Dear Cleveland Families,
It is with tremendous sorrow and frustration that we are again confronting the tragic effects of gun violence in our PPS community. I am painfully aware that this weekend’s tragedies hit very close to home for a number of our students, and it is my sincere hope that everyone impacted understands that we are here to help. Even with school out for the week, we are ready to support you and your family in any way we can. Tomorrow we have virtual conferences, and our staff will be working in the building. Please reach out if your student would like to connect with support in the building.
The following resources are available:
City of Portland Office of Violence Prevention (interpretation services available)
Trauma and Violence Impacted Family Program: Wraparound services for youth and families impacted by community violence. Point of Contact: Hiag Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org and (503) 757-0250. (Youth Referral Form.)
Street Level Outreach (SLO) Program: SLOs build relationships with youth and their families to reduce conflict and violence, to support and assist accessing social and educational services, providing the following services: mentors, life coaches, positive role models, advocates, and mediators. Call (503) 823-6521.
Multnomah County has mental health support for those impacted by gun violence. (interpretation services available)
Multnomah County's Gun Violence Impacted Families Behavioral Health Response Team has therapists to support and uplift the mental health of community members impacted by violence. To find out more about this program and how they can help, please call (503) 988-4888 or email email@example.com.
We all have a collective responsibility to maintain safe communities. If you see or hear anything that may pose a danger to student safety, please call the PPB non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333. You can also contact the SafeOregon tip line via text or phone at (844) 472-3367; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can download the SafeOregon app.
We are stronger as a community when we listen to and support each other. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if there is anything I can do for you, your student, or your family.
Jo Ann Wadkins
Cleveland High School