BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Bethlehem Inn announces the promotion of Liz Clemens, LCSW and Tara Feurtado to administrators. Both have been with the organization since 2011, although Clemens started in 2010 as an AmeriCorps volunteer.
Clemens earned her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and is now a licensed social worker. She earned these degrees while working full-time at the hostel. Clemens received his undergraduate degree in social work from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana. She has served on CO-OATH (Central Oregon’s – Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans 2014 – 2016) and was Co-Chair of the FAN (Family Access Network) Steering Committee. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Homeless Leadership Coalition, is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and sits on the advisory board of Fair Housing.
Feurtado received his master’s degree from Portland State University in 2006 with a certificate in curriculum and teaching and a specialization in early childhood development and education. She received her BA from Portland State University in 2002 majoring in Child and Family Studies with a major in Family Support and Advocacy. Feurtado served as secretary of the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) from 2017 to 2018. She also served on the Bend International School Board of Trustees for two years. Currently, she chairs the Regional Shelter Committee of the Homeless Leadership Coalition and was selected to serve on the City of Bend’s Emergency Homelessness Task Force (EHTF).
The Families First and Next Steps programs provide programmatic direction for the hostel, through a trauma-informed lens. As Co-Directors, Clemens and Feurtado implement policies, manage operational staff and oversee Resident Services staff through collaboration with our more than 70 partner agencies. An important aspect of these roles includes monitoring program effectiveness through relevant metrics and regular reporting. Program co-directors work to guide communications with allied community organizations, a multitude of organizations and the general public.
Gwenn Wysling, Executive Director, says, “The hostel is honored to have two such dedicated people sharing their experiences and their hope in our community. »
The Bethlehem Inn board also announced Friday that Linda Jackson-Shaw and Linda Levinson have been elected to its board.
Linda Jackson-Shaw has a passion and empathy for homelessness and hunger that stems from her personal experience. Although she no longer faces homelessness, she still has a passion for helping others. Serving on the Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors gives him the opportunity to work with a team of like-minded people who reach out and help those in need. She also helps families find resources and support for loved ones struggling with mental health issues.
Linda Levinson is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) with many years of experience in the administration and practical organization of multidisciplinary mental health and addictions programs. She advocated for the mentally ill by working with families to help them find resources. Linda’s volunteer experience includes Special Olympics, Aid Support Group, Startups, Well in the Desert, PIT Homeless Count (Palm Springs) and is currently a member of Redmond Rotary and of its Homelessness Task Force Committee.
With shelters in Bend and Redmond, Bethlehem Inn is the largest emergency shelter in central Oregon; providing accommodation, food and case management services to over 1,100 adults and children each year. To learn more about Bethlehem Inn, please visit www.bethleheminn.org. Follow the organization on Facebook at Bethlehem Inn Central Oregon or on Instagram. Donations can be mailed to: Bethlehem Inn, PO Box 8540, Bend, OR 97708.