Wishing for Woodworking

pile of toolsOur Klahre House students love building things like birdhouses and planters, but the teacher whose tools they were using left. They have a wish list of tools, and donors have already started dropping off treasures from sheds and garages. How about joining them?

Superhero Employee Honored

Ralph Kupersmith as a little cowboyWe 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.

Dennis Carlson, Volunteer of the Year

Dennis Carlson-Volunteer of the Year

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.

Socks for Foster Kids? Okay!

Colorful Keen SocksWould 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.

What Does it Take to Become a Foster Parent?

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.