5 Questions: David Ochan, Case Manager for LCS Northwest’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI)

David has been a Case Manager with the MAI program since 2013. MAI is a collaboration with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Our partnership helps provide intensive, culturally-specific and appropriate services to refugees and immigrants living with HIV. Q1: Have you always worked with the HIV community? I grew up in Uganda and lived…

America Offers Refuge and Hope to New Asylee

(Editor’s note: We have changed the name of this story’s subject to protect his family.) Hailu never dreamed that his research work in Ethiopia would make him a political target who feared for his life. Five years ago, Hailu would have described his personal life in his native land as good. He was a young…

Santa for Seniors: Bill Looney’s Community Legacy

Bill Looney didn’t want any senior to feel forgotten at Christmas. A man of action, the Tacoma businessman equipped himself with a Santa suit that he would wear to local nursing homes. He brought gifts and made sure residents felt special. The act transformed Looney and inspired him to launch Santa for Seniors through the…

Video: McKenzie’s Life Brightens with A Family Place

Yamhill County, OR – Breaking the generational cycle of substance abuse is tough. For two-year-old McKenzie, her parents’ chemical dependency created huge stress at home. With the help of A Family Place, McKenzie and her family have a brighter future. A Family Place is a stabilization program for at-risk families. The goal is to stop…

Early Stage Memory Zoo Walk at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma

Tacoma Zoo Walk Helps People with Early Stage Memory Loss

Society isn’t set up for people with dementia. The opportunities to socialize and take part in activities are limited. It’s just the opposite of what needs to happen, as research shows that activity and socializing reduces the impact of dementia. That’s where a partnership between LCS Northwest and the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter is…