Historical redevelopment and preserving heritage rank high among local Support Services. A large number of individuals and organizations are involved. The Brewer House, dating from 1907, had a wonderful sunken garden that was backfilled and, since 1996, has been undergoing restoration. Community leaders recently began the Heritage Foundation as a non-profit, which has allowed it to purchase the Brown House and to begin the process of restoration. It is hoped that an emerging system of trails in the community will link to the Brown House.
The Stayton Farmers Market started 3 years ago to provide an outlet for organic produce. It has 5-6 vendors with more during berry season. It needs added support to remain viable.
The Stayton Community Foodbank was started 18 years ago by a ministerial association interested in acquiring USDA food donations. It was nurtured through the Community Crisis Center and became its own nonprofit in 1982. It provides between 175 and 200 food boxes a month, serving 525-600 people. Many volunteers make this program work and they receive food donations from a variety of sources, including Norpac vegetables—“Not many foodbanks have access to vegetables like we do.” Clients include many single people from mothers to elderly, and seasonal employees at Norpac, who may be unemployed for six months at a time from December to June, make up a significant portion of their clients. In contrast, the churches presently are not part of networks of support for the needy, but rely on the Mission and the Foodbank.
In addition, the Community Action Resource Center, the Santiam campus of Chemeteka Community College, and some of the churches were especially mentioned as valuable to the community. The Catholic Church apparently is very active, and the First Baptist and Four Square support very active youth groups.
Stayton serves as the medical provider for the North Santiam Canyon area and offers significant resources and employment.
See Section Three.
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