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Siuslaw Outreach Services and OPB partner to provide self-sufficiency

Siuslaw Outreach Services in Florence serves those in crisis situations who may have nowhere else to turn. The agency got its start in 1986 as a shelter for women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault, but its mission has since expanded to meet many community needs.

“Today, we provide not only advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault but also sex trafficking,” says Bob Teter, executive director of SOS. The nonprofit also provides financial aid for people who are struggling with rent or utilities due to an unexpected crisis.

“We have clothing and cold-weather gear for the homeless. We have homelessness prevention programs. We provide self-sufficiency education in the community, for clients and students in the school district, and we partner with a lot of agencies in town to fill whatever needs are out there,” he says.

To fulfill its mission, SOS counts on the crucial support of community members and its business partners, such as Oregon Pacific Bank.

“We use Oregon Pacific Bank for our checking and savings accounts, but it’s more than that,” Bob says. “We have staff from Oregon Pacific Bank who come and do self-sufficiency financial management classes for our clients.”

In addition to helping people take steps toward financial independence, OPB helps the agency with fundraising events and marketing.

“What I love about Oregon Pacific Bank is that they look at you as a person and not as an account,” he says. “They are very invested in the community, and the sustainability and the vitality of the community. The nice thing about a small community bank is that we’re all in this together – we’re all working together to make our community better.”

Siuslaw Outreach Services in Florence serves those in crisis situations who may have nowhere else to turn. The agency got its start in 1986 as a shelter for women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault, but its mission has since expanded to meet many community needs.

“Today, we provide not only advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault but also sex trafficking,” says Bob Teter, executive director of SOS. The nonprofit also provides financial aid for people who are struggling with rent or utilities due to an unexpected crisis.

“We have clothing and cold-weather gear for the homeless. We have homelessness prevention programs. We provide self-sufficiency education in the community, for clients and students in the school district, and we partner with a lot of agencies in town to fill whatever needs are out there,” he says.

To fulfill its mission, SOS counts on the crucial support of community members and its business partners, such as Oregon Pacific Bank.

“We use Oregon Pacific Bank for our checking and savings accounts, but it’s more than that,” Bob says. “We have staff from Oregon Pacific Bank who come and do self-sufficiency financial management classes for our clients.”

In addition to helping people take steps toward financial independence, OPB helps the agency with fundraising events and marketing.

“What I love about Oregon Pacific Bank is that they look at you as a person and not as an account,” he says. “They are very invested in the community, and the sustainability and the vitality of the community. The nice thing about a small community bank is that we’re all in this together – we’re all working together to make our community better.”

Banker Spotlight
Mike Webb

Mike Webb

VP, Commercial Relationship Manager
Florence Branch
541-997-7121

“We’re truly a community bank, where we make decisions locally. We work with our clients to find an answer to their problems.”

Mike Webb has spent much of his career helping to ensure a good quality of life in Florence, the community he’s grown to love. Raised in Corvallis and with a degree from Oregon State University, Mike moved to Florence in 1988 to take a job in retail management before switching to a sales position at Oregon Pacific Bank. He worked his way up to become a Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager.

Mike loves Florence’s small-town feel, especially his five-minute commute—he jokes that when the coastal getaway gets busy with summer tourists, his drive to work can stretch to 6 minutes.

“You get to know everyone in the community,” he says. “It’s a nice place to raise your kids.”

Mike is involved with several civic and service organizations, including serving since 2005 on the board of the Western Lane Ambulance District, which provides emergency medical services across 1,000 square miles of Lane County.

He’s also part of the Florence Rotary Club, Florence Urban Renewal Committee, and the Siuslaw Vision Project—which looks to formulate long-range goals for the community.

In his free time, he takes advantage of the community’s moderate weather and enjoys year-round golf. He also likes bowling and bicycling.

Through his job at OPB, Mike also plays a role in helping to support the community. An example would be the bank’s involvement in helping local businesses secure Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic. That effort infused $13 million into the local community and helped support roughly 1,100 jobs, Mike says.

“Our interest is really to keep Florence going,” he says. “We’re truly a community bank, where we make decisions locally. We work with our clients to find an answer to their problems.”

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