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Refugee Care Collective

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Megan Tragethon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Refugee Care Collective

In chapel this week we were challenged by Megan Tragethon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Refugee Care Collective, a locally-based non-profit that seeks to welcome refugees to the Portland area. Westside Senior David Xu, who partnered with RCC in his senior project, introduced his project mentor to the student body, as she highlighted what people of faith are doing to try to meet the needs of these families in crisis.

Take a look at one of their videos below!

 

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Riley Gintz

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

By utilizing her talents in photography, Riley served with Door To Grace. Door To Grace is an organization that helps young girls in the sex trafficking industry. They provide a day home center and loving family for the girls to stay with.

Riley helped this organization by first familiarizing herself with the ministry. Most of her project centered around photographing 8 different kinds of flowers, photoshopping and printing them, and then framing them with matts. She was able to donate them to the organization’s yearly auction “Key 2 Free” and also served as a “Runner” at the auction, making sure all purchased items found made it to their new home. All 8 of her photos were sold, and she was especially pleased that one of her pieces was bought by the director to put in her own home. The project was a great experience getting acquainted with a mission that serves an important area, trying to save young girls from abuse.

 

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Walter Denson

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Walter Denson focused his project on alleviating bullying at school in his community. He worked with a local middle school to plan and facilitate a lunch seminar to help students stop social isolation at school. Walter also traveled to northern Idaho to work with teenage boys at a therapeutic home, talking to the boys about their common struggles. Both experiences allowed Walter to make a difference in the lives of adolescent teens with regard to the struggles teens go through everyday.

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Walter Denson & his boys.

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Abby Gillingham

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Abby Gillingham used her love of music, teaching and working with young children to set up music classes for kids age 6 through 8 at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Beaverton. For four weeks between February 22nd and March 16th, you would have found Abby in a classroom from 3:30-4:30 pm, teaching her students about instruments that can sound like animals. After her four weeks, Abby made a connection with the students and got to do several crafts and games that helped them learn and grow in their music skills.

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Abby’s attentive audience.

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Hannah Dugan

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Using her passion for design and creative works, Hannah filmed a video for the nonprofit Adorned in Grace. The organization is a bridal shop run by volunteers and receives donations of gently used or new dresses. Adorned in Grace is dedicated to providing solutions for and raising awareness of the problem of human trafficking in the Portland area. Hannah’s promotional video was aimed at gaining exposure for the organization and the problem it combats, with the purpose of attracting new volunteers for Adorned in Grace.

Take a look at Hannah’s video below (https://youtu.be/_IptK_Rye7c)

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Charlotte Falconer

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Using her love for compassionate and relational connections, Charlotte volunteered through Newburg Faith in Action to serve the elderly. She spent time participating in an outreach called “friendly visits” in which she visited the elderly and assisted them in yard work, daily chores, and provided a consistent source of friendship.

One woman in particular that Charlotte served was named Bobbi. She helped her leaf blow her yard, clean out gutters, baked, and assisted in any way she needed. Charlotte claims that, “After the first few visits with Bobbi, I knew that our friendship would grow. My project quickly became much less of a project and much more of a genuine friendship.” Although Charlotte’s project has come to an end, she says that she plans on meeting and continuing her friendship with Bobbi.

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Gutter cleaning!

 

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Bobbi ‘puzzling’

 

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Lauren Dueker

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Lauren Dueker worked with an organization called DHS that works with foster families. She wrote letters to both the volunteers and employees at DHS to encourage them while they work to encourage and counsel foster parents. Lauren wrote around 20 individual letters to make sure that each letter was special and relatable. She then sent them to the organization to empower and encourage the workers to keep up their hard work.

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Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Brittany Stockton

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

With her passion for at risk youth, Brittany Stockton took the time to paint a mural with the 5th graders at Metzger Elementary School. She went to the school 2-3 times a week for two weeks, spending lunch and recess with the Metzger students. Brittany asked what they desired to do when they grew up, trying to inspire them to realize that these dreams could become a reality. Using friendship, a listening ear, and motivational wisdom from God, Brittany didn’t just paint a mural, she made friends with the youth and brought a new hope to the school. “Your imagination is your motivation,” was the encouragement she continually shared.

 

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Your imagination…

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Brittany Stockton and the students of Metzger.

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Daniel Zhou

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Daniel Zhou volunteered at Marshall Union Manor to help the elderly with technology and language issues. Through the elderly people in the church he attends, Daniel heard that 30% of the Marshall residents speak only Chinese. In addition to having difficulty communicating, trouble using electronic devices also prevents many elderly people from fully enjoying their life. As an international student from China, Daniel was able to do translations for the elderly people between Chinese and English. Daniel also helped fix electronic devices for those needing assistance.

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Daniel Zhou and a Marshal Union Manor resident.

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Sierra Acord

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Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Sierra’s project revolved around students and cooking. She took one of her passions, cooking, and a significant past experience, to help other students. Sierra used her love for cooking as a form of therapy to help those with mental illnesses and social issues. She went into a classroom and taught a handful of students how to cook delicious meals and sat down with them afterwards for a family style dinner.

 

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Sierra Acord leading a cooking therapy class.