To better understand CARES Northwest’s impact on the well-being of our young patients, our organization joined eight other Oregon child abuse intervention centers to participate in the Oregon Outcomes Measurement System Pilot Project. This two-year quantified study was designed to measure the validity of this statement: “The child abuse center facilitates healing for the child and their caregivers.
Caregivers were asked to complete a 12-question survey at the end of their child’s visit to CARES Northwest. Of the 337 surveys we received in 2012:
The children and families we surveyed also left us wonderful feedback on the care they received:
“Thank you for being so nice. This is a hard time and it’s nice to have people who care.”
“Es la primera vez y gracias por la ayuda y por ser tan amables y brindar la ayuda necesaria. [This is our first time. We thank you for the help, and for your kindness and for offering the needed support.]”
“My experience today was great under the circumstances of why we were here. I really like the way that things were handled and how comfortable I felt with the staff! And the blankets were a great idea with giving comfort for the children.”
“Awesome! Made the best of a terrible situation—I feel relieved for first time. Thank you!”
We are pleased to be able to share with you some of the responses from the Oregon Outcomes Measurement System Pilot Project. We know that visitors to Global Giving want to be sure their dollars are having a real impact on our communities. Rest assured that when you designate your gift to CARES Northwest, your dollars are having a positive, direct effect on children during a very difficult time in their lives.
We hope you find this information and testimonies informative and inspirational. Thank you for your partnership and helping us minimize the trauma of child abuse — even stave off its occurrence — in the communities we serve throughout the Northwest.
CARES Northwest’s 25th Anniversary Gala
On Nov. 16, hundreds of CARES Northwest supporters came to toast the 25th Anniversary of CARES Northwest with a festive gala at Leftbank Annex in Portland, Ore. The night included a tribute to Michael D. Schrunk, retiring Multnomah County District Attorney, who was an instrumental figure in the development of CARES Northwest. The event also helped raise awareness of our cause: more than 150 members of our community made first-time gifts in support of CARES Northwest.
Kevin Dowling, CARES Northwest program manager, helped provide context for the milestone. “Since opening our doors in 1987, we have served nearly 30,000 children in our medical clinic, and have triaged almost twice that many referrals,” Dowling said. “Before CARES was founded, if children were physically or sexually abused, they had to tell their painful story again and again and again. CARES brings together all agencies involved for one evaluation.
“The need is great and our program is committed to serving all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. CARES Northwest relies on generous contributions from the community to ensure our most vulnerable patients receive care.”
Special Raffle Raises Funds for CARES Northwest
For only $50 per ticket, CARES Northwest is raffling off a one-of-a-kind pair of Nike Air Max 1’s (also celebrating its 25th anniversary!) in their original retro design and colors. Housed in a special keepsake box with the original design sketch etched in the top, the shoes are autographed by legendary designer Tinker Hatfield, as well as three 2012 London Olympic gold medal winners: Allyson Felix, Ashton Eaton and Oscar Pistorius. To purchase a ticket, contact Kelly Stover, events and sponsorship coordinator, at 503-413-6465.
Each year, thousands of children in Oregon face physical and sexual abuse, neglect and/or domestic violence. Make a gift today to help our skilled clinicians and educators minimize the trauma of child abuse — and even stave off its occurrence — in our communities.
So far this year, your support of CARES Northwest has helped us conduct more than 900 outpatient assessments on children for whom there are concerns of physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of donors like you. On behalf of the thousands of children and families who come to us for care, we extend our heartfelt thanks.
We also want to share our latest achievements with you:
You can learn more about CARES Northwest on our website, www.caresnw.org, or by calling us at (503) 276-9000. Thank you again for your continued partnership and support.
CARES Northwest provides medical care and assessments for children in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington for whom there are concerns of abuse or neglect. Throughout our 25-year history, our approach has been to do what is in the best interest of each child’s health, safety and healing. So far this year, CARES Northwest has provided more than 500 outpatient child abuse assessments.
We want to share some recent highlights:
Your generous support helps make it possible for us to serve the growing number of children who need our help. For more information, please visit www.caresnw.org or call us at (503) 276-9000.
Thank you for your partnership and continued support.
CARES Northwest is a collaborative, community-based medical program for the assessment and treatment of child abuse. This month we thought we would share with you some information from the services we provided in 2011.
Of the 1,512 children who received outpatient assessment services at CARES Northwest this past year:
Referral concerns (alone or with other concerns; total exceeds 100%):
*Most often, children evaluated for concerns of neglect are evaluated for other types of abuse as well.
Your generous support helps make it possible for us to serve the growing number of children who need our help. For more information, please visit www.legacyhealth.org/caresnwgiving or contact CARES Northwest at 503-276-9000.
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