1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 02, 2008 00:00
Key decision-makers, citizens and leaders from business, law enforcement, education, social services and communities of faith have are being invited to participate in the third of four dynamic community dialogs. The open community conversation will be held Thursday July 10, 2008, from 3-5 p.m. at Clear Creek Middle School located at 219 NE 219th in Gresham.
Facilitated and planned to maximize time and energy, the dialogs are part of the East County Caring Community [ECCC] and the Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership [GGAPP] efforts to engage citizens in complex social issues. Each dialog session builds from the previous dialog. The focus topics are; Homelessness, Out of School Time for Youth and Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The goal is to develop action plans and implementation teams; enhancing efforts to assist leaders to more strategically increase resources and provide a unique forum for information sharing to ultimately design better services cohesion.
“By creating an opportunity to meet face to face we think key decision makers and front line leaders can build stronger relationships and maybe some new partnerships. In the end, it’s an opportunity to prove to average citizens that everyone is actually working together to stretch tax dollars and make things happen for the better,” said Jim Buck, ECCC Chair.
Working together, the ECCC [a coalition of social services providers, government agency and education professionals that have been working together to build awareness and advocacy for East Multnomah County for over fifteen years], and GGAPP [a drug free communities coalition that acts to identify, coordinate and implement strategies to build a safe and healthy community through the reduction of substance abuse among youth] coalition members have planned the dialogs as a much needed response to the crisis faced daily by teachers, police officers, clergy and social service workers on the front lines. The dialogs have been held quarterly in locations throughout the four East County cities to encourage participation and attendance and thus illustrate the need for involvement from each of the four cities.
GGAPP is facilitated by the Police Activities League of Greater Portland (PAL). To reserve a spot at the dialogs, participants are asked to RSVP to GGAPP / PAL at 503-823-0250.###
Sgt. Pete Simpson