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Rachel S. - A Senior Community Service Employment Program Success Story

Senior Community Service Employment Program participant Rachel S. She is wearing glasses, earrings, a blue polka-dotted mask, and a black cardigan. She is sitting in our office, looking into the camera for a professional photo. She looks happy. When mature job-seeker Rachel was left feeling demoralized and hopeless by her previous job, she needed some help refreshing her employable skills, fine-tuning her resume, and practicing interview skills.
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Luis O - A Connecting Communities Succes Story

Connecting Communities participant, Luis O. He is sitting at his new job, facing into the camera with his computer behind him. He's wearing his work uniform which is a black polo that reads As a father of three, Luis knew that he needed to get back on his career path quickly, but COVID19 posed some serious unforeseen challenges when he and his family moved from California to Oregon during the pandemic.
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Elijah's Journey (Part 1)

Supportive Services for Veteran Families program participant Elijah Morris. He is standing in his new apartment, wearing a mask, pajama pants, and a sweatshirt. He is standing near his collection of homegoods provided by the Homes for Heroes Foundation. When Elijah found himself on the verge of living on the streets as winter was quickly approaching and COVID-19 cases were rapidly rising, our team was able to rapidly change the outlook of his situation.
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Finding Job Security In A Job Doing Security - Cedric's Story

Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program participant, Cedric Graves. He is in his security officer uniform, in the security booth at his job. He's giving a thumbs up and smiling under his mask. It's night time in the photo. Cedric's career in truck driving came to a halt after 20 years, due to COVID-19. When he needed a career change, the Veterans Employment team at Easterseals Oregon stepped up to assist. We helped Cedric build employment skills and find a new path to success.
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Finding Stability for Their Newborn - The Webb Family

Supportive Services for Veteran Families participant Robert Webb, standing in his new apartment home, with his case manager. They are both wearing protective masks and giving a Robert Webb is a US Navy Veteran who served honorably through the years of 1980 through 1985. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert and his wife, Heather found themselves with a need for a permanent home.
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Post-Incarceration Employment - Luis P's Story

When US Army Veteran Luis needed help securing employment and moving out of unhealthy living conditions into permanent housing, the Easterseals Oregon Veteran Employment Services were able to help break down the barriers that stood in his way.
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Supporting His Family Right After High School - Eduardo

Connecting Communities Participant, Eduardo Sanchez, looking directly into the camera for a headshot. He is a young, Latino male with black hair, glasses, and a black jacket on. He is in our Beaverton Connecting Communities office. Eduardo moved to Oregon from Mexico; and as soon as he graduated high school, he made it his goal to get a job to help support his family. The Easterseals Oregon Connecting Communities Program staff stepped up to help Eduardo build employment skills and meet employers.
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Bradley - A Homeless Veteran Success Story

SSVF Participant B. Renfeldt, posing in front of the door to his new apartment home. He is smiling, pointing at the number for his unit. He's wearing a plum colored v-neck shirt, black shorts, a hat, and sandles. When Bradley was faced with a series of setbacks after overcoming addiction, he came to Easterseals Oregon for help. Our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program was able to help Bradley establish stable housing and overcome numerous barriers.
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Gregory Vance - Off The Streets After Months of Homelessness

Supportive Services for Veteran Families program participant Greg Vance, posing in his new home with his Homes for Heroes welcome home kit, including a laundry basket, a vacuum, a coffee maker, and several other items. Mr. Vance is smiling. After several months of homelessness, Gregory Vance contacted the Easterseals Oregon Supportive Services for Veteran Families team for help. Our team was able to connect Gregory with the resources he needed to find permanent housing and get back on his feet.
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Mr. Mcguire - A Homeless Veteran Success Story

Supportive Services for Veteran Families program participant Mr. McGuire - posing with his dog and his welcome-home kit, in his new apartment. When Mr. McGuire found himself living in a friend's car with his dog, he was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Easterseals Oregon Veterans programs for employment and housing assistance. Today, Mr. McGuire's situation has drastically improved.
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Adjusting to New Surroundings and New Challenges

HVRP Participant, Orinn Savage, leaning on a counter in an office. He is wearing his safety mask. Orrin is a Navy veteran who originally enrolled in our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program in September of 2019 after receiving an eviction notice for non-payment of rent. Easterseals Oregon has been able to help Orrin overcome seemingly-impassible employment barriers to get back on his feet.
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"If You Have the Want to, You Can Get There" - Tim's Story

Tim Vaughn - an HVRP participant, posing and smiling in front of his new workplace at A+ Towing. With an unfinished degree and uncertainty about his value in the job market, Tim sought the help of our HVRP Program. Easterseals Oregon's employment staff was able to connect Tim with Veterans assistance to pursue a deeper solution.
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Several Years of Homelessness Finally Came to an End

Veteran participant, Bennie Harris - with his move-in supplies and welcome-home kit, in his new apartment home. Bennie Harris is an Army Veteran who had experienced several years of homelessness due to a criminal record. It was time for a real change. Our Supportive Services For Veteran Families program was ready to tackle the barriers that stood in Mr. Harris' path.
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A Joy to Have on Our Team - Magdalena P.

Connecting Communities Staff Member Magdalena P., holding a gift while smiling and sitting at her desk. Through a partnership between two of our programs, Magdalena has been able to thrive both as a participant in our Senior Community Service Employment Program and as a staff member in our Connecting Communities Program.
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Claudia's Journey - A SCSEP Success Story

Imagine finding yourself at the age of 57, without a family, without savings, and stuck in a violent living situation. Now imagine being given the hope of a new life. The Easterseals Oregon Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has helped Claudia start anew.
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Leonor - A Connecting Communities Succes Story

Connecting Communities participant, Leonor, relaxing on her couch at home. Leonor's job at a local hotel wasn't able to properly accommodate for her disability, so it was time for something more inclusive and empowering. The Easterseals Oregon Connecting Communities Program has been able to help Leonor create a new start.
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A Move From Arizona to Oregon Disrupted by COVID-19

Supportive Services for Veteran Families participant, James When Jim and Jennifer Shortt made the move from Arizona to Oregon, COVID-19 swept the rug out from under their feet. They were in need of a new start, and our veterans services team was there to help.
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Optimism Carried Juan to A New Career

Connecting Communities Program participant, Juan H. Becerril, smiling in the hallway of our office, wearing a mask. Amidst the hardship and confusion of COVID-19, Juan kept optimism on the forefront while he worked with our Connecting Communities program for employment services.
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Marine Corps Veteran Michael P.

Veteran Participant Michael Page, posing in front of Marine Corps Veteran, Michael P. has struggled with PTSD, feelings of hopelessness, and simply feeling lost. Through his struggles, he self-referred to Easterseals Oregon's veterans programs for help finding housing and employment.
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Great Success for Mr. S!

Army Veteran, Mr. S. relaxing in a leather recliner that he received as a part of his After four years of living in his vehicle, US Army Veteran Mr. S needed a new lease on life. The Easterseals Oregon SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) program helped make that happen. Read Mr. S's story in his own words here.
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Celebrating Our Community Partnerships - CDR Maguire

Employment Specialist, James Ackland, smiling alongside CDR Maguire employee. Both of them are giving a Community employer partnerships are a big part of what makes our Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program so great at Easterseals Oregon. Naturally, we are very excited and proud to partner with CDR Maguire as an employer of veterans from Easterseals programs.
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Beverly's Journey - In Her Own Words

Senior Community Service Employment Program Paricipant Bev Sampson working at her desk. Easterseals Oregon would like to celebrate the success and kindness of our Senior Community Service Employment Program participant Beverly "Bev" S. She took the time to tell us her success story as she has developed employment skills as a senior in a changing job market.
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Overcoming High-Risk Challenges During The Pandemic

Connecting Communities Program participant, Angelica - wearing her safety mask, holding some supplies given to her by our program (including an iPad) Angelica came to the Easterseals Oregon Connecting Communities Program for assistance with developing English skills and Computer skills so she can continue to employment assistance. Read on to learn more about how we're helping her get back on her feet!
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Painting a Picture of Success - Manuel's Story

Connecting Communities Program participant, Manuel - wearing his safety mask Manuel has been a consistent participant throughout the entirety of the pandemic. His persistence and patience have finally paid off with a new job!
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It Makes You Feel Like You Are a Part of Something - Emily's Story

When illness changed everything Emily knew about her life, she turned to Easterseals for help with becoming employable again.
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