YMCA Veterans’ Housing in Salem
Thanks in part to $6.1 million from Oregon Lottery-backed bonds, a groundbreaking ceremony recently took place for a new veterans’ housing project in Salem. The new building — which will be known as “Courtney Place” — will serve homeless and at-risk veterans from Marion and Polk counties with a state-of-the-art, 34-unit facility in the shadow of Oregon’s State Capitol.
Addressing Veteran Homelessness — Head On
It’s estimated that about one in ten homeless people in Oregon is a military veteran. They struggle with many of the same challenges that other homeless people do, but can also impacted by issues relating to their service to our country. Some experience PTSD; others may find it difficult simply transitioning to civilian life and work. Courtney Place is designed to address the challenges are unique to veterans.
The new complex in Salem will serve vets from both Marion and Polk counties, including accommodations for women veterans. Because Courtney Place is a YMCA facility, residents will be able to take advantage of YMCA programs that assist with life skills and job placement, helping them find a new path forward.
On an overcast June morning, state and federal representatives, along with dignitaries from the YMCA, donned hardhats, picked up ceremonial “golden” shovels, and got to work breaking ground for the new veteran housing complex. The following ceremony marked the many achievements realized in bringing the project from the planning stages to the construction phase—a phase estimated to take another 14 months. Now, the real work begins!
Near the city of Newport, a project is underway to construct the first wave energy test site in the US.
Independence Plans its Future
A small Oregon town takes its future into its own hands with smart development plans funded, in part, by lottery dollars.
Oregon’s Teacher of the Year 2021
Nicole hopes her students will always remember how much she loved them.
Milo McIver State Park
Just outside of Portland, Milo McIver is a peaceful park that offers great access to the Clackamas River, including an accessible Kayak launch.
LOTTERY DOLLARS DOING GOOD THINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Emeralds & Pearls
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La Ofrenda Day of the Dead
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