Merger of ChristieCare, Youth Villages paints bright picture for future services

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages-Christie Care of Oregon, addresses the crowd during the ceremony celebrating the merger of ChristieCare of Oregon and Youth Villages.

ChristieCare of Oregon and Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization, celebrated their merger on June 1.

The new organization, called Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon, is bringing intensive in-home services to troubled children and youth.

'This is an important moment for both ChristieCare and families in crisis in Oregon who are looking for effective and cost-efficient help for themselves and their children,' said Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon and former CEO of ChristieCare. 'We're excited to be able to safely help troubled children and their families in their own homes, and to allow children to remain with their families whenever possible. We're also excited to be enhancing our residential programs for Oregon's youth.'

The strength of the community's commitment to ChristieCare was shown in the success of its recent Turning Point Campaign. Significant donations were made from Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Collins Foundation and other private donors.

Saxton led the merger ceremony, followed by a presentation by Youth Villages CEO Patrick W. Lawler and Sister Wanda of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the order that founded ChristieCare in 1859. The celebration featured Native American elements, including honor songs and drumming with children receiving help through the organization.