Our many partners support the mission of Bienestar in a variety of ways…
BRIDGE Housing (www.bridgehousing.com) is our partner in the development of Cornelius Place and the first client for Bienestar’s new resident services contract program. We will provide services to the residents of Woodland Park in Hillsboro.
Our partnership with Audubon Society of Portland (www.audubonportland.org) has been making Explorador Camp possible since 2006 for resident children in grades 3-8 every summer. The Audubon Society partnership also allows us to host family nature outings during the year for families and special environmental projects for teens.
CASA of Oregon, (www.casaoforegon.org) has been our development consultant for over 20 years in farmworker housing. CASA has helped us to develop Cornelius Park, Elm Park, Reedville Apts., Juniper Gardens and Sycamore View. We also partner with them to offer a youth IDA (Individual Development Account) program that provides matching funds for post-secondary tuition.
Centro Cultural (www.centrocultural.org) has been our partner for decades in their programs and services for Latinos and offering a central community gathering hub. We are conducting outreach among our residents for their new Centro de Prosperidad.
Community Action (www.caowash.org) Partners with Bienestar in advocacy efforts fighting poverty. We also refer residents to many of their programs, including energy assistance, headstart and others.
Creciendo Juntos In 2013 we joined our many partners serving Latino families in Washington County in a formal collaborative with a goal to reduce childhood poverty. Vision Action Network is the convening organization for the collaborative, whose partners include Adelante Mujeres, Centro Cultural, OCDC, OHDC, Community Action, Virginia Garcia, Forest Grove School District, Hillsboro School District.
Our partnership with Forest Grove School District (www.fgsd.k12.or.us) is of long standing. We are grateful to the Migrant Education Program for funding that helps to support our after-school academic program, MpowR, at two locations in Forest Grove.
HandsOn Portland (www.handsonportland.org) Provides a web portal allowing us to recruit volunteers for ongoing programs and special events. We’ve recruited some wonderful volunteers through HandsOn.
Hillsboro 2035. Bienestar is a partner with the City of Hillsboro in its plan and vision for the city’s future.
Legal Aid of Oregon, providing legal assistance to low-income individuals, has been our partner for many years. Staff and Promotores refer families with legal issues to this agency with offices in Hillsboro. See (www.oregonlawhelp.org) for more information.
Through our partnership with Northwest Children’s Outreach, (www.northwestchildrensoutreach.org), we are able to provide clothing, infant care products, diapers, formula and many of the other necessities parents need for their children.
Murray Hills Christian Church (www.murrayhills.org) has been providing culturally appropriate food for our residents on a weekly basis since 2010.
OCDC (Oregon Child Development Coalition) and the Migrant Head Start program have been our partner for decades. We regularly refer our families to their programs for children from infant to pre-kindergarten. (www.ocdc.net)
Bienestar became a partner with Oregon Food Bank in 2008 (wwworegonfoodbankoregonfoodbank.org). This partnership helps with snacks for our after-school program, lunches for day camp students, and food for residents with food shortages. OFB volunteers have also helped teach adult and children’s nutrition/cooking classes.
Pacific University (www.pacificu.edu) has granted us a Work Study allocation since 2008 that allows us to have Pacific University students working with us part time to help out with our MpowR program during the school year.
PlayWrite (www.playwriteinc.org) began participating with Bienestar in 2010 by offering eight teens a two-week playwriting workshop culminating in a performance at the Walters Art Center in Hillsboro. While we did not have a performance in 2016, we plan to resume the program for the summer of 2017.
Portland Community College HEP and GED programs. Bienestar supports PCC’s programs for attaining high school equivalency (HEP) and general education development (GED) diplomas, and refers our residents to these programs to help them complete their high school education.
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (www.virginiagarcia.org) has a Memorandum of Understanding with us that formalizes our relationship with them in providing access to health care and services for our resident families without medical insurance.
Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro (www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/wcac/). We discovered in 2008 that one of our residents, Isaac Alonzo, is a gifted artist from Mexico. After curator Carl Annala saw his work, he scheduled a show of his paintings at the Walters Center in February of 2009. We held our 30th anniversary at the center on March 10, 2012. In 2017, the Center brought claymation and time capsule art programs to our children at Sunset Gardens and Montebello Apartments.
Washington County Thrives is a cross-sector collaborative organization. It is working to reverse the rapid rise in poverty rates in the county by improving access to resources that build a foundation for long-term economic stability. Bienestar is a founding member.
Zoo outreach and education programs. Since 2005, the Oregon Zoo has made educational “zoo to you” presentations on site at Bienestar properties and also provided grants of free tickets to the Zoo for our residents and their families.