New businesses open in Woodburn
Two new businesses opened in Woodburn recently, Options Counseling and Family Services, a mental health provider, and Integrity Staffing an employment agency.
Options Counseling is a branch location of Options Counseling Services of Oregon, a mental health and family counseling provider that opened at 1320 Meridian Dr. Human Resources Specialist at Options Counseling Rondi Delos Reyes said that services include parenting classes and therapy for children, adults and families.
"We do a lot of home based services, we go out into the community and often provide for people who have child welfare cases opened," Reyes said.
"We do a lot of reunification services, prevent children from being taken away or work with parents in cases where children already have been taken away," she said.
Options also conducts support programs for families receiving TANF, that need food and shelter, or that need interventions to improve parenting skills. Reyes said that the Woodburn clinic will be primarily focused on in office therapy services.
Options Counseling Services was founded in 1991 in Florence, Oregon and is now headquartered in Eugene. The mental healthcare provider now has locations in 11 counties throughout Oregon.
Options is partnering with chemical dependency care provider Bridgeway Services. Bridgeway will open an office with one counselor at the Options location in a few weeks, according to Bridgeway Community Relations Specialist Jenna Moller. Moller said the Bridgeway office would be focused on providing therapy sessions for patients who do not have an acute need of residential care for their substance abuse issue.
Bridgeway provides outpatient and residential services for chemical dependency as well as gambling addiction. Bridgeway is based in Salem and has a sister location in Keizer as well as a chemical dependency clinic for women in Stayton.
The other new business in town, Integrity Staffing, is an employment agency based out of Tualatin which has opened an office at 2229 Country Club Rd. Integrity Staffing President Jonathan Crane started the business in 2000 to go after light industrial employment, but business has expanded in the last 18 years to cover a wide range of industries.
"Everything from warehouse logistics to welders and fabricators and office assistants and managers," Crane said.
Integrity opened up an office in Woodburn to connect to the employment market in the Willamette valley and Salem, where there are more workers available Crane said. Employers in Tualatin have a hard time filling positions due to rising costs of living and worsening commutes.
"An apartment that used to cost 600 to 800 is now 1200 to 1400 a month, and a commute that used to take 20 minutes is now an hour long mess," Crane said.
"Someone working in the $13 to $14 an hour range can't make it," he said.
Oregon had 60,700 job vacancies at any one time in 2017, according to recent report from the Oregon Employment Department. Job growth and low unemployment are making it difficult for Oregon businesses to fill vacancies, and the problem is only going to worsen as Oregon's economy is forecast to create 263,000 openings each year until 2027.
The Integrity office in Woodburn seems to have connected with an available workforce, as a steady stream of new employees having been coming through the door Crane said. Woodburn is a natural hub for travel between cities in the Willamette Valley and a convenient place for workers to sign up.
"We're bringing in more workers from the south and were expanding nicely," Crane said.