A Message From Kay Toran
The word safety summons many meanings, both personal and universal.
A child’s feeling of security in a place where they are cared for and nurtured.
The healing and empowerment that comes from rebuilding a life free from domestic violence or addiction.
The pride and well-being a community feels when its streets are safe.
But for many in our community, safety is not a certainty. We continue to see troubling statistics about how common domestic violence is in our community. With the unemployment rate in Oregon still hovering at around 10 percent, the times remain challenging to the families we serve. We are faced with greater need for our services at a time when our resources are severely stretched.
Still, in the face of this limited funding, our programs are still achieving high-quality outcomes. Last year, we served nearly 16,000 individuals throughout the Portland metro area. We are fortunate to be able to meet these needs by maintaining strong partnerships and collaborative relationships with other service providers in our community.
Each individual we help has a story to share, and we hope you enjoy reading them.
Thank you for your ongoing support through these difficult times. Without your ongoing support of our work and our organization, we would be unable to successfully serve those most in need.
Kay D. Toran
Return to Annual Report 2010.