What We Do


Social Workers

  • Jamie Newell, MSW, LCSW

    Komak has been in invaluable resource for our most vulnerable cancer patients. These are patients who have to miss work due to illness and treatment and do not have savings or resources available to help meet their basic needs for survival - housing, food, bills, etc. Often these patients do not have access to disability pay. Sometimes their citizenship status prevents them from accessing other resources to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Komak has truly been a lifesaver - providing financial assistance during cancer treatment when there are often no other resources available to help. They have prevented evictions and ensured that people are able to get their needs met in order to successfully complete treatment. They serve our community with compassion, dedication and vital assistance. We social workers are incredibly grateful to be able to offer them as a resource (often the only resource)!

  • Nora Larson MSW, LCSW, LICSWA

    As an oncology social worker, I have witnessed Komak offer crucial support to numerous patients in need of temporary financial support while they endure lost income due to cancer treatments. Komak’s service in the community is critical and immensely appreciated by the local community of oncology care providers and patients alike! I am so grateful to know that I can refer patients to Komak for help during such an uncertain and challenging time, as they navigate a cancer diagnosis and financial distress.

  • Christen Skolnick, LCSW, OSW-C
  • Andrea Lehman, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
  • Susan Hedland, LCSW, FAOSW

Previous Clients

  • Michele

    My name is Michele and I just wanted to say that Komak was such a huge blessing in our lives at a time when I was going through my cancer journey. I had to stop working and my husband was out of work as well. They covered several of our bills and just took that burden off of our shoulders so we could focus on getting me healthier.

  • Josh

    In a matter of weeks after the cancer diagnoses it was a whirlwind of doctors, ultrasounds, surgeries and pain. It was all so overwhelming and frightening. Once Komak was made aware of our situation, the support and financial assistance was timely, and their knowledge was so beneficial. They came to our aid like protective angels and organized everything for us! I honestly don’t know what we would have done without them. We will be forever grateful.

  • Carlos

    I wanted to say thank you for the help the program has given me and my family.  Financial help from paying rent to helping us with our utilities.

    I’m down from being able to work due to my cancer, the program has helped with the pressure of not getting through this alone.

    From our Familia, thank you for all the help and support.

    Thank you,


  • Johnathan

    Without assistance from Komak, I don’t know where we would be. Rosemary and her associates worked with us closely to ensure that our financial needs were cared for. This helped me to focus on healing and not worrying about how we were going to pay our bills. Even after things started to get better, Rosemary would check in regularly to make sure we were ok. My wife and I will be forever grateful for the support Komak provided.

  • Jesus

    Komak has been very helpful and the process is easy. It is hard enough to go through the treatments. It is overwhelming and the last thing you want to think about is money. They come to your home and make you feel safe. They are very caring people who go out of their way to help.

  • Tom, Edith, Laia & Kyla

    While focused on healing, the constant shadow that followed me was the mounting debt that my situation has caused. I have been on disability since October, which has cut my earnings by over 60%. That, combined with the hefty medical bills as well as the regular bills that keep us afloat have had a devastating impact on our financial stability. I was referred to Komak by the Social Worker at my Oncologists office.  The timing of this support was so critical to me and my family’s staying afloat for a few months while I continued to recover. My wife and I cried with the news, such a relief it was.

    We are so grateful for the work of Komak to relieve the financial burdens of Portland-area families struck by the dreaded cancer. I have never had a more difficult and challenging year, to be sure. But at the same time, friends, family, and strangers have combined to affirm the goodness and compassion that is there, and we have been incredibly moved and inspired. Komak has been a big part of our support and we cannot thank you enough!