Did you know that there are many different types of childcare services? Ever heard of a relief nursery? South Coast Family Harbor is a non-profit organization that is part of the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries (OARN). SCDC recently met with Tracie Skinner, Executive Director, of the South Coast Family Harbor (SCFH), to talk about the special services they offer.
The South Coast Family Harbor program is patterned after other relief nurseries throughout the U.S. The Relief Nursery concept is a nationally recognized non-profit model proven to protect young children while strengthening high-risk, multi-stressed families. Relief nurseries are supported by private and public partnerships, and gains strength through community involvement, financial donations, and volunteers.
The goal of a relief nursery is to help the family stay safe, together, and thriving by providing therapeutic early childhood development services for children and comprehensive family support. As part of this they offer several programs including therapeutic early childhood classrooms (for children 2-4), home visitations, consultations with Mental Health child therapists, respite care programs (Fridays 1:00-3:30 pm), parenting classes (First and Third Fridays from 12:30-2:30 pm), plus resource and referral services. They hope to add an additional day to their respite care program this spring.
“We are the first Relief Nursery on the Oregon Coast” Ms. Skinner added. Many of our smaller communities could use some help. The program, she indicated, is growing faster all the time, due to increasing needs related to financial stability and substance abuse. Coos County has the highest child abuse victim rate per 1,000 children in the State of Oregon.1
There are many at risk families on the Oregon Coast. At risk families are identified through a weighted risk analysis. Once identified, services provided by the Harbor can be extended to all children in a family that are under the age of 15. The type of services can include recommendations, referrals, mental health consultations, home teacher visits, as well as, therapeutic classrooms for children 2-4. The goal is to create stronger networks for keeping children safe.
We are “Helping Families Help Themselves” Ms. Skinner said. “Families are coming here,” she continued, “willing to work with us.” “We are not a mandated program,” she summed up indicating that assistance is confidential, and staff are licensed and required to sign confidentiality contracts as established under Oregon Archives 423-045-0101.
The Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries program was created to help prevent child abuse and neglect by employing individualized community supports, such as the SCFH, to strengthen high-risk families and keep children safe, healthy, and ready to learn. It all started back in 1976. The Junior League of Eugene created the Lane County Relief Nursery and began providing respite care to a handful of children in borrowed space in a church basement. In 1984, Jean Phelps was hired and the Relief Nursery model developed and flourished.
The SCFH started out about five years ago here in Coos Bay under the title “Nurturing Center” and evolved the second year as a “Relief Nursery” under the Southwestern Community College umbrella. In 2015, the SCFH received their 501©3 non-profit status. As a non-profit they provide services to qualifying families at no charge.
In Oregon, the program has grown to include 30-31 locations (both centers and satellite locations). Ms. Skinner indicated that Oregon will be adding two centers and seven satellite locations this year. They are also looking “for other ways to serve the community.” This could include an infant day care program, classroom expansion, expanded educational services, and increase the number of families in the home based/outreach services.
To do this, they rely on a public and private partnership which includes grants, fund raising events, and fun events. To check in on the most recent activity follow this link: https://mtyc.co/j04lxf. Two main fund-raising events occur each year: Starry, Starry Night in May and Casino Night in September/October.
Ms. Skinner indicated that they will also be participating in the Festival of Trees program this year. The SCFH tree will have a Disney theme and will be auctioned off. The tree will then be given back with gifts to a needy family right before Christmas break. Very exciting!
There is, depending on the season, a waiting list of families hoping to get in. This time of year, the list is short. If you are interested in learning more, participating, or supporting the Harbor please visit their website at southcoastfamilyharbor.org or call 541-982-3090. SCFH is located at 250 Hull, Coos Bay, OR on the edge of the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus.
1 South Coast Family Harbor Board Manual, 2018, section 10.
How does childcare relate to Business Expansion and Retention (BRE)? Supporting BRE activities is a key part of the South Coast Development Council, Inc. mission. Obtaining quality childcare is critical for attracting and retaining talent in our community. Childcare is also an important predominantly female-owned small business sector that may not know how to leverage BRE resources. This help includes ways to expand their businesses or relocate to larger venues, developing backup service strategies, retaining and recruiting new employees and solving workforce challenges, attracting donors, utilizing grants, and leveraging other business resources and benefits. Bringing awareness to this sector is one way to help educate the public, attract donors, benefit our future generation of workers, and support our community.
Why bring your business to the southern Oregon Coast?
Your business could be a part of paradise on the southern Oregon Coast. While the weather may be wet parts of the year our business environment gets hotter every year. What is generating this heat? There are a number of resources in Coos Bay available to south coast businesses large and small including:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides practical information and services that strengthen and support an entrepreneurial culture. Their specialty assistance to startups and well-established businesses includes access to capital, marketing, planning and management of a business. They offer over a hundred training courses focused on business needs.
SBDC is heading the REEF (Rural Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Framework) project in the Newmark Building (2110 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay). This project helps centralize business resources with the intent of creating a centralized ‘one-stop’ resource for business that will include a childcare care center incubator, Commercial Kitchen space, business incubator, coworking spaces, and much more.
SBDC is part of the Oregon SBDC Network which provides 19 centers in Oregon and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Oregon Business Development Department, and other private and public partners, with Southwestern Oregon Community College serving as the Network’s lead host institution. For more information on the SBDC see https://bizcenter.org or https://www.socc.edu/sbdc or contact John Bacon, Executive Director, 541-888-7001.
South Coast Development Council (SCDC), also located in the Newmark Building, is a major cooperator in the REEF project and occasionally sponsors some business training. In September, for instance, SCDC offered a course on Non-Profit Board Recruitment and Engagement. On October 5, SCDC is offering a short course on Business Succession Planning in room 207. This course will help businesses plant their exit strategies and timeline for retiring business owners. This is free through a grant from NWCDC please contact Sam at 541-888-7003 to get your time slot.
Services offered by the SCDC promote and support businesses that provide quality jobs. This might including locating grants and funding options, locating appropriate building sites and structures, marketing and coordination (e.g, negotiating agreements, purchase and leases, business and succession planning, training, filling vacancies, etc.), and more. SCDC also sponsors several discussion groups where businesses can discuss sensitive issues and get ideas on how to resolve them in a completely confidential environment. The SCDC is creating a network that supports local businesses and cultures a successful and vibrant business environment.
The South Coast Development Council is made up of local businesses, governments, and private individuals who help find resources, solve problems, and support this free service. Services provided by SCDC are also privately supported by several local businesses and individuals interested in improving community livability. Major investors include Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, City of Coos Bay, Coos County, Jordan Cove LNG, Bay Area Hospital, City of Brookings, and Southwest Oregon Community College. For more information on the SCDC see https://www.scdcinc.org/ or contact Executive Director Sam Baugh at 541-888-7003.
Additional help is available through the CCD Business Development Corporation (https://ccdbusiness.org/) which is a private nonprofit Oregon corporation and serves as the federally recognized Economic Development District for Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties. The CCD prepares communities for economic growth by encouraging economic diversification and capacity building and ensuring availability of adequate infrastructure.
The more you look, the more resources you will find to help make your dream of a successful business on the southern Oregon coast a reality.
Ever been on the Whiskey Run Mountain Biking Trail? The trail is exciting and is attracting mountain bikers young and old. This project attracts visitors from more than just the south coast area, but from across the nation.
Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is a South Coast Development Council (SCDC) member that exemplifies what the SCDC is all about. The members of SCDC are dedicated to helping create responsible growth along the South Coast. Much of what is accomplished is done by individual members working in conjunction with those who bring them good ideas on how to attract more visitors, how to grow and support the existing businesses on the South Coast and how we can bring new businesses and jobs to the area.
This is exactly what Wild Rivers Coast Alliance did! A great idea was brought to them and they worked in conjunction with and helped support those that made the trail happen. To take a quote from The World Newspaper "This project just proves how much we can do when we work together," said Board of Commissioners Chairman Melissa Cribbins. "This partnership combined the efforts of Coos County, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Jon-Paul Bowles, Chris Barnhart of Sentieros Consulting, Eddie Kessler of Ptarmigan Trails, Travel Oregon and its regional steering committees, and the efforts of the Wild River Coast Mountain Biking Club."
The result is that we are richer here on the South Coast. We have 10 miles of fantastic single-track mountain bike trails with 10 more miles soon to come.
Thank you Wild Rivers Coast Alliance for being a part of the growth and development of the South Coast and for the extraordinary example of what the SCDC is all about.
Want to know more? Checkout these three articles from The World Newspaper on the Whiskey Run Trail:
November 2017: https://theworldlink.com/bandon/news/whiskey-run-mountain-biking-trails-to-open/article_eba87fe0-45f0-594a-83a7-1cbce8593fa1.html
June 2018: https://theworldlink.com/news/local/whiskey-run-mountain-bike-trails-celebrates-its-new-routes-with/article_5a1b6ea4-69dc-5088-82dd-dc103d0afe58.html
August 2018: https://theworldlink.com/bandon/news/coos-county-awarded-in-funding-for-whiskey-run-mountain-biking/article_d9afcb6c-f875-5e27-907b-089090d28dd8.html
and also this great youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya0NAa2HiLs
GO have a fun ride!
I always love receiving these kinds of letters from companies that SCDC has helped. This letter came to me from Dick Leshley, although retired, most people know him from Yellow Cab.
Yellow Cab is an essential company in Coos County. It helps many of us to and from our daily lives.
This is what Dick had to say:
To set the stage I purchased Yellow Cab Taxi in 1986 and the business was located at 2756 Woodland Drive, Coos Bay, Or. We need to skip ahead now to November 2017. I had finalized the sale of my business effective December 31, 2017. The plan was for me to turn the operation to the buyer December 1, 2017, so that he could train his team and effectively take ownership on January 1, 2018. The business was still located at the business complex at 2700 Woodland Dr, Coos Bay, Or. During our occupation, we had significantly upgraded, at our cost, the leased property to meet our growing needs.
On or about November 1, 2017, we received a note from a new owner that our lease due to expire December 31, 2017, would not be renewed. We were not allowed any negotiation. My 30-day year-end vacation was to be postponed. Our issue was that we had to relocate a business that had 11 employees, provided services to 45 professional drivers and needed space to park and maintain 25 vehicles. The good news was that we had at least 60 days to move!
As luck would have it I attended an SCDC Board meeting that first week. I was not a board member or even a member; just an interested community business. At the end of each meeting members and guests are invited to share what is happening with their business. I shared our situation not expecting anything. I was surprised because this group mobilized then to find us a new location. From that date, I was in nearly daily contact with Shaun or Sam giving me needed information on possible sites. Other members stepped up with more information. The happy ending was that we were able to relocate to a larger building at a competitive lease within 45 days.
SCDC is a community asset that quietly (too quietly) works behind the scenes to help our businesses survive, grow and thrive.
Thank you SCDC;
Ok friends I just received this letter from Tanya and Clay Rasley at Canard Labs. I really wanted to share this with you.
Being a small business owner can feel very lonely. Sam and his team at the SCDC make us feel a little less lonely by connecting us to other like-minded business owners through Mastermind Groups and giving us invaluable help with the expansion of our business.
Shaun was lovely enough to connect us with a wonderful second location for our shop in Florence. He accompanied us to the meeting and made us feel as though we had another person in our corner making the transition easy and painless. When we decided to ultimately close that location and refocus our efforts on wholesale and our Coos Bay shop, Shaun rescued us again. He assisted us with the best and easiest way to break a long lease by helping us find another tenant.
Sam was instrumental in introducing our brand to a wonderful shop in Gold Beach securing us a new wholesale stockist! Creating strong relationships with local businesses and helping in any way that they can seems to be the driving force behind what the SCDC stands for.
They practice what they preach. The SCDC team frequents our shop on a regular basis and continues to offer any assistance we may need. They keep us up to date on the new and exciting things happening in the area which is great since we live and breath our business, we can sometimes be a little out of the loop.
The SCDC is a fantastic resource for ANY business at ANY stage. The people running the SCDC are members of our wonderful community and want to see it succeed just as much as we do. We love that they're here for us making us feel like we are part of one big happy family.
With Much Gratitude,
Tanya + Clay Rasley
Owners + Makers
I really enjoy getting letters like this, it makes everything we do at SCDC worthwhile.
If you haven’t been to Canard Labs lately you haven’t been there at all they have a whole new look coming online. Oh and speaking of online you can order all of their stuff on line as well visit them at https://www.canardlabs.com/ .
Make it a great day and remember SCDC is here to help.