• Family Resources

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    They say it takes a village to raise a child. We are your village.

    Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Sitton School serves a strong, supportive community that works together and relies on one another for support. We hope that you see your child's school as a resource, especially in times of need. In an effort to alleviate some of the stress that sometimes comes with trying to stay connected and make ends meet, we have created this list of resources that are available to our community.


    Free Food

    Harvest Share
    The Oregon Food Bank Harvest Share is hosted by Sitton School and the SUN program. It is on the first Wednesday of every month at Sitton School, 9930 N Smith St., from 2:30-5:00pm. All community members are welcome to come, regardless of their income and even if they do not have students at Sitton.  Attendees receive free fruits and vegetables from the Oregon Food Bank and when available, vegetables from our school garden. Please bring your own bags.  For more information or to volunteer contact Rachael or Nadia in the school office at (503) 916-6277.

    Backpack Program
    The Backpack Food Program provides children with food to take home over the weekends. Backpacks are stocked with nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food and distributed to children on the last day before the weekend. This program is striving to ensure that their students’ nutritional, mental, and over all well-being needs can be met week to week. The identities of the students who participate in the Backpack Food Program are always kept confidential; adhering to this policy ensures that no student is identified for any reason. The backpacks used in the program are similar to the everyday backpacks used at school and no symbols are used to signify participants. To sign up, please contact your child's teacher or call us in the office at (503) 916-6277.

    Food During the School Day
    All Sitton students get free breakfast, lunch, and a healthy snack while at school.  Students who stay after school for SUN school are also provided with a free supper. Thanks to the Healthy Schools Campaign each student gets a healthy snack to get them through their day.  The snack is always a fruit or vegetable and students are taught about the health benefits of their snacks.

    The Sunshine Division
    The Sunshine Division provides free food and clothing assistance to Portland families at  687 N Thompson St., 97227. Families receive three food store visits and two clothing store visits a year. Hours: 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm (Monday through Friday); 9:00am to 1:00pm (Saturdays). www.sunshinedivision.org or 503-823-2347.

    Meals During Breaks
    For families who rely on the free meals provided by the school, there are some options during breaks when school is not in session. When school is out for the summer we serve free lunch five days a week to any community member who wants to join us. For thanksgiving and winter breaks we do our best using staff donations to make sure families have enough food to last until school starts again.  Click here to see the breakfast and lunch menu for the 2015-16 school year.


    Free Clothing

    Portland Council PTA Clothing Closet
    The Portland Council PTA Closet provides clothing to families in need. The Clothing Closet is on the Franklin @ Marshall Campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Ave., Room C-56. 

    Hours of operation: Aug. 31 - April 28, Mondays and Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm. Families fill out a form in their school office, which must be signed by a school official. Families then bring the form to the Clothing Closet to select free clothing. Find more information here.

    The Sunshine Division
    The Sunshine Division provides free food and clothing assistance to Portland families at  687 N Thompson St., 97227. Families receive three food store visits and two clothing store visits a year. Hours: 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm (Monday through Friday); 9:00am to 1:00pm (Saturdays). www.sunshinedivision.org or 503-823-2347.


    Health Services

    ViDA (Vision, Dental, and Audiometric Screening)
    The ViDA (Vision, Dental and Audiometric) Program is a unique collaboration that brings together a variety of organizations to provide free vision, dental and audiometric screenings at 11 elementary or K-8 schools, including Sitton, each year.

    Students who need more extensive care receive referrals and, if needed, financial support. Click here for more information about ViDA.

    Friends of Creston Dental Clinic
    Free dental care for qualified families in PPS schools, 4701 SE Bush St. in Creston School.crestondirector@gmail.com or 503-916-5808.


    Access to Technology

    Internet Essentials
    We believe that every family should have access to the opportunities presented by having the Internet and a computer at home. Internet Essentials is an organization that provides affordable Internet ($9.95/month) and low-cost computers ($149.99) to low-income families. All Sitton families are eligible as long as they do not have Comcast debt that is less than one year old and have not subscribed with Comcast in the last 90 days.  The program also provides free computer classes and online tutorials.  Click here for more information or call (1-855-8-INTERNET or 1-855-846-8376) to apply.

    Free Geek
    Free Geek has a variety of ways for students to access free and low-cost technology. From their Plug Into Portland program where K-12 Portland students can volunteer anywhere in Portland and earn a free desktop computer from Free Geek, to 20% Student ID Saturdays in their Thrift Store — they will help get your student the technology he or she needs to succeed in school. Free Geek is located at 1731 SE 10th Avenue. Their phone number is (503) 232-9350 and they provide free tech support Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 5:45pm.

    Computer Class for Sitton Parents
    Last year we offered a weekly computer class to our parents. Our computer lab is unavailable this fall as we make room for two new classrooms in the newly constructed learning cottage. We will offer this class again once the computer lab is back and will announce it in the newsletter, the calendar, and on Sitton's facebook page.


    Parent Advocacy and Support

    Lifeworks Northwest
    LifeWorks NW supports people who are working towards a better life. Through their recognized, culturally responsive prevention, mental health and addiction services, their team delivers individual and group treatment—benefiting children, teens and families, adults, older adults and the community as a whole.Click here to find a service.

    Children's Relief Nursery
    The Children's Relief Nursery, a service provided by LifeWorksNW, provides a range of services that “wrap-around” the child and their family to reduce parental stress and social isolation. This service is intended four children age five and under. They teach parenting skills, strengthen bonds between parents and their babies, provide targeted services, reduce child behavioral problems and improve social-emotional development in very young children. Some of the services they provide are: mental health services, parenting classes, traumatic stress therapy, respite childcare, and music therapy. Click here for more information or contact the Children's Relief Nursery at 8425 N Lombard Street or by calling (503) 283-4776.

    Black Parent Initiative
    The Black Parent Initiative assists parents and caregivers to become and or enhance their involvement in the lives of their children.
    The program is built upon, and connected to the cultural values and traditions of Black and African people. It is designed to preserve and instill historical values that contribute to optimal health and well-being, and reorder, change, or greatly modify behaviors or practices that are harmful/detrimental.  The structure and design of the program illuminates and promotes the positive cultural and racial identity of Black people.Click here for more information.

    The Latino Network
    The Latino Network provides opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership development and civic engagement of Latino youth and families in Multnomah County. Their work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families.  Their programs for children and parents, youth and adults help improve community livability, foster civic participation, and prepare for educational and life success. Click here for more information.

    The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
    The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) supports immigrants, refugees and mainstream community members to become self-sufficient. They strive in through programming, outreach and education to foster understanding, compassion and communication between Oregon’s established communities and newest arrivals. Click here for more information.

    The PPS Parent Academy
    The Portland Public School’s Office of School-Family Partnerships has engaged with a diverse team of educators and community members throughout Multnomah County to bring you the Parent Academy, a program offering free workshops and family learning events at schools throughout the PPS community.  The program has classes on Culture and Community, Leadership, Decision-Making, School-Home Communication, and more.  Click here for more information on the Parent Academy.


    Classes at the St. Johns Library

    For Children
    The St. Johns library has more than books! Click here to see a calendar of upcoming events such a family storytime, la hora de aprender, teen council, and other activities that will provide your child with fun learning opportunities. 

    For Adults
    Did you know that the St. Johns Library provides free classes for adults? They offer a wide-variety of options including a book club, tech help, English language classes, art classes, how to find health information online, and more.  Click here to see upcoming events.


    Community Events & Neighborhood Groups-

    St. Johns Community Center
    The St. Johns Community Center offers affordable after school care, sports, special interest classes, parent/child activities, and camps for Winter and Spring break. They also provide a scholarship for families who need assistance to attend. Click here to learn more.

    St. Johns Main Street Community Calendar
    Below is a list of neighborhood groups that meet monthly.  Join one to get your voice heard!  Click here to see a list of upcoming events.

    Friends of Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association  The general meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of odd months at BES Water Lab, 6543 N. Burlington at 7 p.m.
     
    Friends of Baltimore Woods
     
    The general meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the BES Water Lab, 6543 N. Burlington. 
     
    Friends of Pier Park
     Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N Central.
     
    North Portland Land Use Group
     
    Meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon at7 p.m.
     
    North Portland Soroptimist Club
     
    Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Lung Fung Restaurant, 2025 N Lombard Street. Public welcome to attend meeting to learn more about the club.  
     
    Peninsula Optimist Club

    Meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (except holidays) at noon at Christie's Restaurant, 5507 N Lombard. General public is welcome to attend meetings to learn about the club. There will be a a guest speaker at most meetings.

     
    Public Safety Action Committee
     
    Meets on the 4th Wednesday each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N. Schofield.
     
    Safety and Livability Team (SALT)
     
    Meetings are on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Johns Main Street Office, 8250 N. Lombard.
     
    St. Johns Boosters
     
    General meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Central Hotel, 7:30-8:30. Meal provided.
     
    St. Johns Lions Club
     
    Meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month at Patti's Deli, downtown St Johns.
     
    St. Johns Neighborhood Association
     
    General meeting is 2nd Monday of the month at the St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central