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A Heart to Foster

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 [...]

From Tualatin to Cambodia

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 [...]

From Tualatin to Ethiopia

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 

Be Someone’s Hero This Thanksgiving: Tigard Good Neighbor Center 

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 [...]

Be Someone’s Hero This Thanksgiving: Tualatin School House Food Pantry

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 [...]

Be A Hero This Christmas 

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’s a Wonderful Life….and Cheeseburger 

Nestled on Main Street in Downtown Tigard is Bailey’s Burger Shop. It’s serving up delicious burgers, fries, onion rings and shakes. What you may not know is the story behind its namesake.  Like many of us, owner, Gina Slaughter, grew up watching Its a Wonderful Life during the Christmas season. The movie has fond memories for Gina and her family. When the children in her family misbehaved, her Uncle Jack would say, “Are you going to be a Bailey or a Potter?” The idea of being a Bailey is being someone who stands for what is right. Being a good [...]

John Livingstone: a Living Legend

John Livingstone's memoirs read like a journal. It is a treasure trove of personal anecdotes and has the makings of a Hollywood script. Starting with his humble beginnings in his beloved hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin with a population of fewer than forty thousand people. He was a precocious and bright young man growing up in a town that suffered during the Great Depression, but the sweet people made his hometown a special place. The wonderful people of Oshkosh gave Livingstone a heroes welcome when he returned for a book signing in 2002.  Oshkosh could not contain Livingstone. As a youth, [...]

Katie’s Compassion & Protection

Back in September 2016, I shared with you about Katie Frazer – and 8 year old girl with a big heart to change the world. Katie was on a mission to raise $24,000 for Village of Hope to build another home for children. Katie was told she could name the house, and she named it Compassion – so that the children there would live in compassion. A profound thought from this fiery, redheaded girl. Continue reading at Tualatin Life