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.
For the 11th consecutive year, Looking Glass’ Center Point School, an alternative therapeutic middle and high school, held its annual holiday breakfast gathering at The Excelsior Inn in Eugene. The staff at The Excelsior opens its doors for this private gathering and provides a steep discount to the program to allow our clients to enjoy an amazing meal and a unique experience of fine dining during the holiday season.
Travis Anthony, a local hair stylist who works out of the Sola Salon Studios on 6th Ave in Eugene, provided free haircuts for New Roads runaway & homeless youth clients on Monday December 17th for several hours. To add to the event, Papa’s Pizza on West 11th donated several pizzas providing lunch for the youth clients and various sodas were donated by Bigfoot Beverages.
Individual donors throughout Lane County showed their endless generosity through a staggering amount of Giving Tree gift donations made in the past few weeks. All tolled, gift packages donated to Looking Glass Giving Trees exceeded 600 from a variety of locations in Eugene and Springfield and the items ranges from socks and coats to cat t-shirts and bikes and everything in between. In a highly unscientific calculation, conservatively estimating each gift valued at at least $50 (plus several gift cards and some cash and checks), the total donated amount exceed $35,000 (in value of packaged items).
Looking Glass Giving Trees are up at 15 locations across Eugene and Springfield. Help a youth working to overcome life challenges by getting them a gift for the holidays. Gift wishes range from socks to coats to toys. We also have a Giving Tree cash donation fund and a generous donor match offered from Ron & Marcy Sexton and Primary Residential Mortgage.
Oregon Community Credit Union’s Employee Community Giving Fund Committee donated $1,000 to Looking Glass to provide assistance with purchase of some much needed items for programs at Station 7 and Riverfront School. Items purchased included various cookware, pots and pans, plates and bowls and more as well as some newborn baby clothes purchased for Riverfront School clients who are expecting newborn babies in the coming year.
For this year’s #GivingTuesday (Nov 27) campaign, Looking Glass was offered a generous matching donation opportunity from the Eugene Coastal Farm & Ranch of $1,000. With hopes of raising another $1,000 from local, individual donors, we have created a special online donation page which describes the impact of various giving levels. These funds will be used to purchase new winter clothing and items as part of our winter donation drive efforts.