WASHINGTON GORGE ACTION PROGRAMS

Helping people. Changing lives.

aka WGAP   |   Bingen, WA   |  www.wagap.org

Mission

Washington Gorge Action Programs is the 'Community Action Program' for Klickitat and Skamania Counties. We are a multi-purpose human services organization dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities address basic human needs. Our mission is to prevent and alleviate poverty. Our goal is to help people help themselves and reach self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Mrs. Leslie Naramore

Main address

P.O. Box 805

Bingen, WA 98605 USA

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EIN

91-0793062

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are a multi-purpose human services organization dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities address basic human needs.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Second Hand Rose

Second Hand Rose is a Community Resource Store offering low income families access to free and reduced price clothing, household items, and furniture, along with retail sales training that helps put people back to work.

The store serves the larger community as well. When it opened in December of 2005, it proved to be an overnight success. Bright, clean, well-stocked, and smelling like roses, it was as if the Bingen/White Salmon community had been searching for somewhere to donate their 'lovingly' used, but unneeded, clothing and furnishings.

Population(s) Served

Programs for Peaceful Living provides Klickitat County residents with Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and General Crime Victim services. Certified staff are available 24/7 to work with individuals and families that are struggling with the effects of crime through advocacy, counseling, parent support, safety planning, as well as community outreach and education.

Services are available and delivered to clients without discrimination by reason of race, color, religion, disability, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, ethnicity, income, veteran status, marital status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. All services are free of charge.

Population(s) Served

WGAP's Weatherization Program is designed to make low income homes more energy efficient to create a comfortable, warm, and livable atmosphere. The program provides Energy Efficient Audits, air and draft sealing, duct system and furnace repair or replacement, bath fan replacement, and whole house insulation. Conservation education and information provided by WGAP helps homeowners reduce their home energy needs, thereby reducing annual heating and cooling bills.

Population(s) Served

WGAP’s Community Youth Center began in 1994 as a recreational and educational drop-in center for at-risk youth. Over the last 19 years the Center has become a community resource and an integral part of the community’s efforts to provide multiple options for all children. Fully equipped for fun with a pool table, foosball and ping pong tables, five computers with limited internet access, video and board games, music, Guitar Hero, books, and lots of furniture to just relax.

The Center also offers lots of activities: art projects with a local artist; Dinner Night sponsored by local churches; Girl’s Circle by the Domestic Violence Program; Boy’s Council through Comprehensive Mental Health; all types of workshops; opportunities to provide community service, and much more. In the summer, the primary activity is swimming at the local pool paid for by a special grant from United Way.

Population(s) Served

WGAP is appointed by the Social Security Administration to receive Social Security and/or SSI benefits for someone who cannot manage his or her money. Our primary responsibility is to use the benefits to meet the current needs for day-to-day living: food, clothing, housing, utilities, transportation, medical expenses and personal items. Of course, there are monthly and annual accounting reports submitted to the Social Security Administration of all funds. A fee of $38 monthly is charged.

This WGAP Program is a huge benefit to the elderly and disabled who are vulnerable to those that would take advantage of them. It also helps individuals struggling with alcohol or substance addiction.

WGAP is currently providing Payee Services to over 100 individuals throughout the Mid-Columbia area.

Population(s) Served

WGAP is the Lead Agency and Distribution Center for the Food Banks in Klickitat and Skamania counties. Low-income individuals and families are eligible for a Food Box once a month. Food boxes may contain canned goods, fresh produce, bread, and frozen meat. While the food in a box varies, generally there is enough for three to twelve nutritionally balanced meals depending on the size of the family.

A special Senior Box is also available, and for individuals with medical conditions requiring special diets, Special Dietary Needs boxes partially supply the necessary food. A Doctor's Statement of the medical condition is required for Special Needs boxes, and are available at WGAP Food Bank and Goldendale Food Bank only.

Population(s) Served

No one should be forced to choose between paying for food and paying for heat during the cold winter months. If you or someone you know is having trouble paying their utility bills, WGAP can help.

Home Energy Assistance is available to low-income families, disabled individuals, seniors on low and fixed incomes, and residents that are in danger of losing their heat source. Assistance can be provided for almost any heating source, including electricity, natural gas, propane, and wood.

Population(s) Served

Housing Services are WGAP's most comprehensive program. Housing, case management, budgeting, and life skills are some of the services offered to those in need of Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Rental Assistance. In all the housing programs offered by WGAP, stabilization is the key to obtaining long term success and self-sufficiency.

Guided Path Shelter and Transitional Housing
Shelter: For homeless individuals and families, the Guided Path Shelter offers a 3-30 day stay in a six room facility. Each household has a private room, but shares the kitchen, living area, and rest rooms with the other residents. Case management services are available while at the Shelter.
Transitional Housing: A two year residential program offers families a step-by-step "Guided Path" to independence and self-sufficiency. While paying 30% of their income for rent, enrollees work on an individualized plan, which leads to education, employment, and self-determination.
Permanent Housing Support: A new program for the Guided Path, offering permanent housing and case management services for individuals or small families.
Rental Assistance: Limited funds are available to help households that are in danger of being evicted for not paying their rent.
Goldendale Shelter and Transitions Program
Shelter: For homeless individuals or families who have an attachment to Goldendale, a 1-3 day motel voucher can be provided as temporary crisis intervention.
Transitional Housing: Similar to the Guided Path Program, Goldendale's scattered site transitional housing program offers intense case management for families with minor children.
Rental Assistance: Limited funds are available to help households that are in danger of being evicted for not paying their rent.
Skamania County Homeless Housing Program
Shelter: The Skamania County Shelter offers a 3 to 30 day stay in a five bedroom facility. Case management services are available while at the Shelter.
Transitional Housing: Similar to the programs at Guided Path and Goldendale, the Skamania County program provides 2 years of residential stability, individualized plans and goals, and case management.
Rental Assistance: Limited funds are available to help households that are in danger of being evicted for not paying their rent.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Washington Gorge Action Programs long term agency goals are:

To reduce the negative impact of poverty on individuals, families and communities

To foster individual and family self-sufficiency, health, and well being

To advocate for economic and social justice in our communities

To alleviate violence through projects, community education, advocacy and social change

To reduce hunger and malnutrition and promote food security.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WASHINGTON GORGE ACTION PROGRAMS

Board of directors
as of 4/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruce Bolme

Bruce Bolme

Retired

Tammy Manner

Children & Family Services

Debi Van Camp

Designee for Bob Hamlin

Johanna Roe

Gorge Early Learning Coalition

Lorraine Fritsch

Retired

Ubaldo Hernandez

Columbia Riverkeeper

Laurie Stanton

White Salmon Valley School District Board

Roger Gadway

Retired

Bob Hamlin

Skamania County Commissioner

David Quesnel

Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney

Michael Canon

Mayor, City of Goldendale

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes