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United Homecare Services Receives 2018 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award

United Homecare Services has received the 2018 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care. United Homecare is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide outstanding care.

“We want to congratulate United Homecare on receiving the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award,” says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “Since this award is based on client feedback, it demonstrates their dedication to providing the highest quality of care with a focus on client satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize UHS’s dedication to quality professionalism and expertise in home care.”

Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice award-winning providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients by conducting live phone interviews with their clients each month. Because Home Care Pulse is a third-party company, it is able to collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“Winning awards wouldn’t be possible without our amazing team of caregivers and office staff”, says Jeff Menzel, Director of United Homecare Services. “We thrive on meeting the needs of caregivers who in turn take great care of clients.  It’s very rewarding work.”

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to deliver the best home care possible,” says Aaron Marcum. “We are happy to recognize United Homecare as a Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice and to celebrate their accomplishments as a trusted home care provider.”

To find out more about United Homecare’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call the local office in Coos Bay at (541) 267-7411.

Annual Free Dental Day In North Bend

The Doctors and team at Above Dental will host their third annual Free Dental Day on Friday, August 10th, 2018. Registration starts at 7:30am and they will start treating the first patients at 8am. The first 100 patients are guaranteed to receive treatment on a first come, first served basis. They will continue to treat patients until 5pm and their goal is to treat over 125 patients that day.

Above Dental is located at 2070 Virginia Avenue in North Bend. Questions? Call (541) 756-1576

Healthy Business Stands the Test of Time

Bailey’s Health Food Center, established by Ruth and Dave Bailey, has a 40 year history. When they retired in 2015, Karen Hladky, who has worked there since 2006, together with husband Frank, bought the store.

Customers at Bailey’s are like friends. If we don’t have it, we happily do special orders. Been away for a while? Stop by and savor the familiar smells of youth!

The staff at Bailey’s are dedicated, well-trained, and knowledgeable and care about customers. Many of the staff have been at Bailey’s for more than a decade, with the longest serving 24 years.

Our produce is always certified organic. We spend a great deal of time preparing it before it hits the stand. Check our prices! Similar or less than the competitions’, and so alive and fresh!

Our new addition is the deli. Karen loves to cook and many of the soups are her own family favorites. You’ll also find a variety of organic salads, wraps, and juices. It’s the kind of food you’d expect from a health food store.

Come and visit Bailey’s and see why our customers have honored us as “Best Health Food Store” on the south coast for eight years.

Hiking Group Has Two Destinations

The South Coast Striders hiking group will visit two short trail systems at New River and Port Orford Heads this Sunday, Aug. 12. The New River area has about t 2 ½ miles of gravel and sand trails, and the group will also visit the Nature Center. They’ll follow up with a visit to Port Orford Heads State Park, where there’s another couple of miles of easy trails. Hikers can also visit the Port Orford Heads Museum. Hikers should meet at 10 a.m. at the New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern, which is located off Croft Ln. about 11 miles south of Bandon. Get details at

Local Families & Children Need Your Support

South Coast Family Harbor is a Relief Nursery.  We work with at risk families. Our program is designed to build stronger, healthy families and keep families intact, avoiding foster care. We operate a therapeutic preschool as part of our program and we have openings for our fall classes starting on August 28th. Our program includes monthly home visits, as we serve the entire family not just the child.  Eligibility is based on the number of risk factors the family has.   Our program has a 98.5% success rate of keeping families intact and is entirely free.

We also offer parenting classes, respite care and an emergency food cupboard for our families.  We also house The Soroptomist Community Baby Toddler Closet where anyone can access gently used clothing items, baby hygiene products and diapers.   The closet is stocked entirely on donations from the Soroptomists, and community donations.  Jordan Cove and Pacific Power and Light both recently granted us funds to ensure that we have the ability to keep diapers and wipes stocked.  We always welcome donations to the closet of any baby items. New, used or handmade.  We love strollers, cribs and basinettes. 

To donate items stop by the South Coast Family Harbor, located at 250 Hull St, in Coos Bay. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

You Can Make A Difference - Every Child Needs You!

Did you know that we are facing a severe crisis in Coos County that is affecting our most vulnerable children? On any given day, there are around 250 children in the foster care system and there are not enough homes to care for them. What if there was a way for you to make a real difference in the lives of those who need it the most?

The owners of 7 Devils Brewing Company have heard about the need and are responding in a unique way - partnering with an initiative called Every Child Coos County and adopting a foster family as a staff. Each month, the 7 Devils crew will be providing meals and gentle care & support to a local foster mom as she cares for many children in her home. This initiative by Every Child Coos County is one of a variety of ways that business, churches, civic groups and caring community members can rally together to find a safe and healthy home for every child.

Every child needs you. Join the movement by visiting

Earn & Learn In New Medical Apprenticeship Program

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (SOWIB) is pleased to partner with local healthcare employers and Southwestern Oregon Community College to launch the first Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program in the state of Oregon.  This unique “earn and learn” model includes paid on-the-job training (2000 hours or roughly one year of full time work) coupled with related instruction (156 hours, mostly on-line and after hours).  The Oregon State Apprenticeship & Training Council approved the program in April of 2018, offering an additional avenue for workers to become trained and eligible to sit for national certification.  This nationally-recognized credential is portable, and can be used anywhere in the United States to qualify for Medical Assistant openings.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, “Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.  Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.”  Currently there are five training sites registered within Coos County, with plans to expand to Curry and Douglas Counties in the next year.

To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must be 18 years or older, and have a high school diploma, GED, or certificate of high school equivalency.  Employers require that applicants pass a pre-employment drug screening, undergo a criminal background check, and are also subject to other employer related policies specific to each training site.  For more information please contact: Alane Jennings, Apprenticeship Coordinator; ; 541-888-1612.

Lions Launch New Assistance Clinic

The Coos Bay Lions Club Sight Program is changing the way we accept applications. Before we were depending on our club members to get us names and telephone numbers, then we would mail out applications and certificates. This whole process could take 6 weeks or more.

We will now be hosting a Sight Clinic on the 4th Saturday of every month at the Coos Bay Library from 1pm to 4pm. At this clinic we will be processing applications and giving certificates on site.

Anyone seeking our assistance with eye exams and glasses will need to come in person and bring proof of income, proof of residency and a picture ID. For emergency situations (ie. glasses broken but needed for work or school) we can expedite the process over the phone.

If you have any questions you can reach the Lions club by phone or e-mail: 541-252-9930, Or you can contact Laura Goode, sight chairman, at 541-297-6336


Bandon Farmer’s Market: Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Old Town Bandon.

Coos Bay Farmers Market: Wednesdays on Central Ave. from 9am-2pm.

Coquille Food Bank:The Coquille Food Bank is located at Holy Name Catholic Church and is open Mondays and Fridays from 2pm-4pm. If you are living in the Coquille area (zip code 97423) and require emergency food please drop in and we will provide 3 meals for 3 days to help you through the month. Any questions please call 541-396-1603.

Coos Bay Lions Club Sight Clinic: Every 4th Saturday of the month at the Coos Bay Public Library, 1pm-4pm. Eye Exams and Glasses for low income applicants; bring proof of income, residency and a picture I.D. 541-252-9930, or 541-297-6336. Email

Community Meal: Weekly Community Meal at Harmony United Methodist Church, Saturdays, 11am-1pm, 123 Ocean Blvd SE, Coos Bay. Free or chosen donation. 541-267-4410.

Diabetes Resources & Donations: Community members needing assistance with diabetes supplies or medications, or have diabetes supplies or medications to donate (we can’t accept used glucometers or lancets), or to be involved in the South Coast Diabetes Association group; please call 541-756-9054 and leave a message.

Free Lunch & Learn: Lower Umpqua Hospital, 600 Ranch Rd., Reedsport. Come join us for a free lunch and learn about health and wellness issues.  A light lunch will be served in the large conference room, lower level of the hospital. Doctor Richard Jany will discuss hand, wrist and elbow pain. 541-271-2171.

For YOUTH By YOUTH  Coalition Meeting: The For Youth By Youth (FYBY) Coalition is an opportunity for youth in Coos County to have their voice heard, empower their ideas, and make change for the better. Young adults ages 14 to 25 years old are invited to come to our coalition meetings the 2nd Monday of every Month at 6:00 pm at the Coos Drop located in North Bend.There is FREE food and fun! The Coos Drop, 1960 Sherman Ave, North Bend

Gold Beach Farmers & Makers Market: Saturdays 10am-2pm on Hwy 101.

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: 1. Meet household requirements for low-income. 2. 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. 3. 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.

Help for Homeless Veterans:  1st Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday July 3, 2018, from 1pm-3pm at the Project Blessing Food Pantry, 150 S. 20th St, Reedsport. First Tuesday of every month. Douglas County HUD-VASH and UCAN representatives will be on site to provide assistance to all homeless veterans.

Langlois Hotel Sunday Market: Farmer’s Market, Sundays 10am-2pm, May through October. Floras Creek Coffee Co. 48384 Hwy 101.

North Bend Senior Center: Activities weekly include: bingo, tai chi, ukulele classes, bunco, pinochle, line dancing, zumbo. Come for lunch M-F at 11:30am-12:30pm. Annual membership oonly $15/year. 1470 Airport Ln, 541-756-7622,

Saturday Market in Brookings: Hand crafted items, produce, beer, live entertainment and food is now at the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor on Saturdays from 10am-4pm, starting June 2nd through October 13th (except during festivals). For more info go online to or check search for ‘Saturday Market at the Port of Brookings Harbor’ on Facebook.

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

Exercise • Outdoor Recreation

Arm Chair Yoga Class: Mondays, 10am-11am at the Holly Redeemer Catholic Church, 2250 Sixteenth Street, North Bend. You don’t have to be a member of the church to attend. 541-756-0633.

Body Awareness Class: by Kim Lieurance. Mondays and Thursdays at 10am-11am. 541-756-1038. Gentle exercises focusing on breath, balance and posture. Community Health & Education Center (CHEC), 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

Chair Yoga Classes: Thursdays, 10am-11am at Evergreen Court Exercise Room: 451 O’Connell, North Bend. 541-756-4466.

Chair & Mat Yoga by Dorothy Tharsing: Please note there is no classes on third week. “Love offering” or donations accepted. Sundays at Oceanway Center in Gold Beach: 1:30pm Mat, 3pm Chair. Mondays at Maple School in Myrtle Point: 10am Chair, 11am Mat. Tuesdays  at Bandon Fitness Center: 8am Mat. Wednesday at Unity of Bandon: 8:30am Mat, 9:45 Chair. Thursdays at Bandon Fitness Center: 8am Mat. Thursdays at Maple School in Myrtle Point: 10:30am Chair, 11:30 Mat.  Contact:

Circles in the Sand: Circles in the Sand is dedicated to the path of the labyrinth as a means of meditation, transformation and healing. Face Rock viewpoint, Bandon. Draw starts about 2 hours before walk time. Dates and walk times listed on line at

Line Dancing Lessons: Mondays 9am-10am, Free, North Bend Senior Center, 1470 Airport Ln, 541-756-7622.

Out Our Back Door: Explore the great outdoors on the South Coast. Featured weekly in the South Coast Shopper by Author Tom Baake. Look for this week’s article here.

South Coast Striders:  June 16, 10am Eel Lake--Meet at Day Use Area in Lakeside. June 30, 7:30am Kentucky Falls--Meet at Dunes Information Ctr in Reedsport. July 8, 10am Blacklock Point/Floras Lake --Meet at Boice-Cope County Park in Langlois. Visit website for details on length of walk & preparation info.

Tai Chi for Better Balance:  A 12-week class available in Coos Bay, North Bend, Lakeside, Coquille, Bandon, Myrtle Point, Powers & Gold Beach. For more information & registration call Melissa,1-850-207-1469.

Education • Classes Workshops

Alzheimer’s Education Program: If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts.  This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. Lower Umpqua Senior Center, 460 Winchester Avenue, Reedsport. Please register by calling 1-800-272-3900 

Caregiver Classes: Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help unpaid caregivers take care of themselves while caring for an older relative or friend. Free six-week series, 90 minutes long. Afternoon or evening classes available. Registration is required. Contact Char 541-297-9256 or

Chronic Pain Solutions: Learn proven methods of pain relief other than pain pills. Register online @

Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children: 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. Space is limited and registration is required, call 541-269-4196.

Didgeridoo Club For Better Breathing: Every 2nd Thursday of the  month. 4-4:30pm. FREE classes and practice that strengthens breathing ability, and lessens snoring and sleep apnea. 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. 541-267-5221.

Stop Tobacco: Instruction & support can help you quit for good. Free four-class series.  Call WOAH Customer Service 541-269-7400 for more info.

Train Your Brain: Do you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, stress, or depression? Learn cognitive behavioral techniques and the “mindfulness” approach. 1st four Tuesdays, every other month: Jan, May and Sept, 2-4 pm; March, July and Nov, 6-8pm. Space is limited, Register online @ 541-269-8076.


MOMS Program: Learn all the basics of becoming a mother. Labor Education, Breastfeeding, Infant Safety/CPR, and Newborn Care Basics. Bay Area Hospital. Register online: 541-269-8258.


Blood Pressure Screening: Thursdays 9am-11:30am. Free. Bay Area Hospital, 1st floor new lobby.

Blood Pressure Clinics in Reedsport: Contact Sylvia 541-271-2119.

Diabetes Screening: Every 4th Thursday 9am-10am. 6–8 hour fasting required including no coffee or tea, or 2 hours after the start of breakfast. 541-269-8076.

Support Groups

Al-Anon & Alateen: Al-Anon is a support group for friends and families of problem drinkers. Fridays at 7:30-8:30pm at the Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Education & Support Group: Caregivers only. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm. Community Health & Education Center, 3950 Sherman Ave., North Bend. 541-290-7508.

Anxiety & Depression Support Group: Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm. Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay. 541-888-3202.

Better Breathers Club - 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 info call 541-902-6300 ext. 5635

Cancer Treatment Support Group: For those who have, or have had cancer & those who care for them. Mondays, 9-11am, Counseling & Bereavement Education Center, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay. 541-269-2986.

Compassionate Friends Support Group: For family and friends grieving the death of a child. 1st Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm. Contact Pam at 541-266-0282. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group: 4th Thursday of the Month, 6:30-8pm, Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave. 541-294-3690.

National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Family To Family Support Group: NAMI* is offering a free 12-week program on living with mental illness. Call 541-888-3202 to register, class size is limited. Nancy Devereux Center, 1200 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay/Empire.

Parkinson’s Support Group: 2nd Mondays of the month, 2-3pm at Baycrest Village, 3959 Sheridan Ave., North Bend. 1-850-207-1469.

Bandon Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Southern Coos Hospital Conference Room. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986.

Coquille Grief Support Group: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3pm. Groups are held at the St. James Episcopal Church, 210 E 3rd St. Coquille. Contact John at 541-269-2986.

Reedsport Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 10:30am-12pm. Groups are held at the Family Resource Center, 5 St. Johns Way, Reedsport. Call 541-269-2986 to pre-register.

Stroke Support Group: Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 3:30-4pm. Patients, family & friends welcome. 2085 Inland Dr Suite A, North Bend. 541-297-5221.

S.O.S. Survivors Of Suicide - Grief Support Group: For those who have lost a loved one due to suicide. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:45pm. Contact Mia at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

S.O.U.L Sudden Or Unexpected Loss: Grief Support Group. 1st and 3rd Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm. Contact Toni at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Suicide Help Line - 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

Thursday Night Grief Support Group: 2nd and 4th Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm. Contact Michelle at 541-269-2986. Groups are held at the Community Bereavement & Education Center, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay.

Trauma Recovery Support Group (TREM) 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.

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