VOLUME 26, ISSUE 98
“YOU MADE CHRISTMAS BETTER”
Damascus us, but you know we have
For most of us, Christmas blankets, sheets and tow-
Community Church is been through a lot and some
is a fun time. We’re with els and also fun items like
honored each year have not been with our fami-
people we enjoy, we eat food sports equipment, games,
to participate in lies in a long time.
we enjoy, we receive gifts we DVD’s, and movie tickets.
enjoy. We don’t think of Sam: You have given me These are things that the
Association’s hope and joy from your gift.
Up a Life Christmas as being a bad kids will benefit from
experience; but for many of Thank you for lighting up my throughout the year, and
program. This year life with your thoughtfulness.
God gave us an the kids in our programs, it is we are so grateful.
Steve: Thank you for the gift
opportunity to a sad and lonely time. It is a This year, we were also
card. I love it! Now I can go
involve both our reminder that they are away blessed to receive three
Christmas shopping for the
church body and the from their families and they rest of my family. Thank you very special gifts: a Bow-
students of our don’t know when, if ever, for giving me a Christmas. flex exercise machine for
Damascus Christian they will be with them again. Joey: I want to thank you for our Charis Ridge Program
High School in this It is a reminder that their the sweatshirt. It means a and a big-screen TV and all
rewarding ministry futures are uncertain. lot to me. Thanks for caring. It -wood foosball table for
that is meeting the As I read the thank you makes me feel better. Son Village. The Bowflex is
real needs of hurting notes the kids wrote this Ellis: Thank you for spending perfect for our setting, and
kids in our ‘Judea
year, I was struck by how the time, effort, and money the boys started using it
and Samaria.’ It is
many of our young people to help us have a better immediately. They were so
our joy to join with
commented on the fact that Christmas. Our holiday spirit excited. Needless to say,
YGA, and we look was buoyed knowing that
receiving the gifts and notes the big screen TV was also
forward to a people out there care about
through “Light Up A Life” did a BIG hit! And there is a
growing partnership us.
in the future.”
make Christmas better for Chris: Thank you very much special story behind the
them; and I thought the best for taking the time to get foosball table. We have a
—Andy McClellan way to express our apprecia- staff person named Jeromi,
these gifts for us. I think if
tion to you for your support everyone was as caring and who started working as a
would be to share some of thoughtful as people like you, residential counselor at
those comments with you— this world would be a lot Son Village 17 months ago.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
to let you hear directly from better than it is today. From the beginning, Jeromi
the kids. People like you
YGA WELCOMES 2
Matthew: As for us, we had a make Christmas
MEMBER wonderful Christmas. We a little easier for
were really blessed thanks to us guys.
WISH LIST 2
people like you who go out of In addition to
YOU MADE 2
their way to make sure kids the individual
CHRISTMAS BETTER who are in programs can have gifts that were
CONT’D something for Christmas. You given, people
A VIEW FROM MY
made things better for us all, contributed
DESK and I just wanted to tell you very practical
that I really appreciate it. and needed
A LIFE OF SERVICE 3 Roger: I know you don’t know
ADVOCATE Page 2
YGA WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER
in 1997, John completed School Resource Officer swimming competitively in
a double degree in for Sam Barlow HS and, hopes of making it into
Speech Communication among his other respon- the Olympics. Now he is
and Christian Theology at sibilities, is also a Public content to swim and
Whitworth College. John Information Officer and have fun with his kids.
had an excellent rapport Hostage Negotiator. In When asked why he
with the boys at Son asking John about his was interested in serving
Village and was soon experience with Youth on the YGA Board, John
given case management Guidance, he said that said this: “I appreciate
responsibilities, which he loved working at both the fact that the staff
became his full-time role Son Village and Charis really value the kids.
in 2000. Ridge and that his time The work YGA does with
When John decided to at Son Village especially kids is incredible, and I
The commitment of pursue police work as helped to prepare him for believe that YGA’s
our staff often goes be- the next step in his ca- his current role. mission is what really
yond the time of their reer, he continued with In his time outside of sets it apart from other
employment with YGA, as YGA on a part-time basis, work, John really enjoys programs.” We are so
is the case with John providing essential con- spending time with his pleased to welcome John
Rasmussen, our newest sultation and training for family. John and his to the YGA Board and are
Board member. John what was then our new- wife, Kelly, have been confident that he will
was born and raised in est program, Charis married 11 years and play a significant role in
the East Bay area of Cali- Ridge. John has been have two great kids, with helping move the organi-
fornia. Before coming on with the Gresham Police a third on the way. Earlier zation toward achieving
staff as a Residential Department now for over in his life, John spent a its mission.
Counselor at Son Village three years. He is the great deal of his free time
YOU MADE CHRISTMAS BETTER, CONT’D
WE WISH WE HAD A . . .
has considered his position a “mission” as well as a
job. Jeromi has a huge heart for the kids he works YGA is feeling the economic pinch, just as you probably are. In
with, and his family immediately became interested in spite of that, we were amazed by the generosity of the many
what Jeromi was doing. Last fall they invited some of people who gave to YGA during the holidays. We were thrilled
the boys to their home for a “raclette (which is a spe-
by the many Christmas gifts that were provided for the kids in
cial cheese from France) dinner.” The boys had a
our programs and for the Bowflex machine, foosball table and
great time. As Christmas approached, Jeromi’s family
talked about wanting to do something special for the big screen TV which they will enjoy for years to come.
boys at Son Village, and they all decided to go to- Below are some of the things still on our wish list. If you or
gether to purchase a new foosball table. But it wasn’t someone you know would be interested in donating any of
just Jeromi’s parents. It was siblings, grandparents, these items to YGA, please contact our office (503) 234-0085.
aunts and uncles. It spoke volumes to the kids that
Jeromi’s whole family would do this for them. They
even brought the foosball table to the Center and • Four-wheel drive tractor (capable of moving snow)
spent three hours with the boys putting it together. • One or two 5 KW (or larger) generators to provide
That is really the essence of what “Light Up A Life” emergency backup power
is all about. People, like you, give to help meet the • Pick-up truck to be used as a maintenance vehicle
real needs of these kids; but in that simple gesture of
kindness, you give much more—you give a message of • Scissors lift for a variety of maintenance projects
love and of hope, and that not only makes Christmas
better for them, it can make the future better, too.
VOLUME 26, ISSUE 98 Page 3
THE VIEW FROM MY DESK
Snow in our part work on snow and ice- give of themselves.
of Oregon is usually a hit covered roadways. It
Over three feet of
and run event. Predic- changed holiday visit
snow fell at our Son
tions of it generate high plans for our residents. It
Village location, necessi-
hopes in school children, even forced the postpone-
tating an immense
excitement and hype on ment of our staff Christ-
amount of work on the
the news programs, and mas party.
grounds. Even with so
perhaps a little anxiety
It took a tremen- many boys helping out,
for people worried about
dous amount of commit- we weren’t able to keep up
getting to work or what
ment and effort on the with the shoveling and
they’ll do if school is can-
part of our staff to get to had to bring in a plow Martin Lowen,
celled. Such predictions
work. Some were forced to three times to dig out the Executive Director
usually result in a brief Youth Guidance Association
stay at work much longer driveway and parking
or slushy appearance on
than planned to fill in for areas. One flat roof also
the higher hills. But this snow to fall this winter,
those who were stranded. had to be cleared to lessen
year has been different, I’m confident that even if
Others volunteered to fill the weight.
and we are still feeling it does, our staff will con-
in where needed, and all When the snow
the impact. tinue to demonstrate their
did it with a positive atti- finally did start melting
It started before tude and a desire to see and sliding off the roofs, dedication to the mission
Christmas. Cold weather that the kids we work the gutters came down of this agency.
combined with lots of with were well taken care with it. The resulting
moisture left our staff of. We are very blessed as damage at Son Village
scrambling and impro- an agency with an amazing will exceed $3,000. While
vising ways to get to staff who continuously nobody is wanting more
A LIFETIME OF SERVICE
It was with great 1969, spoke of the source of encourage-
pleasure and gratitude model of leadership ment in difficult situa-
that the YGA Board hon- Dave has provided tions. His creative think-
ored long-time member, throughout the years. ing and initiative have
David Culver, for over 40 From the beginning, brought about changes
years of service to Youth Dave has shown that that have served the
Guidance. Leroy Moody, he truly has a heart for organization very well.
current Board Chair, troubled kids. When Most of all,
presented Dave with a Youth Guidance was countless young lives
plaque granting him formed, Dave actually have been impacted be-
honorary lifetime mem- took a year off from work cause of the leadership
bership. to assist in the start up. Dave has provided. We
Dick Smith, who It has been that cannot thank him
became the Executive kind of commitment that enough for his years of
Director when the Youth has marked Dave’s dedicated service and
Guidance division of service. He has been a the tremendous contri- Dave Culver, recognized for 40
years of service to YGA.
Portland Youth for Christ source of wisdom in bution he has made to
was established in challenging times and a this organization.
Permit No 5666
BUILDING COMMUNITIES Portland , OR
Youth Guidance Association
2730 NE Flanders
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503 234-0085
CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED
OUR MISSION OUR PEOPLE BOARD OF REFERENCE
To help youth experience healing and develop
Martin Lowen Honorable Mark Hatfield
the motivation, responsibility, stable values
Executive Director U.S. Senator Oregon (Retired)
and skills to make successful choices in life.
Shirley Heck Dr. Ron Post
OUR PURPOSE Program Administrator Founder of NW Medical Teams International
To meet the physical, social, emotional and
spiritual needs of youth and their families Cecilia Ringsage Dr. Pamela Reeve
through residential treatment, counseling, Charis Ridge Program Director Multnomah Bible College and Seminary
advocacy, and support services. Dan Rogers Dick Reiten
Son Village Program Director NW Natural Gas
YGA currently operates two highly structured Tanya Muirbrook Ron Timpe
residential treatment programs for troubled Girls’ Program Director Standard Insurance of Oregon
adolescents, Son Village and Charis Ridge.
These programs emphasize self-discipline,
personal responsibility and respect. YGA
also has a strong commitment to working
with the families of the youth in its care.
VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.YGAPDX.ORG
YOUTH GUIDANCE ASSOCIATION IS A NON-PROFIT AGENCY, 501(C)(3), AND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX
DEDUCTIBLE FOR THOSE WHO ITEMIZE THEIR FEDERAL TAXES. YGA IS LICENSED BY THE STATE OF OREGON
AND IS A MEMBER OF THE OREGON ALLIANCE OF CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS.