DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ASKS WALLOWA COUNTY CITIZENS TO NAME THAT BUILDING

December 13, 2001 11:00 pm
NEW DIGS: Department of Human Services employees (l to r) Nan Fordice, Stephanie Williams and Michelle Perales discuss the changes that will result from the expansion of the community building in which they work. The entrance will be changed from River Street to the doorway protected by this awning on Litch Street. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).
NEW DIGS: Department of Human Services employees (l to r) Nan Fordice, Stephanie Williams and Michelle Perales discuss the changes that will result from the expansion of the community building in which they work. The entrance will be changed from River Street to the doorway protected by this awning on Litch Street. (The Observer/GARY FLETCHER).

ENTERPRISE Someone in Wallowa County will receive a cash award for coming up with the best name for a building in Enterprise.

The structure at 502 S. River St. has been known as the Oregon Department of Human Services building. A new name is needed to reflect its expansion to bring in more services under one roof, and improve services to people of the county.

The people working to provide those services thought that since their workplace is being made into more of a community building that it should be named by the community. Various agency managers are donating money to establish the cash prize, said spokesperson Stephanie Williams.

In the buildings lobby are ballots to name the building and a drop box. Other ballot boxes are located by the Employment Departments kiosk in the courthouse lobby, at the nearby employment department office, at the training and employment consortium office in the post office building, at the Wallowa Valley Mental Health building and at the Community Connection office.

Suggestions must be submitted by Dec. 21. A name for the building, along with the submitters name, address and phone number can be mailed to: DHS Building Name Suggestions, P.O. Box A, Enterprise 97828.

A panel of county residents will select the most appropriate name. The goal is to announce the new name the first week of January.

The buildings name should reflect that this will be a place where all county residents can come and seek services and resources to meet their individual and family needs, Williams said.

New tenants will include the state employment department and the Wallowa County Training and Employment Consortium.

There will also be six cubicles to be used for work areas by other service providers, such as those from the Wallowa Valley Mental Health Clinic.

Child welfare services, disability and senior services and vocational rehabilitation are provided there by the Department of Human Services.

It is hoped that the improvements will help permit some clients to reach self-sufficiency more quickly, Williams said.

Virtually all the buildings exterior work is finished. Part of the interior remodel will be completed in January. The building expansion is planned to be finished this spring.

For questions or comments, contact Stephanie Williams at 426-4558.