The Housing Development Corporation of Northwest Oregon offers free homebuying orientation classes for Spanish-speaking residents. A free orientation for first-time homebuyers is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17. Both sessions will be held at the Hillsboro Police Department, 250 SE 10th Ave. in Hillsboro. Instructors are bilingual – training will be offered in Spanish and English. Everyone is welcome, and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 503-693-2937 or visit the web site at www.farmworkerhousing.org.
YWCA of Salem provides help for Spanish- and Russian-speaking clients who are receiving benefits from the state of Oregon. The program assists job-seekers in Salem and Woodburn with pre-employment training, placement at work experience sites and job searches. For more information, call 503-378-2731, ext 215; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ; or visit www.ywcasalem.org.
Dress for Success provides help for low-income women through programs that help women enter the workforce, keep their jobs and succeed at work. Each Dress for Success client receives two outfits for the interview, and two additional outfits once employed. In addition, the Dress for Success Professional Women's Group program provides ongoing support to help women build successful careers. A referral from a local social service agency is required. Interested women are encouraged to call 503-249-7300; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.dressforsuccess.org/oregon.
The African-American Health Coalition hosts ongoing free physical activity classes in North and Northeast Portland. These classes are designed to help African-Americans increase their normal level of physical activity. Classes include strength training Tai Chi, water aerobics, step aerobics, kickboxing and more. For class schedules or to sign up, call 503-413-1850; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.aahc-portland.org.
The Asian Health Services Center (AHSC) will host the annual Asian Community Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9, at its Portland office, 3633 SE 35th Place. Health providers will be available to provide free health screenings, including dental, vision, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and more. A multilingual and multicultural team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Call 503-572-8822; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.ahscpdx.org
There are certain illnesses that affect the Asian-American community more than the rest of the U.S. population. Liver cancer and lung cancer are among the most common forms of cancer among Asian-Americans. Among Vietnamese women, the cervical cancer rate is five times higher than Caucasian women. Visit the National Library of Medicine web site featuring health information relevant to Asian-Americans: http://asianamericanhealth.nlm.nih.gov/index.html. Tufts University also hosts a web site containing health information in several Asian languages, including Vietnamese: www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/spiral/
In the former Soviet Union, domestic violence is traditionally considered a family matter. Many victims don’t understand their rights, which are protected by laws in the United States. In many cases, spouses don’t understand that their behavior is considered a violent crime. The Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS) provides domestic violence services to the Russian-speaking community by increasing awareness and understanding of domestic violence. Cross-cultural referrals to various law enforcement, legal and other professional services are offered. For more information, call 503-777-3437; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.emoregon.org/ROSS.