Gladstone Community Impact Award

on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

Gladstone Community Impact Award
Sometimes all people need is a little nudge to pull together ideas they have been mulling over for a long time. Such was the case when SPN brought together pastors serving in the Gladstone School District with the school Superintendent, area principals, and key members of the administrative staff. The result of that "nudge" helped lead to the launch of a "Community Impact Award," a winning project that is truly changing their community.

In many ways Gladstone is a typical smaller community; there is one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. The pastors of this community have been meeting together for many years, sharing the responsibility to meet the needs of families in the area. But they hadn't been able to coordinate their efforts as well as they desired to when it came to serving in their public schools.

Some of that changed when these same pastors gathered with the Superintendent and his team at the school's District Office one day in 2013. Inspired by what they heard about other groups doing around them, a joint decision was made—literally on the spot—to work together to launch a "Community Clothes Closet." Space was offered by the Superintendent to house this much needed community resource, and a preliminary team was assembled that day to lead the collaborative effort.

To say the results were more than anyone expected would be an understatement. The common goal brought the community together. Led by the faith community, the Clothes Closet was launched that fall and had an immediate impact. In fact, it has become so successful that it was awarded the "Community Impact Award" by Clackamas County. Watch this video to learn more:

We add our congratulations to all those involved in this worthwhile project. We're glad we were able to add a little "nudge" to move things forward.