Our many partners support the mission of Bienestar in a variety of ways…
Adelante Mujeres (www.adelantemujeres.org) has been our partner for many years. We work to engage residents in the organic farming micro enterprise training program so that they will gain the skills, land, and support that they need to begin small farm production operations. We refer residents to the Adelante Mujeres Empresas Program for microenterprise training.
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 youth & adult IDA (Individual Development Account) programs.
Catlin Gabel High School (www.catlin.edu) has provided student and Faculty volunteers for our Reedville Homework Club since 2008. In 2011 students conducted a book drive for Bienestar, collecting over 3000 books for children.
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.
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 3013 we convened our many partners serving Latino families in Washington County into a formal collaborative with a goal to reduce childhood poverty. Vision Action Network is the backbone organization for the collaborative, whose partners include Adelante Mujeres, Centro Cultural, OCDC, OHDC, Community Action, Virginia Garcia, Forest Grove School District, Hillsboro School District.
Dress for Success (www.dressforsuccess.org) Provides professional attire for Bienestar resident women for job interviews or new employment.
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 afterschool academic program, MpowR at 3 locations in Forest Grove.
Girl Scouts Have been active for a year at Montebello and Reedville Apartments. In 2013 they participated in Lego Robotics.
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.
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)
OHDC (Oregon Human Development Corporation) in Hillsboro has been our partner for many years in providing services for the migrant farmworker population. (www.ohdc.org)
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 8 teens a two week playwriting workshop culminating in a performance at the Walters Art Center in August each year.
The SALUD! program at Tuality Hospital (www.tuality.org) facilitates access to health care for seasonal migrant vineyard workers and their families, and advocates for the health care needs of the population and the general Latino community. We are pleased to partner with Salud! in working for access to health care for our resident families.
Saturday Academy (www.saturdayacademy.org) Bienestar was very fortunate to start a new partnership with Saturday Academy in 2014. Thanks to a grant from Intel, Bienestar was able to provide two Saturday Academy summer classes at two of our sites: Sunset Gardens in Hillsboro, and Elm Park in Forest Grove.
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (www.virginiagarcia.org) has a formal 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.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, has partnered with us for many years as we work together on crime prevention. This work has included presentations on gang prevention, drug and alcohol abuse.
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. Click the link to see more: Bienestar 30th Anniversary Celebration >