Working Peer Group Meeting Notes

Date: July 9, 2018
Location: THANK YOU Partners In Careers (PIC) 3210 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, WA 98663 for providing us a welcoming professional meeting space to continue our group's networking and growth.

and thank YOU for supporting each other and bringing great questions and input on extra resources. That makes it a GREAT meeting for everyone. In attendance:

  1. John McDonald, NAMI SWWA
  2. Ryan Smith, Lifeline Connections
  3. Dominique Horn, CHAPS/HLC
  4. Melissa Berwind, CVAB
  5. Kay Roberson, Clark County Crisis Services
  6. Trish Fox-Morey, CRMH Elehan
  7. Ren Autrey, CHAPS / OutsidersInn
  8. Ann C, CODA
  9. Sara Angelo, VHA/CHAPS
  10. Christina Kaufman, CVAB
  11. Adam Kravitz, CVAB / OutsidersInn
  12. Jerri Stanley, SWWA
  13. Estela Clemente, Choice Wellness

We started right on time as our host Andrew Westlund, Program Development Director of Partners In Careers shared how their mission was to assist individuals to become economically self-sufficient by providing resources, training and job placement opportunities. They serve low income persons and refugees, persons with limited English proficiency, persons transitioning from welfare, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities, seniors ages 55+, students who are blind or visually impaired, court involved youth, veterans and youth ages 16-24. Partners In Careers through their various projects provide employment assessments, career counseling, classroom and work site training, job search preparation, job development, job matching, job placement and follow-up, internships. More information can be found in the following document links that were mentioned in the meeting or by contacting Andrew for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Career Academy at PIC July 2018
Community Referral Document

Meeting Notables:

Other upcoming area events and training supports:

  • Wednesday, July 11 from 10:00-1:00 at the Vancouver YWCA (3609 Main St.) join the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA) for two events.  The first will be a “Legislative Forum and Listening Session” where WLIHA staff will report back on legislative wins from this year and to get your input on what should be prioritized for the 2019 statewide policy agenda. This will be part of the regular Council for the Homeless Coalition of Service Provider meeting that goes from 10:00 – Noon.  The second will be an interest meeting for the Resident Action Project (RAP), a statewide network of advocates led by people who have direct experience with homelessness and affordable housing residents. The stories of RAP leaders about their personal experiences made a huge difference in 2018 – come find out how we can be even stronger in 2019!
  • Friday, July 13 from noon to 1pm, Residents Action Project is holding a RAP listening session to get *your input* on the Housing Alliance's 2019 state legislative agenda! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Housing Alliance and to share your thoughts on what you think are the most pressing housing and homelessness priorities. To join the webinar, use either the link or numbers below:
            Meeting URL:
            Phone: +1-646-876-9923 or +1-669-900-6833
            Meeting ID for Phone: 630 884526
  • Friday, July 13, 8a-9a Join the Parent Meet happening at the O.K. Club House 4040 Plomondon Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 - A chance for parents to grab some coffee and learn about some events going on, within the community.    Flyer to share here
  • Wednesday, July 18 from 6pm-7pm, Residents Action Project statewide conference call to talk more about in-district lawmaker meetings. To join the call, you can use the number 866-792-9154 and the access code 741-789-6549#
  • Friday, July 20 from noon to 1pm RAP training on how to build a RAP community group! Join us as we share tips and ideas on how you can build a RAP community group in your local area. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • July 24, 8:30a-12:00  Community Health Worker Roundtable Discussion at PeaceHealth South West Medical Center, Auditorium A (Health Education Center) 400 NE Mother Joseph Pl. Vancouver, WA 98664 PLEASE RSVP BEFORE JULY 23, 2018  Liz Cattin | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 360-414-7496   Flyer to share
  • July 27th, 6pm-8pm is Family Night for Boys & Girls Club of Washington at the Lords Gym  2410 Grand Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661  For families to come together as a community and build relationships. Dinner will be provided and resources, as well. Flyer to share
  • July 30, 2018 9am-10am  Working Peer Webinar To be added to the email list for this webinar, contact Wanda Johns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • August 16 5pm to 7pm  SW CHAPS (Community Health Advocates & Peer Support Network) Bi-Monthly Network Meeting at the Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 East 6th Street Vancouver. The topic will be Supporting our Youth in the Electronic Age.

See you next month!!

**Next Vancouver Working Peer Group meeting:

We will meet at the Lord's Gym where Jerri Stanley of SWWARC and Kleen Street Recovery will share with us information about becoming/being a Recovery Coach and other resources for the SW Washington Recovery Community. Come join in to learn and share resources!

Flyer to download and share

DATE:    Monday August 13, 2018  (Second Mondays!)
TIME:     12 noon - 1 pm
**WHERE: The Lord's Gym
2410 Grand Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 ( google map )

If you have any questions email Ren Autrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
Kay Roberson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Melanie Maiorino, BA, MS, Ed.D.Behavioral Health Ombuds to SW Washington  360-606-1040