May 26 2016

Renewal Campaign Kicks Off

Get Involved Today!

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Renewal Campaign Kicks Off
We strongly believe that together, we can awaken change in our communities. That's where our Spring Renewal campaign comes in--together we can partner to provide compassionate health care to our most vulnerable neighbors, and we can unite to prevent human trafficking in our own backyard. Truly, together we can do so much. Read on to learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved!
Apr 12 2016

It's Happening In Our Own Backyard

A Conversation With A Local Officer As Adorned In Grace Opens Its New Anti-Trafficking Boutique

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It's Happening In Our Own Backyard

"It couldn't happen to my child or anyone I know, because they're good kids."

If we are to combat human trafficking and exploitation in our community, we also must fight against the myths that numb us to the real scope of the issue. A recent conversation with a Gresham law enforcement officer sheds some much needed light on the local situation, as well as how Adorned In Grace plays a valuable role in anti-trafficking efforts. 

Mar 24 2016

Leadership Spotlight: Shinji Mae

10 Years of Selfless Service

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Leadership Spotlight: Shinji Mae
Behind every successful Compassion Clinic is Shinji Mae, a man who has worked tirelessly and uncomplainingly for ten years to ensure that the right equipment shows up, gets set up, and back in the trailer afterwards. His work may be primarily behind the scenes, but without him the tools that are used to provide dental and medical care to thousands wouldn't be there. Read on to learn more about how Shinji got involved with Compassion Connect and what has kept him here all these years.
Mar 17 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Constant Lu

A Faithful Servant Leader Since Day One

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Volunteer Spotlight: Constant Lu
Did you know that this year is the Ten Year Anniversary of the Compassion Clinic model? In 2006 the very first Compassion Clinic was held in the Rockwood neighborhood, and God has been radically growing the movement of uniting the Church to serve ever since! Dr. Constant Lu served at the Rockwood clinic in '06, and simply put, has never stopped serving. His decade of service is testament to a heart that is humble and passionate. Read on to learn more about Dr. Lu's story--how he got involved with Compassion Clinics, his most memorable moments, and what advice he gives to potential volunteers.
Mar 09 2016

A Story of Hope Comes Full Circle

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A Story of Hope Comes Full Circle
Sometimes the stories we hear at clinics never come to a neat resolution. The people we pray for and interact with on clinic day, we may never see again. That was certainly not the case recently for George Hamilton, longtime Compassion clinic prayer warrior. Read on to read the story of a full-circle moment for George and a woman he prayed for way back in 2011.
Nov 13 2015

A Privileged Intern

Reflections On Interning With Compassion Connect

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A Privileged Intern
"Joining Compassion Connect has expanded my view on the importance of church unity and standing together as Christians for the betterment of the community. I grew up learning about the significance of being part of a church family but the concept of uniting different churches in the surrounding area to serve others was a concept totally new to me. I always knew that serving the community was vital but CC brought it to a greater dimension!"
Oct 08 2015

Banquet 2015

"The Story" of Compassion Connect & You

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Banquet 2015
We've got a great story to tell at our annual banquet this year because it's not just our story--it's yours too! We're celebrating the glorious way God brings our stories into harmony when we work together to serve in Jesus' name, and we want you to join us!
Sep 09 2015

Welcome Lucinda!

Adorned In Grace Introduces New Bridal Shop Manager

Posted in Blog, Abolition Now

Welcome Lucinda!

We are blessed to call the Adorned In Grace Bridal & Formalwear Shop part of our anti-human trafficking model. Proceeds from sales of the gorgeous gowns and accessories are put towards prevention, education, aftercare for survivors, and more. The store does so much good but we knew we had to take it to the next level to continue fighting trafficking and aiding women affected by sexual exploitation. We went searching for the right person to manage the store, and we knew our hunt was over when we met Lucinda.

Aug 25 2015

Joining Our Hands of Hope

Together We Can Help Survivors of Sexual Exploitation Flourish

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Joining Our Hands of Hope

How do you help someone scarred by trauma? How do you step into their life, knowing nothing of the pain they've experienced, and reach so deep as to pluck out a little bit of healing? How do you even begin to relate or offer comfort? If you know someone who has endured a traumatic event, you may have grappled with these questions. At Abolition Now's Hands of Hope mentor training, attendees learned strategies to effectively counsel individuals haunted by the horror of sexual exploitation. 

Aug 24 2015

Why We Do What We Do

A Chat With Compassion Connect Staff

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Why We Do What We Do
Although Compassion Connect staff come from a variety of backgrounds, with roots in the American Midwest to Vietnam, we all have key reasons for being here, for showing up and doing work that is both incredibly encouraging and also difficult at times. And we know you have your own reasons for the important work that you do! Read on to learn more about what motivates us, our favorite Compassion Connect moments, and what we're working towards.
Aug 04 2015

Mini-Clinics with Huge Impacts

Go behind the scenes of the mini-clinic planning

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Mini-Clinics with Huge Impacts

We have some wonderful news to share!

Just as we were hoping it, the new mini-clinics are having a huge impact. It was so much fun seeing all the pieces come together at the Gresham Clinic July 18 and we would love to share the ups and downs of getting there with all of you!

Aug 02 2015

Expanding to a Global Community

Mayor Hales invites Gary and Darlene to speak about Abolition Now's model

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Expanding to a Global Community

President of Compassion Connect Gary Tribbett and Abolition Now Administrative Assistant Darlene Domenigoni were selected with other local leaders to share our models of uniting to improve the community with Hales before the summit.

 

Jul 28 2015

The Reality of Becoming a Mentor

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The Reality of Becoming a Mentor

We have all heard stories about young, vulnerable children who were abandoned or abused, those who lack positive role models and models of hope. We are aware of the gaps in their lives and we try our best to find ways to fill them. The problem is that sometimes we hear these stories so often that we become numb to the fact that each story is an individual’s life. These individuals don't refer to them as stories, but realities. We need to stop listening so much and start acting. 

How can we be mentors TODAY

Jul 25 2015

Vancouver Heights Patience

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Vancouver Heights Patience

The teamwork between the churches and volunteers at Vancouver Heights on July 11 produced another great Compassion Clinic event. We can only say thank you so much, but we really feel blessed with how our models are brought to life by these groups. At the clinics, we constantly find ourselves witnessing lessons from these volunteers and guests alike, so we figured it was about time to share what we’ve learned from you!