Welcome to South Coast Together!

Here you will find helpful information about our work, including efforts at building community resilience, parenting tips, highlights of efforts in the south coast communities to promote well-being, announcements of upcoming events, and links to resources. Email us if you’d like to become involved in South Coast Together.


Renee Menkens
SCT Co- Chair

Starla Paris
SCT Co-Chair

Dawn Granger
Administrator, SCESD

This guide is a tool for parents and caregivers to learn a little about the developing brain. It offers tips and practical approaches to all families to be successful.



We offer free trainings to the community. There may be nominal charges for mileage or copies depending upon the needs of your group. Trainings can be customized to meet your needs and time allocation – from a short overview of 30-45 minutes to longer presentations and workshops.

Lisa De Salvio, Coos Bay School District
Allyson McNeill, SCESD
Gabi Colton, Youth ERA
Bonnie Ell, Every Child Curry
Cameron McVay, AllCare
Renee Menkens, Community
DaleHodges, Community
Kathy Barber, Community
Laura Williams, Advanced Health
Leah Lorincz, Advanced Health
Penny Peters, Advanced Health
Szetela Kelcy, L DHS
Paris Starla, DHS
Katrinka McReynolds, Coos Health and Wellness
Ivy C. Wagner, LMSW

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Help that Helps Curriculum Annual License Agency/Organization Access

You may purchase an annual license to use the Help that Helps powerpoint and speaking notes and have access to the Help that Help guidebook for your agency or organization use. Access rights cost $1200 annually. Please see the Help That Helps curriculum license agreement for more details. Contact Dawn Granger, Administrator, SCESD at dawng@scesd.k12.or.us for information.

What is south coast together?

A community collaborative focused on fostering resilience in Coos and Curry counties. Its goals are to engage community members as agents of change in preventing the accumulation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to build resilience in children, adolescents, and families.

how did WE begin

This effort came from the desire to get to the root cause of poor population health outcomes in our community. Trainings about the ACEs Study & Trauma-informed care in the Rogue Valley & Curry County spurred requests from Advanced Health members, providers, local clinics, early learning partners, and schools.

what does sct do?

SCT provides no-cost trainings and workshops to citizens and professionals regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the impact of adversity across the lifespan, self-regulation and resilience. It facilitates activities to engage members of the community in working together to address community challenges, including Family Cafes, film showings, and community conversations.

History of sct: Timeline (Impacts & Outcomes)

Year 1 (2017):

  • Community Interest & Readiness
  • Cross sector partnership established with Advanced Health as fiscal agent
  • First cohort through the ACE Interface Master Training Program
  • Steering Committee seated

Year 2 (2018):

  • Metrics and Communications Committees established
  • Trainings provided to interested groups, approximately 1,000 people trained in Coos & Curry Counties
  • Regular support and guidance from ACE Interface
  • Regular monthly Steering, Metrics, and Trainers’ Meetings
  • 1st public showing of the film, Resilience
  • Key Informant Interviews Report & Metrics Report
  • Named group collaborative, South Coast Together

Year 3 (2019):

  • Expanded training options to include tailored workshops
  • Trained Presenters
  • Opportunity to add to Master Trainer cohort
  • Family Café Training
  • Regular showing of films, Resilience & Paper Tigers
  • Launched website
  • Developed Core Team for strategic planning
  • Planning for 1st Community Summit

Year 4 (2020):

  • South Coast ESD became backbone agency supporting SCT
  • Facilitated three community zoom session on impact of pandemic on Coos and Curry County
  • Steering committee monthly meetings
  • Added new members to the Steering Committee
  • Liaison with Grow Your Own teaching education program
  • Development work on Help that Helps Guidebook 

Year (2021):

  • Finalized Help that Helps guidebook for community
  • Received grant from United Way to support printing of guidebook
  • Conducted Presenter Training for Coos, Curry, Jackson and Douglas County
  • Began collaboration across South Coast with Creating Community Resilience and Southern Oregon Success
  • Developed Strategic Plan with goals for next two years; Steering Committee monthly meetings; Revised website at SCESD

Future Goals:

  • Continue to engage and train diverse community members and groups
  • Host additional or regularly scheduled events including Zoom Summits, Family Cafes and film nights when allowed by health regulations.
  • Expand the South Coast Together Steering Committee
  • Train more ACE Presenters and Master Trainers
  • Continue to help foster greater understanding of and compassion for others