Polk County News Polk County Itemizer-Observer • January 24, 2018 Homeless Polk Connect provides services By Jolene Guzman Continued from Page A1 He said he’s talked with the city of Dallas and Dallas School District, as LaCreole Middle School is next door, and they’ve been supportive. “What we want to do is work with veterans who either want to get back into the workforce or find permanent housing, and they just don’t know how to do that part,” DeMoe said. “We want to provide drug and alcohol treatment if that is needed.” Marie McCandless, Polk County’s veterans’ service officer, said 13 chronically homeless, 14 “couch surfing,” and 21 “at-risk” veterans have contacted her office since February. She’s been able to help some of them get housing outside the county. “We can get them services, we can get them benefits, and then as soon as they leave our county, they no longer have that support system,” she said. “This facility that we are talking about is going to give them housing where their support system is.” R i t a G ra d y , w i t h Po l k Community Development Corporation, said longer-term plans are in the works for permanent veterans housing in Independence and Dallas. A grant to build one-bedroom units in Independence has been approved, and the Polk CDC board approved buying property in Dallas for veteran’s housing next to the county VSO office. B u t i n t h e m e a n t i m e, DeMoe said the church is an ideal place to locate the shelter because Dallas United Meth- odist Church is the host for weekly James2 Kitchen meals, addiction treatment classes and parenting classes. “If the plan takes root, part of the church would become a day center to serve the veterans with computers, and social ser- vices (organizations) that help veterans would visit the center at the church,” DeMoe said. “Anybody who does something with veterans would be able to come here and help those veterans get on their feet a lot quicker.” Polk County will apply for a one-time Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs grant. While the money can’t be used to buy the shelter building or any other capital expenses, it could help pay for the day center ser- vices, or other services. He said community feed- back is important to help de- sign the shelter and respond to concerns, several of which were expressed Thursday. Neighborhood residents said they were worried about put- ting the shelter so close to a school, as well as property values, and having volunteer training, and on-site supervi- sion, especially at night. Attendees also said that if the shelter opens, managers should offer community mem- bers ways to support it through donations or volunteer oppor- tunities. DeMoe assured those at the meeting Thursday that more information and meetings will follow. “It’s important for not only myself, and the congregation here, but for neighbors to know that we want to hear from you, if you are excited about it or if you have concerns about it,” he said. For more information: Polk County Family & Community Outreach: 503-623-9664, ext. 2118. the spring of 2014, shortly after her children were old enough to attend. “My kids had been a part of the choirs in Dallas and one of the biggest disappointments for my son was that there would be no choir,” Dotson said. “I thought well, I can just try an after-school club and see if there’s an interest.” There was, and the next fall the choir was part of the reg- ular schedule as an elective. Dotson was still a volunteer, which excused her from teach- er certification requirements. “My degree is in English literature, not in music, but I really wanted to provide an opportunity for my kids to feel and experience the joy of sing- ing, and singing in a group,” Dotson said. “My first year was wonderful and exciting. I got a really great pianist to work with me.” See polkio.com for more. Music Continued from Page A1 Dotson said the school has small class sizes and an exchange program that sends students to Japan, but few re- sources to offer extracurricular activities. She started teaching music as an after-school program in A7 The Itemizer-Observer DALLAS — The Polk County Homeless Connect began in 2012 with the idea to both get an accurate count of home- less individuals in the county and to help get them into permanent housing. Soon the event grew to include assistance for those considered “at-risk” of becom- ing homeless. Organizers for the event, which is Wednes- day (today) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Life Center, 1795 SE Miller Ave., are taking it back to its roots: helping the unsheltered homeless. Wednesday’s event will offer medical screenings, information on benefits and housing program, bike repair, camping supplies, showers, pet care, dental care, clothing, haircuts, veteran services and more. Last year, the point-in-time count that coincided with the event tallied 102 sheltered homeless, meaning they’re living in cars or camps. That’s greatly underes- timated, said Jimmy Jones, with Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Commu- nity Resource Program. Jones works with MWVCA’s Arches Project serving the homeless, and presented information about Polk County’s homeless population Thursday at an informational meeting for a proposed veterans’ shelter. He said the number of people living in their cars or camps in Polk County is at least 300, based on the con- tacts he’s made and research he’s done in the last year and half. “Essentially the size of the Polk County homeless pop- ulation is much larger than people have understood in the past,” Jones said. “The nature of the homeless popu- lation is much more desperate than what people have gener- ally realized in the past.” That is why the Dallas Ministerial Association and its numerous partners organizing the connect event wanted to focus on unsheltered home- less people and families. “It’s unlikely a one-day event will end someone’s homeless journey, but it is highly likely that someone takes on hope and makes a connection that will actually follow through,” said Heather Wright, a member of DMA and the pastor of Dallas’ Liv- ing Hope City Church. Transportation is available. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEED- ED: polkconnectvolunteer@ gmail.com or call 971-599- 3845 for more information. Donations of sleeping bags, tents, tarps, flashlights, batter- ies and new underwear and socks are needed. Items can be dropped off at Valley Life Center, 1795 SE Miller Ave., or Ace Hardware in West Salem, 820 Wallace Road NW, Salem. For more information: 503- 623-4116. HEALTH DIRECTORY AUDIOLOGY GENERAL DENTISTRY MASSAGE Trust your hearing to those that specialize in hearing and hearing related disorders. Evan L. Evans, Ph. D, and Julie B. Evans, AuD are both doctoral level Au- diologists who have the knowledge, experience and compassion to provide you with the best care for your hearing health. We offer free hearing screenings; by our hearing aid specialist. We offer full & complete di- agnostic evaluations, counseling and recommenda- tions by our clinical Audiologists. Other Audiological services include testing, management and treatment options for Tinnitus. We have the knowledge and ex- perience to assist your physician with the diagnosis of diseases and disorders pertaining to hearing and the hearing mechanism. We offer wax removal or cerumen management, Tinnitus testing and Tinnitus management techniques. An Audiologist, having the Audiology credentials of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA) and the The American Speech Hearing and Language Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A) is the professional of choice for anything related to hearing and or hearing related issues. Serving our hearing impaired since 1980, with two locations to serve you. Audiology Associates 1343-A Monmouth St., Independence • 503-838-3001 2296 NW Kings Blvd, Corvallis • 541-757-2500 • DALLAS FAMILY DENTAL - Benjamin James DDS, Tom Davis DMD, Les Wheeler DDS. 289 E Ellendale Ave Ste. 204, Dallas. Dallas Family Dental provides general and cosmetic dentistry for children and adults. We are happy to serve as your dental provid- ers, and are accepting new patients. www.dallasfami- lydentaloregon.com • RANDALL C. JONES, DMD - 1004 Monmouth St., Independence, OR 503-838-0434. Offering a broad range of dental services in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. New patients and emergencies wel- come. • WESTON K. MORRILL, DMD - 289 E. Ellendale Suite #201, Dallas. 503-623-6616. Family, preventive, and cosmetic dentistry. Complete dentistry for the entire family. Se habla español. • DR. MICHELLE HASBROOK, DMD - 120 N. At- water, Monmouth, OR 503-838-2998. Providing all phases of dental care for children and adults. We wel- come new patients! • KENNETH WINOKUR, DMD - 329 South Main Street Independence, OR 97351. 503-838-1633. High quality service with your comfort in mind. Ni- trous oxide gas sedation available. www.indepen- dencedental.org • OUT OF GRAVITY MASSAGE - Julianne Klingberg DeForest, LMT - 503.510.2256 - NOW IN INDEPEN- DENCE Enter Stressed, Leave Blessed - Out of Grav- ity Massage offers massage sessions to suit a variety of needs and health concerns. Intuitive and holistic bodywork are blended with extensive and varied edu- cation, creating a caring and knowledgeable environ- ment of healing. Also, with a prescription and a claim number, up to a year’s therapeutic massage sessions will help in your rehabilitation from a motor vehicle accident. Relaxation, well care, geriatric and pediatric massage is available, as well as motor vehicle accident rehabilitation. Infant massage instructional sessions available. Call today for an appointment. 503-510- 2256 OR # 7627/ National #295187-00 CHIROPRACTIC GYNECOLOGY SERVICES • JOYNT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Brian Joynt, DC - 629 Clay Street East, Monmouth, OR 97361 Family-oriented chiropractic clinic, dedicated to creating an unparalleled experience of service, quality and care by teaching the true principles of chiropractic. We look forward to empowering each of you to help your family participate more fully in life. New patients welcome. Accept most insurance. Auto/personal injury and work comp. Massage ther- apist on site. Complimentary consultations. Call us today to make your appointment (503) 837-0550. • THORNTON CHIROPRACTIC - Drs. Sharon and Marty Thornton - Palmer Graduates - We care, God cures. 1650 Monmouth St., Independence, OR 97351 • 503-838-3346. Office hours: Mon, Tues & Fri 8-noon & 2-6 pm; Wed 8 -noon & 2-4 pm; Thurs 2-6 pm. Proudly serving Polk County for over 17 years. Offering Thompson Drop and other hands-on techniques, as well as Advanced Activator Methods and Functional Neurology. We provide gentle and ef- fective full-spine and extremity adjusting for all ages in a loving and caring environment. We are accepting new patients for Family Wellness Care, Medicare, Auto or personal injury & Workers Comp. Licensed Massage Therapy available on site. COUNSELING • CROSS AND CROWN COUNSELING ~ KATE KOENS, NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Coun- selor and Certified Temperament Therapist. Cross and Crown Counseling offers counseling services to individuals, couples and families as well as identity seminars and grief recovery workshops. Our office is located at 1156 SE Holman Ave. Dallas. Some specif- ic areas of counsel are adolescent, premarital, mar- riage, trauma, crisis, grief, depression, anxiety, anger, divorce, and identity crisis. We help our clients find healing, learn communication skills, and appropriate responses to individual and family needs and how to obtain overall health, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We provide a safe and caring environ- ment to face life situations, address interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict and help individuals realize their full potential in order to live decisively with truth, relevance, perspective, and purpose. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (503) 917-1625 or visit our website at www.cros- sandcrowncounseling.com Gynecological care is available in Dallas at the Salem Health West Valley Specialty Clinic. Gynecologist Keita Sakon, MD, specializes in gynecology exams and procedures, including hysteroscopy and laparos- copy, as well as family planning, abnormal Pap eval- uation, treatment of pelvic pain, symptom control for menopause and abnormal periods. Dr. Sakon works in Dallas on Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. seeing patients at the clinic and performing gyneco- logical procedures in the Salem Health West Valley surgical suites. New patients are welcome! Salem Health West Valley Specialty Clinic is located at 591 SE Clay St., Dallas. Call 503-831-0784 for an appoint- ment. Visit salemhealth.org/westvalley. HEARING HEALTH • JOYFUL SOUND HEARING SERVICES, INC. Mark Sturtevant, 312 Main Street, Dallas OR, 503-623-0290. Providing Polk County with hearing solutions for 30 years. Services include: Hearing evaluations, Diag- nosing hearing loss; Impedance; Fitting all types of hearing devices, Servicing all makes and models of hearing aids; Ear inspections; Wax removal; Hearing protection. Hours: Monday - Thursday 9-4pm. (Fri- days by appointment only) ORTHODONTICS • YENNE & SCHOFIELD - SPECIALISTS IN OR- THODONTICS - 580 Main Street, Suite E, Dallas, 503- 623-5002. Providing Polk County with orthodontic care for children and adults for functions and cos- metics. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays. PHYSICAL THERAPY/ REHABILITATION SERVICES • PINNACLE PHYSICAL THERAPY is an orthopedic physical therapy facility committed to getting great results for each patient. We focus on advanced spine care, women’s health issues, sport rehab, vehicle accidents, and work injuries. We offer highly special- ized care including manual therapy, aquatic therapy, specific deep tissue mobilization techniques, Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) techniques and therapeu- tic exercise. We have a warm, caring and friendly staff and accept most private health insurance, auto insurance, and workers’ compensation insurance. We offer both male and female physical therapists. Often no physician referral is needed to start care. Call us today and ask how to get therapy for your condition or talk to your physician to see if physical therapy is right for you. Call us: 503-623-2433. We are conve- niently located at 210 W. Ellendale Avenue Dallas, Oregon 97338; (next to Taco Bell) Check us out on the web: www.pinnacle-physicaltherapy.com • SALEM HEALTH WEST VALLEY offers a wide range of rehabilitation services. Our hospital in Dal- las, located at 525 SE Washington St. in Dallas, offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech ther- apy and aquatic therapy (at Dallas Aquatic Center). 503-623-7305. Our clinic in Monmouth offers phys- ical therapy, occupational therapy and speech ther- apy. Located at 512 Main St. 503-838-1388. Visit www. salemhealth.org/westvalley. IMAGING SERVICES PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS • SALEM HEALTH WEST VALLEY offers state- of-the-art all-digital diagnostic imaging services. With your physician’s referral, we provide bone densitometry, CT scan, fluoroscopy, mammogra- phy, ultrasound, X-ray and MRI services. Check out our comfortable and spacious mammography suite. We are located at 525 SE Washington St., Dallas, 503-623-7302. • DR. CHARLES ESSEX, family medicine, is accept- ing new patients at Salem Health West Valley Medical Clinic, located at 512 Main St., Suite 300, Monmouth, 503-838-1182. With a proactive healthcare approach, Dr. Essex provides care for the entire family and will work with you to build a healthy lifestyle with annual exams, immunizations, lifestyle counseling, sports physicals, skin care, cancer screenings and more. New patients are welcome. • DR. JOHN HADLEY, family medicine, is accepting new patients at the Salem Health West Valley Medical Clinic at 555 SE Washington St., Dallas, 503-623-7301. With a proactive healthcare approach, Dr. Hadley provides offers family medicine for your entire family from newborns to adults with annual exams, immu- nizations, lifestyle counseling, sports physicals, skin care, cancer screenings and more. New patients are welcome. LABORATORY SERVICES • SALEM HEALTH WEST VALLEY provides lab services at two convenient locations in Dallas and Monmouth. Both labs are fully accredited, provid- ing collections and testing with healthcare provider referral. Employment and self-referral drug testing is offered. The West Valley Hospital lab in Dallas is open 24 hours, seven days a week, at 525 SE Washing- ton St., 503-623-7303. The Monmouth lab is located in the Monmouth Medical Center, 512 Main St., Suite 300, 503-838-1388. It is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed between noon and 1 p.m. Ap- pointments are not required. Call the Itemizer-Observer at 503-623-2373 to have your business listed in this directory.