Strengthening Rural Families

Strengthening Rural Families We are a collaborative effort of locals schools, county agencies, nonprofit organizations, gracious funders and our community college. We provide family support programs and services to the places that families can best access them: their home towns!

SRF promotes the development of healthy families in rural Benton County through education, family activities, and community connections. We are committed to providing parenting education and healthy living classes, teen support groups, preschool education, family support services and focused trainings and workshops to ensure successful, happy families.

Operating as usual

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12/01/2021

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We are doing a food drive for the South Benton Food Pantry. Please help us fill our box. Thanks-

Our Live & Learn toddler class starts again in January! This 10-week class is for parents and their toddlers, and provid...
11/30/2021

Our Live & Learn toddler class starts again in January! This 10-week class is for parents and their toddlers, and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting children's development. An active participation class for parents and their 1 and 2-year olds.

Mondays, 9:30am - 11:30am for 10 weeks starting January 3rd, 2022
Cost: $25 for residents of Philomath/Alsea, $74 for other areas
Location: Clemens Primary School in Philomath, Oregon

*Note* Adult participants must show proof of vaccination and masks must be worn in the building.

Register by calling us at 541-929-2535

Our Live & Learn toddler class starts again in January! This 10-week class is for parents and their toddlers, and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting children's development. An active participation class for parents and their 1 and 2-year olds.

Mondays, 9:30am - 11:30am for 10 weeks starting January 3rd, 2022
Cost: $25 for residents of Philomath/Alsea, $74 for other areas
Location: Clemens Primary School in Philomath, Oregon

*Note* Adult participants must show proof of vaccination and masks must be worn in the building.

Register by calling us at 541-929-2535

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This wee...
10/19/2021

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This week, we'll be discussing retirement. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, October 21st. Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This week, we'll be discussing retirement. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, October 21st. Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

There are still openings in our baby class! If you and your newborn-18 month old are looking for an in-person group, giv...
10/07/2021

There are still openings in our baby class! If you and your newborn-18 month old are looking for an in-person group, give us a call at (541) 929-2535 to register or find out more about it.

There are still openings in our baby class! If you and your newborn-18 month old are looking for an in-person group, give us a call at (541) 929-2535 to register or find out more about it.

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This wee...
10/05/2021

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This week, we'll be discussing credit and debt. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, October 14th (RESCHEDULED FROM 10/7). Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This week, we'll be discussing credit and debt. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, October 14th (RESCHEDULED FROM 10/7). Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

09/23/2021
Financial Wellness Webinar: Savings

Join Financial Coach Emily Loveall as she discusses savings, different types of savings accounts, and tips for building your savings.

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This wee...
09/21/2021

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This week, we'll be discussing savings. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, September 23rd. Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for one of our live financial wellness webinars! This week, we'll be discussing savings. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, September 23rd. Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for our first live financial wellness webinar! This week,...
09/08/2021

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for our first live financial wellness webinar! This week, we'll be discussing budgeting and spending plans. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, September 9th. Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

Join financial coaches Emily Loveall and Izabel Roman Martinez for our first live financial wellness webinar! This week, we'll be discussing budgeting and spending plans. We'll be going live on our page at 4:30pm Thursday, September 9th. Stick around for the Q&A at the end!

When you're planning for your financial goals, aim for SMART Goals! We offer free financial coaching to all Oregon resid...
09/02/2021

When you're planning for your financial goals, aim for SMART Goals! We offer free financial coaching to all Oregon residents if you want support achieving your goals: http://ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching

S - Specific: get as specific as you can with your goals.
M - Measurable: how will you know when you've reached it?
A - Achievable/Attainable: is it in your power to accomplish it?
R - Realistic: aim for realistic goals (start small, then go big!)
T - Timely: give yourself an end date when aiming for your goals

When you're planning for your financial goals, aim for SMART Goals! We offer free financial coaching to all Oregon residents if you want support achieving your goals: http://ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching

S - Specific: get as specific as you can with your goals.
M - Measurable: how will you know when you've reached it?
A - Achievable/Attainable: is it in your power to accomplish it?
R - Realistic: aim for realistic goals (start small, then go big!)
T - Timely: give yourself an end date when aiming for your goals

09/01/2021
09/01/2021

Looking for childcare? Call Pollywog at 541.917.4884 or visit our website https://pollywogfamily.org/ for personalized childcare referrals from local experts.

Timeline Photos
09/01/2021

Timeline Photos

This summer has not been what we expected. The sudden burst of freedom earlier in the summer followed by the reinstatement of masking mandates later in the summer has been confusing.

Children often react to stressful events differently than adults. How the child in your life reacts will vary by age, their previous experiences and how they typically cope with stress.

Here are signs of stress that you can watch for in preschool- and elementary-age children and how to help them.

Teens who want to talk to someone can check out the Oregon YouthLine. Teens are available to help daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time, and adults are available by phone all other times:
◌ Calling 877-968-8491
◌ Texting "teen2teen" to 839863
◌ Emailing [email protected]
◌ Using the chat feature at oregonyouthline.org.

You can find resources and learn more about how to support children of all ages by visiting CDC's Helping Children Cope website (ow.ly/YYrh50G1YnP) or the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope (ow.ly/trEY50G1YnQ).

Photos from The Pollywog Family's post
08/25/2021

Photos from The Pollywog Family's post

Our Philomath Baby Class will be meeting in person this fall!This 10-week class is for parents and their babies who are ...
08/10/2021

Our Philomath Baby Class will be meeting in person this fall!
This 10-week class is for parents and their babies who are newborns or 'not yet confident' walkers. This active participation class provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting children's development. This class is offered by Strengthening Rural Families.

Dates & Times: Mondays, 12:30 -2:30, beginning September 27th for 10 weeks
Location: Clemens Primary School, 535 S 19th St. #153, Philomath
Instructor: Sunny Bennett
Cost: $25 for Philomath/Alsea school districts, $74 for out of district
**SRF is closely monitoring the health and safety recommendations provided by the Oregon Early Learning Division. We will be implementing the most up-to-date guidance. It is likely that masks will be required for all adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn fully covering both your nose and mouth. If you are unable to meet these requirements, please consider online options for parent-child classes.**

Our Philomath Baby Class will be meeting in person this fall!
This 10-week class is for parents and their babies who are newborns or 'not yet confident' walkers. This active participation class provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting children's development. This class is offered by Strengthening Rural Families.

Dates & Times: Mondays, 12:30 -2:30, beginning September 27th for 10 weeks
Location: Clemens Primary School, 535 S 19th St. #153, Philomath
Instructor: Sunny Bennett
Cost: $25 for Philomath/Alsea school districts, $74 for out of district
**SRF is closely monitoring the health and safety recommendations provided by the Oregon Early Learning Division. We will be implementing the most up-to-date guidance. It is likely that masks will be required for all adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn fully covering both your nose and mouth. If you are unable to meet these requirements, please consider online options for parent-child classes.**

Live and Learn with Your Toddler will be meeting in person this fall!This 10-week class is for parents and their toddler...
08/05/2021

Live and Learn with Your Toddler will be meeting in person this fall!
This 10-week class is for parents and their toddlers, and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting children's development. An active participation class for parents and their 1 and 2-year olds. This class is offered by Strengthening Rural Families in partnership with LBCC. Call 541-929-2535 to sign-up and for more information.

Dates & Times: Mondays, 9:30 -11:30, beginning September 27th for 10 weeks
Location: Clemens Primary School, 535 S 19th St. #153, Philomath
Instructor: PK McCoy
Cost: $25 for Philomath/Alsea school districts, $74 for out of district

**SRF and LBCC Parenting Education Department is closely monitoring the health and safety recommendations provided by the Oregon Early Learning Division. We will be implementing the most up-to-date guidance. It is likely that masks will be required for all adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn fully covering both your nose and mouth. If you are unable to meet these requirements, please consider online options for parent-child classes.**

Live and Learn with Your Toddler will be meeting in person this fall!
This 10-week class is for parents and their toddlers, and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting children's development. An active participation class for parents and their 1 and 2-year olds. This class is offered by Strengthening Rural Families in partnership with LBCC. Call 541-929-2535 to sign-up and for more information.

Dates & Times: Mondays, 9:30 -11:30, beginning September 27th for 10 weeks
Location: Clemens Primary School, 535 S 19th St. #153, Philomath
Instructor: PK McCoy
Cost: $25 for Philomath/Alsea school districts, $74 for out of district

**SRF and LBCC Parenting Education Department is closely monitoring the health and safety recommendations provided by the Oregon Early Learning Division. We will be implementing the most up-to-date guidance. It is likely that masks will be required for all adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn fully covering both your nose and mouth. If you are unable to meet these requirements, please consider online options for parent-child classes.**

We offer FREE financial coaching to any Oregon resident who wants to clarify their financial goals and make an action pl...
08/03/2021
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We offer FREE financial coaching to any Oregon resident who wants to clarify their financial goals and make an action plan! Build your savings, raise your credit score, pay off debt, purchase a home -- we're here to help you reach your goals. Coaching is available in both English and Spanish.

Message us for more information, or visit our website: https://www.ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching/

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07/20/2021

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HAPPY JULY EVERYONE!!! It’s July 1st, and we’ve got a Community Engagement event happening this month!! It's a Hygiene Drive for the Vina Moses Back To School Program!!

Items to Donate:
-Pads
-Tampons
-Diva Cups
-Pantyliners
-Underwear
-Hygiene Wipes
-Deodorant Sticks
-Laundry Sticks
-Small Colorful Waterproof Bags

Donation Drop-Off Centers:
First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op (Both Locations!)
↪️North Store- 2855 NW Grant Ave
↪️South Store- 1007 SE 3rd Street

Donate items anytime this month and help out the Vina Moses Center and the Zonta Club of Corvallis!

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You may be eligible for rental assistance if you live in Oregon, meet certain income requirements, and are behind on ren...
07/15/2021

You may be eligible for rental assistance if you live in Oregon, meet certain income requirements, and are behind on rent payments due to COVID-19. Visit www.oregonrentalassistance.org to find out if you qualify!

Contact us or Community Services Consortium - CSC if you need assistance.

You may be eligible for rental assistance if you live in Oregon, meet certain income requirements, and are behind on rent payments due to COVID-19. Visit www.oregonrentalassistance.org to find out if you qualify!

Contact us or Community Services Consortium - CSC if you need assistance.

This month, our financial coach Emily Loveall spoke with youth at Jackson Street Youth Services about credit. What is it...
06/29/2021

This month, our financial coach Emily Loveall spoke with youth at Jackson Street Youth Services about credit. What is it? Why is it important? And how can we use it wisely?

One of our coaches can speak at an event at your organization, company, or library! We can discuss a specific financial topic, like credit, budgeting, or savings. Just message us if you're interested.

Our coaching is still 100% free to ALL Oregon residents. If you want help accomplishing your goals, reach out today! https://www.ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching/

This month, our financial coach Emily Loveall spoke with youth at Jackson Street Youth Services about credit. What is it? Why is it important? And how can we use it wisely?

One of our coaches can speak at an event at your organization, company, or library! We can discuss a specific financial topic, like credit, budgeting, or savings. Just message us if you're interested.

Our coaching is still 100% free to ALL Oregon residents. If you want help accomplishing your goals, reach out today! https://www.ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching/

06/23/2021

Vaccine update! Over 100 unhoused people in our local community have been vaccinated at CDDC. Big thanks to our key partners, Benton County Health Department and Cornerstone Associates, for their ongoing commitment to this important effort.

06/15/2021

The Incredible Years – Online

For families with children ages 2-10 years old. Raise responsible children! Use play and praise to build a more cooperative relationship with your children. Create a more pleasant and enjoyable home life. Learn how to make clear family rules. Prevent and reduce behavior problems. Improve your children’s social skills.

Class meets Wednesday evenings for 11 weeks, June 23 – September 1, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

This is a “remote” learning course available to anyone with access to an internet device with a camera and microphone.

For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-10 years.

Free materials and incentives for participation. For information and to register email [email protected] or call 541-917-4884.

Photos from Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties's post
05/15/2021

Photos from Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties's post

Last week, one of our financial coaching clients was able to negotiate her monthly student loan payment from $400 to $15...
05/13/2021

Last week, one of our financial coaching clients was able to negotiate her monthly student loan payment from $400 to $150! Where could you be saving money? Our financial coaches are available to help you start assessing your finances and reaching your goals!

Contact us today to get started: https://www.ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching/

Last week, one of our financial coaching clients was able to negotiate her monthly student loan payment from $400 to $150! Where could you be saving money? Our financial coaches are available to help you start assessing your finances and reaching your goals!

Contact us today to get started: https://www.ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching/

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535 S 19th St, # 152
Philomath, OR
97370

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm

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A teen-focused vaccination event in Benton County, Oregon last week led to hundreds of teens getting vaccinated. Almost 500 people age 12 to 15 received a shot with hundreds of older teens rolling up their sleeves as well. “Teen Day” took place at Reser Stadium, Benton County’s mass vaccination site and at a pop-up clinic at a nearby high school for students who may have encountered difficulty accessing the vaccination clinic at Reser Stadium. “We performed outreach to the local school districts who promoted the event,” said Lili’a Uili Neville, Joint Information Center manager for Benton County. The County also worked with several organizations that serve youth such as Jackson Street Youth Services, which houses teens experiencing houselessness, and Strengthening Rural Families. “We wanted to make sure we reached teens who wouldn’t be reached by school district communications,” Uili Neville explains. Attendees at Teen Day could enter a raffle for a Chromebook, Airpods and gift cards. Kids were invited to write on a graffiti board, answering questions such as “What are you most looking forward to when you’re fully vaccinated?” Answers included: • “Returning to in-person classes.” • “Not wondering if a business is open.” • “Traveling with my mom.” Twenty teens got their shots at the pop-up clinic at the nearby high school. Benton County currently has one of the highest vaccination rates in Oregon. “We aim to meet people where they are,” says Uili Neville. “Those twenty extra doses matter. Every shot counts at this point.”
Strengthening Rural Families is providing free Live & Learn Virtual classes for parents to learn best practices and discuss parenting topics surrounding infant development and care. To sign up visit: https://loom.ly/10ImjH4 #NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth #ChildWellBeing #ProtectingChildren #OurChildrenOregon #ReimagineOpportunities
Do you need some help getting your finances in order after this last year? Get free one-on-one financial coaching from Stand By Me! Stand By Me is a program sponsored by Strengthening Rural Families and Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments. It's confidential, has no income requirements, and se habla español!
Strengthening Rural Families has a free new financial coaching program starting up - Stand By Me Oregon. Join financial coaches on Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30pm for an overview of the program and learn how Stand By Me can help you find financial freedom and stability. Sign up for the free info session here: https://www.facebook.com/events/243056330706282 Find more info about Stand By Me at the Strengthening Rural Families website: https://www.ruralfamilies.org/financial-coaching/
Strengthening Rural Families is offering assistance to anyone that needs help with the application process for this Rent Relief program.
FREE - Learn to grow your own food with an online community in just 2 weeks Tues. and Thurs. evenings March 9-18 @6:30-8PM Apply by 11:59PM March 4: beav.es/JhM
Now is the time to plan for growing your own food this spring! Real gardeners near you will show you how - live on Zoom. FREE seeds and gardener goodies to help you get started. Apply by 11:59PM March 4: beav.es/JhM
If you want to grow your own food on a budget, apply for Seed to Supper @Home, hosted by Benton and Linn Master Gardener Volunteers! Last year's online class was a hit and this one is sure to fill fast. Learn more and apply by March 4th at beav.es/JhM
Free financial coaching through Strengthening Rural Families.
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Strengthening Rural Families uses a collaborative approach to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families in rural communities through education, advocacy, coalition building and community connections. We are proud to support this work with an emergency operational grant. If you’d like to help grow our fund and have your gift matched dollar for dollar so we can continue making grants like this one, visit www.unitedwaylbl.org/donate #LIVEUNTIED #UnitedWayLBL