We usually don’t bring up the Employee of the Month on our website, but Ralph Kupersmith is a special case. At The Next Door, he has been a Case Manager, Foster Parent Trainer, Recruiter, and Certifier, Facilities Manager, Bus Driver, and several things we don’t have titles for. Ralph can be counted on to fill in wherever he’s needed, and he has a beautiful attitude toward the most difficult of children. He sees them as children.
The Next Door is pleased to honor Dennis Carlson as our 2012 Volunteer of the Year. As a master gardener, Dennis has been instrumental in starting both the Klahre House School Garden and the Raices/Roots Community Garden. These vegetable gardens have benefited Klahre House students and community members. Dennis has put in hundreds of hours teaching gardening skills and working in the gardens.
Would you like to get into the holiday spirit by doing a good deed? We’ve got an idea for you:
Here’s the deal: when you buy a pair of Keen shoes or boots at Footwise Hood River, they’ll give you a FREE pair of Keens socks AND donate a pair of Keen socks to our foster kids at The Next Door. We’re going to put them in their holiday gifts. It’s win-win-win!
November 9-25 only.
Have you thought about foster parenting, but you have questions? The Next Door’s Foster Parent Recruiters, Melissa Reger-Furler and Heidi Venture, are hosting four informational sessions about “What it Takes to Become a Foster Parent”
This session shows you the rewards and challenges of foster parenting. You’ll learn how to make a big difference in a foster teen’s life by becoming a professional foster parent with The Next Door. By the end of the class, you will be prepared to make a decision about pursuing this rewarding career.
Join the class any Monday in August, from 6-7:00 pm at The Next Door’s new offices at 318 West 2nd Street in The Dalles.
The Next Door cares for 25-30 foster teens and children, with most of the foster homes located in Wasco and Hood River Counties. To find out more, visit our foster parenting page or call Heidi Venture at 541-436-0303.
THE NEXT DOOR HOSTS CLASS
April 18, 2012
Hood River, Oregon (April 18): To kick off Foster Parent Appreciation Month, The Next Door’s Foster Parent Recruiter, Heidi Venture, hosts a foster parent information class, Tuesday, May 1 from 6-7:30 pm at The Next Door’s Conference Room at 965 Tucker Rd in Hood River. This class will detail the rewards and challenges of being professional foster parents. Participants will learn how to become professional foster parents and make a big difference in a foster teen’s life. By the end of the class, they will be prepared to make a decision about pursuing this rewarding career.
The Next Door cares for 25-30 foster teens, with most of their foster homes located in Wasco and Hood River Counties. To find out more, visit www.nextdoorinc.org or call Heidi Venture at 541-436-0303.
The Next Door is a local nonprofit whose mission is opening doors to new possibilities by strengthening children and families and improving communities. Staff members work with thousands of people in the Columbia Gorge who are struggling; to grow up strong, to stop getting in trouble, to be good enough parents, and even to learn a sustainable way to have enough food.
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