History of Northwest NP
In 1996 George Holmes was chosen as the first Administrator for Northwest Neighborhood Place. In the beginning Northwest consisted of George and two JCPS (Jefferson County Public Schools) staff housed on the second floor of Shawnee High School. While waiting for the rest of the partner agencies staff, George worked on connecting with the community and building his Community Council. In 1998, George and JCPS were joined by Metro Human Services and Health Dept staff which included WIC and Healthy Start. In 2002 they transitioned to their present location on the Market Street side of Shawnee High School which improved access to clients, particularly those arriving on foot or by bus. State Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) joined them soon after with both Family Support (food stamps & KTAP) and (Protection & Permanency) P&P staff.
George, the rest of the NP staff and the Community Council continued building on what they had created. They actively participated/collaborated with various community agencies, including the Lead Coalition, Truancy Court in several area schools, Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Portland Now, and the Annual MLK Breakfast at Shawnee High School to name a few. The Community Coordinated Child Care (4Cs) staff and Seven Counties joined them during this period.
George Holmes retired August 2007 and Sheila Nelson joined Northwest Neighborhood Place as the interim Administrator in February ’08. A Court Designated Worker and the Coordinator for Shawnee Weed and Seed have joined us during the last year. Also, Neighborhood Place Northwest has opened a family store (The Northwest Nook), partnered with Shawnee Weed and Seed to organize a “Safe and Healthy Return to School” event and held a Holiday Bazaar to raise money for holiday assistance for families in the Northwest area.