Northwest Youth Services - April 4, 2012

Dave McConnell talks with Lauren Mehl, Program Manager for Northwest Youth Services in Skagit County. Northwest Youth Services works to provide homeless young people - 18-21 - with transitional housing, i.e., transition to permanent housing. Lauren talks about the work of Northwest Youth Services, the causes of homelessness and the variety of services available in the Skagit Valley - and beyond.

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Youth Suicide Prevention Program - March 21, 2012

Dave McConnell talks with Heather Carter, Manager of the OUTLoud Project of the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program. Heather shares insights on the causes of youth suicide, suggestions of how to deal with potential youth suicides, and describes workshops and training sessions provided by the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

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Project Homeless Connect - August 31, 2011

Felicia Minto-Rodman, Outreach Coordinator for the Mount Vernon YMCA Oasis Teen Center, and Quinn Slayton, Volunteer Program Manager for the Skagit County Community Action Agency - and volunteer coordinator for the Skagit County Project Homeless Connect are the guests. Dave McConnell talks with them about the project, what it is, how it works, and why it is needed in Skagit County.

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No Place for Domestic Violence in Our Communities - October 6, 2010

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and SUSO speaks with Colleen Connor and Courtney Long, from Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, about the support services they offer and how the community can help victims of domestic violence to heal - including October's Awareness campaign: Purple Light Nights, the candle light vigil on October 23rd, and Shatter the Silence, a free monthly inter-generational gathering at the Skagit Food Co-op that explores how to create healthy communities.

For more information:
http://www.purplelightnights.org
http://skagitfoodcoop.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/fallworkshops/
http://www.skagitdvsas.org/

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Project Homeless Connect - August 18, 2010

Project Homeless Connect is a one day event whose purpose is to provide a wide array of services to homeless people in Skagit County, while at the same time calling on the community to collectively address the diverse problems of this growing population. Service providers will gather on the campus of Skagit Valley College on Sept. 1, 2010, to meet as many of the needs of the homeless as possible in one day, in a friendly environment. In this show, Thad Allen, Vicky Young and Quinn Slayton, steering committee members of Project Homeless Connect, talk about the event and the greater issue of homelessness.
For information or to volunteer, call (360) 416-7585 and ask for Quinn.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Skagit - February 10, 2010

NAMI - Skagit is a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In this show, four local NAMI members join me to talk about the organization which is such a important part of their loves. Mike Ellis, president of NAMI - Skagit; Marti Wall, longtime member and board member of NAMI - Skagit; Beth Gould, involved in NAMI on both a local and national level; and Brandon Nevi, a NAMI member who participates and leads some of the local programs, discuss how and why NAMI developed in our community, what programs it offers and who benefits from this all-volunteer effort.

Important contact numbers for help with mental illness:
Crisis Line: 1-800-584-3578 This line is staffed by mental health professionals with a masters degree or better.
County Mental Health Services - Mental Health Program Director, Rebecca Clark: 360-419-3363
Marti Wall: NAMI board member and organizer for Family-to-Family, and NAMI Basics courses: 360-770-5666

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Low Income Needs in Skagit County - January 27, 2010

Skagit County is a leader in Washington State in studying the needs of it's low income population. Skagit County Community Action Agency commissions this study every 4 years in an effort to direct program development and collect data that helps to secure funding. In today's program, Karen Parnell, Deputy Director for SCCAA and Greg Winter, a consultant with Cornerstone Strategies in Bellingham discuss the recently completed Low Income Needs Assessment for 2009. Their findings shed light onto how the current recession is affecting the most vulnerable in our community and identify stresses that might be predicted from budget cuts.

Visit http://www.skagitcap.org

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Agricultural Skagit County, WA & economic impact on Social Services - December 16, 2009

We've heard and read about the cuts in county government, but now listen as Peter Browning, Skagit Co Health Dept Director and Bill Henkel, Exec Director of Skagit Co Community Action Agency give us their perspective on the impact of the bad economic times on folk in Skagit County. And there is a silver lining.

Skagit County Community Action Agency - http://www.skagitcap.org Stacy Miller - 360 416-7585, Housing Manager, SC Community Action Agency

Skagit County Health Dept
Project Homeless Connect

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Mental Illness in Skagit County - December 09, 2009

This show is a tribute to Sue Boyle, long time advocate for the mentally ill, who recently passed away. We speak with Mike Ellis and Marti Wall from NAMI Skagit - That's the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness - about efforts in Skagit County to to provide services for people with mental illness. In the second half of the show Brandon Nevi, a young man with mental illness, talks about his own story. Margo Boyle, Sue's daughter; and Nancy Hoffman, friend and neighbor of Sue and Margo, tell stories about a remarkable woman who would stop at little to help this largely neglected population.

Visit http://www.namiskagit.org for more information. We will do a sequel to this show in early 2010.

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Food Sovereignty - May 20, 2009
Speak Up Speak Out radio looks at Food Sovereignty this week: the right of peoples to nutritious, sustainably grown food, and the right of farmers and agricultural workers to control the land they work and the policies that impact them. We talk with Betty Carteret from Skagit Beat the Heat's Anacortes Community Garden project, Jayne Uerling, owner of Eco Com, a quadruple bottom line company doing sustainable landscaping and gardening, and Callie Martin, Skagit County's Waste Reduction and Recycling Educator, who works with the Skagit County Climate Action and Sustainability Taskforce.

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Skagit County Food Bank - December 3, 2008
Ariel Stein and Justin Kelly, who work with the Food Banks in Skagit County describe the needs and the possibilities for those in the county who are living on the financial edge.

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Skagit County Mediation and Facilitation Services - June 11, 2008
Roger Ridgeway of Skagit County Mediation and Facilitation Services joins Speak Up, Speak Out to discuss the various programs offered to the community. Roger explains how mediation resolves disputes in many different situations from international to family conflicts and how Skagit County residents can access these services.

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Affordable Housing and Homelessness - April 23, 2008
Stacy Miller, Housing Manager at Skagit County Community Action Agency, and Brian Paxton, Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner, share their perspectives on "Who are the Homeless, and those struggling with affordable housing." They advocate a holistic, comprehensive approach to working with people in these circumstances as the best, and in the long run, cheapest, way to achieve long term success.

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Community Land Trust: Affordable Housing - March 26, 2008
Kari Russom of Skagit County Community Action Agency describes Community Land Trusts as an alternative model of property ownership that allows people in certain lower to medium income brackets to own their own homes, who would not otherwise be able to do so. She talks about recent early efforts in Skagit County to establish such a Community Land Trust.

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