On Thursday, April 11th Looking Glass staff and supporters joined other thankful groups in acknowledging and celebrating the wonderful volunteer work being done at organizations around the county. Looking Glass was honored to have had two separate volunteers to celebrate with at the United Way Volunteer of the Year Celebration at Valley River Inn. New Roads instructor Steve Nastasiuk and two representatives from the Kappa Delta Alpha Lambda sorority were both nominated in their respective categories.
The 2019 “Looking Forward, Giving Back” auction fundraiser for Looking Glass was a huge success - everyone walked away from this table a winner. The Vegas Nights themed event was well received by 250+ attendees and the funds generated by this extremely benevolent crowd of supporters will help our youth clients and programs greatly. Among many special features during the evening, Jeanne Staton was honored with the “Guiding Light” award for her years of service and support for Looking Glass.
Longtime volunteer New Roads School math teacher, Steve Nastasiuk was selected by The Register-Guard and other local community spotlight partners as the Volunteer of the Month in February and featured prominently in an article in the Sunday, February 24th issue. Looking Glass is extremely proud of Steve and so thankful for the work he does with homeless and runaway youth at New Roads School. He is very deserving of this recognition.
Through collaboration with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), PeaceHealth, Pacific Source Health Plans, Trillium Community Health Plans and other partners, a remodeling project was completed on our River Road campus to prepare it for opening the Regional Crisis Center in the coming weeks. The 24-hour, 14-bed facility will house intensive treatment care clients and serve some of our area’s most vulnerable youth. The RCC will serve all genders from all over the state of Oregon, ages 12 to 18 and will offer group and individual therapy and trauma-informed behavioral support. This is the first facility of its kind in the state and will serve a youth population which is currently severely lacking in treatment options.
Over multiple visits in recent months, local graphic artist Matt Brundage, on loan from Eugene’s Imagination International Inc, spent hours with Looking Glass students at Riverfront and Center Point Schools teaching youth about drawing techniques. In addition to showing off his amazing artistic skills, Matt brought humor and fun into the classrooms at Looking Glass.
Riverfront School has launched a new Job Panel Series inviting area employers to visit the school to discuss options with students for their next phase of life after high school. On Wednesday, January 16th a panel of representatives from local trade and apprenticeship organizations came to inform students about the valuable options available to them here locally.
On Tuesday, January 1st, Looking Glass’ in-school therapy program was featured prominently in The Register-Guard with a front page article highlighting the program’s growth and importance. Looking Glass now has therapists embedded in 30 schools in Lane County and has 5 more schools on a waiting list.