Solar Panel Awning Ribbon Cutting


The staff of The Next Door hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the completion of our solar panel awning.

These solar panels will provide about 15% of the electricity for the building. Funding was made possible by Sorensen Construction, Tofurky, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Common Energy

Our awning is in a very visible location, where 18,000 vehicles a day pass by. We hope it will inspire people to install solar panels for their homes and businesses.

Life got worse . . . until it got better

006editIn our latest email newsletter, “Jake” tells his own story of neglect, trauma, and hope.

Breakfast With The Next Door, Sept. 26

CartwrightBabyDaddyKiss2Each year, we ask people to breakfast. People like you! Join staff and supporters to hear our program participants talk about what The Next Door made possible for them.

Friday, September 26, 8 am to 9 am
Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr., Hood River

Breakfast is on us–and you will have an opportunity to donate.

RSVP: Heidi Venture

Community Health Worker Grads

gradclassOn August 27, our Community Health Worker (CHW) regional training center graduated 25 Certified CHWs, a first for the Gorge and a real step forward for the field. Here’s to the class and a special congrats to long time Health Promoter Maria Antonia (Toña) Sanchez. 

We are excited to be part of bringing Community Health Worker Training to the Gorge. “We Are Health” is a 90 hour certification training for Community Health Workers (CHWs). Participants who complete the rigorous training requirements are eligible for certification as a CHW in the state of Oregon. This training usually costs $2,000 but we secured funding to offer it for free.

Leaders for Tomorrow


Our 2014 Leaders taught kids about plastic bags and gave them reusable bags to use instead.

Our latest email newsletter features Leaders for Tomorrow, a unique leadership program that connects high school juniors and seniors to their communities. Now is the time to sign up in Hood River and The Dalles.