Nov 2, 2017|
AN INTERVIEW WITH CHERYL BICKLE, PRINCIPAL AND THE COMMUNITY TRANSITIONAL SCHOOL, ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO TEACHING HOMELESS CHILDREN AND THE ENTERCOM FUNDRAISER “KIDSGIVING”.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LEAKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ABOUT WHAT MOVIES WILL BE FEATURED, WORKSHOPS THAT ARE BEING OFFERED, AND NEW FEATURES FOR 2018.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL RUSSEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNION GOSPEL MISSION ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO WITH THE HOMELESS AND ABOUT THEIR SEARCH AND RESCUE PROGRAM.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BISHOP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR THE OREGON STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION ABOUT THE WORK SHERIFF’S DO AROUND THE STATE.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA MILLER AND NICOLE VINCENT WITH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS WITH UCP ABOUT HOW THEY HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET JOBS AND HOW THEY HELP EMPLOYERS HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
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This is a microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm during blocks of hunger is a knowing empty feeling that makes the whole world seemed cold. It's even worse when your child and can't understand why everyone else seems to have more than enough to eat except you. For many years the radio stations of Entercom Portland have committed themselves to helping kids and our own backyard during the holiday season. You can help by donating food items or money at participating aaron's stores right now through November 16. It's our annual kids giving jobs to benefit the community transitional school. Being here to talk for the community transitional schools today is iris Harrison from Entercom radio station kgo and. They iris here and with me on the phone right now we Sheryl Beckel she is the director of the community transitional school and absolutely has been a woman in our hearts and minds ever since we first Matt. And did the very first fundraising for them Cheryl good to have you this again this year and. Nice to be with you again. Now you know it's it's always such a pleasure to do these. I mean you know but food grazing in fundraising events because. I we really believe in the school for those of you don't know with the school is a mallet. Cheryl can you tell us exactly. You know that little old review it. They were of the community transitional call the product planning at 28 year. I've been out of school and we are cool that is until purposes to provide. I'm a typical education day at school day for kids in pre K. Well it and they get a full pre K day and through eighth grade. And we teach but the basic subject to different about our school is wherever your living we will go pick you lap and fell if you crossed boundaries. It's school district boundaries who go wherever you are picked that volume to just call this school by noon. If he ever transportation changed and we will make it and we'll pick up the next morning. If you bring your if you miss that window do you bring your child then we will get them home that day you know we've provided them with. School supplies and really important because our kids they use it pretty hungry to breakfast and lunch. And then that they the family is in need of food we can sometimes. Innocent home food that they can cook. Not school district was vet who did we get donated. Actual food boxes or are so nice and that's part of while we are getting involved west. Is. The portion of this school year were there. Not going to school right and they're going home not only to sillier pantries for these kids you know to have every day bad. I'm also than the fact that they can take some of this home. And you know what your. Long winter break exactly like two week long and that's a long time for failing to come up with. Food to feed. These kids. And you have a permanent home we I don't know how long have you been in the killings worst location. This is our ninth here wow before that we moved around about. It. Six different type and then we bought the land and we built it and it we'd better on foot fight through comedy. A change in the program in addition to the program and also additional student. And so he's still and you still have the buses that go out and get ahead of them. Wow. That's amazing so what are the biggest needs this year that is that you see for the schooler person different projects. They're heading the forward west. Well you know we always these times because that only funding we can't that is that is stable is. At six feet 6000 dollar grant from. Multnomah County there is committed these Kids Foundation corporate support public support and that has always kept that in the black all. 28 years and then our budget is done up to over 900000 dollars a year. Every July we start over again we have to raise some money for the whole year. So we get we can only use that we can use specific supplies that we grand mound and then we gonna have to use our funding for a you know food reality he uses them home food boxes. Now I get a lot of at questions from people too is asking about. Closing in such and I know you have kind of a coat closet in some these things really dressed kids needs. Should they arise is that something that people can donate as well. Right we asked for new clothing because the kid you rarely hit anything new and is truly wonderful for them to get. To be older actually trying to parachute then hit them not to just get whatever is in the shelter at that time to where. We only can you Fletcher. That's something that can always. Go over you know help keep the child warm it is they pin their car. Or you know just to keep warm during the day questions are always needed. I think it's time and Horry and seeing any show Friday I don't and the like could you like everybody out Ali. Yeah so in a plot and underwear. Oh yeah you know that the basic. Clothing. Toiletries that kind of thing to leg dead toothbrush and toothpaste and my. On the shampoo and conditioner because the older girls like camp condition of it. Really canned food toothpaste deodorant all that kind of stuff. And so this is just all goes into your pantry in flight and in your closet where you can take care of these kids should they come and then. And just have that need for it means sometimes is just for that day and the new academy go you're going to be cold right now right right. And this is so such a wonderful thing you do and the thing I have to tell everybody is that every year. You do it is remarkable. I think right before Thanksgiving the day before Thanksgiving you invite benefactors. To the school people who have. Donated. Their time a lot about my met the most amazing man who was teaching reading there. Who was a doctor. Petit Le was retired news is doing as right just amazing people get involved in this school. And it in sitting down with these kids. These are bright wonderful Smart children that need to break this cycle. Everyone that I have ever sat down with on a one to one basis or seen the presentation at the school want to get out of that cycle they understand. That they don't wanna be where their parents are right now. Now run till of the fight again I have one for a riot that they were doing essays about wishes those things that. All what they wanted to look when they look in the mirror twenty years from now what that they wanted to say and he said he wanted to see an adult. With penny into the basic needs of its children. While they want to be all of us that they have actually learn. OK you can have that goal but there are steps to get there we really focus on them trying name. Visualize them now as more than just coming to school. Beginning in education that you hear them say it all the time it's developing those habits and those. Things. That we know make you successful. And coming to schools really important but once you're going to have to buckle down and do the work and if you're really far behind. Then it's up to you to try to you know we'll help you but you're gonna have to make efforts to catch up. It certainly isn't exclusive to these children I mean I know a lot of kids that can use that kind of practical. Education. But in their situation they really don't have that example. So. I remember going and seem class presentation last year and that was one of the presentations that they gave was. The steps that they had taken to be successful in their studies moon and I was so impressed because. There was a little girl who talked about the fact that. They lived in and an RV. We won't and they had like three dogs and grandma her siblings. Her mom in all these people back dent but she had to. Find a place where she can study. And really taking and let them in she was trying did I understand. And. Does he know. See you they have to get that education now because as they get older. They won't wanna go to school that they can't read they won't wanna go to high school. Exactly gonna middle school. And it's really up to them big state can't change their situation now. But they can do that definitely hit that won't make them not ever be in this situation again. And that was you know and and rather than it being depressing to me it was. It was inspirational beyond words. Now I agree I think these kids and they see the word that you know they do any rule. Take project somewhere I think fall cookie that is the project need to get it done. And thinking how difficult it is for them because there will have no parent there that won't necessarily. Help them find the magazine completes the cut out. Will send home a lot of immaterial but they'll be no apparent Dole's they would get that Hutchison. No Sunday and is still on Monday you know I used to do with your own children. You know you constantly have to remind them. And you know prepare as so often don't have really high expectations for the kids. That they didn't have very much success in school. Well answer the cycle comes in I mean you know that that and I remember your words the very first time that we. Did anything together in an in terms of fundraising as. And it's always stacked with me this cycle of poverty. And it's breaking that cycle because they see their parents do it their parents probably signed their parents do it. As we keep hearing that the kids a lot of art students as a generational poverty this year about it and I don't think busy visualize a life there's going to be any different. And so even though they watch television and they can see that there are a lot you know my TV programs there's allotted to her wages can live. I don't think they think hit that pertain to them. And they get they don't have any experience that it really does. It's amazing though you know you can't that we as the doctor dale came elitism pertain Kuhn now but to get there you're gonna happen. It is simply that. So clearly DNA what we'd say is a normal family and they're thinking you know like boy that must be some wild fantasy that you have going on there right. Know that as it is or more of the need now I mean the homeless. Situation near Portland certainly has grown visually to us. Walking around the city. And it has it been that way for you as well. And normally we run about eighty children a day. And and where have been running about a 105 miles. So we have lots. We have more children only bit chilling. Come and go as we always do but there's been a lot of moving around. Where they don't believe that sheltered they don't really. Get the housing yet so then they start moving from motels and then they'll go on for another shelter for awhile and then they'll try to get. Armed piece something together. Let's ratio between it did that. Did teachers and the students how many burst her teacher usually. Well I didn't. My club which is always seemed to realize because of this age group media teach third fourth and fifth. It really is running about 35. And then the other classes are in the twenty. Wow that's a lot of uninformed. That's especially with the needs like this is there any thought as expanding again do you have more room there sure are all up. We have more room in hell was I feel right now we're just what fortunately. We do have to assist that teacher assistant. But the kid can be divided up into smaller group learning throughout the entire. I'll see you can handle that way we were talking about that that a board mean if if in Rome where they can keen to have Friday's. And we you know didn't put on another classroom. Com because there's some building issues at this certain amount of spaceship to them this spring consistent throughout the whole building those such as Rick reed in the front so less. Additional room. You have to read figuring. School in a lot of ways. But and then another bout them so much more expensive with the way we thought we would do is. Just hire another teaching and that that the teacher. Well and of course we always just hoped the need goes down I mean you know that's our fantasy that we live and then. But that's you know that's what we hope and that's what we're Gannett and keep trying to help you guys do would you do so. Hopefully this us cycle will end and why is saying is that we're going to be doing is our our usual. Food. Donations and will be great and we're doing this in in a bunch of ways this year were really Canon you know. That we're launching and now it's in fact is going on right now is and you can go to in that area errands very various locations. And donate right there right on site. You go to kgo and dot com even get a list of all the errands in the area better. At that have ZM barrels out there collecting food and of course there nonperishable food items. And and then Arens is doing some cool things they're doing. I donation incentive programs so if you bring in five food items. I like Kansas. You know chillier are something. Even get up to 22 dollars off of there. There items there at the store. And and on up you know the more food you bring him the more incentive self there's also a way to virtually. Again a virtual bag of food on line kgo land dot com. And so somebody doesn't have to actually go into an aaron's you can do it right there on line which is really convenient. And I'm going to be going. To an aaron's over there in class commence on Wednesday November 8 from four to 6 PM. And while I'm there are people can drop off the nonperishable food items and get a ten dollar gift card to bowl ankles and Stanley. I'm Saturn models I don't know what is he saying killed a little bit of fun and the kids get some food and that's all great great and then of course we're gonna do our great big thing. That we do in Oregon city. At the grocery outlet we love those people so much Sarah and damage the owners of the store. They're always just exceptional when it comes to lap going the extra mile. They set up displays. There especially for kids giving they put kids giving stickers. On the kinds of foods. As wonderful and he's really really helpful. Isn't that amazing things like is our view is feared thinking right now OK I. I wanna donate and Emma I'm gonna go through my pantry or am I go right to the store and I'm gonna get some staff. The best things to donate or serial instant pancake mix. Syrup. Peanut butter jelly yelling canned fruit pasta and dried beans rice right instant potatoes Hamburger Helper but root bona. Right who has not lived with two and on toast. I. Spaghetti sauce tomato sauce canned beans and I canned chili. Stews. Soups that you can just open up Dozier and that's the one that I like to get. The soups they can just open up and begin you know you don't even have to heat and if you don't want to cry and and dozer excellent a lot and a lot of times people forget. Things like catch a band and mustard and Mayo you know and so dish soap. Is perfect and of course they so money is always appreciated I mean. We have a lot of people who. Are and businesses and they come and every year god love them. They come and they bring his checks and we Jim do you write Q so I the I mean that's always appreciated and it's always. Something that we look forward to when we do this event. And he's never been before please come out because we have such a good times seeing everybody for one thing. And you know it it becomes kind of a little party out there but the grocery outlet -- seven he ate Moala avenue up on the hill in Oregon city. Will be there from 5:30 in the morning with Terry in Matt until 3 o'clock in the afternoon with me broadcasting live. And then our street team's gonna stay until 7 o'clock to make sure they get and every king and. That people can bring food so. You know join us for that that's going to be on the Thursday before Thanksgiving one week before Thanksgiving. And then again I'm going to be at aaron's on November the eighth from four to 6 PM so I join me here. But yeah it's it's it's a great time and I I really. I love the fact that we're involved with. With this particular school just because you have my heart and. Well thank you we were found really. Have appreciated agers sponsorship for all these many years for decades. And you know it was great a this year he used me a nice little surprise for Halloween the kids made me a little Halloween card nine I hung in on my door. It was it was when I decorations. I love it if you are part you know it and and our pride another thing to. That I got to bring up as far as needs I mean there's always color crayons and construction paper and things like that. This Arne is very essential to learning. I it is we have kids that aren't we can't our peak. Program and if it's rainy they have are. For me it's not raining we do I'm athletic kind Steinbeck. You know IP program. Do you still have that those soccer team. I know volleyball volleyball that's right actually their undefeated this year. Read and they've viewed them believe that but you know a lot of I'm never playing volleyball net. They got to get a volleyball camp this year and I think it may be different because. You know most kids go to camp than me. Throughout this summer and me we only get to practice one time. A daily practices outside her lonely at the ball we don't know that you can only go behind because of me playing again and it catches this feeling. Playing for the other team. So I think maybe that's camp is really hot really help them. That's incredible now well that a big congratulations to school on that one that's honest I'm hitting it. That really is a. There are Motley looking will finally get you. Well you know what it's it's all about you know all about the heart. There's value to lay that is. Really have become such a I'm a good working little team. And that's and that's kind of was supportive family within the school I mean sports always have been that way. I think kids need that and they they can learn a lot from that and you know dislike the afterschool program mile. Leadership program are we trying to. How big kid. Learn from those skills about being part of the team and working. For the group project. Now do you have any kind of a music program there at all. One Aaron just found we have. For the preschools. And through second grade this just so little into the music program stand by two volunteers. Who come in teach it. But that's important that's a great time to learn Matt Bryant you know Kazan. Again it it it helps with your studies are now and especially mass. She if I hadn't played the drums. I would never understood. That but I don't. Let's you know it's right. Gap has it it's incredible. Well Cheryl this and again this is going to be gradient Simmons join us up and Arian city for a little bit there. Why it is now neat. No that's that's when I met aaron's. It no inside this Thursday before Thanksgiving. Is when we're gonna be app in. Horrigan city at the grocery out. Well it's certainly will thrive now and November 8 I'm that you were doing parent teachers student conferences. Oh don't worry I just be collecting food that day I'll. A little email about her IE I certainly well and again I am to everybody I'm just gonna repeat this and they're ready knows where I'm going to be. Wednesday November 8 from four to 6 PM I'm going to be at aaron's on southeast 82 and clack amassed. And if he'd come and bring his food you're gonna get a ten dollar gift certificate. For bullwinkle is in the family fun center and Wilson bill and you know why not do something for. You know these two wonderful kids that need your help that need this food. And then you'll some free your kids to you know take him for a little fun. It. And then the following met the Thursday before Thanksgiving is when we're going to be in orient city. At grocery outlet 878 more while avenue will be there from 5:30 in the morning. So if you're on your way to work no excuses. Until 3 o'clock in the afternoon broadcasting live so. You know we put people on the radio all the times and keep you know I'm always want to be on the radio come by I. Cut a path. Hello I will put that on the calendar. Grades well Sharyl we were wanna be there we wanna do is much as we possibly can for the kids and. I thank you so much for. Let's for all your help seniors supports. Now you have it every time you know all you have to do is ask and sometimes you don't even have to ask. OK I want to thank you well thank you. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with a nonprofit or public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. Visit the microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website handsome richer information there. Thanks for listening to metros go and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Your home is a big investment and protecting that investment is a big responsibility. If you live in a condominium or homeowner's association. You need to think about how your community association is managed. 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