Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lincoln County Head Start Enrolling Now!

A Note from the Director:

Hello Friends, (in Head Start everyone is referred to on site as a “friend”) - 

Due to the large waitlists last year we are encouraging everyone to apply early. Now is the time for anyone with children 3-5 who are eligible to apply. All Lincoln County Head Start sites (Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo) have applications stored outside the front doors. We can mail them and people can come on site to fill them out. Please encourage friends or family members who may be interested. Many thanks! Have a great week.

Suzanne Miller, PhD
Director Child Development Services/ Lincoln County Head Start
Community Services Consortium

Foreclosure Mediation Counseling offered for Lincoln County Homeowners

CSC has been awarded the contract to serve Lincoln County homeowners who are seeking pre-mediation counseling in Lincoln County. Last March, the state Legislature passed Senate bill 1552, which provides that homeowners facing a non-judicial foreclosure (i.e. not through a court proceeding) have the right to a mediation session with their mortgage holder to work out a settlement to their delinquent situation. Homeowners going to mediation must meet with a HUD approved foreclosure counselor, free of charge, prior to the mediation to go over how the process works, the options they have available regarding their mortgage, and assistance with filing the required paperwork prior to the session. Counselors may also accompany homeowners to the mediation session upon request. CSC will offer these pre-mediation counseling services to homeowners in Lincoln County.

Beginning July 11, homeowners who are in default will receive a letter from their mortgage holder explaining that the foreclosure process now includes the opportunity for mediation, where the homeowner and a representative of their mortgage holder can have a face to face meeting facilitated by a professional mediator, who is there to ensure that both sides are able to voice their concerns and come to an agreement on how the default will be handled. This process is aimed at giving the homeowner the opportunity to talk to a real person from their bank or mortgage servicing company who has decision making capability, instead of facing endless dead end phone calls and attempts to reach someone with authority at their lending institution.

Homeowners must pay $200 for the mediation session. Those who are low-income may request a waiver of this fee, and have it reduced to as low as $50. Pre-mediation and foreclosure counseling offered by CSC is free to all homeowners who request assistance, however.

Staff is being trained and will be in place to assist homeowners with pre-mediation counseling soon. In the meantime, anyone worried about possible foreclosure may call 1-866-245-1780 and speak with our HUD certified foreclosure counselor about their options.

Heartfelt Letter of Thanks to Linn Benton Food Share

Linn-Benton Food Share makes a difference in the lives of thousands of community members in need.  They supply and glean over a million pounds of food each year and have thousands of volunteers helping prevent hunger and providing food security.

Letter of Thanks to Linn-Benton Food Share

Barrel to Keg Fundraiser is a Huge Success!

July 14, 2012 - The Barrel to Keg Relay raised over $20,000 for the CSC's poverty fighting programs.  The final numbers are still being counted, after a long weekend of fundraising festivities.  The events kicked off with a Founders Dinner the night before the race, July 13, at Harris Bridge Vineyard, the starting line sponsor for the relay. This scenic country vineyard is the perfect setting to nestle into a relaxed evening among the vines.  Friends, sponsors and supporters enjoyed an evening of history, storytelling, great food and good friends all for a great cause.

Saturday morning the little country vineyard came to life with the buzz of 450 runners and walkers, piles of volunteers, and numerous family and friends gathered to cheer them on. The runners/walkers set out in waves to traverse the nearly 70 mile course through the backcountry. 

"Four Angry Beavers" take First Place Overall at the Barrel to Keg Relay 2012.
Most had teams of 6 people, and some with teams four sharing the distance through each of the 11 exchanges. But one team of "Four Angry Beavers" stood out!  They took the overall fastest finish with an average speed of 6.39 minutes per mile.  Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport's South Beach sponsored the Finish Line. Rogue's new warehouse was the perfect place for fun, music, food, massage, henna tatoos and beverages!  Even the Oregon Coast Roller Derby Girls skated around to add more fun and fundraising to the party!  For all the race results go to  results tab.  Photos will be posted on the website soon.  To see photos immediately go to

But that's not all, once the foot race was off and running, the folks at Harris Bridge Vineyard got to work on re-setting the place for the Barrel to Barrel Picnic to support CSC's fundraising efforts. Over 170 people participated in the picnic and enjoyed a fantastic afternoon.

CSC would like to thank all the sponsors, 80+ volunteers, and 450 runners and walkers for participating in the Barrel to Keg Relay and supporting Community Services Consortium's poverty fighting programs.

Next Year's race is set for the third Saturday in July:  Barrel to Keg 110K Relay, July 20, 2013.
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