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DHS Services is Moving to New Location

The following DHS services are moving: child welfare, self-sufficiency and vocational rehabilitation

Coos County DHS Programs: Child Welfare, Self-Sufficiency and Vocational Rehabilitation will be moving the weekend of February 9th thru the 12th. DHS Self-Sufficiency and Vocational Rehabilitation, located at the Newmark Center, will close at 11am and Child Welfare, located on Sheridan Ave. in North Bend, will close at 11:30am on Friday, February 9th. All DHS programs will re-open at their new location, 1431 Airport Ln. North Bend, OR on Monday, February 12th at 1pm.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Gloria Clark at 541-888-7141 or email at

Teddy Bear Toss

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Sotuthwestern Oregon Community College Prosper Hall Gym, during the Southwestern Lakers vs. Chemeketa Storm game.

Bring a new bear or stuffed animal to toss onto the court at half time and admission is free! Stuffed animals will be donated to Bay Area Hospital’s pediatric patients and the Kids’ HOPE Center, the Child Abuse Intervention Center for Coos County.

MOMS Program at Bay Area Hospital

Preparing for Parenthood? Check out available classes to help you expect the unexpected. Classes vary from Newborn Basics, Infant CPR/First Aid, Breast Feeding, Labor Education and more. Registration required for all classes. Please call 541-269-8258 for details.

Infant Safety and CPR: Monday, February 19, 6-8pm This class covers various safety topics for infants through one year old, including car seats, pets, child proofing, avoiding germs & SIDS. Also covers infant CPR.

Newborn Care Basics: Tuesday, February 20, 6-8pm All the basics of baby care will be presented by our experienced Nursery Nurses.

Having Difficulty Affording Prescription Eye Glasses?  New Eyes for the Needy

New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses for low-income individuals in the U.S. through a voucher program. To be eligible for our program, applicants must:

Meet household requirements for low-income.

Have had a recent eye exam with a pupillary distance measurement. New Eyes does not pay for eye exams. Contact Us if you need assistance in locating a source of free or low-cost eye exams.

Have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses, including federal or state programs or assistance from local charitable organizations.

A New Eyes voucher provides a basic pair of single or lined bifocal eyeglasses.

Individuals cannot apply for themselves. The online application is only accessible to social service agencies who apply on their clients behalf.

OHP/WOAH clients: Contact Lovena Flaherty at 541-269-7400

 North Bend Medical Center clients: Contact your provider.

Trauma Recovery Support Group (TREM)

 Hosted By the SAFE Project

TREM stands for Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model and is a trauma-education support group focused on overcoming the effects of physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma that clients have experienced in their lives. Classes include questions and exercises designed to help clients build skills for healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives. All course content, records of those attending, etc. is 100% confidential.

TREM is a 24 week support group. Clients can join the current group schedule up to week 4, if they are joining after week 4 they will need to wait for the next available group.

TREM currently offers the following Weekly times Available Until May 16, 2018:

Tuesday Morning: 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday Afternoon: 1:-00-2:00pm

Thursday Evening: 5:30-6:30pm

TREM is offered to all clients free of charge. If you have questions about the curriculum or any other concerns please contact one of the support group facilitators listed below:

Amber Van Meel—Court Advocate
541-888-1048 ext. 105;

Rachael Espy—Executive Director
541-888-1048 ext. 104;

Stephanie Reyes—Sexual Assault Advocate
541-888-1048 ext. 102;

For more detailed information on support group schedule, times, etc. Please contact our agency at 541-756-7000.

Darkness To Light’s:  Stewards Of Children

4th Tuesday of every month, 5:30–8pm and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10am– 1pm, at the Kids’ HOPE Center, 1925 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay

Space limited to 25, Registration required, Call 541-269-4196

Overview of how to identify, minimize opportunity, recognize the signs, and react responsibly to suspicions of child sexual abuse. Training is recommended for anyone who has, works with, or knows children. Training not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age.

Nurses, Social Workers, Teachers and Daycare Workers receive 2 hrs. of Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for completion of training.

Safe Disposal Of Sharps Container

Please do not put sharps into your regular garbage or attempt to empty the needles out, as this is very unsafe. Also, there may be a fine for any sharps found in regular household trash.

You can purchase a biohazard sharps container at the locations listed and other pharmacies in the community. When the container is full, dispose of the sharps container at the designated disposal sites listed on this page.



Official biohazard containers only. Availability & prices are subject to change.

Disposal Site • Address • Disposal Fee

Bay Area Hospital • Coos Bay • No program

Coos Bay Sanitary Services 541-267-6675 • 60648 Hwy 101 Coos Bay • No Program

Coquille Valley Hospital 541-396-3101 • 940 E 5th Coquille • $5.00 disposal fee and receive a new container

Curry General Hospital 541-247-6621 • 94220 4th St. Gold Beach • Free disposal in the lab

Curry Transfer & Recycling 541-469-2425 • 17498 Carpenterville Rd. Brookings • $25.95 for disposal and new container

Fred Meyer 541-269-4033 • 1020 S. 1st Coos Bay • $3.00 to $5.00 for disposal fee and $5.00 to $10.00 for new container

Lower Umpqua Hospital • 541-271-2171 • 600 Ranch Rd. Reedsport • No program

North Bend Sanitation  (Les’ Sanitary Service) 541-756-5211 • 3432 Cedar St. North Bend • $10.00 for disposal and $15.00 for a 2 gallon new container

Semperts Rexall Drug Store 541-572-5010 • 735 Spruce St. Myrtle Point • Free disposal, may buy a container

Southern Coos Hospital 541-347-2426 • 900 11th St. SE Bandon •$5.00 disposal fee and receive a new container

Volunteer to Help Families!

South Coast Family Harbor needs your help! We are in need of volunteers for our program. If you like to work with children we have a place for you.  We can also use help with answering phones, fund raising, washing donations and sorting them. We also need Board Members. If you can’t volunteer maybe you can help with a donation to the baby closet.  We are in need of diapers and pull ups size 4-6  and wipes.  We take gently used items so if you are looking for a place to donate your items we would love to have them. We take just about anything that a baby or child under 5 might use.

Call 541-982-3090 or visit the website at

Help is Available

If you or a friend are struggling with depression, feeling hopeless, or having thoughts of harming yourself please reach out to those around you and ask for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Coos Health & Wellness Crisis Line are available 24/7 for free, confidential support for people in distress; call:

 Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 • Crisis Line 541-751-2550

Also, if you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has support for those who have lost someone to suicide:

FREE Fitness Classes

FREE YOGA CLASS - Every Monday, 11am-12pm at the Holly Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 Sixteenth Street, North Bend. You do not have to be a member of the church to attend.
A gentle exercise class that can help you relax and tone your body, strengthen and improve balance and posture.
Every Monday & Thursday, 10am-11am. Classes are held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. For more information, call Kim Anderson at 541-541-756-1038.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes. A series of classes for people with limited motion. Gentle/low-impact sitting and standing exercises done.
Every Tuesday from 4-5pm. at the Bandon Barn Senior Center, 1200 W 11th St. SW,  Bandon. For more information contact Southern Coos Community Health, Mary Kemp 541-347-1601 or Leticia Hellman 541-347-4515.
Want to add a little variety to your usual exercise routine? Join us the 1st Friday of each month at the South Slough Reserve for our new Fit Friday Hike program. A guide will take you through 2-4 miles of easy to moderate hiking along the trails of the Reserve. YOU MUST CALL 541-888-5558 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.

FREE classes and practice that strengthens breathing ability, and lessens snoring and sleep apnea.
Every 2nd Thursday of the  month. 4:00-4:30pm. Meetings are held at 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. Didgeridoo Club. Call 541-267-5221 for more information.

4th Wednesday of every month in Conference Room C of Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. This group meets monthly to provide support, education, and socialization to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or other chronic lung disease and to their family members and caregivers. For more information or to become a member of the group, call 541-902-6300 ext. 5635

Blood sugar screening is available each month. You should be screened if you: have a family history of diabetes, are over 45, are overweight, are inactive, have high blood pressure, have elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels, OR have a history of high blood sugar. For an accurate screening, you must fast for at least 6 hours before the test (including no coffee or tea) OR arrive approximately two hours after the start of breakfast.
Screening is available every 4th Thursday except November & sometimes December (usually, 1 week early).

Monthly classes have different topics, are designed to help persons with diabetes to better understand and manage their diabetes. Find out what’s new or changed in diabetes care.
Every 1st Tuesday from 12pm-1:30pm. Classes are held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
Mingus Park, 3:45–4:45 pm. (Intro’s/meet at 3:30–3:45pm). Meet the first Tuesday of every month at the covered shelter (base of driveway by pool & stage). Anyone whose life is impacted by type 1 diabetes. We welcome family, friends, children and your pets too. For more information call 541-756-9054.
The continued support you need to balance good diabetes self-care. Share concerns, frustrations, and information.
Held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month. Call 541-756-4387 for more info.
This informal gathering provides a forum for you to share your experiences, concerns and frustrations with fellow diabetics as well as supportive individuals from the community. Every 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM. Coquille Christian Community Church, 625 E. 10th St., Coquille. To learn more, call 541-396-3101 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

COOS BAY - Drop-in on Thursdays from 9am-11:00am to have your blood pressure checked for free. Bay Area Hospital, 1st floor new lobby. 
BANDON - FREE Blood Pressure Clinic at the Bandon Barn, occurs every Tuesday at 10:30am-12:30pm every month. This free screening is provided by the Southern Coos Health District. For more information call 541-347-2426.

Whether you are fighting a disease like cancer, dealing with anxiety, grief, or addiction there is help for you with supportive groups in our community. Each group has a contact number to call if you have questions or need more info.
CANCER TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP - For those who have or have had cancer in their lives. Every Monday from 9am-11am. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. For more information or if you have any questions please call 541-269-2986.
DEPRESSION & ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUPGroup support for those living with extreme anxiety, panic, and depression. Every Monday, 12:30-1:30pm. Groups are held at the Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire. Call 541-888-3202 for more information.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) FAMILY TO FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP - This group is to support family & friends who have a loved one with some form of a mental illness. Every Wednesday, 3pm-5pm, at the Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire. Call 541-888-3202 for more information.
AL-ANON & ALATEENAl-Anon is a support group for friends and families of problem drinkers. If you or someone you know is affected please attend the Al-Anon meetings.
        North Bend - Every Friday at 7:30-8:30pm at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
        Every Friday at noon in the back room of the North Bend Alano Club, located at 1836 Union Street in North Bend.
        Coos Bay - 24-Hour Help/Info 541-267-0273.
        Brookings - Monday-Saturday 7-8pm at St. Timothy's Episcopal Chirch, 401 Fir St. Call 541-299-5202 for details.
ALZHEIMER’S/ DEMENTIA EDUCATION and SUPPORT GROUP - Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. Come share & learn. Program offers speakers & support. For more information call 541-290-7508.
BARIATRIC SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP - For Bariatrics education and support groups, please call Bay Bariatrics at 541-267-5151 ext 1526. Meets Every 2nd Tuesday, from 7pm-8pm at the North Bend Medical Center.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP - Come Learn & share with others living with Parkinson’s. Caregivers and family are welcome. 2nd Mondays of the month, 2-3pm at Baycrest Village, 3959 Sheridan Ave., North Bend. For more information call 1-850-207-1469.
COOS BAY STROKE CLUB - This group offers speakers & support for patients, family & friends to assist in living with the challenges of stroke. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4:30pm. Groups are held at 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. Call 541-297-5221 for more information.

South Coast Hospice is a non-profit organization. There is no charge for our groups but donations are always greatly appreciated! Groups are held at our Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay
Cancer Treatment Support Group - For those who have or have had cancer in their lives. Every Monday from 9am-11am.
Thursday Night Grief Support Group - 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986
S.O.U.L Sudden Or Unexpected Loss - Grief Support Group 1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986.
S.O.S. Survivors of Suicide - Grief Support Group  - For those who have lost a loved one due to suicide. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 4:30-6pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986.
Compassionate Friends Support GroupFor family and friends grieving the death of a child. 1st Monday of the month 6pm to 7:30pm. Contact Pam at 541-266-0282

Reedsport Grief Support Group - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 10:30-Noon. Family Resource Center, 5, St. Johns Way, Reedsport. Contact Mary at 541-269-2986.
Bandon Grief Support Group - 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:30am-Noon Southern Coos Hospital Conference Room. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986.
Coquille Grief Support Group - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3:00pm. St. James Episcopal Church 210 E 3rd St. Coquille Contact John at 541-269-2986.

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