Strengthening Rural Families

Welcome to Strengthening Rural Families
…working together to build stronger families and communities in rural Benton  County.

Our programs serve the communities of rural Benton County including Alsea,  Blodgett, Kings Valley, Monroe, and Philomath.

We use a collaborative approach to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families in rural communities through education, advocacy, coalition building and community connections. We collaborate, administer resources, support and provide programming through our two initiatives – Rural Parenting and Rural Health.

SRF has locally based community coordinators in each of the primary areas we serve. Together, we bring programs and services to the places that families can best access them: their home towns!

Welcome!

Our Staff

Executive Director—Paul Smith, paul.srf@ruralfamilies.org

Office Manager/Bookkeeper—Lauri Lehman, lauri.srf@ruralfamilies.org

Community Coordinators:
Alsea—Mirium Ulm, mirium.srf@ruralfamilies.org
Monroe—Janeece Cook, janeece.srf@ruralfamilies.org
Philomath—Laura Lundeen, laura.srf@ruralfamilies.org
Rural Outreach— vacant

Preschool Staff:

Alsea Preschool Lead Teacher— Mirium Ulm, mirium.srf@ruralfamilies.org Alsea Pups Preschool phone (541) 487-3106

Philomath Next Steps  Lead Teacher—Sunny Bennett, sunny.srf@ruralfamilies.org
Next Steps phone (541) 929-2535

Santiam Canyon Preschool Lead Teacher – Daniela Sorrick, daniela.srf@ruralfamilies.org
Santiam Canyon Preschool phone (503) 897-0987

Visit us at 535 S. 19th St., # 147, Philomath, OR 97370
Mail to: P.O. Box 1528, Philomath, OR 97370

Call us at (541) 929-2535.

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Strengthening Rural Families Board of Directors

Mark Thielman, SRF Board Chair,
Superintendent, Alsea School District, (541) 487-4305

Luis Maciel, Board Secretary,
Juvenile Services Supervisor,
Benton County Juvenile Department, (541) 766-6060

Bre Miller, Board Treasurer,
General Manager, Corvallis Knights, (541) 752-5656

Janelle Iverson, Marketing & PR Account Manager,
Samaritan Health Services, (541) 768-5444

Susie Lisser, Owner,
S. Lisser Consulting, SLisserConsulting@gmail.com

Judy Price, Retired Special Educator

Tammy Skubinna, Professor Emeritus, OSU Extension Faculty

Dolly Victorine, Culinary Arts Teacher,
West Albany High School, (541) 967-4545

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SRF Advisory Team:

Carolyn Ashton, OSU Extension Services
Julia Engle, Philomath Community Library
Derik Hering, Benton County Juvenile Department
Jean Goul, Philomath Community Services
Christina Hoeckle, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
Kelly Locey, Benton County Health Department
PK McCoy, Parent Educator
Aoife Magee, Linn Benton Community College
Molly Perino, Benton County Health Department
Kendra Sue Phillips-Neal, Jackson Street Youth Services
Peggy Ring, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
Sarah Rustan-Woosley, Philomath Youth Activities Club
Sarah Segar, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
Kim Van Horn, Old Mill Center for Children & Families

Strengthening Rural Families Programming

Community Coordinators

Alsea: Mirium Ulm at mirium.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 487-4305

Monroe: Janeece Cook at janeece.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 829-1349

Philomath: Laura Lundeen at laura.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 929-2535

Bilingual Rural Outreach:  POSITION OPEN – APPLY HERE (541) 929-2535

Alsea Classes—Mirium at mirium.srf@ruralfamilies.org to register

Squishtivities – Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly, on the third Wednesday of the month, December 18, January 15,  February 19 and March 18 at the brand new Alsea Pups Preschool, 178 S. 3rd Street, from 11:45am- 12:45pm. Cost: FREE. Snack included.  

ALSEA PUPS PRESCHOOL. Alsea Pups Preschool is for children ages 2 1/2  to 5 years old. Held at the Alsea School 5 days a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8:00am-11:30am and Tuesday/Thursday from 8:00am-3:20pm, September 3, 2019-June 4, 2020. For children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5. Tuition is on a sliding scale. Please call Ms. Mirium  at the Alsea Pups Preschool (541) 487-3106 to get a registration packet or for more information.

Monroe Classes—call Janeece Cook at (541) 829-1349 to register

Squishtivities –  Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly,  on the first Monday of the month, after Story Time. December  2, January 6, February 3 and March 2 at 11:30am at the Monroe Community Library. Cost: FREE. Hearty snack included. Held in partnership with the Monroe Community Library.

Philomath Classes– Laura Lundeen at (541) 929-2535 to register

Live & Learn with Your Wobbler –  This 10 week class is for parents and their beginning walkers (ages 9 – 18 months) and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting the children’s development. Mondays, January 6 – March 16,  9:30am-11:20am. $30 for Philomath School District residents/$74 for out of district. Clemens Primary School, Rm #146, Philomath, OR 97370. Please contact Laura to register: (541) 929-2535 or by email laura.srf@ruralfamilies.org. Taught by Sara Angel and held in partnership with LBCC – Parenting Education.

Live & Learn with Your Toddler –  This 10 week class is for parents and their toddlers and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting the children’s development. Wednesdays, January 8 – March 18,  9:10am-11:00am. $30 for Philomath School District residents/$74 for out of district. Clemens Primary School, Rm #146, Philomath, OR 97370. Please contact Laura to register: (541) 929-2535 or by email laura.srf@ruralfamilies.org. Taught by Sophie Grow and held in partnership with LBCC – Parenting Education.

Live & Learn with Your Baby – Your baby is learning! This 10 week class is for parents and their babies. Come join with other families as you prepare for a lifetime of learning. Learn how to support your child’s emotional, physical and intellectual development through songs, activities and group discussions – all while building a community of support and lifelong friends for you and your child. Wednesdays, January 8 – March 18, 12:30pm-2:20pm, held at Clemens Primary School, Rm #146, Philomath, OR 97370. Cost $25, with scholarships available.  Please call Family Connections / Pollywog at 541-917-4884 for more information and to register. Provided by LBCC – Parenting Education and taught by Sara Angel.

Make Parenting a Pleasure – This 10 week class is best for parents with children ages 5-12. Instructor PK MCoy will help parents learn what to expect based on your child’s age, understand your child’s feelings and practice positive communication, new ways of looking at discipline, rewards and punishments. Held Thursdays, January 16 – March 19,  5:30pm-7:30pm, at Clemens Primary School Library. This class series includes free dinner, free childcare and free children’s books. Cost: $30 each/$45 per family. Please email Laura to register and reserve your childcare spot.

Squishtivities – Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month,  December 11, January 8, February 17 and March 16 from 10:30am—11:30am (following Story Time) at the Philomath Community Library. Cost: FREE. Snack included. Held in collaboration with the Philomath Community Library.

Squishtivities – BEDTIME EDITION – Pajamas welcome! Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Relax before bedtime, create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly, on the third Monday of the month,  December 16, January 20, February 12 and March 11 starting at 6:30pm, following Story Time, at the Philomath Community Library. Cost: FREE. Snack included. Held in collaboration with the Philomath Community Library.

Parenting Game Changer Take the middle school years from AWKWARD to AWESOME. This free evening workshop is for parents of ‘tween’-agers. Instructor Brian MacInnes will help parents learn ways to help improve communication, better understand their youth’s developmental ages/stages and better define parent/youth roles in the family. Held Wednesday, January 29,  6:00pm-7:30pm, at the Philomath Middle School Library. Workshop includes free dinner at 5:30pm, and free childcare/study space. Cost: FREE. Please contact Laura to register.

Next Steps Kindergarten Readiness 2019-20 classes. REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2019-20. DETAILS:  These classes will be provided free of charge using Philomath School District funds, Kindergarten Partnership Innovation (KPI) funding from the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Early Learning Hub and coordinated by Strengthening Rural Families. Requirements of attending these free classes is that you live in the Philomath School District, your child must be born between 9/1/14 & 8/31/15 and will be going to kindergarten at a Philomath School.

Classes are held at Clemens Primary School -2 sessions – Morning: 8:15am – 11:15am OR Afternoon: 12:00pm – 3:00pm. School starts on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and ends on June 4, 2020, with breaks between quarters.

If you have a child who fits the registration requirements, please call the SRF office (541) 929-2535. If you live out of the Philomath School District, and don’t have an older child already in the district, you will not qualify for this program.

Santiam Canyon Class – Daniela at (503) 897-0987 to register

Nurturing Parenting ABC’s*NEW CLASS* This 8 week class is best for parents with children 0-10. Instructor Brian MacInnes will help parents learn what to expect based on your child’s age, understand your child’s feelings and practice positive communication, new ways of looking at discipline, rewards and punishments and deciding when parents should be in charge and when to support your child’s growing independence. Held Tuesdays, January 21 – March 10,  5:30pm-7:30pm, at Santiam Canyon Early Learning Center. This class series includes free dinner, free childcare and free children’s books. Cost: FREE. Please contact Daniela to register and save your childcare spot: (503) 897-0987 or by email at daniela.srf@ruralfamilies.org. In partnership with LBCC – Parenting Success Network.

Mindful Movement: For school-age youth. The tools and skills that the Yoga Calm curriculum nurture provide the resilience and “grit” that more and more educators agree is key to children’s success, both in school and after graduation. But it’s more than just grit. Or attitude. Or a growth mindset. Or leadership skills. It’s emotional intelligence. It’s resources for thriving.

The sessions engage heart, mind and body with a combination of physical skills, social skills games, and mindfulness activities. It helps kids develop emotional intelligence, communication skills, trust, and empathy and provides for a calmer home and more productive school environment. Held throughout the Philomath School District. And TBD @ Monroe Grade School

Adult Dental Van:  For adults 19 years of age or older and without insurance. If you have dental pain or a toothache, but don’t have insurance. Will provide fillings or extractions for those in pain. (This does not include wisdom teeth.) In collaboration with Medical Teams International and Samaritan Health Services. Mobile vans scheduled throughout the county, call SRF office @ (541) 929-2535 for more information.

General Info @ SRF

CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT AND UPCOMING
SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMMING HERE
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We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and gladly accept donations, whether $10 or $1000! Our tax i.d. #20-2934930

2019 Strengthening Rural Families Annual Fund letter

You can support Strengthening Rural Families in many ways:

1. Donate to SRF directly. We will gratefully accept your check by mail at:
P.O. Box 1528, Philomath, OR 97370, or in person at our office at 535 S. 19th Street in Philomath. Read our annual letter.

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Thank you for your support.

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General Info

In collaboration with others, Strengthening Rural Families’ provides services and programming for individuals and families in rural Benton County. Some of the programming includes:

Our Rural Parenting Initiative, which provides classes and workshops for parents and caregivers:

In rural Benton County – SRF Schedule – Click Here

In Linn & Benton Counties – Parenting Success Network

Our Rural Health Initiative, which provides healthy living classes, workshops and activities.

Funders and Collaborators

Funders and Collaborators 

Alsea School District
301 3rd Street
Alsea, OR 97324
http://www.alsea.k12.or.us/

Benton Community Foundation
Lagestee Regional Initiative
P.O. Box 911
Corvallis, OR 97339
http://www.bcfgives.org/

Benton County Health Services
P.O. Box 579
Corvallis, OR 97339-0579
http://www.co.benton.or.us/health/

Benton County Juvenile Department
4077 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333
https://www.co.benton.or.us/juvenile

Benton County Oral Health Coalition
Samaritan Health Services
815 NW 9th Street, Avery Square Suite 254
Corvallis, OR 97330
http://www.samhealth.org

City of Philomath
P.O. Box 400
Philomath, OR 97370
http://www.ci.philomath.or.us/

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
http://cbcpubliclibrary.net/locations-and-hours/

All branches:
Alsea Community Library
19192 Alsea Hwy
Alsea, OR 97324

Monroe Community Library
380 N. 5th Street
Monroe, OR 97456

Philomath Community Library
1050 Applegate Street
Philomath, OR 97370

Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties
Linn Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW, LM-101
Albany, OR 97321
www.lblearlylearninghub.org

Ford Family Foundation
1600 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97471-1957
www.tfff.org

Health Equity Alliance
WNHS – 257 SW Madison, #113
Corvallis, OR 97333
Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance

Kings Valley Charter School
33840 Kings Valley Highway
Philomath, OR 97370
Kings Valley Charter School

Kiwanis Club of Corvallis
Corvallis, OR 97330
http://www.kiwaniscorvallis.org

Monroe School District
365 N. 5th Street
Monroe, OR 97456
Monroe School District

Old Mill Center for Children & Families
1650 SW 45th Place
Corvallis, OR 97333
www.oldmillcenter.org

Oregon Community Foundation
The Esta Rose Fund
1221 SW Yamhill Street, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97201
www.oregoncf.org

Philomath School District
535 S. 19th Street
Philomath, OR 97370
www.philomath.k12.or.us

Philomath Youth Activities Club
421 S. 19th Street
Philomath, OR 97370
https://www.pyac.net/

Simple Actions Family Foundation
“Simple Actions Family Foundation supports the vision and actions
of those who improve lives and communities worldwide.”

Santiam Canyon School District
Santiam Canyon Preschool
150 SW Evergreen Street
Mill City, OR 97360
http://santiam.k12.or.us/

Spirit Mountain Community Fund
9615 Grand Ronde Road
Grand Ronde, Oregon 97347
https://www.thecommunityfund.com/

United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties
P.O. Box 2499
Corvallis, OR 97330
http://unitedwayblc.org/

Zonta Club of Corvallis
P.O. Box 792
Corvallis, OR 97339
www.zontacorvallis.org