Feb 22, 2011|
A discussion with Roger Rees and Darielle Sadle-Ruff, from Oregon Heat and Salvador Molly’s respectively, about the work Oregon Heat does to help provide heat and energy to families in financial need, as well as a month long benefit happening at the Salvador Molly’s restaurant.
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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You're listening to -- dumped the series of interviews with people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I -- most intense Douglas. There are getting into the colder months here as well as you know we're still kind of lingering in this area of the economy for the country's. Not great people -- heard a little. Cold -- you take that situation that we haven't people heard from money. And that you have a problem because people campaign to keep their how. Is warm during these cold months. So today I'm going to be talking to a gentleman named Roger -- he's the executive director of an organization called -- heat. And they are involved in helping families who are financially strapped to make sure they have eaten their house party Roger. I'm doing great thank you. Excellent and then we also with us today dairy old sat -- saddle sail sail around half. -- -- do you fantastic restaurant here in town Salvador Molly's and they're teaming up to do a fund raiser for organ he will get into that and just a little bit but to kick things off lets give our listeners a little bit of background on your cells. And we do for your respective organizations. Roger running going to start. Well our executive director worrying he'd have -- -- -- nonprofit organization and we're we're. Working hard in the very small staff to us serve the community. Specifically. EU are helping to make sure people have -- in their homes given they Morgan heat or at least energy in general what are some of the basics. Well okay is assistant -- independent nonprofit organization and we were pounded 1989. To provide emergency energy assistance how schools in crisis and these are -- -- -- I usually low income that it got a crisis situation where these and they are struggling to make choices between. He polite and food. Medical. Attention for prescriptions and such and we develop and coordinate resources through working with better. Twenty ninth. Partner community agencies across the state to ensure that these -- oregonians how can keep people like time. And all so were back towards achieving any energy self reliance part of that through education part of its immediately. Handling bad utility or heating bills so that they can keep them warm well -- home. -- -- so if you have family is is hurting your term trouble paying their bills. Or any of these bills -- do they contact you or are you contacted by other organizations you know people are struggling. But in general what happens is that typically people of the concept of neighbor helping neighbor. Other donations we receive and community go back to the community they contact the community agency within their own community. How we allocate funds based on the donations to receive back into those communities from from their donors. And they work with the community agency correctly. Often times so given the nature of a crisis and maybe this severity in terms of dollars serious consultation goes on between Oregon each staff. As well as that community agency. To determine what bestsellers and those needs of that individual in terms of a panel in a crisis so it's it's. They can get through the crisis and be self sustaining the kid. I say -- him more like day in aggregate organization for many other organizations that help -- people directly. And yes we're aware of work to fight from from the independent donors we worked to provide those funds from which community. Agencies can work. We can vote the same standards for qualification. And now. I crisis that this data more inflows for their whole ATP -- as well as -- -- keep money from the federal. Aspect. So that we are really giving people in crisis because as an independent nonprofit we work. With those issues in its not an entitlement program and indecent. -- say so -- who are some of these -- what it's some of these organizations say you guys deal what's. Well for example. There's access since the acronym is down injection county can't clack from Minnesota county social services and I'm glad I must care to share in Washington County for example -- saint Vincent DePaul -- Saint -- conference which is simple. A proportion of Washington County Anderson Salvation Army core damage -- county community action program -- central lips handle certain. -- immoral he Mattel and Wheeler counties. It is during this huge area we are our responsibility is -- stayed -- it. The -- and -- he has some very big area. All right so now these organizations. How did they get in contact how did you get this organization started did you just see a need where you were you there at the beginning. I was not here at the beginning that this what stargate. In 1989. And Andalusia governor he has had kind of had the foresight to this. And a number of utilities to see that there were families they would be caught because of an emergency beyond their own. Her ability to situations where they could not keeping heat such forms and that's it and gave rise to it and we needed that arm out there into the community because the individual agencies within the community know their respective communities. Better than it and high school anticipate. Well yeah especially in in seeing as soon as you said with a small staff that's covering an entire state. Right. And so what we've done we have seven essence contracts to partner agencies and so we worked closely with them and vice Versa so there were able to provide the best service. Those people within their respective county. He says start in 89 when certainly you know to the end of the eighties recession there than people were certainly hurting and here we find ourselves in the same situation you seen those numbers of the people you need help raising her way are we stayed steady we -- and where we. Well with the recent. Offense and the economy and section. The numbers. Unfortunately have been rising they're basically the last testament so we've seen her basically 436. Thousand in Oregon all at risk of not being able to handle a crisis if they got into it. I think they do not have the financial resources. I'll presently look at what's being done for those people in the LP utility areas of PG AM Pacific power and AC three percentage taken off a utility bill that goes to the state of origin. And this goes for energy assistance and weather station. And course ever once heard a polite he put the federal Oregon he'd been in an independent. We rely strictly on their donations and the graciousness so oregonians and uptight people contribute. So -- take those three together because we're very much -- -- -- working to solve the same problem. Best estimates are that this year because of crisis situation we look collectively be lucky to serve one in trying to -- needs. -- Chinese cities since as what was it like 450000. Families. Yeah 400 some 436000. Members are at risk that doesn't mean. They will get into -- crisis should be all -- with the crisis they would not be able to handle -- -- and we're looking award the only thing is now that we see the unemployment rate. Overall state of -- Officially -- this is slightly over 10%. But if you look at individual counties that carries over the spectrum when that thing into the low twenty percentage down to look. To the -- 10% malevolent such. Well I mean I admit you know I'm I've been gainfully employed my whole life and I find myself you know if I had some catastrophic event happened my family we could be. Stuck my wife is currently home -- she has our our two and a half year old daughter as she takes care of another one of her on the way. I'm working to pay all the bills so it really hits home -- say if some happen if we had some giant medical crisis or some that went down. Man you might be in a phone call. Well we've seen situations where we individualism. Got involved in an automobile accident they were close to gradually from school she had two children. She had to make the choice he gets guttural and repaired completely education which is a few weeks away and have a guaranteed job. Or pay for that he can and the medical aspect and so she chose to this job. She's since been contributed -- back story in heat because that's her way of. -- thinking -- he'd he'd. For helping her she wants to help others like situation. But you're right it only takes up a calamity of sort the pro family over the edge when you do that. You know he's talking about the effects on small children now you're talking about a six elderly and the health issues. And -- the family can remain together it also puts them as they tried to take. So let's take shortcuts to conserve the if they do things that are not prudent in terms of home safety because -- mean we -- back to leather. Sources for using -- or fireplaces or kerosene heaters and home to try to keep warm. Right right all of those are dangerous. Yeah and and thank you thank you go Mac the number of those 430000. People at risk where families at risk but that's families you multiply that by let's say an average of three and that's been generous. -- you know you're talking about almost a million and a half people at risk her. And I had and I you know him and every talk about these studies further. Taking that kind of consensus you you know there are people who are reported on the air so I'm sure it's a lot more -- not. Just joining us you're listening to -- your scope a series of interviews with people of interest -- northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host Ted Douglas today and talking to a gentleman named Roger -- he is the executive director. Of an organization called -- heat. And they are involved in helping families who were financially strapped to make sure they have eaten their house. Now I've signed here Roger that can often times and I talked to a lot of the of the charities nonprofits that I that I talked to there are very big into putting kind of proactive message out there. Certainly if people can did you guys money now I mean as those same. Everyone's just a calamity way is it just takes the right thing to put you in in need. And if you invest now in your community in an organization like organ heat that might come back to help you out Michael back to help your neighbor whoever's gonna -- to help somebody -- this talk a little bit about how you guys raise funds. We rely on the public we use sisters and newsletters we have web site specific power and Portland General Electric and gracious enough to let us do what we call built servers to put information in. Their envelopes how we also do certain awareness. Africa Asia and around the state and various publications whether they be -- chamber of commerce into -- county jail or local publication -- burns or these programs through the University of Oregon and Oregon State University so so we get that message out as much as possible. Because the concept -- built upon his neighbor helping neighbor shall we watch very carefully so that when donations come in say from my. Coos county that we make sure they go back to cook county and everybody stays there yes so it comes from moment mechanical aspect -- mechanic. And part of that aspect too we're cautious of those individual donors and and that mission that we do. We're able to return 92 cents of every dollar back. And and wow. That's pretty incredible. I guess that's where it helps to have the smaller stuff. It does. Staff around here aren't officially don't ask me for -- Should do what you gotta -- -- Dependency as a conserving right there in the office. Excellent they ended do you have a course of fund raiser coming up with her good friends -- Salvador Molly's and that's real commend aerial thanks for waiting patiently. Suddenly I had one thing -- -- give you the web site. Look. And that's what they go to www. Or he can not heat got a large sheet. They go and it's quite a comprehensive website there's all kinds information you can donate there -- there's some all the programs you guys offer and then new year Bure did newsletters well so Gary L how did you guys get together with organ heat. Well my dad and I are -- -- how strong believer that helping in the community anywhere camp and my data fourteen years ago opened -- PG bells and power and heat there so intently at the and realizing that they wish and essentially important -- -- show. Vital and something that we both believe in trouble I bet he thought well let's try to create some -- and that to create more money. And -- into this kind of irony here belida he'd come home. Saying they you know. In the -- so so this fund -- you guys do it last the entire. -- months -- -- start all the beleaguered kickoff at the beginning of February and we ended opera actually this this year LB mark -- weekend. But I -- what we do it anybody that you have great balls of fire. And also a couple of things we have on our menu we -- -- arbitrage it's kill or it each. And also -- donate Indiana and you wanna come and even if they aren't coming and for being. Kick operate and we get we are proteins security. Target all higher. Now explain to me I have so -- veggie restaurant but have not had the great balls of fire. Explain what you and I and. Okay the crippled empire are extremely hot they are probably narrow. Raiders and they -- popped up called sunshine and paint. It and apple could -- whole week. My it basically yeah I might add that led to win that adding great balls of fire was created he was fighting militia up and you don't want thing called the crippled tire and bishop says well if I'm gonna have -- -- -- menu I was really it ain't gonna do really high -- and -- -- of course they are definitely hot. Though he created -- Scott branch but -- created. These great balls of fire. And it was fun to be able to put the real fun idea of that -- I'm good how important minority he'd. There's so much good for people. -- Eight intelligent it kind of fun way we do we can count since the beginning of the month to whip and the French people dressed up in costumes. And they basically eat as many as they can't. Okay so that's that's the challenge. Yeah I mentioned that at this time competition and then at the end of the month meteoric king or queen at C and that is the conduct where someone eat as many as possible link it to be on our wall of flame as the king or queen of -- depending on campus. -- -- -- So it was a -- so what's the -- record. You won't contribute had to have made it fifteen. Or 25 should get these guys slash 038. When my lords and if you see -- -- and deep. -- 800 narrow. Better this sounds -- listeners. Up that I mean -- wouldn't indifferent to expand -- beat them but eat that many of them like I am I am I roster next. I can't guess I don't want to open it and -- actually we -- I believe it was. 5000 dollars for immediate. Very very cool I'm sure I'm sure that's hopefully Roger. He very much and so if someone comes in and they're a little gun shy on the great balls of fire but how else can they help there at that summer -- I would got a couple different things we have our -- volcano can't much. Which has our collude barbecue cooked -- comment. And that it's delicious. And we also haven't. We have made ginger flavored vodka content on the we kill a -- which -- just say I dragged our basic but it's going to be a flavor to it. -- so we've got a couple -- people that he did it RIQ that people can enjoy and also the trust it will go towards already. That's fantastic. Did you might be getting you visit for me just 'cause I have been there awhile and that -- senator against. Well I'm glad I didn't hopefully you'll have when -- -- shaken cowboy yeah a little else. Well maybe well maybe he'll kill one and all look at it and you still keep the money. And made real taste of a little bit mid may -- Duncan and some milk I don't know. I like spicy foods but. It also -- there I mean really actually keep the pressure target and he here. And you know anything that come on my contract -- you know get them some cash into the side target he itself. It's really a fun way to try to help somebody else. Excellent and then if you -- -- didn't donating to you -- -- perhaps you're listening this is gonna go out over the Internet so it's certainly -- -- might be some people from all over the state you can make it to sell tamales and you can go to the website again which is -- heat dot -- there are instructions their -- how to donate you can make a donation. Online to the website. Correct. Okay and then there's also a phone number 503. 6123790. What's an email address that someone get all the guys that. Information at Oregon need to adopt a large sheet they want a military and then leave left -- PO box 127. Into wallets and Oregon that's 97062. And that again you guys partner up with a Pacific power Portland General Electric NL west -- electric cooperative. To do this and then I -- sign your website -- here Roger the you also have some of the programs like in oil recycling program. We do the first in the nation has to understand we have some other states now copying the program. It is a way for businesses. To participate and help their community play. Taking their weight -- -- having no wait a petroleum products can't be picked up by a partner we work with oracle. The pick those up that money -- value for that and monies given glory can eat and then their product is real reminder sold into the communities. They re refining eliminates. It's a recycling. But the value of their useful analytical Spectra energy systems for those communities -- it actually it is good PR purposes but allow them to help their neighbors can allow him to help your neighbors without having built their checkbooks. Now a is that -- pardon my ignorance here but is that like on -- -- -- -- we talked. We're talking about the -- and based products that -- automobile anything hydraulic fluids to use crank case oil. Not it -- it has always difficult to figure out what you're supposed to do is that when you're done. All right so then just go to the website again -- he dot org you can find out all about how you can take part in that program as well. And that's certainly if you're if your family in need. Give -- call or check the website and what said the phone number again Roger. -- Bible three. 61237290. It occurred to me that someone may be listening in this area it hit the kind of trouble or they might need your help them and not have Internet access over giving you call might be -- option. -- and we will direct them to the proper community agencies so they can get help. An excellent and it's locally. It's always nice and there's organizations that that kind of factors that outreach for UC don't have to spend the time trying to track down exactly who the right person is to help you. -- he can do that Soria. So and they can also call 211. Which information line for Portland metro area for those there. That's who also correct in the right place. Well we are running up on the end of our time Gary L might give us he had mr. celebre Molly's. Yes and them fifteen -- south flash to the Sunset Boulevard at Hillsdale and come on downtrend on March 6 king Albert queen a peek at 11 o'clock. The very -- -- in the meantime we can certainly go in there and try to great balls of fire in the other other menu items that. Are gonna help out -- -- heat from the very get well so cool to see an organization like -- heat -- teaming up with a such a longstanding business likes the seller Molly's and to have the two working hand in hand it's really incredible. How often that happens in Portland. We're proud of her relationship -- demolished and very very well. All right well thank you both so much for coming on the show today and I think can I think that's gonna do it. I am I very much and that'll do it for another edition -- met -- -- intercom communications public affairs program I've been your host Ted Douglas -- -- nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at microscope @entercom.com. And intercom starts at any. And please put microscope in the subject line so it doesn't get snagged by my spam filter. According go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also -- like -- this program again you can visit our podcast page at -- -- PDX dot com we'll find this and the -- Couple months with a episodes at least feel freedom to posted to your FaceBook you MySpace your blog what have you -- trying get this information out to as many people as possible. And certainly head on down to sell their Molly's and have a fantastic meal a nice night out and help your community. All right thank you both so much thank you all so much for listening this is bend -- tell them. -- -- -- -- Again. Yeah. Yeah.