“Bienstar,” meaning well-being, is an organization that provides affordable housing to help farmworker and working poor families create pathways out of poverty. Bienstar’s VISTA will develop and implement a workforce development program and help provide living wage employment opportunities to residents of Bienstar’s living communities. This workforce development program will provide participants with hands-on experience, specialized training, and employment opportunities to help residents move up the economic ladder and into home ownership or market-rate rental housing.
Marion-Polk Food Share is the regional food bank and hunger relief agency serving residents in need in Marion and Polk counties. The VISTA will work specifically with the organization’s Meals on Wheels program to track the program’s client data and effectiveness, to manage and recruit volunteers, and to reach previously underserved communities so new clients can receive the nutritional assistance and social well-being that the Meals on Wheels program provides.
Mercy Corps Northwest’s Community Investment Trust (CIT) is a real estate trust designed to give Oregon residents living in “asset poverty” an opportunity to collaboratively invest and own a stake in a real estate property. The VISTA working with the CIT will help further develop and test this model of real estate investment by building community awareness of the project through a marketing and publicity plan, providing research support, locating new funding streams and contributing to grant applications, and designing an evaluation tool to determine the program’s impact.
The Reentry Transition Center (RTC) is a project of Mercy Corps NW that helps people returning to the community after incarceration in county, state or federal prisons. The RTC supports the reentry work of our participants by coordinating the services of non-profit, community and government agencies. By supporting the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals, the RTC works to reduce recidivism by supporting the clients in finding housing, employment, and healthcare and making successful personal and professional transitions to mainstream society.
Community Vision, located in Portland, Oregon, serves individuals with disabilities to increase their independence and self-determination.