PSC Impact in the Community

Public Safety Chaplaincy's Community Assistance fund has been used to support a number of families in the local community.  Below are only a few of the many stories about the impact PSC has had in the Northwest Oregon area.

Perspective Changed by Kindness

Our Police officers encountered a family who had recently traveled from out of state to Oregon and are living out of their RV. The father is fully employed and will receive their first paycheck this Friday. Their RV was out of fuel and they needed a little help to be able to move their RV and not get a ticket for being illegally parked. The couple has two small children that live with them. We were able to give them a visa card for fuel, and several Fred Meyer cards for groceries, diapers, and wipes. The father was blown away and told us that we had changed his perspective on police officers.

 

Thank you for the chance to bless someone truly needy and help them get back on their feet.

 

Kenny Engelking

A Smile Through Their Grief

 

I responded to a suicide call where husband and father took his life in the family home. He left his wife and teenage children in grief and shock.

 

At one point in the five hours I spent with the family, I shared a few McDonalds gift cards with the teenagers. It brought a momentary smile in the midst of overwhelming grief.

 

Chaplain Alex Cross

West Linn Police Department

Lodging Needed

Gladstone officers responded to a report of a suicidal person,  male was transported to the local hospital and female partner was left with no lodging for the night.  Officers used the community assistance fund to provide lodging for one evening. 

 

Kevin Smith

Chaplain Gladstone Police

  A Bright Spot In Their Day

 

At lunchtime on Wednesday I was contacted by a West Linn Police Officer.  He had been in touch with a family of five who had been evicted from their apartment, seemingly so that the owner could dramatically increase the rent on their unit.

For the last 5 weeks the family have been searching unsuccessfully for an apartment in the West Linn, Milwaukie, Gladstone or Oregon City for two adults, two young sons and a teenage daughter.  Their furniture and possessions are in storage while they live in a tiny converted hotel room in Gresham in miserable conditions.

I visited with them and shared some Community Assistance cards ($50 Visa and 2-$25 Fred Meyer).  It was very encouraging to them. I am praying that they find a suitable apartment soon.

Thank you to donors who make the gift cards possible.

 

Alex Cross, Chaplain

West Linn Police Department