Share Programs

Share Holiday Cheer Program

They say ‘It takes a village’ and we are honored to have our own loyal villagers who answer our call each year to make the holidays bright for our clients.

You can help in a variety of ways: Adopt-a-Family, Giving Tree, donate new gifts for Share’s Holiday Party, donate items for holiday food boxes or make a financial contribution.

Donate Gifts. Some of the new items needed include: clothing for men, women, teens and children (all sizes), housewares (dishes, pots and pans, towels, linens, etc.), personal hygiene items (soap, lotion, perfume/cologne, combs, etc.), sleeping bags, age appropriate gifts and toys for teens, children and infants, as well as board games for all ages. Gift cards from any grocery store, clothing store, music store, movie theater, etc. as well as gas cards are also a wonderful gift. Click here for a complete list: Share Holiday Cheer Programs: Wish List

Adopt-a-Family. Each year, Share relies on the generosity of our community to adopt hundreds of families in our ASPIRE/transitional housing program and our Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program. It’s simple: you will receive a list of gift items requested by the family, you purchase the items and deliver them to Share. Click here to learn more: Adopt-a-Family Program Details

  • Please do not wrap your gifts. We need to check each item before giving it to our clients.

Organize a Giving Tree. Hosting a Giving Tree at your business, club, church or office to collect gifts is a simple, creative, and tangible way to help families in our community. Share provides hang-able gift tags and suggested items for different age groups. You can display the tags as ornaments on your Giving Tree in a common space, or do something new and creative with them that inspires the holiday spirit. Click here to learn more: Giving Tree Program Details

  • Gifts should be delivered to the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Road, by appointment only, dates will be posted in November
  • Giving tree tags and gift wish lists: pick up dates will be posted in November
  • If you are unable to pick up your tags, we will mail them; date to be posted in November
  • Please do not wrap your gifts. We need to check each item before giving it to our clients.

Fill a Holiday Food Box. Donations of cash and gift cards to local grocery stores are needed to purchase turkeys and other perishable items for Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. Click here for a list of needed items: Share Holiday Cheer Program Food Box Needs

  • Non-perishable food items can be donated and delivered to the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Road.
  • Perishable food items must be donated at one of our shelters: Share House, 1115 W 13th Street; Share Orchards Inn, 5609 NE 102nd Avenue; or Share Homestead 4921 NE Hazel Dell Ave.

Each year, Share hosts two holiday parties: one for single men & women, one for families; both parties are free to attend and open to the public. Food, music, a visit from Santa and a gift for everyone who attends are all part of the festivities. Note: clients, including children, must be present at the party to receive presents.

To adopt-a-family, establish a giving tree, donate gifts for the holidays or to volunteer, contact: Meaghann Ande at 360-952-8229 or devcoor@sharevancouver.org

Share & Clark College Foundation Savings Program

Share and Clark College Foundation have partnered to provide an 8:1 savings match for students who qualify for the Share IDA Program.

Students agree to save $500 and will be matched $4,000 for tuition, books, and fees that will be paid directly to Clark College. To qualify for up to $4,000 of matched funds students must also agree to the following:

  •  Meet Share’s IDA Program income requirements and must agree to the program terms and conditions.  Details can be found at: sharevancouver.org/share-ida-program
  • Attend Clark College at least part-time
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher during course of study at Clark College
  • Deposit $25 or more on a monthly basis into restricted savings account
  • Visit academic advisor prior to first disbursement
  • Enroll in College 101 at Clark College during first quarter of study
  • Not be absent for more than one quarter of study from Clark College
  • After six months of consecutive deposits, student must agree to Share’s matched funds disbursement schedule.

Share Education IDA Program Details

Each quarter:  Student’s deposits + matching funds at 8:1 but no greater than $1,125

Call the IDA Coordinator at (360) 836-2014 or e-mail idacoor@sharevancouver.org to start the process today!

Click here if you are interested in applying to Share’s IDA Program and you plan to attend Clark College.

Additional program restrictions apply.

A grant from Assets for Independence (AFI), a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds approximately 50 percent ($500,000) of costs for Share’s IDA program. The remaining 50% ($500,000) is funded through non-Federal sources. Visit the AFI Resource Center website to learn more about the program and about helping families to build assets: www.idaresources.org.

A five-year, $300,000 grant from Assets for Independence (AFI), a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will fund this Clark College Foundation partnership through Share’s IDA Program.

The Clark County Asset Building Coalition

The Clark County Asset Building Coalition is a group of non-profit organizations, private market financial institutions and local government agencies in Clark County dedicated to financially preparing people to succeed by offering education and tools for the purpose of building assets. The coalition is currently coordinated by Metropolitan Family Services.

Lincoln Place

“I am truly grateful for my new apartment at Lincoln Place. It means everything to have a place for my grand kids to come that’s not a tent – a place to feel human.” Lori, resident of Lincoln Place

 

Lincoln Place is a multifaceted partnership: the building is owned by Vancouver Housing Authority and managed by Key Properties; Share manages the programs offered to the residents; Community Services Northwest (CSN) provides on-site mental health and substance abuse services; and other providers will be coming to Lincoln Place as well.

Lincoln Place is permanent supportive housing so people can live there indefinitely and receive on-going services. During their time we and our partner providers will actively work to aid them in becoming healthier. Clients will pay 30% of their gross income towards rent; those who have no funds will not pay.

For information or questions on Lincoln Place, contact Olivia Resnick, Share Housing First Director, at 360 952-8146.

Share Summer Meals Program

““I first volunteered for this program four years ago and it has become one of my favorite things to do in the community. Whether we are cutting watermelon or putting the meals in the coolers for delivery, everyone works with a smile and a great attitude.” Steve Smith, Share Volunteer

 

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school. But what happens when school lets out for the summer? Hunger can be a severe roadblock for the learning process and childhood development.

Our program strives to provide fresh, healthy meals that include fruits and vegetables so that the children in our community do not face hunger during the summer months.

All of the locations are open sites and all children ages 18 and under are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal even if they are not enrolled in the program.

Throughout June and August, families can call the Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA to receive up-to-date information about locations for free lunches for kids across the state.

Lunch sites are located at schools or facilities with a greater than 50% rate of free and reduced-price lunch enrollment. This program is part of the Simplified Summer Feeding Program and is funded by the USDA.

To support our Summer Meals Program, contact: Katie Dwaileebe, Hunger Response Assistant Director, at (360) 952-8221 or hungerresponse@sharevancouver.org.

USDA Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Email: program.intake@usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Share Backpack Program

“I just want to thank you for this program. Our family has struggled so hard over the last few years and this simple act of generosity has been a tremendous help.”

PrintBags are filled with 5-10 pounds of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food. Just $4.50 will fill a bag for one child. 1,850 packs are distributed to each of the 90 schools participating in the program; this includes elementary, middle and high schools, as well as EOCF Head Start programs. Packs include items like: a protein, a grain, canned beans or soup, a boxed meal, a vegetable or a fruit and a snack.

Most Needed Items for Backpack Program

Shelf-stable, protein-rich foods are the single-best food items to donate. Canned or easy-open meats (chicken, tuna fish, ham, etc.) canned chili and high-protein soups are easy to transport and simple to prepare. These items are not only nutritious, but are also ideal for families who do not have access to a stove for cooking, as they can be heated in a microwave. Click below for examples of shelf-stable protein items.

Download a list of examples of shelf-stable proteins

Note: Space in bags is limited so smaller items are preferred and allow us to pack more into each bag. As these are also being distributed to young children, we do not include any glass in the bags, so plastic jars and containers are preferred.

The packs are discretely given out on Friday after school to ensure that children, and their families, have nutritious food to eat over the weekend. The Backpack Program operates under anonymity; we do this to protect the privacy of the children and their families as hunger and poverty are often highly stigmatized in our society.

Added to those 1,850 backpacks are 13 sets of High School Pantry Boxes that help support 20+ kids per school. The high school boxes weigh about 22 lbs. each, for a total of 374 lbss of food to high schools each week.

Supplemental Fresh Food Pantries have joined our Backpack Program at nine elementary schools (Marrion, Crestline, Washington, Sarah J. Anderson, Burton, Roosevelt, Ellsworth, Endeavour & Marshall/McLoughlin). These pantries are open two days per month and provide a variety of fresh produce, dairy and meat. It’s wonderful resource for dozens of families in need of food assistance in our community. And, we now also have a Mobile Food Pantry that visits 12 schools once per month.

The Backpack Program operates in large part due to the generosity of volunteers. It takes about 50 volunteers donating 115+ hours of time to stock the shelves, bag the food and deliver the backpacks each week.

Share Backpack Program (Filmed in 2013)

Thinking of having a food drive for Share?

We can make it easy with our list of top ten food needs. Please contact (360) 952-8229 or devcoor@sharevancouver.org.

For more information on our Backpack Program, contact Katie Dwaileebe, Hunger Response Assistant Director, at (360) 952-8221 or hungerresponse@sharevancouver.org.

Share IDA Program

Our Individual Development Accounts program has 70 current savers, with 17 asset purchases in 2014.

Saving money for future needs can be difficult for people struggling to keep up with daily living expenses and current bills. While there are many helpful programs that put food on the table or cover immediate needs, they don’t move people out of poverty – but Share’s Individual Development Account (IDA) Program can help.

What is an Individual Development Account (IDA)?

IDAs are bank savings accounts for a future asset. Participants, over the course of two years, will save up to $1,000 to be used as a down payment on the purchase of a home, to start a business, or to pursue higher education. The program provides a 4:1 match to put toward these assets. And asset accumulation can help people move out of poverty.

(Note: Federal funds for the IDA Program are received from Assets for Independence (AFI) and local County dollars via a grant from the Clark County Dept. of Community Services.)

How the program works:

  • To qualify for the program, applicants must have earned income sufficient to make monthly deposits. Earned income must be 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or below: 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Applicants who meet income requirements agree to deposit a certain amount of money every month in a restricted savings account. For every dollar the participant deposits, Share will match their deposit with one or two dollars dependent upon their asset choice.
  • Participants must make consistent monthly deposits, for at least six months or for up to two years, in order to complete the program. For a 4:1 match, you can put this savings and match, totaling $5,000, towards a home, small business, or secondary education.
  • Personal Financial Education seminar attendance and asset-specific education is required for program completion.

Share’s Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program Overview

Click here if you are interested in applying to Share’s IDA Program.

To see if the IDA Program is right for you, contact: Nefty Vargas, IDA Program Coordinator, (360) 952-8204 or idacoor@sharevancouver.org.

Share and Clark College Foundation have partnered to provide an 8:1 savings match for students who qualify for the Share IDA Program.

Students agree to save $500 and will be matched $4,000 for tuition, books, and fees that will be paid directly to Clark College. To qualify for up to $4,000 of matched funds students must also agree to the following:

  •  Meet Share’s IDA Program income requirements and must agree to the program terms and conditions.  Details can be found at: sharevancouver.org/share-ida-program
  • Attend Clark College at least part-time
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher during course of study at Clark College
  • Deposit $25 or more on a monthly basis into restricted savings account
  • Visit academic advisor prior to first disbursement
  • Enroll in College 101 at Clark College during first quarter of study
  • Not be absent for more than one quarter of study from Clark College
  • After six months of consecutive deposits, student must agree to Share’s matched funds disbursement schedule.

Share Education IDA Program Details

Each quarter:  Student’s deposits + matching funds at 8:1 but no greater than $1,125

Call the IDA Coordinator at (360) 836-2014 or e-mail idacoor@sharevancouver.org to start the process today!

Click here if you are interested in applying to Share’s IDA Program and you plan to attend Clark College.

Additional program restrictions apply.

A grant from Assets for Independence (AFI), a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds approximately 50 percent ($500,000) of costs for Share’s IDA program. The remaining 50% ($500,000) is funded through non-Federal sources. Visit the AFI Resource Center website to learn more about the program and about helping families to build assets: www.idaresources.org.

A five-year, $300,000 grant from Assets for Independence (AFI), a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will fund this Clark College Foundation partnership through Share’s IDA Program.

The Clark County Asset Building Coalition

The Clark County Asset Building Coalition is a group of non-profit organizations, private market financial institutions and local government agencies in Clark County dedicated to financially preparing people to succeed by offering education and tools for the purpose of building assets. The coalition is currently coordinated by Metropolitan Family Services.

Share Hot Meals

“We began the MyPlate program on June 1, 2014. We decided that it was in the best interest of our clients to implement a healthier meal plan that includes more fresh produce and less nutrient deficient, sugary, fat-laden foods.” Holley Walhood, Share Food Coordinator

 

Share provides daily, free meals for the homeless and low-income members of our community. And those who enjoy the meals are not limited to Outreach and shelter clients. They also include individuals and families who are working, but who are still not able to make enough money to make ends meet. Much of the food used in the program is donated by area grocery stores and is prepared each day by volunteers and staff.

Meals are served daily at Share House:

Monday-Friday: 6:30-7 a.m., 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. & 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.

Share Hot Meals provided 91,805 free meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) to the public in 2016. An additional 33,000+ meals are served at our family shelters each year.

Share House Location

Volunteering for Share Hot Meals

Volunteers come from all over Clark County to assist in the kitchen. Much of the food used in the program is donated by area grocery stores and is prepared each day by volunteers and staff.

Volunteer Meal Preparation and Serving

Time commitment: 2 to 4 hours, frequency is determined according to the volunteer schedule; time commitment varies according to meal and shelter location. Volunteers work alongside our staff and residents to help prepare and serve meals in our Hot Meal Program. Individuals as well as groups are welcome.

If you are interested in coordinating a food drive for Share, please contact volunteers@sharevancouver.org or (360) 952-8228.

Share Outreach & Day Center

“Before, we never had a place to get out of the weather and we’d just be miserable and unhappy. The Day Center has been truly lifesaving for us,” Share Outreach Client

Homeless Day Center Opens

Daily living services are available Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Day Center located at Friends of the Carpenter, 1600 W 20th Street. Share Outreach serves more than 880 hard-to-reach and hard-to-serve homeless individuals each year.

Services include resource brokering and accepting client mail. Access to showers, clothing and hygiene items are provided through a sign-up system, Monday-Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. Laundry services are also provided through a sign-up system, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 8:30 a.m. Outreach workers also go out into the community to provide services to clients.

Additionally, case managers meet with clients on a one-to-one basis to assist them in accessing existing social services, stable housing situations or to assist with whatever needs they may have. Much work is also focused on the area of addressing issues pertaining to mental illness and alcohol and chemical dependencies.

Donations for Share Outreach are always needed and much appreciated. We ask that all donated items be provided in gently-used or new condition.

For Men, Women and Teens:

  • Clothing of all types: jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, socks, etc.
  • Backpacks, sleeping bags, blankets, tarps
  • Rain gear: raincoats, umbrellas, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items (individual sizes of all items preferred): men’s & women’s deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, hand sanitizer, bars of soap, dental floss, mouth wash, toothbrushes
  • Bath towels
  • Toilet paper & paper towels

For more information on Share Outreach, contact Olivia Resnick, Share Housing First Director, at 360-952-8146.

Share Shelter System

“This is my first time experiencing homelessness. I’ve never even had any major hardships in my life and I’m not familiar with the systems of getting help. Since coming here, it’s helped me to identify my barriers to housing, helped me get some credit counseling, so that I can get things back under control and get back into housing.” Nicole, mother of three

 

If you are in need of shelter or know someone who is, call the Housing Solutions Center at (360) 695-9677.

The Housing Solutions Center determines eligibility for participating homeless prevention, shelter and housing programs at the following agencies:  Share, Community Services Northwest, Columbia River Mental Health Services, Janus Youth Programs, Impact NW, Second Step Housing and The Salvation Army.   

In 2016, Share served 1,257 people at our shelters and through our partnership with the Winter Hospitality Overflow and Women’s Housing and Transition programs.

Share House

  • 30 beds for single men; 30-60 day stay
  • 25 additional beds available for transitional housing (a 2-year program)
  • 1115 W 13th St., Vancouver, WA 98660 | (360) 695-7658

Click here to view a map of this location.

Share Homestead

  • 13 rooms: 11 family rooms; 1 room for 4 single women; 1 for resident manager
  • 30-60 day stay
  • 4921 NE Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver, WA 98663 | (360) 693-8923

Click here to view a map of this location.

Share Orchards Inn

  • 13 rooms: 11 family rooms, 1 room for 4 single women; 1 room for resident manager
  • 30-60 day stay
  • 5609 NE 102nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662 | (360) 604-0907

Click here to view a map of this location.

Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) Program

The Winter Hospitality Overflow Program is the program that bridges the gap between limited shelter space and the increasing number of people who seek shelter during the winter months. WHO is a partnership of Share, Council for the Homeless and the faith-based community located at St. Andrew and St. Paul Lutheran Churches.

Through WHO, emergency shelter is available at St. Andrew, St. Paul and Share House seven nights a week. St. Andrew accommodates up to 50 people per night; those staying at the church can obtain meals from Share Orchards Inn, located just a few blocks away. Twenty-four single men can find shelter at St. Paul; men staying at the church can access shower facilities, wash and dry laundry and receive meals at Share House. An additional 15 homeless men are accommodated in the Share House dining room.

Each year, 30 faith-based organizations and more than 900 volunteers give of their time and money to support this valuable program. If you would like to make a financial contribution to support WHO, please mail your check, earmarked for WHO, to: The Council for the Homeless 2500 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660. Learn more at www.whoprogram.org.

Women’s Housing and Transition (WHAT)

WHAT is a partnership with St. Paul Lutheran Church to provide 12 beds for homeless women from April through October.

Four rooms at the church sleep three women each. Women have access to a shower and laundry room, totes for storing belongings, a small clothing closet for needed items and a hospitality room where snacks, coffee and water will be available.

WHAT is operated by paid Share staff members and funded by Clark County. Donations of personal hygiene products, snacks, coffee and clothing to support WHAT can be dropped off at the Share Fromhold Service Center; financial contributions to the program can be made on-line by clicking here.

Share Housing Programs

Share ASPIRE serves an average of 141 households each month and maintains a 70% success rate for moving people into permanent housing.

Share ASPIRE

Share ASPIRE—Achieving Self-sufficiency Personal Improvement and Resource Education—is a coordinated system for providing case management, housing and connection to supportive services in our community for homeless families and individuals.

Those eligible for ASPIRE include families, disabled individuals and honorably discharged veterans. Applicants must be homeless or at risk of homelessness at the time of application and contact the Housing Solutions Center to apply.

ASPIRE offers resource education for: employment training, family counseling, debt reduction, budgeting, drug/alcohol abuse, domestic violence, counseling, mental health, education, parenting, life skills, childcare referral and transportation.

Homes for Transitional & Permanent Housing

The ASPIRE program also owns four homes to provide transitional and permanent housing for single individuals. One home serves single men, two serve single women and one serves Veterans.

For more information on Share’s Housing Programs, contact Dee Sanders, ASPIRE Program Director, at (360) 952-8214.