Help Wanted in Eugene: Join Our Amazing Homecare Team!

Paid Home Care Worker Wanted

Spring 2018: Part-Time, Eugene, OR

Have a Current S&DS Home Care Provider Number?

Here in southwest Eugene, on a quarter-acre of wild garden, in our little creative home, I have a great team of five fantastic folks. They provide about 85 hours per week to help me get out of bed, do hygiene, eat, get back to bed and various activities of independent living that allow me to live in our community with my amazing wife, Debra.

My workers all say they love this job. But one is leaving for a full time position: Leaving 3 evening shifts Mon., Wed., and Fri. As well as a Sun. am shift. There is some flexibility.

As a quadriplegic+, I use a powerchair, and have a few other challenges such as a disabled voice. After more than 40 years as an activist, I am passionate about social & environmental change.

A priority is a homecare worker with an active Senior & Disabled Services (S&DS) provider number. S&DS pays my workers’ wages, health insurance and vacation through the State of Oregon.

Because of time, we are now looking for someone with an active provider number. Experience with paralysis care, such as a hoyer lift, is important. We aim to make this the best employment on Earth!

If interested email me at: davidwoaks@gmail.com

Or call me at 458-205-9426.

My listing is in the OHCC Registry and Referral Service.

You can download and post this flyer: home-care-flyer-2018

More info see the “help wanted” tab in my blog.

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Your Vision for Thanking Leaders Under 30: How Should We Nominate Youth for Awards?

David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at 2015 Oregon Country Fair.

David Oaks and Patch Adams discuss global revolution and nose picking at a recent Oregon Country Fair.

Let us thank young people for their leadership, vision, creativity and for just putting up with the bullshit that is piling up all around us!

Yes, we should give everyone an award, just for existing! But where do we start? I agree with the philosophy shared by many and credited to the Iroquois Confederacy: think ahead seven generations. How about we start with folks under 30, the ones we in the counterculture are supposed to trust.

I figure that seven generations from now would be a few years after the turn of the century, 2200. That might seem like a very long time, but there are some kids today, who when they are old, will share the planet with some little kids who will, we hope, reach the year 2200.

We owe the future a big, huge apology. We also can thank the future for their leadership!

Patch Adams, MD (shown on the left picking his nose with me), suggested that we award a few young leaders, and he has an idea about where we can start:

At Oregon Country Fair, an enormous celebration in the woods near Veneta each July that is wonderful and indescribable, I often have the chance to catch up with my friend “The Real” Patch Adams, MD, who goes each year to connect with his grand-kids. I have often blogged about my most-famous friend, because he often shares wonderful humor, strangeness and creativity.

Back at OCF 2012, a number of us gave an award, artistically created from recycled materials by psychiatric survivor art gallery owner Tim Boyden from OutOnALimb (see award image below). Since then we have given many awards, using PDF’s inserted with names and achievements.

Below are a few, usually given to thank great folks, or in the case of our Congress person Rep. Peter Defazio, to remind him to be an authentic fighter for the underdog, such as folks in the mental health system. Below is also a humorous award we gave to the local Chamber of Commerce to encourage them to speak up about the climate crisis.

We want your suggestions now: How can we all nominate young people, say under the age of 30, to appreciate their work and leadership into the future? Perhaps using online surveys? A panel of judges including young people? Do you have ideas to make these awards creative? Do you want to help on any of this? You can comment here, or email me privately at davidwoaks@gmail.com

Who do you think should be thanked? Wouldn’t it be fun to hand deliver a few at OCF 2018? The timing, July 13, 14, 15, happens to be the last three days of Creative Maladjustment Week, which many readers knows we celebrate, in the spirit of Martin Luther King who envisioned an International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment.

Here are a few awards:

 

In 2012, at the Oregon Country Fair, a number of us with MindFreedom Oregon gave Patch Adams, MD this award, presented in the Community Village. Psychiatric survivor Chrissy Piersol did the honors of presenting. Award was created from recycled objects like loose screws and nuts, by psychiatric survivor artist Tim Boyden.

In 2012, at the Oregon Country Fair, a number of us with MindFreedom Oregon gave Patch Adams, MD this award, presented in the Community Village. Psychiatric survivor Chrissy Piersol did the honors of presenting. Award was created from recycled objects like loose screws and nuts, by psychiatric survivor artist Tim Boyden.

Usually, our awards are for positive activities. However, once in awhile we need to make a difficult point. Unfortunately, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) supported involuntary outpatient mental health. We hope he changes, maybe our tongue-in-cheek awards, which we brought to his office, will help? Award # 1: For Your Future Accomplishment

Usually, our awards are for positive activities. However, once in awhile we need to make a difficult point. Unfortunately, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) supported involuntary outpatient mental health. We hope he changes, maybe our tongue-in-cheek awards, which we brought to his office, will help? Award # 1: For Your Future Accomplishment

Award # 2: For Saying “No” to Murphy

Award # 2: For Saying “No” to Murphy

Award # 3: The Golden Pill Bottle Award

Award # 3: The Golden Pill Bottle Award

Our Award using humor to point out the Chamber complicity with Climate Crisis.Because of their silence about the climate crisis, here is the Award we gave to the Eugene Chamber with our tongues in our cheeks. Psychiatric survivor artist Tim Boyden created this award.

Most of our awards are for good actions by groups and individuals, such as this award to Food Not Bombs. Thanks to activist Ian McTeague for helping to create these awards, and of course he is a splendid recipient, and he is right here!

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Happy Groundhog Day! Friday, Feb 2, 2018, Win Human Rights in Mental Health!

Especially for those of you who live in Eugene, this Friday you are invited to join us at the LILA Peer Support Club, free. We will build MindFreedom Oregon and then have fun on the stage with folk singer David Rogers and others.

Here is more info, and you can download this flyer: 2018-02-02-mf-oregon

Facebook event here.

Text:

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!

Win Human Rights & Humane Alternatives in the

Mental Health System in Lane County!

Where: Cuckoo’s Nest Stage

LILA Peer Support Club

990 Oak St, Eugene

(NW corner 8th & Oak)

Date: Friday, Feb 2, 2018

Time: Starts at 3 pm

Who? David Rogers, folk singer. Chrissy Peirsol & David Oaks, revolutionary psychiatric survivor activists. You! Free, public, all ages welcome.

Before, you are invited to the 1:30 meeting at the back of LILA Peer Support Club, for the revival of MindFreedom Oregon.

After our indoors event, those of us who wish will then go to nearby Kesey Square, Broadway & Willamette, where Food Not Bombs (FNB) serves yummy, free, hot food every Friday afternoon!

This is a First Fri, so you can also celebrate Eugene’s art.

Sponsored by MindFreedom Oregon More info davidwoaks@gmail.com

Thanks to New Day Bakery for their yummy food donations!

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Documentary on Involuntary Mental Health Has Interview with Me: Free Showing in Eugene 1/30/2018

I’ll go to free showing tomorrow of new documentary about controversy of involuntary mental healthcare. Movie is appropriately called “Crazy” and appropriately I am one of those interviewed in the flick. If you are in Eugene Tues 1/30, more info about the 5:30 showing is here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1078812778925476/

Here is a PDF of the flyer: crazy-eugene-20180130-flyer (1)

Please note that you can help prep for the showing and chat with me after 4 pm tomorrow. See you?

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Eugene Men Who Survived Sexual Assault Now Have Free Weekly Support Meetup

Photo of Eugene, Oregon, USA showing butte and clouds in background behind downtown.

Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Thankfully, the USA culture is discussing more than ever the hidden oppression of sexual assault against women. However, men who have had their lives disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences might not have felt the same level of support or not known where to turn. A local respected nonprofit here in Eugene, Oregon, Sexual Assault Support Services, has mainly worked with female survivors, but they have a resource for male survivors.

Many group meetings for counseling have a formal expectation for attending, but this meetup is more informal, and participants may decide to drop in at the last minute, and may attend any of the weekly gatherings or take a break. Their choice. The group has two experienced, thoughtful and supportive counselors to help the peer support be empowered but safe.

Below is from their flyer, the group is active now, January 2018. If you want to double check that the group is being held each week, check their website.

From the SASS flyer about the Eugene, Oregon weekly men’s meetup:

MEN’S MEET-UP

You are invited to be a part of a free & confidential mentoring group lead by trained facilitators who work to strategize with, & empower men who have experienced unwanted sexual contact at any point in their life. Come, be of support to others & find support for yourself!

This group is for self-identified males 18+

When: Thursday’s 4:30 to 6:00 PM

Where: 591 West 19th Ave. Eugene (Corner of 19th & Jefferson), Oregon. Call with questions, or just drop in! Door locks at 4:35 as no late arrivals allowed.

Questions? Contact Rebecca, SASS counselor, @ 541-484-9791 ex. 315 or supportgroup@sass-lane.org

Sexual Assault Support Services

24/7 Support: 541-343-7277

Business: 541-484-9791

SASS services are always free!

[To repeat, SASS is the respected sponsor of this free weekly meetup. MindFreedom Oregon and I are not organizers, but are strong endorsers and you can find our listing of this event on fb here: https://www.facebook.com/events/354136108328973/ ]

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