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Many of our neighbors are facing life and death situations and we may not even know about it. Just two years ago, Melissa Brown was admitted to the hospital in dire need of a miracle. She needed a heart transplant. On August 29, 2015, her prayers were answered when she received a heart. But a donor heart comes at a price; someone’s loss was her gain. The loss of a husband and son made Melissa’s second chance possible. A year post-op, she came face to face and met the donor’s mother and wife. As a token of her appreciation, Melissa gave each of the women special teddy bears with a recording of the heartbeat that gave her new life. There were many tears and hugs. It brought great comfort to the family. What Melissa has done with her new life is nothing short of extraordinary. Along with her sister, Sarah,…

This is a love story. A story about people who fell in love and chose to love others near and far. If you were to meet John and Pam Pries, you would know immediately these two people are in love. John married his bride, Pam, on New Year’s Eve, 1966. In 1977, they became residents of Tualatin, where they raised their children, Britney and Zachary. From 1996 to 2010, John became an associate pastor at Grace Community Church, which later became Horizon Community Church. Pam was principal of Community Christian School, which later became Horizon Christian Elementary School, for over 19 years. The couple retired in 2010. However, their idea of retirement is vastly different than most. This family has deep roots in the Tualatin community. In fact, the couple still reside in the same Tualatin home they moved into in 1977. That is, until recently. John and Pam left…

Jennifer Bridges, a powerful and savvy business woman, boarded an airplane to Ethiopia in 2010, accompanying a friend who was adopting a child. She thought she was just going to be lending her support to this special family in her life; their lives were undoubtedly going to change dramatically. But what she didn’t know is her life was also about to change. Continue reading at Tualatin Life 

Do you know the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard has been around for 18 years? I didn’t! They do incredible work, sheltering 70-95 families annually. They are the largest shelter in Washington county, but housing isn’t all they provide. They also provide meals, hygiene items, clothing, linens, case management, life skills and Rent Well classes, resume and job seeking services, Life Skills classes, Homework Club for kids – just to name a FEW. Their help for families doesn’t end when they leave the shelter. Food boxes, clothing, school supplies, rent and utility bill help is also available. Donations that are needed all year long are men’s/women’s/children’s clothes, clothes, shoes, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, household items and any food items (perishable or non-perishable). They are always in need of financial contributions and even gift cards for more specific needs. Visit goodneighborcenter.org for their list of needs and current volunteer opportunities. We…

I’m going to say something no one wants to admit; holidays hurt. However, I’ve found thinking of others can help beat those blues, especially around the holidays. Tualatin School House Pantry is located in Rolling Hills Community Church. They serve around 1500 different families each year in Tualatin, Durham, West Linn, Lake Oswego and Wilsonville – no questions asked. They only need a proof of address. The amount of food given away each year weighs in at a staggering 820,000 pounds of food. TSHP is a shopping style pantry where clients get to pick their own food that way we can accommodate food allergies, dietary needs, cultural preferences, limited cooking facilities and just food preferences. They pride themselves on welcoming all equally in a safe, confidential & welcoming environment. (Disabled can inquire about food deliveries as well.) If you would like to help volunteer, there is need for personal shoppers,…

You can be an child’s hero this Christmas, and bless an entire family. This is the season for giving! For many students, the one meal they get during the day is the one they get from school. Horizon Community Church has a program to fill backpacks every Friday at Tualatin Elementary and provides meals for students over the weekend. With Christmas coming up, the church has partnered with Tualatin Elementary again to provide meals for students during their upcoming winter break. Simply go to the front office (23370 SW Boones Ferry Rd.) and ask for a Community Care bag. Inside it you’ll find a shopping list – taking the guess work out of what to provide. Return the filled bags back to the church by December 10. On December 15, you are welcome to come back to Horizon Community Church to help sort and put together the donations into food…