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Willamette Family has proudly served Lane County for over 50 years, providing detox and treatment for substance use disorders. Over the years our services have been enhanced to include Mental Health Treatment for adults and children, Primary Medical Care, parenting classes, Family Services, Peer Support Services, and a myriad of transitional services. These services are designed to assist the individual transition back into the community and to reunite with their families.
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Relay for Life 2017 - Highlights
Published on JJuly 24, 2017
Relay for Life has been a very important cause to Willamette Family for a long time, and this year we are so happy to announce that the Willamette Family Warriors Relay team not only raised over $4,300.00 in the fight to cure cancer, but also had the largest team at the event! Our team consisted of Willamette Family staff as well as their family members and a large number of staff and family members came out to the event to lend their support. It was a fantastic night!
Our very own Jonathan Smith took home the crown for Mr. Relay!
We send our sincere thank you’s to everyone who supported us, and helped keep us awake and mobile for nearly 24 hours straight. Can’t wait for next year!
Kendall Crump: What is Drug Addiction?
Published on June 6, 2017
Kendall Crump was an intern at Willamette Family from the University of Oregon for several months where she worked with individuals affected by the disease of addiction.
During my time interning at Willamette Family and working with individuals in recovery, I have become exposed to a number of stereotypes and prejudices that this population receives. After hearing about how these stereotypes are affecting these men and women, it became evident of the crucial need for community members to be educated about the lifestyles and experiences of those in recovery. If these individuals are expected to return to the community and be productive members of society, they need their colleagues, their neighbors and friends to know what it is like to live with addiction. In raising awareness, community members will be better able to support parents in recovery. They will have a deeper understanding of some experiences that have shaped the lifestyle those in recovery live. By becoming educated in their experiences, both hardships and successes, it will be easier for the community to understand their needs and offer the support these families so desperately need and deserve. With the support and acceptance of the community, these parents will thrive in their recovery and thrive as productive members of society. The goal of my senior project is to humanize the face of addiction in order to show the community how big of a role they play in the process of recovery.
Our community will only grow and strengthen with the support we offer and receive from each other.
“The urge to use is more prominent than our basic instinct to preserve our lives. No one in their right mind continually puts their life in danger to get something that we know ruins our lives. I love my kids more than anything but my brain tells me I love drugs more than anything else.”
Michael: A Father Who Found His Way Home
Published on March 30, 2017
I was born in a city in Central California where gangs and addiction are prevalent. I lived in a house full of addicts; I was born to two addicted parents. At an early age, I was taken out of the home and was raised by my grandparents. I had a couple of male figures, but it wasn’t my dad. I went searching for another male role model and that role model happened to be a gang. My involvement with the gang fed my addiction as well as my addiction fed my criminality. For years it went on like this…
After I met my wife and had my children, I thought everything was going to be different, but it wasn’t the case. I wanted to be happy. I think that’s what it was, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t be happy.
My turning point came around when I finally saw the real impact of my behavior to my children and how it can affect their future. I called Willamette Family and they welcomed me with open arms. It was so good to finally see my children being so proud of me because I was doing something right. It warms me inside everytime I see my children happy. It was one the best decision I’ve made in lilfe. Willamette Family showed me what I was looking for.
Kaiser Permanente Grant: Housing Expansion Project
Published on January 19, 2017
Willamette Family is one of the three non-profit agencies in Eugene that receive a grant from Kaiser Permanente to expand a housing project for its population. Over 3500 individuals receive treatment through Willamette Family for substance use disorders each year. Of those, over 80% have experienced homelessness at least once during the year. This grant will address key barriers for this population in the following manner.
- Willamette Family will hire an additional housing specialist and an additional peers support specialist to work with each individual on the issues that prevent them from securing stable housing
- Willamette Family will develop and deliver a state certified training program to train community health workers both within the agency, and for other community providers
- Willamette Family will train two staff members in the Second Chance Renters Curriculum to provide individuals with the skills needed to successful rent and retain housing
- Willamette Family will use its Rapid Access Center to identify housing needs when an individual initially seeks treatment and services, and begin developing an individualized plan with each client to successfully obtain housing and to support them once the complete treatment
This wonderful grant will provide hope, support and services to help these individuals find housing and become part of this great community.
40 Hours Peer Support Training
Published on May 30, 2017
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KEZI SPECIAL REPORT: METH AND HEROIN PLAGUE IN EUGENE & SPRINGFIELD:
The meth and heroin epidemic continues to plague Oregon and the number of drug arrests in Eugene and Springfield are on the rise, according to police records.
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"Mother's Tale – Kimberly"
Published on Nov 18, 2016
Kimberly moved to Oregon in 2005 where she started working at a local fast food restaurant. During that time she met a man that would soon be the father of her child. After a few years of dating, Kimberly was introduced to meth and other substances. Kimberly and the man were homeless for over five years. In April of 2012 Kimberly found out she was three months pregnant. She gave birth to her son in October of 2012; he only weighed three and a half pounds. DHS took over custody of her son and denied Kimberly the right to see him. It wasn’t until DHS changed her son’s foster care status to adoption, did Kimberly realize she could lose him forever. In 2014 Kimberly attended treatment at Willamette Family’s Women’s residential program. There she learned how to live a sober life as well as good and effective parenting skills. Kimberly was assigned a Family Advocate through Willamette Family that helped her through the process of obtaining custody of her son. Kimberly is excited about the life she has chosen for herself and her son. Take a look at this video to get a glimpse of what motivates Kimberly every single day.
“Today, I am able to be a mother to my son, pay my bills, and be a clean and productive member of society. I am proud to be able to do service work and I go to meetings and have a sponsor. I have been clean since July 19, 2014. I never in my life thought I would see this.” – Kimberly
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Rotary Duck Race 2016 Awarded $40,000 to Willamette Family
Published on Nov. 18, 2016
Video Sources: KEZI News
How the $40,000 is being used:
Willamette Family is using the $40,000 to provide added support to our Dad’s Program. The Dad’s Program allows for five dad’s to live in a house with their child while receiving drug and alcohol treatment. The Dad’s Program is a family style home where the dad’s and their children reside full time. During the day the dad’s attend Intensive Day Treatment while the children attend school or Willamette Family’s Child Development Center, depending on the child’s age. Willamette Family’s Intensive Day Treatment is comprised of 20 treatment hours a week provided by highly trained and qualified Alcohol and Drug Counselors. In the evening the dads take care of their child as well as maintain the house by cooking and cleaning. The dad’s learn about addiction and recovery while also learning valuable skills such as time management, how to be the primary parent, how to access resources in the community, and more. The men have access to a staff member at all times for support while they develop and grow into capable and confident dads. Thank you to the Great Rotary Raffle and the Rotary Clubs of Lane County for supporting this program and keeping dads with their children.
Generous Donation from PIVOT Architecture
Published on Jan. 18, 2017
Willamette Family wants to thank PIVOT Architecture for reaching out and sharing a wonderful gift!
This $1,000 will provide our clients with bus passes and the opportunity to go into our community, access services, travel to and from important appointments, attend job interviews and more!
This gift is so generous and so very appreciated!
Partnership with the Eugene Municipal Court
Published on Sept. 22, 2016
Willamette Family Treatment Services (WFTS) is excited to share that we have partnered with the Eugene Municipal Court who is pioneering a City Community Court. The court is held every Friday at the city library in downtown Eugene. This innovative court is focused on providing individuals who meet the court’s criteria with the opportunity to engage needed behavioral health services, rather than traditional punitive sanctions.
As a Community Court Service Provider WFTS has a connection table set up at the court each week. Daniel Jenkins, our community court liaison, welcomes participants, processes their court documents, and engages them in the admissions process at our Rapid Access Center the same day as court. With over fifty years of experience working with behavioral health issues in Eugene and Lane County, Willamette Family is very proud to partner with our community providing accessible, quality mental health and substance abuse/addiction care for men, women, youth, and families that are struggling and willing to try a new way of life.