Providing support is Jessica Verboomen’s job. Jessica and the True North Navigators assist students and families in Pacific County. The team currently serves the Willapa Valley, Raymond, and South Bend school districts
The Pacific County Health Department and True North formed the Navigators to provide a system of behavioral health care in the region. Navigators focus on reducing the barriers that prevent students and families from accessing prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery supports.
This work is more critical than ever, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Getting Creative, Giving Back
The team partnered with the Teen Advocacy Coalition (TAC) to host Sources of Strength. The goal of this week-long, virtual event was to provide a safe space for people to:
- practice coping skills
- talk about strengths in their lives
- have a positive based prevention conversation
Thanks to donations from TAC, all participants received prizes for participating. Gift cards to local businesses were among the prizes.
“We wanted to make sure the prizes gave back to businesses and community members,” says Jessica.
Feeding the Community
The Navigators help deliver food to students in their districts. Food deliveries also include notes of hope written by the team to families.
The team has partnered with the local Elks #1292 to deliver hot a few times a week. They average 350 meals on delivery days.
Looking to the future, the team is planning a food drive to help replenish local food banks.
“We will continue to make connections, provide support, and offer our services,” Jessica says. “We will continue to further our knowledge to help families in need.”
For more information about the True North Navigators, contact Erin Wick.