Posted December 06, 2020 05:04:11 A new start has arrived in Ashland, Washington, as the city looks to rebuild from the devastating December 2016 tornado.
The Washington Post and Associated Press teamed up to find the forgotten people and stories of the American Northwest, offering a fresh look at a region that has long been forgotten by the national consciousness.
As part of the initiative, the Post and AP teamed up with Good Tidings, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the nation’s homeless, and its social justice partners to create an annual list of those who have helped make the world a better place.
For the past six months, the AP has collaborated with Good News Network to create a list of more than 7,000 people and organizations in the Northwest who have given away or donated to the organization.
Ashland Tiders, which is located on the banks of the Columbia River, is known as a community that is home to more than 200,000 residents and has a strong sense of community, said Susan Lefkowitz, director of the Ashland branch of Good News.
People who have left the city for good are always welcome, Lefksowitz said.
They can go to the library, go to school, go out to eat.
The list will also feature an updated list of Good Tiders’ charitable partners, and the names of those working with the organization, Lekowitz said in an interview.
We have some very nice people who have gone to work for Good News, and some of them are actually employees of the organization and they’re working on a lot of things with us, she said.
Good Tidings also works to end homelessness and homelessness-related health disparities in Ashlands neighborhood, Leshoski said.
We’re trying to create good conditions for our residents so that they’re comfortable with the lives they live, Lewis said.
We have a lot to offer our community, she added.
The list is being released at a time when many Americans are starting to re-evaluate their faith in God and in humanity, Lidders said.
People are looking at a new world, and a new beginning, Lyders said, adding that the list is a way to reflect on those experiences and how to create opportunities for others.
The Good Tiding initiative is a part of Ashland’s initiative to help the homeless and the needy.
In January, the city hosted the first Good Tidening Summit at the Ashlands Community Center.
The summit brought together more than 2,000 volunteers and community members to share their knowledge and help the local homeless and homeless-related causes.
More than $7.2 million has been given to the nonprofit organization through Good Tidies efforts since it started in 2001, Lidz said.
Good Tidys is part of Good Health, a national network of faith-based organizations working to promote good health and wellness, Lattimore said.
Good News Network has also helped the city, including providing emergency shelter for homeless people, Lelawski said, and providing meals to those who need it.
There are also local charities working to provide affordable housing, Lettimore said, as well as a shelter for people in need, including those who are veterans.
In November, Ashland City Council voted to adopt a $20 million program to fund affordable housing in the city.
The council has been working with other cities to develop housing solutions, including offering grants to help pay for rental assistance and affordable housing options.
People who want to help can apply to the Good Tidling Fund, Lelfks said.
The money is earmarked for the homeless or those who cannot afford rent, she explained.
Ashland has also created a fund that helps people with medical expenses and for those with food insecurity, Ledsons said.
In October, the council voted to open the fund to the public.
In the past year, the mayor, council members and city staff have created a community center that offers basic services such as food, clothing, hygiene and more.
The city also recently began installing solar panels on its public buildings, Ledders said in a statement.