Community Services Consortium

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Second Chance Program Workshops Scheduled for January

Second Chance Renter Rehabilitation classes will be held throughout January at CSC’s Corvallis office (545 SW 2nd Street - upstairs) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following days:

Tuesday, January 8: How to be a Good Tenant
Thursday, January 10: Landlord/Tenant Responsibilities
Tuesday, January 15: Goal Setting
Thursday, January 17: Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, January 22: Energy Education
Thursday, January 24: Basic Budgeting

Pre-registration is required. Due to limited space, each class is limited to 16 people. The deadline for registering is Friday, December 28th.

Second Chance helps people without stable housing remove the barriers they face in finding stable housing and become the ideal tenants that landlords seek. Second Chance helps resolve homelessness and helps individuals become self-sufficient. 94% of Second Chance participants secure permanent housing within 60 days of graduating the program. The program combines a powerful combination of education, case management, personal responsibility training, financial literacy education, money management, and more.

To register or ask a question, please contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo, Resource Coordinator, at or 541-758-2632.

CSC Sponsors National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Homeless individuals, social service providers, faith-based organizations, and the public are invited to gather at the Albany City Hall Plaza, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2012, for Albany’s fourth observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.

The event is an opportunity to remember the people who have died on Albany streets, in abandoned properties or open places, and from illnesses or conditions directly related to homelessness.  Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is a national observance.

The memorial event will include a proclamation by Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, the reading of the names and lighting candles for those who have died in Albany and other Linn County communities in 2012, words of remembrance, and a military salute by the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard. Refreshments will follow.

The observance is sponsored by the City of Albany, the Homeless Enrichment and Rehabilitation Team (HEART) board of directors, American Legion Post 10, Community Services Consortium, and Samaritan Health Services.

Donations of socks, thermal underwear, stocking caps, gloves, hooded sweatshirts, and gently used coats will be collected for Albany Helping Hands and Signs of Victory shelter guests.

The national observance has been held annually since 1990 on or near the first day of winter (and the longest night of the year). In 2011, 157 cities in 40 states and the District of Columbia held memorial events.

For more coverage of this event, see the article here.

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