Washington County Thrives

Washington County Thrives (“Thrives”) is a collaborative of nonprofit, business, government, healthcare, education, and faith-based leaders.

Our Vision – Washington County is a place where all people can contribute to and benefit from its prosperity.

Our Mission – Thrives works to reverse the rapid growth of poverty in Washington County by improving access to essential resources that help establish a foundation of long-term economic security.

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OUR PRIORITIES

Affordable Housing • Workforce Training
Early Learning & Youth Enrichment

Thrives promotes three strategic areas of focus that we believe will result in the greatest impact on reducing poverty and increasing economic vitality. They are:

Safe, stable, and affordable housing
Workforce training
Early learning and youth enrichment

These priorities include essential support services, such as health and wellness care and life skills training that increase the likelihood of successful and sustainable outcomes.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Thrives believes that we can reverse the rapid growth of poverty in Washington County by improving access to essential resources that help establish a foundation of long-term economic security. We recognize that there is no silver bullet, no magic pill, no quick fix. But progress is possible! For every family that finds a safe, stable, and affordable home, for every person who receives training that helps land them a decent paying job, for every child whose life is enhanced by an early learning environment or youth enrichment opportunity, the ripple effect in the community is palpable.

Leverage is essential! Thrives recommends combining programs that work today in affordable housing, workforce training, and early learning/youth enrichment to increase their collective impact. For example, hard-working parents that seek affordable housing would likely benefit from workforce training to obtain better-paying jobs, and if they have young children, they may qualify to enroll them in a quality pre-K program that gives their children a head start in school.

OUR WORK

We made great progress at our second Thrives quarterly meeting of the year, on April 20, 2022! With over 30 leaders representing all sectors, we discussed the challenges and ideas identified at the recent Behavioral Health Workforce Summit, and committed to harnessing the collaborative power of Thrives to help strengthen the workforce in response to the behavioral health crisis in Washington County.

With the help of Thrives partners, we can build a coalition to address the four focus areas we identified as critical:

1. Workforce development – training for new and existing staff/volunteers; development of career pathways w/high schools, community colleges, universities
2. Immediate Care – near-term improvements to support for workers and clients
3. Child Care – increasing child care capacity to support workers and clients
4. Awareness Campaign – engaging in public outreach to highlight challenges and opportunities

Folding the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative under the auspices of Thrives engages a broad stakeholder group that has a vested interest in the issues, and uses this established forum to take some concerted actions designed to address both immediate and long-term needs.

This topic intersects with Thrives priorities because 1) lack of adequate behavioral health supports contribute to homelessness and housing instability; 2) the struggle to recruit, train, and retain behavioral health workers is a clear workforce development issue; and 3) children and youth are among those most affected by lack of behavioral health supports, and child care is also crucial to workforce recruitment.

Watch the session below, and if you missed any of our Thrives convenings, catch up now by viewing the meetings on Vision Action Network’s YouTube channel.

Access Thrives All-Collaborative Agendas and Minutes.

JOIN US

Be sure to join us as we continue to convene community leaders in our quarterly All-Collaborative sessions to explore issues critical to Washington County residents. Sign up to receive invitations to our upcoming meetings, and be a part of the solution!

Thrives is a collaborative of nonprofit, business, government, healthcare, education, and faith-based leaders. We believe systemic barriers prevent good people from obtaining safe, affordable housing, decent-paying jobs, and an even playing field for their children in school and life.

Investments in programs and services that remove these barriers benefit the whole community. Hard-working families are able to create a brighter future for themselves and contribute to the prosperity of the community when they have a place to call home, career-track employment, and early learning and youth enrichment opportunities for their kids. That’s a healthy return on investment!

Bienestar Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan AreaCommunity Action Community Partners for Affordable Housing Forest Grove Foundation Good Neighbor Center Habitat for Humanity Portland RegionHere Together Supportive Homeless Services Home Plate Youth Services Kaiser Permanente New Narrative Integrative Mental Health Oregon Department of Human Services Portland Community College Rebuilding Together Washington CountySequoia Mental Health Services, Inc. Trillium Advisors: Vision Insight StrategyVirginia Garcia Memorial Health CenterWashington County Cooperative Library ServicesWashington County KidsWashington County Oregon

 

 

Work Systems The Portland Metro Workforce Development Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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