Portland’s Original Iron Chef Raises Nearly $200,000

In its 17th year, the Portland’s Original Iron Chef event raised nearly $200,000 to help keep children safe and build strong families. The funds will be directed toward the work of our three Children’s Relief Nurseries that serve children and their caregivers/families to intervene in situations of child abuse and neglect. Through therapeutic classrooms, parenting classes, home visits and more, the Nurseries see proven positive outcomes in family relationships and children’s development.

See an album of photos from the event on its Facebook page. 

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Bradley: The Journey from Homeless to Hopeful

Diagnosed with schizophrenia and having experienced several years of homelessness, Bradley had an arrest record and was unable to hold down a job for more than a few months at a time. Depression haunted him, hallucinations were a part of life, and alcohol seemed like the only way to cope. He lacked interpersonal skills and struggled with his finances. Time and time again, he impulsively quit his job, throwing him back into the vicious cycle, and leaving him frustrated, unmotivated, and feeling hopeless. Then, Bradley found LifeWorks NW.

Bradley began receiving services through the Supported Employment Program, and had several part-time jobs, but struggled to keep them. However, through engagement with the program and using the skills training he received from his supported employment specialist, he has found success.

“Recently Bradley has been able to secure a job at Five Guys [Burgers & Fries] working the most hours he has ever worked. Whenever he needs support he reaches out to his supported employment specialist, service coordinator, or peer. He has maintained this job for nearly six months, and has expressed interest in staying for at least a year to ‘prove to SSA and to LifeWorks NW that I can do this independently.’”

Now, Bradley enjoys going to work and has made friends with his co-workers. He is learning the skills to manage his own finances and is working daily to maintain his sobriety. His journey has been full of overwhelming obstacles, but he remains hopeful for the future and armed with the necessary skills and resources to be a happy and productive member of the community. “I wouldn’t change where I’m at for the world. I want other people to see what they can do. That’s why I want to share this.”

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Amika: A Story of Struggle to Success

As a young adult living with schizophrenia, Amika struggled every day to trust others and make social connections, even with her family. The feeling of isolation was crushing. Paranoia was ever-present, which made focusing on school a nearly impossible task. Hearing voices and unable to make friends, Amika was desperate to beat her illness—she would no longer let it control her life. After many visits to hospitals and trying different programs, she found LifeWorks NW.

Amika started in the Transition Age Youth (TAY) program. TAY is a program designed for older adolescents and young adults who are moving out of the children’s mental health system and into adult mental health services. It targets individuals with complex needs who may be transitioning out of the state hospital, residential treatment, juvenile correction facilities, intensive outpatient programs or local hospitals. Its goal is to assist individuals to become as independent as possible, while reaching developmental milestones such as independent housing, education, employment and development of social relationships.

Involvement in TAY helped Amika re-integrate herself in society. “They got me out of the house and going on outings. They helped me get into the community rather than sheltered in the house all day long. I also did a yoga group and it helped me relax…I joined the Supported Employment Program with the goal of finding my first job.” Amika also transitioned into the Alta Program, which provides therapy, case management, skills training, support and treatment for individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and other mood disorders. The program also provides supported employment services to qualified clients and employers.

All of Amika’s hard work in TAY, Alta and the Supported Employment Program paid off; she landed her first job at Fred Meyer in January of 2018, has made lasting friendships with co-workers, and continues to gain self-esteem through her involvement in the community. “I think the confidence I gained from work influenced me to try college. I started my first college class at Clackamas Community College this summer (2018). Also, because I have been so active since starting work I have lost 50 lbs. I am now considering the idea of learning to drive and saving to buy a car.”

Amika continues to participate in Supported Employment and the Alta program. Looking to the future, there’s no telling the success Amika will achieve with her newfound confidence and the life skills she has gained.

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Top Chefs to Compete in Portland’s Original Iron Chef

The line-up is set and it is sizzling! Eight top chefs will compete for Iron Chef honors on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum Kridel Grand Ballroom to raise funds in support of LifeWorks NW’s Children’s Relief Nurseries. 

Don’t miss this! 

Greg Staerkel — Altabira City Tavern 
Bryant Kryck — Alto Bajo
Steve Cain — El Gaucho
Julius Baliola — Huber’s Restaurant
Matthew Howard — Raven & Rose
Beau Carr — Ringside Steakhouse
Tony Meyers — Serratto

Christian Russell — Steakhouse at 9900

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NEW!! The Kids Win When You Participate in the Winner’s Choice Raffle

In anticipation of the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at the Portland Art Museum; announcing the 2018 Winner’s Choice Raffle. For $100 you can purchase one of 150 chances to win your choice of one of four fabulous trips. The winner will be drawn at random at the end of the evening event on Sept. 27. Find more details about the trips here. 

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Catholic Sentinel Features Inspiring Profile of CEO Mary Monnat

http://www.catholicsentinel.org/Content/News/Local/Article/Lifeworks-CEO-knows-recovery-firsthand/2/35/35689

 

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Oregon Businesses and Foundations Grant Support to LifeWorks NW

It takes a collective effort to ensure the health and wellbeing of our region and our state. At LifeWorks NW, we appreciate the partnerships of businesses and foundations that help underwrite our work. Following are the organizations that have generously provided financial support for our programs and services in our current fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).

FY18 Grants

Providing unrestricted support to LifeWorks NW:
Miller Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF): Joseph E. Weston Foundation
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Supporting Drug and Alcohol-Free Family Housing:
Providence Health & Services

Supporting our Adolescent Day Treatment Program:
Hoover Family Foundation

Supporting our Child Day Treatment Program:
Deacon Charitable Foundation
Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation
Wells Fargo

Supporting Consumers with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness:
Dr. Wayne M. Pidgeon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Supporting Horizon and Hazelwood Houses
Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation

Supporting our Healthy Families Program:
City of Tigard
PGE Foundation
Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Supporting Nickerson Adolescent Day Treatment Program:
OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation

Supporting New Options for Women:
OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation

Supporting Project Network:
Pacific Power Foundation

Supporting REAL:
Urban League of Portland

Supporting our Children’s Relief Nurseries:
Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Elliqua Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
Miller Family Foundation
OCF Joseph E. Weston Foundation
Portland Children’s Levy

Supporting renovations to our Hillsboro-Walnut site:
Clark Foundation
The Collins Foundation
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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FY2016-17 Annual Report

2016-17 Annual Report FINAL

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Lines For Life Honors Mary Monnat and LifeWorks NW

As posted on Lines for Life’s Facebook page 02/11/18
Lines For Life

Mary Monnat is the CEO of LifeWorks NW, meeting the behavioral health needs of thousands of Oregonians and their families. Mary has for many years been a leading light in Oregon’s behavioral health community – bringing innovation and effectiveness and always a smile to every project she launches. And Mary has been a partner Lines for Life can rely on for much of our history. Mary’s contributions to Lines for Life are hard to summarize in brief, but one watershed innovation bears mention: Mary brought LifeWorks to Lines for Life as our very first contract client for crisis intervention services. We followed the model we established with Mary into one of our most important services – we now serve nearly 20 partners, providing crisis intervention services to health care systems, behavioral health providers, a tribal nation and many others. Thanks Mary for helping us lead the way!

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Improving Client Outcomes Through Data Sharing

As part of our integration of behavioral and physical healthcare, we have adopted the Carequality interoperability framework, powered by the Netsmart network, to enhance data sharing across provider networks. Read the full press release, here. 

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