The Way to Wellville Promotes and 

Advocates for Healthy Lifestyles in 

Clatsop County

Introducing The Way to Wellville

Our goal is to build networks through community organizing to increase access to and use of beneficial services, activities and resources to improve the health of Clatsop County residents. The following four focus areas were determined to have the greatest community benefit. Explore each category by moving your cursor over the interactive icons to learn more about the programs.

Community Wellness
Economic Opportunity
Emotional Health
Health Care Access

Featured Story

  • Project Homeless Connect brings joy

    Feb 11, 2019

    By Susan Cody

    Red curls drop to the floor as Sai Rajsavong clips away at Debbie Ott’s frizzy hair. The free haircut enticed her to Clatsop County’s Project Homeless Connect event Jan. 29.

    When she can’t afford the hair care, Debbie says “I go from normal to looking like Medusa stuck her finger in a light socket.”

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    Project Homeless Connect puts homeless and near-homeless people in touch with services and agencies that can help them. Rajsavong’s Sea Sai Salon, which offered free haircuts since the event began nine years ago, was one of more than 40 agencies at the Seaside Convention Center.

     “It’s a beautiful thing,” says Kevin Meyer, who found a home at Helping Hands in Astoria. “I have never seen a community that helps like this – not in Texas, not in Utah.”

     

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    Dozens of people patiently wait for their turn to register with intake volunteers. Some seek housing and health care, while others might need food, shelter, substance use treatment, warm clothing, blankets or hygiene products.

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    Organizer Viviana Matthews, deputy director, Clatsop Community Action says she trains the volunteers to ask questions and assess the needs of participants to get them the help that’s available.

    In addition to social agencies, some organizations provide specialty service.

    • Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, along with the Astoria Lions Club and Clatsop Community College (CCC) Nursing Program, offer vision and health screening.
    • Laundry Love in Seaside offers people funds to wash their clothes once a month.
    • Cannon Beach Community Church gives out warm clothing.
    • A free hot lunch is provided by Lighthouse Christian Church.

    Students from the Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Astoria High School and CCC volunteer to lead people to their service destinations.

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    Jeremiah George, a medical administrative assistant student at Tongue Point, says he felt like he woke up with a purpose, knowing he could help someone. He is excited to participate in events like PHC, where he is given responsibility and can use his skills. He is the volunteer guide for Kevin Meyer at PHC.

     

    Kevin’s story

    Meyer says he left Utah to get away from a life of drug and alcohol abuse and woke up in Pendleton, dazed and confused. He hitched a ride to Warrenton and walked into Seaside Temps. There he met Alan Evans, CEO of Helping Hands.

    “I was on my last lap before I walked in there. Without this program I would be in a bad spot – whole-heartedly,” Meyer says.

    “This program takes you from being down and out to a productive and functioning person in society,” Meyer says. “I became a better person because of this program.”

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    Residents of Helping Hands are required to participate in chores, such as cooking and cleaning and attend classes. One class teaches you how to observe behavior and how to respond better to negative situations, Meyer says. “It teaches you humility.”

    George says, “Kevin was the first person I met, and he is a joy to be around. Project Homeless Connect is fantastic.”

    In case you missed it: Connection to services is available year-round at Clatsop Community Action, 364 Ninth St., Astoria, 503-325-1400 or ccaservices.org. Its mission is to help people meet housing, food, and other basic living needs.

    The CCA Regional Food Bank is located at 2010 S.E. Chokeberry Ave., Warrenton, 503-861-8663. The CCA website lists food banks in local communities.

     

What's New 

 

Put a spark back in your life:
Get out and exercise!

The Way to Wellville is working with small businesses to create Work Place Wellness Programs. One of these programs is our Way to Wellville Activity Card. If your small business is interested in starting a Work Place Wellness Program please contact us at vandusens@careoregon.org.

The Activity card is a way to help employees find what kind of exercise might work for them. We have partnered with local businesses, agencies and parks to get you started for FREE. Below are examples of what activities you can try for free here in Clatsop County. 

Front Copy of FInal Card
Final Picture of Card Back

Who We Are

  • Our Strategic Council

    Way to Wellville is supported in Clatsop County by our Strategic Council. The Strategic Council is responsible for identifying potential health promotion projects, providing oversight for Way to Wellville developed initiatives, leadership in the community promoting Way to Wellville and partner organization, and effectively represent a wide variety of community viewpoints.
  • Community Partners

    Community Partners throughout Clatsop County are coming together to help Way to Wellville succeed in our mission. Learn more about our current partners and how your organization can get involved.
  • Our Staff

    Clatsop County's Way to Wellville program is organized by a small team of dedicated individuals alongside our partners throughout the community. Learn more about who we are, what we do and how to contact us if you would like to get involved.

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