Tag Archives: Newsletter_january_2013

The Link Transportation System

One of The Link Transportation System Vehicles

One of The Link Transportation System Vehicles

The Link public transportation is gearing up for a busy 2013. We currently have 3 full time drivers and three part time drivers, and a full time dispatcher, we are ready, willing and able to serve your transportation needs in Wasco County.

We are a “door to door” bus service available to everyone in the Dalles. Cost is $1.50 each way
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Oregon Project Independence(OPI)

Melissa HowtopatOPI Coordinator

Melissa Howtopat
OPI Coordinator

Oregon Project Independence provides in-home personal care and or homemaker services to eligible individuals through the use of state- approved home care workers. The personal care that Oregon Project Independence (OPI) funding provides includes assistance with activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and/or transferring) and homemaker services, which include assistance with instrumental activities of daily living (preparing meals, shopping, managing money, using the telephone, or doing light housework). Continue reading

Holli FrancisMIS MAnager

Holli Francis
MIS Manager

MCCOG is the regional provider for the federally funded Workforce Investment Act Program (WIA) and WorkSource Oregon One-Stop. Our mission is simple, to help get disadvantaged and dislocated workers back into the workforce. This may include sending them to training to learn new skills or simply helping them update their resume and refresh their interviewing skills. Last year our offices in Hood River and The Dalles assisted over 16-hundred Adults and Dislocated Workers.

Here are highlights of some of the things we have been working on…

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New Building Codes Processing System

Stephanie Ziegler (front) Direct Services Manager & and Darris Welch – Gracia (rear) Program Assistant

Stephanie Ziegler (front)
Direct Services Manager
& Darris Welch – Gracia
Program Assistant

Our office is working with the State Building Codes Division in developing and training for a new e-permitting processing system to take the place of our current system. One result of the change is that the public can track their permits, inspections online and contractors will be able to pay for some permits online, rather than through our office. We expect the new online e-permitting processing change to be made this spring or early summer.n response to changes in State rules, Building Codes is proposing some minor fee changes to the MCCOG Board for consideration in an effort to maintain compliance with the State. Continue reading

StRUT Success


Marty Willie
StRUT Program

The Students Recycling Used Technoloy (StRUT) change-over of parent organizations from Columbia Gorge ESD to Mid-Columbia Council of Governments officially began on July 1, 2012. This was a challenging time, as we didn’t have any students or teachers around to assist with processing recycle, which is StRUT’s primary source of funding. However, we did have our faithful volunteer, Miles Galbreath.

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MCCOG & DHS Self-Sufficiency

Donita Booth Direct Services Manager

Donita Booth
Direct Services Manager

MCCOG currently has two contracts with the State of Oregon Department of Human Services Self-Sufficiency Program. Whew – that was a mouthful!

DHS-SS is also known as the “welfare” or the “food stamp” office, although technically, there is no such thing as ‘welfare” or “food stamps.” What was previously known as “welfare” is now the TANF program – Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; and the “food stamp” program is now SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The largest contract we have with DHS-SS is the TANF JOBS program – and yet another acronym. JOBS is Job Opportunity and Basic Skills program. We work with TANF clients who are either job ready or near-job ready. When we first start working with a client, we ensure that they have all the tools they need for successful job search. Continue reading

Six Rivers Community Mediation

Marti Kantola Dane

Marti Kantola Dane

Six Rivers is an organization dedicated to helping people live less stressful lives. We work with Federal, State and Local grants to train mediators and resolve a variety of disputes. Whether you are on the verge of losing your home through foreclosure, dissolving a marriage, or not ever getting a good night’s sleep because your neighbor works the night shift as a drummer in a garage band.
Anyone can start a good argument. It’s fun – sometimes. It’s sad – sometimes. It is drama – Every Time. Continue reading

Area Agency on Aging Changes

DirectorArea Agency on Aging

Marvin Pohl
Area Agency on Aging

At the November 27th meeting of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board meeting, the Board reviewed the 23 recommendations from the State Unit on Aging (SUA) review team. At that meeting, the new Area Agency on Aging, Marvin Pohl, MSW, was introduced to the Board. He discussed his perspective on the position of Director and how he proposes to address some of the recommendations in the recent State review of MCCOG’s operation of the AAA programs.

Pohl described that his focus on overall AAA roles, partnerships and resource development will be to strengthen relationships and develop functional partnerships with the Aging services provider networks, including; local health department, coordinating with local APD office, Community Action agencies, housing authority, Veterans services and the hospital systems. This will facilitate the AAA to be engaged in County or Regional planning and partnership development with other organizations addressing aging and disability services. Thus, increasing the capacity and functioning of the AAA in the community.

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