Don't miss Community Change Makers Series
Lake Oswego United Methodist Church invites you to join a Community Change Makers Speaker Series on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Attendees can expect to hear inspiring stories from speakers about their organizations and how they are making changes in the community and the world.
March 3: Alysha Lacey, The Dougy Center.
"Supporting Grief in our Community"
Lacey serves as the Program Director for The Dougy Center, a local nonprofit organization that provides support for children, teens, young adults and their families grieving the death of a parent or sibling. The first organization of its kind in the United States, The Dougy Center has grown to become a model program of child-centered peer support, and serves more than 2,000 children and adults each year through support groups in Portland, Canby and Hillsboro.
The Dougy Center also provides training and resources world-wide to schools, organizations and individuals seeking to assist children in grief. Because the death of a family member often brings financial hardships, The Dougy Center's services are completely free for families.
March 10: Dr. Gordon Mills, Knight Cancer Research Center
"Delivering on the Promise of Personalized Cancer Therapy at the Knight Cancer Institute, One Person at a Time"
In the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, researchers have built a first-of-its-kind platform designed to find combinations of drugs that can stop tumors before they adapt and become drug-resistant. In-depth tracking of each patient's cancer over time makes it possible to adjust targeted drug combinations to stay ahead of cancer's ability to evolve. The platform is called SMMART (Serial Measurements of Molecular and Architectural Responses to Therapy).
Mills is the director of precision oncology, director of SMMART trials, associate director, ad interim, for clinical research, and holds the Wayne and Julie Drinkward Endowed Chair in precision oncology in the Knight Cancer Institute.
March 17: John Mayer, Pat & John Schweibert, Beacon PDX
Beacon PDX is Hard Times Supper and more. The decades-old supper ministry to the houseless shared by loyal volunteers from Lake Oswego UMC, is expanding under the inspired leadership of Pat Schwiebert and John Mayer. These two, plus John Schwiebert, pastor of Metanoia Peace Community UMC, are creating Beacon PDX, a "village" in inner SE Portland where chronically houseless persons can find security while moving through the steps leading to secure, affordable housing.
March 24: Lori Slaughter, Outside In
"Delivering Health Care & Enabling Services to Homeless Populations: Outside In's Approach"
Every state, city, and town in America is struggling to address the growing population of people experiencing homelessness, poverty and poor health. Concerned citizens, nonprofits, public officials and religious and community groups are eager to find lasting solutions to these overwhelming and systemic social and economic challenges. In the meantime, thousands of our neighbors are suffering and they need help.
Get a glimpse inside a local nonprofit that serves the community's homeless population. Slaughter will highlight barriers people face when accessing services, successful program models and emerging trends in helping high-risk, high-need individuals, move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Gain a better understanding of what local providers are doing today, the challenges they face, and meaningful actions we might take to support our neighbors and reduce their suffering.
March 31: Judy Cushing, Lines for Life
A national leader in suicide prevention, mental wellness, addiction and treatment, Judy Cushing has dedicated 39 years to community, state and national efforts to combat alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, suicide and shape national and state policy.
In 1993 Cushing founded Oregon Partnership /Lines for Life where she served as CEO for 22 years. Under her leadership, the regional nonprofit became a nationally recognized leader on mental health, suicide intervention, substance use addiction and prevention, and public policy.
Lines for Life currently operates Regional Suicide and Crisis Lines, serves as the single back-up center for the National Veteran's Crisis Lines, and provides a peer-to-peer YouthLine. It is a leader in statewide advocacy on opioid addiction prevention and treatment.
— The Review
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