Entries by Jessica Lightheart

Sharing Lives: 2019 Spring Edition

Rent Well: Self-awareness, Self-advocacy & Educational Empowerment Affordable housing continues to be a crisis in our community. Last year, rents in Vancouver increased 1.7 percent. Vancouver’s median one-bedroom rent is currently $1,400 per month and a median two-bedroom rent is $1,650; both numbers are higher than in comparable cities nationwide. However, rising rents are not […]

Sharing Lives: Holiday 2018 Edition

Share Welcomes Becci Read-Ryan as New Hunger Response Assistant Director Becci shares her enthusiasm for her job and how our Backpack Program and Fresh Food Pantries are truly making a difference in the community: I have a passion for providing nutrition education and food access to underserved populations. My job has been challenging and incredibly […]

40 Years of Service: Making Our Community Home

Share had its beginnings in 1979 when a group of caring people came together with the common goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the Vancouver area. These individuals made a commitment to helping men and women in need, those who are often unseen or forgotten, those who are someone’s daughter, grandfather, neighbor, […]

Sharing Lives: Fall 2018 Edition

Housing Navigators: Making a Difference Share has added a new position that has made a dramatic increase in the number of clients being housed. A Housing Navigator engages and motivates those experiencing homelessness by linking them with housing opportunities, developing budgets, completing applications and advocating with local landlords. In just one month, our Share House […]

Sharing Lives: Summer 2018 Edition

June, July & August = Summer Meals! It’s summer time and that means our Summer Meals Program is kicking into high gear! Our program strives to provide fresh, nutritious meals that include fruit and vegetables so that children in our communities do not face hunger during the summer months. “When children go hungry, their basic […]

Sharing Lives: Spring 2018 Edition

Community Rallies for #every28days The second annual #every28days was a huge success, resulting in 16 pallets of feminine hygiene products in our warehouse! Thank you to Garage Bar & Grille and Mill Creek Pub for hosting events on Feb. 28, as well as the more than 20 businesses* that had collection bins leading up to […]

‘Sharing Lives’: 2017 Holiday Edition

Mandi Carsey and Officer Tyler Chavers Honored at Soup’s On Event This year’s Soup’s On event included the presentation of: the 2017 Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year Award to Mandi Carsey and the 2017 Community Partnership Award to Office Tyler Chavers. Mandi is our volunteer ‘Backpack Manager’ and has been participating in that program […]

‘Sharing Lives’: 2017 Fall Edition

Summer Meals Bring Smiles to Local Children At the Cascade Woods apartment complex, children play soccer in the sport court after eating a ham & cheese sandwich, orange wedges and broccoli, courtesy of our Summer Meals program. This is just one example of the 21 sites that brought smiles and meals to local children this […]

‘Sharing Lives’: Summer 2017 Edition

Changing Lives at Lincoln Place Residents at Lincoln Place continue to make great strides during the first year in which the building has been open. Alan Cooley came to reside at Lincoln Place April 7. He was working with Share outreach staff, Pam and Willie, for a few years prior to coming into our Housing […]