New Program Unveiled!

On Thursday, January 15th Willamette Family’s Rapid Access Center (RAC) and Medical Clinic officially opened their doors. After Mayor Kitty Piercy addressed a large audience of lead community figures, including representation from Senator Wyden and Senator DeFazio, the Chamber of Commerce unveiled the RAC sign amidst cheers. The Board of Directors and staff lead tours throughout the building, which was all access with no doors closed. Attendees had high compliments for their tour guides whose pride, dedication, and knowledge were inspiring.

Many attendees were prominent business leaders, doctors, lawyers, and CEO’s involved in the healthcare industry and exclamations of, “I can’t believe how great this is!” sounded throughout the reception. Not only were they impressed with the building’s welcoming aesthetics, but also that such a valuable resource now exists right in the heart of Eugene. The RAC is revolutionary in offering same day, affordable treatment for those suffering from behavioral mental health or substance use disorders. The Medical Clinic is unique in providing same day and ongoing primary care for medical situations arising from mental health and/or substance use disorders.

We’d like to thank KVAL, KEZI, KLCC, Eugene Weekly, and The Register Guard for their great coverage leading up to, and during, the reception.

A first citizen among us:

Willamette Family Board of Directors member John Brown was named recipient of this year’s First Citizen Award, which honors an outstanding individual who has made extraordinary community contributions through business and community service. John joined the Willamette Family Board of Directors in 2010. As a Vietnam Veteran he’s known many people involved with substance use and addiction, and views serving on the Board as a way to take what he does for a living and help.

As a Real Estate Broker John has been instrumental in helping Willamette Family procure some of its buildings, including the new Rapid Access Center and downtown offices. He helped negotiate contracts and leases during the economic collapse. Now, he’s particularly focused on establishing a sustainable future for Willamette Family. “We need to plan for the future. We need to plan for when we’re challenged again,” he says.

During his rare free time, you’ll find him on the river fishing. But he says his most rewarding experiences are his volunteer trips abroad which include bringing running water to a remote town in Mexico and installing cook stoves in Guatemala that are reducing the amount of deaths due to open fire cooking.

We’re so thankful to have John as a member of Board and congratulate him on a well-deserved award!

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