Parents take note! There’s a new resource in your neighborhood!
With support from local organizations including Newberg-Dundee Public Schools, A Family Place has relocated to a freshly renovated building with a new playground at 600 E. Sixth St., Newberg, next to Edwards Elementary School.
A Family Place is an early childhood program that provides mental health services (including school-based mental health), parent education (with classes for parents of children of all ages), a relief nursery, a therapeutic classroom for small children, and home visits to aid families. The organization also offers clothing and diapers at the Diaper Bank, which is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursdays. A Family Place is offered through LCS Northwest Yamhill County, a Seattle-based nonprofit with programs supporting families, seniors, refugees, and domestic violence survivors.
A crowd of more than 50 celebrated A Family Place’s freshly renovated site during a grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 20. There was plenty to eat, including colorful pails filled with Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn and brightly colored snow cones from a Kona Ice truck. Attendees also enjoyed tours of the new building, a ribbon-cutting (complete with oversized scissors and a long, red ribbon), and several speeches bursting with gratitude.
“A Family Place, we’re thankful as a community for all the work that you do,” School Board Chair Nancy Woodward said during her speech. Woodward also noted the value of having mental health clinicians and a relief nursery in sight of School District grounds.
LCS Northwest representatives offered their appreciation to supporters, including the School District. Emily Garrick-Steenson, Advancement Manager, even took the time to list off the many people who helped.
Northwest President and CEO David Duea noted that this help was essential to his organization’s success.
“Our work is really empowered by our community,” Duea said. “This does not happen without you.”
Sarah Schwartz, Operations Supervisor, said that the lives of the children who receive resources from A Family Place will be forever changed because of supporters’ generosity.
“You helped us take a dream and make it a reality,” Schwartz told the crowd.
Want to see A Family Place’s new site 600 Sixth St. with your own eyes? The next Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Greeters meeting will be from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at A Family Place. Greeters meetings are open to the public.
If you would like to help A Family Place, you may wish to:
- Attend the upcoming 2023 Champions Ball fundraiser on Oct. 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. Tickets are available at www.familyplacerelief.org/champions-event.
- Learn more about donations at www.familyplacerelief.org/get-involved/donate.
- For volunteer opportunities, email [email protected].