Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homeless in Crook County

Ever Wonder What It's Like?

Somehow the message that the economy was improving never made it to the homeless population in Crook County. Numbers are increasing and services can't keep up with the need. Bill talks with two people in Prineville Oregon about how they came to be homeless, what it's like to live on the street, what challenges they have on a daily basis, and what resources they have tapped to help them get out of the cycle of homelessness, drug addiction, and jail. Listen to this podcast now (8:41 total time) and learn what it's like to be homeless.

Matt at Redemption House Ministries

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jack Marsicano - WWII Vet and Pearl Harbor Survivor

"I Just Did What I Was Told"

Jack Marsicano just turned 97. He's a WWII vet and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941. Listen to this podcast (6:43 total time) and hear what one American hero thought about his time in the service - and how he survived Pearl Harbor.

Margaret & Jack Marsicano proudly displaying their Honor Flight memorabilia

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chad Carpenter - The Landing Youth & Tutoring Center

Paying it Forward

Chad Carpenter is the co-founder of The Landing Youth and Tutoring Center, a non-profit in Prineville which provides a safe and warm place for middle & high school students to receive free homework help, enjoy a free meal, and take part in healthy activities with other teens outside of school hours. Listen to this podcast (total running time 9:41) and learn how a 5th generation Prinevillian is "paying it forward."

Chad Carpenter in his office at the First Baptist Church

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Darcy Bedortha - Heart of Oregon Corps Rural Program Coordinator

A Heart for Disadvantaged Rural Youth

Darcy Bedortha
Darcy Bedortha has a heart as big as Crook County. She’s the Rural Program Coordinator at Heart of Oregon Corps AmeriCorps program in Prineville. The program engages economically disadvantaged young people ages 18-24 in environmental stewardship projects on public lands while helping them prepare for future careers. Listen to this 9-minute podcast and learn more about Darcy's heart - and the mission of the Heart of Oregon Corps in Central Oregon.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Billie Johnson - Windy Acres Dairy Farm

It's Always Been About the Journey

Billie Johnson is a dairy farmer on a journey. Raised on a cattle ranch near Monument Oregon, Johnson has always known that farming was in her blood. But her journey through farming has not been an easy one. And, as one of the leaders in the raw milk movement, she's had to fight for the right to supply healthy, organic products using the “herd share” business model -  legally allowing her members to obtain raw milk products right from the farm. Listen to this podcast and be inspired! Total running time - 8:37.

Billie Johnson at Windy Acres Dairy Farm

Monday, June 2, 2014

Turning a Passion into a Family Business

Greg Miller's I'll Fly Away Balloon Adventures

Greg Miller (waving) with friends Jarod & Ann Roth 

Greg Miller is a guy who turned a passion into a family business. In 1989, at age 37 with a wife and two young boys, Miller fell in love with ballooning. Within a few short years, and with the backing of his family, he turned his new-found passion into a thriving (and soaring) business. Listen to this 7-minute podcast and see how one man is living by the credo "Do what you love and the money will follow."

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fighting Homelessness and Hunger in Crook County

Nazarene Church Expands Redemption House Ministries

When the Prineville Nazarene Church decides to address problems in the community they jump right in, create a plan, and move full-steam ahead. The Church has a big vision for tackling the multi-faceted issues of homelessness and hunger problems in Crook County.

Greg Sanders and Karla Wiseman, both with the Nazarene Church, at the
site of the new 22-bed emergency shelter under construction in Prineville

Listen to this 11-minute emotion-packed podcast to learn more about the Ministry's big plans to help the homeless and hungry in Crook County !