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ChristieCare of Oregon receives $250,000 donation

Funds to help vulnerable children and families

More home-based help for children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in rural Oregon will be just one of the results of a recent $250,000 donation to Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon from Roseburg's Ford Family Foundation.

The donation is part of the ongoing Turning Point Campaign, which has raised $1.2 million to help the recently merged organization expand and enhance programs that help children and families in the state.

Along with Ford, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Collins Foundation and other private donors have made significant donations. The campaign's goal is $1.8 million.

'We appreciate the Ford Family Foundation and our other donors who are helping us change the lives of some of Oregon's most vulnerable children and families,' said Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon, which is based at Marylhurst University between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

ChristieCare, which had helped Oregon children for more than 150 years through residential and educational services, merged with the national nonprofit Youth Villages in June.

The organization's approach is called 'Evidentiary Family Restoration,' providing intensive help to children and their families in their homes and communities when possible. EFR offers measurable outcomes and accountability to both funders and families.

Since the merger, Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon has expanded intensive in-home services to children and families in Clackamas and Washington counties and is working toward offering the services statewide in both urban and rural areas.

Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford established the Ford Family Foundation in 1957. Its mission is to foster 'successful citizens and vital rural communities' in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. The foundation is located in Roseburg with a scholarship office in Eugene.

Along with intensive in-home services, Youth Villages-ChristieCare provides residential treatment at its Christie Campus at Marylhurst and its Clackamas River Campus, which includes the Cedar Bough Native American Program, offering culturally responsive residential treatment for Native American youth and youth who can benefit from a strong cultural and spiritual life program. Youth Villages-ChristieCare also offers an independent living program for young adults who have aged out of foster care or state custody.

One of the nation's first and largest providers of intensive in-home services, Youth Villages this year is expected to help more than 18,000 children and families from more than 20 states.

For more information, visit www.youthvillages.org.



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