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Robert Foley, a Navy veteran, was once lost and homeless.
A humble man of 56, he talked recently of how — after a painful divorce, unemployment and the emergence of a bipolar disorder — he became homeless in 2011. One night he found himself sleeping fitfully, wrapped in two thin blankets on the cold, hard concrete floor of a friend’s garage.
“I lived on streets, on peoples’ porches, in their garages, in barns or wherever I could get shelter,” he said. “When you’re homeless, accessing even your basic necessities, such as a shower, a restroom, a place to eat, somewhere to stay dry and clean, is difficult and stressful. Even more so if you have medical or mental health issues. It was basically about survival. You think each day will get better, but it doesn’t.”
He finally reached the end of his rope, called the Veterans Administration to the Salvation Army’s Veterans & Family Center in Beaverton.
Community Action of Washington County partnered with the center, assigning a capable, caring caseworker to work closely with Foley and help him get back on track. She got him enrolled in a free “Rent Well” education class that helps train prospective renters who are having difficulty being accepted for rental units.
Community Action also gave Foley invaluable free bus passes, so he could make appointments and get around, and helped him find an apartment.
After living at the Veterans Center for almost a year, Foley moved into his own apartment in Tigard, with his rent paid by HUD through the VA and his food covered by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He has no extra spending money, but somehow he’s adjusted.
Foley continues to meet regularly with his Community Action caseworker to help deal with issues as they arise. “Having somebody to talk to that doesn’t look down on you, that helps a lot,” he said. “You feel comfortable." Foley is full of gratitude for all the people who’ve stood by him, and is optimistic about his future. “I’m ecstatic about life,” he said.
Hope, Help & Change
The cost of living in our communities exceeds what many working families can comfortably afford. Paychecks don't always stretch to cover basic needs, so many families are struggling to make ends meet. Even though more people are working and Oregon's minimum wage is among the nation's highest, lower wages are not covering the basic costs of living.
For over 49 years, Community Action has been offering hope, help and change for families in transition. Community Action programs promote the birth of healthy babies, reduce the potential for child abuse and neglect, increase children's chances for success in school, and improve the quality and accessibility of child care. We also offer energy assistance and help to prevent homelessness.
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Hours of Operation
Community Action is open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
The Hillsboro Main Office is closed on the following days:
|New Years Day
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day
||Day after Thanksgiving
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday, May 25, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm