From Our Community

More Than A Cliche

10/23/14 09:27


Relief and relationships are two words that are spoken around The Canby Center all the time. It can sound very cliché. Not when you LIVE IT OUT…

Marsha expressed an interest in learning how to sew to help stretch her family’s budget. Coincidentally Elaine, one of our volunteers, has a passion to teach others to sew. Meeting weekly, it hasn’t taken long for a friendship to blossom as they work through their projects, laughing and learning from one another. Each week they both leave class beaming with joy as their friendship grows.

Frank met Billy and Jacob through New Life Foursquare Church. He knew he was placed in their lives for a reason. He provides emotional  support for Jacob who battles multiple effects of poverty as well as Billy who also is in urgent need of housing. Frank has been working hard to help him find a place as well as connect him with TCC for housing support. He is living out his faith by joining these two on their journey out of poverty.

A great need for food, clothing, shelter and other basics exists for many families in Canby. But there is a much greater need - FRIENDSHIPS. Relationships that allow time for listening, laughing and learning together. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a Bible verse often quoted. Loving your neighbor MUST move beyond meeting basic needs. It is developing and nurturing friendships.

The Canby Center exists not only to meet physical needs but also to provide a place where relationships can begin and grow. How do you start? You can give financially, volunteer, invite a neighbor down to TCC who might need some help, share a meal on Thursday’s Lunch Bus or simply extend a gentle hand to someone who looks like they could use a friend.

Keep your eyes and ears open to the opportunities today. Move beyond the cliché and embrace true friendship!

by tim


A Friendship That Crosses Languages

10/23/14 09:17

Lupita and LaVerne struck up a conversation in English-Spanish class and have kept it going ever since. A language barrier didn’t stop these two women from building a strong friendship. They agreed that since they had so much to say to one another it would be fun to learn each other’s language at the same time. Educators label this type of conversation “negotiation for meaning.” But for Lupita and LaVerne it’s just a way of life. Not wanting their in-depth talks to end with the close of class each Thursday, they devised a plan.

First, they decided to volunteer together on Wednesday afternoons in the Clothing Exchange part of The Canby Center. They would use the limited vocabulary they had to converse, making small jokes here and there. Next, they decided they would write each other notes back and forth in a spiral notebook. They could write anything in the notebook and using Spanish/English dictionaries, cell phones, and online translators the two women were able to understand precisely what the other was feeling. Lupita took the notebook home the first week and LaVerne responded the second week. They quickly began to acquire a second language as well as a lifelong friend.

You see, The Canby Center is about friendships- not about one group saving another. It’s about an equal give-and-take where everyone feels valued and respected. Today you may be the one giving support, but tomorrow you may be the one who needs it. The Canby Center is a place for discovering what it means to share in each other’s lives, struggles, and victories.

by tim


Turning the Tide for Next Generation

9/22/14 06:52

by Dennis Brands

"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." Proverbs 13:20.

The Church of Jesus Christ has an incredible gift to offer humanity. In Christ, we have not only been made right with God in our souls, but have been given a new mind as well, even the "mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16). Because our Lord Jesus is the fullness of all wisdom, having the mind of Christ gives us access to great wisdom as we are "transformed by the renewing of our minds" (Romans 12:2). This consistently brings me to amazement, as I watch the good Lord teach me His ways and share with me His thoughts. What a good God we have.

So what can we do with this incredible gift? Surely the gift of wisdom that God readily pours into His redeemed children cannot be kept to ourselves. Surely we must find others with whom to share this great gift. But where do we start?

Proverbs tells us that "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." One of the great challenges that face today's youth is the lack of wisdom to which they are exposed. Wise truths of God have been removed from most classes and many young people are more schooled by peers and media celebrities than by men and women with wisdom and understanding. Such is the reason that many young people are suffering harm today.

Yet God would have things be another way. He has given His Church in this community great access to His Word. This is an incredible gift that much of the world does not have. And with the wisdom of His Word we have the opportunity to grow young people in wisdom and protect them from the great harm they will suffer without wisdom. This is one reason I have given myself to serve the young people in this community. Mentoring, tutoring, coaching, and volunteering are all wonderful ways that the Church can serve the young people in Canby and offer the wisdom of God to the next generation. With the Canby Center, we have a wonderful resource to connect the wisdom of the Church with the needs of our community.

We can turn the tide for the next generation. But it begins when we stop talking about problems and start initiating solutions. This is the example that Jesus set for us. He didn't sit on His throne and talk to His Father about the problems on the earth, but rather initiated with man by coming to earth to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10). Let us follow in the footsteps of our King in our community by initiating with our young people, many of whom are walking as lost youth without an understanding of the goodness of God. Let us seek out those suffering harm and bring them our solution, Jesus Christ, whose wisdom can transform hearts and minds and raise up the future of this community.

by tim


Mentoring Makes a Difference

9/15/14 10:33

Did you know?

1. The poverty rate for single-mother families in 2013 was 39.6%, nearly five times more than the rate (7.6%) for married-couple families.
2. 71% of all high school drop-outs come from fatherless homes.
3. 70% of all juvenile offenders come from fatherless homes. 

There is hope! Youth from at-risk circumstances who have a MENTOR have higher rates of graduating high school. They hold off on sex longer and are less likely to take drugs.They also view themselves more positively and have better relationships with others. Why? TRUST. 

According to Jean Rhoads, the leading researcher on mentoring, youth from the highest-risk circumstances who overcome their disadvantages have one distinction: They learned to trust one adult outside the home.

What is mentoring? One-to-one inter-generational ministry where an adult becomes a friend and role-model for a youth. It’s that simple. You build a friendship with a youth who needs a role-model. 

Benefits of Mentoring:

  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Lower high school dropout rates
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
(MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)

by tim


School Supply Drive

7/24/14 10:14

You can help restore dignity to students’ lives by participating through donating supplies or volunteering in our back-to-school shopping experience for at-risk youth.  All supplies can be donated at The Canby Center (681 SW 2nd Ave) or Cutsforth Thriftway (225 NE 2nd Ave) by August 20th.  

Items of greatest need:
Colored Pencils
Glue Sticks
College-Ruled Notebook Paper
1" 3 Ring Binders
2 pocket folders



by tim


Emergency Food

5/31/12 08:24

Hey friends! We are in serious need of some non-perishable food for our Emergency Food Pantry. Here's a list of needed items and thank you in advance for caring for your community!

Protein - Entree/Meals
Pasta (all kinds)
  - Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce (all kinds)
  - Tomato Sauce
Chili & regular Canned Beans
Bean/Rice - uncooked
Canned meat - Tuna, Chicken
Peanut Butter
* Jams and Jellies (high need)
Soups - all kinds (except "cream of")
Stove Top Entrees - Chef Boyardee, beef stew, ravioli, etc.
Mac & Cheese

Canned Fruits/Vegetables
All kinds - corn, green beans, peas, etc.
               applesauce, peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, etc.

Breakfast Cereal - all kinds (low sugar preferred)
Instant Potatoes
Canned Milk

by Kelley

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Give — Just By Searching the Web

4/24/12 07:18



What if you could give to The Canby Center (Canby - OR) every time you searched the web, shopped online or even when you went out to eat? Thanks to you can – at no extra cost to you.

How does it work?

·         Go to and download The Canby Center GoodSearch toolbar. Then use the GoodSearch toolbar for all your searches and help raise money to support our mission.

·         Search the Internet just like you normally would — the site is powered by Yahoo!, so you'll get high-quality search results.

·         Fifty percent of the revenue generated from the sponsored search advertisers is shared with the charity, school or nonprofit organization of your choosing.

·         Learn more about GoodSearch: Frequently Asked Questions

·         NEW! Shop at your favorite stores online and GoodShop will donate up to 30% of your purchases to your favorite charity! Learn More

How Does this Add Up?

If 1,000 people search 10 times a day, roughly $36,500 will be raised in a year for the organization — without anyone spending a dime.

If 1,000 people spent $500 a year shopping online, roughly $15,000* will be raised in a year for the organization.

If 1,000 people went out to dinner tonight and spent $50, roughly $2,000 will be donated to the organization in one day.

by tim


Canby Cares was a great success

7/11/10 07:41

The third annual Canby Cares was once again a huge success.  We were able to serve 90 patients in our Dental clinic and 74 patients in our Vision clinic.  Over 900 meals were served while the Canby Alliance worship team entertained our guests with live music.  The weather was perfect and 336 volunteers  came together to love on our Canby community.  One of my most precious memories was seeing an ex-gang member, a man currently living in his car and a dentist all working together to alleviate the pain of a client.  All the thousands of hours of work paid off as we exhibited the love of God to Canby by following the example of Jesus Christ, - healing the sick and feeding the hungry.