Polk County Warming Centers

Warming centers are not a new idea; we’ve even had them in Polk County in the past. The reason for our current model is to provide a sustainable way of offering safe and warm places year after year without overburdening any one faith community or resource partner. This conversation started between a couple of pastors in Monmouth in October 2017. Although they were not able to open that season, the ball started rolling. The county stepped in and applied for a grant, which we were generously awarded from the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – more than double the amount asked for! You can read more about the new model and goals for this Winter season in the Statesman Journal article attached below.

 

FAQs

When are you open?

When the low temperature is forecasted to drop to 32F or below for a period of three nights, the Warming Center activates on that first night. Intake is from 7-9 pm. The center is open until 7 am.

Where is the Warming Center located?

They are scheduling host sites throughout Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, and Falls City. These are churches and other facilities open to the public. Each location will be on call for a two-week period.

I’m in another town and don’t have transportation. How can I get there?

They can help! Transportation is available with an hour’s notice on the days they are active. They want you to be able to get to the warming center and back to your community the next morning.

What about all my stuff?

For everyone’s safety, they ask that you leave all bags, luggage, and back packs with them when you check in. They will label them with your name and secure them in a safe space until you check out. Please do not bring any weapons, drugs, or alcohol to the warming center.

What area(s) do you serve?

Rural Polk County, Oregon (basically everything outside of West Salem)

I have kids. Are families welcome?

Yes! Kids are welcome with a parent or guardian. For unaccompanied youth under the age of 18, they will work with law enforcement or DHS to contact relatives or find alternative shelter as needed.

What about pets?

Well-behaved animals are welcome, but must be kenneled while inside the building. Crates and food/water provided.

Can you use donations?

Yes! Instant decaf coffee/tea, bullion, gloves, beanies, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, and other wintery-warm items are especially appreciated. They receive donations at the Dallas Resource Center and distribute from there as needed.

Thanks for your support!

 

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/07/13/homeless-crisis-warming-shelters-salem-community/772209002/\

Sunny Oaks Inc.

Dedicated to serving the special needs communities of Marion and Polk counties in Oregon since 1973, Sunny Oaks, Inc. is a values-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has ten homes, and currently serves over 60 individuals.

Since 1973, Sunny Oaks has been dedicated to providing care and services for people with I.DD. By hiring and training a staff that is focused on the well-being and personal growth of each customer, Sunny Oaks maintains a value-based organization that stands out in many ways. Sunny Oaks offers 10 residential programs and Community Inclusion, offering a diverse and rich platform for individuality and person freedom of choice.

Sunny Oaks supports opportunities to have “exercised authority and responsibility” over one’s “chosen programs” resulting in new life skills, meaningful relationships of one’s own choosing, fulfillment of expanded dreams and goals, independence and interdependence, and, mostly, individually defined happiness.

They believe all people should have the power to control one’s own life to the fullest potential. Sunny Oaks recognizes each person’s right and need to make choices. They will strive to support people to identify and express those choices. Sunny Oaks realizes the value of informed choices that include dignity of risk. They also believe in inclusion, integration and participation in the community to the degree desired by the person. The support a person’s authority, autonomy, and privacy in all interactions. Sunny Oaks will, in all their interactions, engage with the person as they would with anyone else, from a friendly and supportive adult-to-adult approach that respects and empowers the person. They will talk to the person and not around the person or as if the person is not present. They will knock on the doors to the person’s house, to the person’s room, and will ask permission to enter, for one example. Sunny Oaks staff must respect a person’s space, the person’s presence or absence, the person’s dreams and goals, and realize that they are the guests and they are the ones that must ask for permission and be on their best behavior.

Sunny Oaks, while being both operationally and fiscally responsible, strives to be mindful and heartfelt in creating warm, safer, caring “integrated” environments and activities that meet the needs of the customer.

Sunny Oaks envisions a world where Sunny Oaks Inc. is a provider of choice and where people “are highly regarded, able to access more than adequate resources, have control over one’s own life, and are supported by fairly compensated and well-trained, proactive, person centered staff”.

“We know who we are, but know not what we may be”

– William Shakespeare

 

 

https://sunnyoaksinc.org/

A Note from the CEO

First of all I would like to thank our Chamber of Commerce members for their investment in the Chamber. Doing what we do for the community is important. It is their time, talents, and treasure investments that make it possible for us to accomplish what we do for you while you are at work.

2018 has been quite a year with many changes and upgrades. Below are a few highlights:

  • Scholarships for students who are wishing to study business were awarded through Young Pros
  • We began Wake Up Wednesday to meet members’ desire for increased connectivity
  • Hosted our 61st Annual Community Awards Banquet
  • 15 new members to date
  • Continued improvements to the Chamber of Commerce website and its value to you
  • New Online Journal began – a blog designed to keep you informed and amplify our search engines
  • Worked within the region to improve Tourism with Polk County Tourism Alliance
  • Created new video marketing for Dallas with Workforce Development Internship with Dallas High School
  • Hosted the first annual Mid-Willamette Valley Leadership Summit
  • Created new value – added and repackaged membership structure

By restructuring your membership investment we have packaged things for your convenience based upon what your normal participation and interests are. You will notice, therefore, that the investment rates have changed accordingly. For a clearer look at what your membership now includes, take a look at our website and scroll to the bottom to thumb through the new Investment Menu. You will notice that it has got a few things to finalize, including the addition of a marketing campaign called ‘Dallas Live!’ but we wanted to share it with you, and our Chamber members.

As always, we are here to help and discover how we can best serve you and our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Some of you have asked for them already, and yes 2019 membership investment invoices and a stats sheet are on their way out for those of you with a January billing date.

Thank you for supplying us with the opportunity to serve Dallas by being a Catalyst, Convener and Champion for Dallas to be known as a great place to live, work and play.

 

https://dallasoregon.org/

2018 Dallas Winterfest

Have you made your Christmas list? If not, get it ready to give to Santa at the 2018 Dallas Winterfest!

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all of his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation.

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is proud to host Dallas’s annual Winterfest celebration, scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 5 pm to 8 pm. This annual event draws around 2,000 community members.

Join us as we kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courthouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting with our Mayor and First Citizen, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! This year we will be celebrating a good ol’ fashioned holiday season, complete with a Christmas Carol “sing-along”. Don’t miss your photo opportunities for every child with Marion-Polk County Princesses and Santa Claus!

Shop some great vendors such as Beal’s Christmas Tree Farm, Oregon Snowballs, Paparazzi, Banners by Jules, Scentsy, Color Me Shabby, Color Street, The Hat Place, and so many more!

Come on down for a jolly fun time and don’t miss your chance to visit the Big Man in Red!

For more information contact Shelly jones at (503) 623-2564 or at events@dallasoregon.org.

Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring

Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring has been at the same location since 1949, in the quiet and peaceful town of Dallas. We are pleased to announce that they have recently joined the Chamber of Commerce community.

They have over 3,000 square feet of fully updated showroom and warehouse full of carpet, vinyl and laminate floor for immediate sale. Their expert installers have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about installation and floor care. The showrooms are staffed with flooring experts who go through continuous training to understand consumer needs, recommend the best possible floor choice based on your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Because of a long lasting tradition of excellence, well known by many, they have installed for many local businesses, schools, homes, and governor’s offices, including the Governor’s Mansion.

Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring guarantee their sales and installation. Their four sales people have over 100 years of flooring experience and can guide you to the best products to fulfill your needs. Their estimates are free and you are welcome to check out samples to take home. If you cannot come to their showroom, they will bring the store to you. They will bring samples to your home and provide assistance in selecting the right floor for your needs. Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring have a state-of-the-art website where you can view flooring options and get information on how to select a new floor when you want, and where you want.

They know floors because that is all they do. They will help you choose the perfect floor for your lifestyle and your budget. It’s their pleasure to advise you of the benefits and features of their products. Why? Because Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring want you to be happy with your new floor for years to com.

With their Lifetime Warranty on our broadloom carpet collections from Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber, Alexander Smith, American Showcase, Softique, Legendary Beauty and Premier Stainmaster there is no reason to go anywhere else! These brands offer the peace of mind you demand out of your investment while delivering the highest fashion available in carpet.

All of their Exclusive Carpet Brands are manufactured with pride in the United States.

Dallas Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Kliever’s Abbey Carpet and Flooring join our membership. We thank them for 69 years of amazing customer service!

 

https://dallasor.abbeycarpet.com/

Spirit Mountain Casino

Spirit Mountain Casino and Hotel have exciting news to share with our members!

At the Coyote Club, Spirit Mountain Casino thinks that every person playing games should be rewarded! That’s why they started the Coyote Club membership.

Starting at the low, low price of free, joining the Coyote Club is easy. Simply head over to their website and fill out the short sign-up form! Before we get into the nitty-gritty details of what members can expect from signing up, let’s talk about their New Member Promotion!

When you become a brand-new, first time member of the Coyote Club, you’re able to try your hand at their New Member kiosk game for a chance to win up to $10,000 in Free Play! Other prizes include lower amounts of Free Play, food discounts, bonus points, point multipliers, and other fun merchandise!

After you’ve taken a stab at this game, new Coyote Club members can expect:

  • Monthly mailings and Free Play offers
  • Birthday bonus points
  • Club Anniversary bonus points
  • Complimentary food and lodge rooms
  • Basic cashback for points
  • Various discounts

Earning points is easy. All you have to do is play your favorite games each visit, and they’ll award you points based on a variety of factors which include the number of credits used to play, the length of play, the amount wagered, or your buy-in amount.

After playing, head over to the Coyote Club desk to redeem your membership points. We recommend redeeming them at the end of each playing day, as points expire after 12 months of inactivity!

Looking for more benefits? Well then grow your membership to Gold and Platinum! Every 6 months, Spirit Mountain Casino reviews accounts and depending on your rate of play and point earning, you have a chance to gain Gold or Platinum membership status.

Gold gets you:

  • All basic member rewards
  • Complimentary concert tickets
  • Slot machine and table game tournament invitations
  • Even bigger discounts
  • Even more cashback for points

With Platinum, you get:

  • All basic and Gold status rewards
  • Themed party invitations
  • Priority registration for the Lodge
  • Priority seating at the Cedar Plank Buffet
  • Credit at PlayWorld
  • EVEN MORE cashback for points
  • Larger discounts at the gift shop
  • Invitations to off-site events
  • Access to the Platinum Lounge and Platinum ONLY kiosk

If you’re playing games at Spirit Mountain Casino, there really is no reason to not sign up for the Coyote Club. It’s quick, easy, and a great addition to your casino gaming.

Sign up today!

 

https://www.spiritmountain.com/

Sounds of Christmas

This year is Guthrie Park’s 31st Annual Sounds of Christmas program. Guthrie Park is a 501-c non-profit organization dedicated as a meeting and gathering place for the community. Their purpose is to promote Cultural events such as music, art, and dancing. Finances are generated through public donations and rental fees paid for the use of Guthrie. There are no paid employees under this organization. Besides the board of directors several people, who refer to themselves as “Friends of Guthrie”, volunteer their time and talents to assist and care for Guthrie Parks’ needs.

The 31st Annual Sounds of Christmas program is a benefit to raise funds for the maintenance and operation of Guthrie Park Community Center. It is also meant as a way for the community to gather and share in an old fashioned Christmas celebration. Just as was done over 100 years ago when Guthrie was a community school.

All events at Guthrie Park are family friendly! Alcohol and controlled substances are strictly prohibited.

Musicians will be performing Holiday music live! Artists such as Once Blind, Sarah & Jason, and Cash & Company.

There will also be prizes raffled off to the audience. Tickets cost $1 and $5 each. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and operation of Guthrie Park. Tickets will be sold only at the show, and you must be present in order to win. There are a wide selection of items to win such as; gift cards, toys, tools, jewelry, Holiday treats, treasures and much more! This is a great opportunity to treat yourself, or regift for a loved one.

Santa Claus will also be there after the show to visit with the children. A Sing-A-Long of Christmas songs and music jam after the show with words provided! Dress casually or dress up in your favorite Holiday Attire! Refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring and share your favorite Holiday treat. Seating is limited and doors open at 5:45 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Please check the interactive calendar for any updates as to detail on the event or changes to the events schedules.

For more information go to www.guthriepark.org, 503-623-0809, or guthriepark@gmail.com.

Dallas Downtown Association

Dallas Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome our new member, Dallas Downtown Association!

The Dallas Downtown Association, or DDA, exists to foster a vibrant downtown at the heart of our city. With beautiful buildings, safe and clean streets, and engaged business owners, Dallas has all the ingredients needed for thriving downtown district.

The Dallas Downtown Association works toward a revitalized downtown by sponsoring enhancements to the physical appearance of downtown such as murals reflecting Dallas history and the restored Blue Garden sign. Dallas Downtown Association also contributes with cleanup and landscape work on the downtown streetscape, and producing or contributing to special events designed to raise awareness and attract visitors to our historic downtown district.

The mission of the Dallas Downtown Association is to encourage and inspire the arts, restoration, economic vitality and community spirit in the historic downtown district.

The Dallas Downtown Association invites you to reflect on the importance of a vital, healthy downtown district. Our downtown was in the past and can be again the heart of our community. The benefits of revitalizing downtown Dallas are exciting to contemplate.

As the traditional symbol of our community, the downtown district not only expresses our history but also speaks to our potential. As the central core of Dallas, our downtown should welcome and nurture retail businesses and help reinvest revenue from those businesses back into our community.

Increasing the availability of goods and services downtown will in turn attract visitors and increase foot traffic, giving citizens and visitors a shared place to congregate. The creation and retention of new jobs in downtown Dallas will reflect positively on our community’s image and give a boost to property values as well.

The Dallas Downtown Association is a key player in promoting a vital, active downtown in Dallas. Being a DDA member offers numerous benefits. This includes a powerful voice in Dallas’ downtown revitalization, and downtown networking opportunities. Marketing opportunities through Dallas Downtown Association social medial exposure. You receive first access to DDA events, sponsorship opportunities, and participation in promotions. They encourage members to participate in planning specific to downtown projects, with opportunities to attend Oregon Main Street training events and workshops at a free or reduced rate.

They welcome anyone who shares their passion to renew and re-energize downtown Dallas!

 

https://dallasdowntownassociation.org/

Take A Hike Day

“It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains, deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17th. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
Events around the country are scheduled tomorrow to celebrate Take A Hike Day. Hiking can burn between 400 and 550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those ‘other’ holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day? Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!

We in Dallas are lucky enough to live minutes away from the beautiful Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. With over four trails to choose from you can select the trail best fits you. The Highway 22 wildlife viewing kiosk is a great place to stop to view the hundreds of migrating waterfowl that use the wetlands of Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Canada geese, cinnamon teal, mallards, bufflehead and hooded mergansers are just a few of the species that you will see during the winter months. Look for great blue herons and shorebirds along the water’s edge. Bald eagles and red-tailed hawks can be seen flying over the refuge.

Take a Hike Day was established by the American Hiking society to encourage groups of families and friends to get out into the wild and really get a taste of what it means to be away from it all again. Hiking is something that really helps to rebuild our connection with nature, and helps to maintain healthy hearts and bodies as well.

Hiking should not be an affair that one rushes through, nor should one idle their way through the journey, instead on should listen to their heart and body, and when restlessness strikes head out for the distant hills, and when weariness sets in let the body rest and take in the environment.

Take A Hike Day reminds us that we are creatures of the wild as well as creatures of civilization, and sometimes it does our wild heart good to be taken home again and get out into the wild.

 

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Baskett_Slough/Visit/Trail_Descriptions.html

The Inspiring Story of Independence Grill and Bar & Shop Small Saturday

Novembers Chamber Luncheon is a unique and exciting one. Gregg Peterson from Independence Grill and Bar will be discussing his journey to business man. Downtown Dallas Association as well as the  Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be launching this years Shop Small Saturday.

Independence Bar and Grill is the product of a boys dream from the early age of nine years old. With Gods blessing this dream came true in December of 1998. Independence Grill and Bar is not only a childhood dram, but also a lifelong passion. They are committed to serving their customers and community by providing excellent food at great prices.

“This place is amazing! You can tell the staff all work well together. Food is always perfect. I love how the owner takes time out of his busy schedule to walk out front and ask his customers how the service is and if they are enjoying themselves. This place has become one of our family’s favorite place to eat.” – Rhonda

Their mission is to provide great food, provide great service to their customers, and to be of service to their community.

Shop Small Saturday is a shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. It is a counterpart to Black Friday, and Cyber Monday which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores. By contrast, Shop Small Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Help attract customers on Shop Small Saturday and show off your Shop Small pride with posters, email templates, and social posts. They’re free, easy, and available now! Reach out to local small businesses in our community and encourage them to join us this chamber luncheon to pick up their Shop Small Saturday products!

So come down to Dallas Retirement Village to spend an hour with Gregg Peterson, learning how through struggles and obstacles Independence Grill and Bar came to be. We all face challenges in every stage of owning and operating a business. Learn some of the signs that one is approaching, and get suggestions on how to avoid them.   Then join us in the Chapel as we kick of Shop Small Saturday, pick up your goodie bags for shopping, or your merchandise for your business!