Our Stories

These are people in your community being helped by programs and services we provide.

Natasha’s Story

Natasha’s Story

When Natasha came to St. Joseph Family Shelter’s Transitional Living Community (TLC), she was homeless and doing anything she possibly could to reunite with her children. When the TLC had an opening, she went in haste, determined to become the mother her children...

Braces for Foster Youth

Braces for Foster Youth

Pictured above is Nick Sykes smiles ear to ear with his new braces made possible through the ILP-ODHS partnership.Nick Sykes smiles ear to ear with his new braces made possible through the ILP-ODHS partnership.The CCS Independent Living Program (ILP) recently received...

CHWs Meet the Pressing Needs in the Canyon

CHWs Meet the Pressing Needs in the Canyon

Recently, our Fostering Hope Initiative Community Health Workers (CHWs) put together bags with portable cooking items, blankets, shawls, and solar panels for the canyon warming center at Santiam Outreach Community Center. Thanks to their work, many of those without...

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

We are thrilled to share that Catholic Community Services Foundation was selected to receive a Renewable Development Fund (RDF) award from Portland General Electric (PGE) that will enable us to place a solar array on the Bishop Steiner Building, which houses our...

Employee Spotlight – Shandi Hill

Employee Spotlight – Shandi Hill

Shandi Hill learned about the CCS Independent Living Program (ILP) while training to become a CASA volunteer. “I knew it was something I would enjoy,” Shandi says. “When a position opened up, I applied immediately.”   Since 2018, Shandi has been making a difference in...

Staff Spotlight: Amber Boss

Staff Spotlight: Amber Boss

Amber Boss works in ISN's McMinnville office and just celebrated her one-year anniversary as a Personal Agent with ISN. Amber began her career working with people who experience Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) as a Personal Support Worker in 2011...

Fr. Taaffe Homes Receive Heartfelt Donation

Fr. Taaffe Homes Receive Heartfelt Donation

When Maria lost her son in a tragic accident last year, she had one request from the people who attended his Celebration of Life. She asked that they bring an item to donate to the Father Taaffe Homes and Pregnancy Services. Maria was a young mother herself so she...

Josh’s Story

Josh’s Story

Josh was experiencing homelessness, addiction and tragic loss when he came to the CCS Transitional Living Community (TLC) at St. Joseph Family Shelter over a year ago. With the support of the staff, volunteers and many wrap-around services offered at TLC, Josh has...

CCS in the Festhalle at Oktoberfest!

CCS in the Festhalle at Oktoberfest!

For many years, the CCS Father Taaffe Home Foundation has hosted a food booth at the annual Mt. Angel Oktoberfest as part of its vital fundraising efforts. This year we had the opportunity to sell our famous brats, potato salad and some new treats from inside the...

Kudos Board

Kudos Board

I wanted to send Kudos to the Communications team for the excellent work on the St. Joseph dinner last night! This was my first in-person dinner for St. Joe's and it was so fun! Thank you all for your work! You have a GREAT team that gets stuff done! Thank you all! -...