Community Services Consortium

Serving Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties in Oregon. Helping people. Changing lives.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Community Services Consortium Welcomes Pegge McGuire as Director of Housing and Energy Services

Pegge McGuire has joined the poverty-fighting team at Community Service Consortium (CSC) as the new Director of Housing and Energy Services. Pegge has a long history working on poverty-fighting programs and civil rights in Oregon and Washington, and we are excited to have her skills, experience, and input directing the housing programs at CSC.

“I am very excited to be working with the great team at CSC. The staff are passionate and innovative in their approach to achieving the agency’s mission.  Martha is a visionary leader and is a master at planting the seeds of creativity for problem solving, and a holistic approach to service delivery. I am eager to learn from her.”

Prior to joining CSC, Pegge spent ten years as the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) where she provided vision, leadership, and management to the organization, setting and directing operational goals.

Pegge also worked for five years at Oregon Housing and Community Services, where she was the Community Resources Division Manager, providing administrative oversight for the state’s anti-poverty and social equity programs. Pegge worked extensively with the network of statewide community action agencies (the Community Action Partnership of Oregon). She was awarded CAPO’s prestigious “Community Action Partnership Award” for her dedication and hard work to fight poverty in Oregon.

Pegge has been an expert witness in fair housing litigation, has written and published many articles on fair housing issues, and has provided technical assistance to a number of municipalities and housing providers to expand equal opportunity access to housing in their communities. She has conducted training nationally and internationally on housing equity issues. She is the former chair of the Governor’s Reentry Housing Task Force, and a member of the Governor’s Veteran’s Reintegration Task Force.

Pegge’s education includes training at the Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership, Portland State University, Institute of Real Estate Management, Pierce College, Santa Barbara City College, and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Pegge is also an honorably discharged Army veteran.

Enroll Now at CSC Lincoln County Head Start!

CSC Lincoln County Head Start in Lincoln City is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. We accept applications throughout the school year. Apply now to increase your child’s likelihood of enrollment – spots are filling quickly!

Head Start provides a free preschool education to children ages three to five years old. Head Start will be moving to a full day/full year program.

Applications are accepted in-person at each site on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To apply, you will need to bring proof of income (pay stubs, W-2 forms, unemployment summary, record of child support payments, or a letter from your employer) and proof of immunizations. Call for an application or come by with the necessary papers and fill out the application on site.

Below are the CSC Lincoln County Head Start locations and contact information. A few spots are also available at the Newport and Toledo locations:

Newport Head Start
253 NE 1st Street
Newport, OR 97365

Toledo Head Start
845 NW “A” Street
Toledo, OR 97391

Lincoln City Head Start
2130 SE Lee Street
Lincoln City, OR 97367

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Above and Beyond – When a Job Isn’t Just a Job

by Suzanne Miller, Director of CSC Lincoln County Head Start

It is my pleasure to be the Director of CSC Head Start and work with our wonderful staff in Lincoln County. All staff members are excellent, hard-working people who truly serve our community. There is one person on our staff who has given me a new perspective on the definition of “work ethic.” That person is Angela Oleman. Angela was born and raised in Toledo in a family that did everything together - work, play, team sports, vacations, house projects; you name it. Angela grew up in a natural “team;” her family was that team.

I sat down with Angela one afternoon to ask her why she is such a hard worker - always finding solutions, always going the extra mile. “I don’t know any other way to be” was her answer. “We were raised to participate, to work together—if it needs doing, then let’s do it.” Angela is a powerful force on our team, always a smile on her face, a great attitude of positivity and patience and understanding for others. She is always looking for ways to make the Head Start program better.

Angela also recruits her “home team” for projects at Head Start sites. Her husband Mike and her sons, Tyson and Kyle - when not working, helping at home, going to school and doing their own sports - are often seen at the sites helping with projects. Angela was able with the help of another staff member to find a volunteer to paint the Toledo classroom over the summer. The only caveat was that all the prep work be done by someone else. So, Angela had her family come down to help accomplish that, saving the program quite a bit of money too!

This is just one of many examples. Angela has the same sense of economy for Head Start as she does for her own family finances. She is an employee who “owns” her work, her sites and the many areas she manages. I asked her how she does it all so well, and why. “Head Start is a great place to work and our staff are all very caring people.” Angela further said that she cares for everyone around her.

Angela feels that it is important for her sons to develop a social conscience and to be part of the community. This is generational social activism and citizenship of the highest order. Her mom Bonnie crochets scarves for the Toledo Head Start children, and is making some treats for the returning staff first day training as well.

When I am stressed and not my best self, Angela will ask “Are you grumpy today?” I can tell you I quickly straighten up! I never want to disappoint her. I may be her “boss” as she says, but I think she may be my teacher.

It is important that we celebrate those who give so much, people like Angela, Mike, Tyson, Kyle and Bonnie. I know I’m grateful.

Suzanne Miller, PhD, is a writer and the Director of CSC Head Start in Lincoln County.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CSC Natural Resource Crews Participate in Marbled Murrelet Study

The CSC Natural Resource Crew took part in the 10th annual Marbled Murrelet citizen science survey this July on a spectacular stretch of Oregon's coast near Yachats, Oregon. The experience was a wonderful way for crew members to learn first-hand how scientists are monitoring populations of a threatened species, and how those species are managed for conservation in Oregon.

The primary objective of the survey is to address the key question of status and trend of Marbled Murrelet populations and nesting habitat in the Northwest Forest Plan area.

Oregon State University ornithologist and Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson led the surveys in the Cummins, Ten Mile, and Yachats landscapes. The area included the recently designated ‘Globally Significant’ Central Coast Murrelet Important Bird Area, with 100,000 acres of Murrelet habitat in the Siuslaw National Forest and adjacent near-shore waters.

The crews took part in viewing and discussing old-growth forest habitat, as well as the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protection Area. During the morning surveys, Murrelets could be seen and heard on breeding territories and in their near-shore feeding areas.

Upcoming Second Chance Classes in September

“Second Chance” is for those who are having difficulty finding stable housing because of bad credit or a poor rental history. Even if things are better now, it can be hard to get away from a past eviction or because of property damage that you couldn’t fix.

Consisting of six classes taught by qualified instructors from the community, Second Chance gives you the opportunity to learn about landlord-tenant issues, conflict resolution, energy education, money management, goal setting, and the characteristics of a good tenant.

This education program prepares you for the responsibilities of renting and gives you the skills necessary to be the kind of tenant your landlord will hate to lose!

Second Chance prepares you to approach landlords with confidence and encourages landlords to view prospective tenants with a more open mind.

Topics covered include How to be a Good Tenant, Landlord/Tenant Issues, Energy Education, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, and Basic Budgeting. Those who successfully complete all six sessions of the class will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Recommendation to attach to future rental applications.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information about Second Chance, visit CSC’s website at or contact Cindy Pratt-DeMarzo at 541-758-2632 for Linn and Benton counties, and Kacy Jensen at 541-574-2281 in Lincoln County.


Mondays and Wednesdays (and one Tuesday due to Labor Day) from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at 545 SW 2nd St. (upstairs) in Corvallis. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 3rd.

  • Monday, September 14th
  • Wednesday, September 16th
  • Monday, September 21st
  • Wednesday, September 23rd
  • Monday, September 28th
  • Tuesday, September 30th

The next chance to take this set of classes will be at our Albany office in November/December.

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