Family relief nursery gets abuse prevention grants
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery is extremely pleased to have received two grant awards totaling $25,000. These generous donations will help to support our core early childhood abuse-prevention services and enable us to take the documentation of our results to a new level.
MountainStar is the recipient of a generous Oregon Community Foundation grant totaling $15,000 from the Robert W. Chandler II. Fund and the E. Henry Wemme Fund.
These critical funds will go to support our therapeutic classroom for babies and toddlers at high-risk for abuse and neglect. Children in enrolled in this program live in families facing multiple big challenges such as poverty, homelessness, family violence, and mental illness.
Staff monitor the safety of children and support their healthy development, while providing parents with crisis intervention, home visits, parent education, on-site counseling, support in accessing community resources, and access to diapers, food and used baby clothing and equipment.
Oregon Relief Nurseries have a documented success at reducing the risk of abuse by 68% within the first six months of enrollment.
An additional grant of $10,000 was granted to MountainStar by the Partnership to End Poverty for the purpose of improving our capacity to track and document the results of our work. This generous grant will allow MountainStar to purchase software tailored specifically to the Relief Nursery model.
“We believe that one of the best investments we can make in our community is to help organizations track and document the results of their work,” said Jason Carr, Executive Director for the Partnership to End Poverty. MountainStar, who currently participates with 15 other Oregon Relief Nurseries in a statewide independent evaluation by Portland State University, looks forward to tracking additional information and outcomes that are specific to Central Oregon.
At MountainStar, early intervention means everything. The benefits of identifying and addressing early cognitive, developmental, and social delays is critical in laying the ground work to prepare the children MountainStar serves to enter preschool and kindergarten ready to learn, as highlighted in Governor Kitzhaber’s Oregon’s Early Learning Initiative Program.
“We sincerely appreciate the support of The Oregon Community Foundation and The Partnership to End Poverty. These funds will make a huge difference in our mission to keep young children safe and families together,” said Tim Rusk, Executive Director at MountainStar. “Babies and toddlers deserve the strongest possible start in life. When their situation is compromised, a little bit of help can have a huge impact down the road for them individually and for us as a community.” Currently, Oregon Relief Nurseries leverage every $1 of government funding with $3 in community support through individuals donations and private grants, such as these.
About MountainStar Family Relief Nursery:
Nationally accredited, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (“MountainStar”) provides crisis intervention and a therapeutic classroom for 300 babies and young children from 6-weeks to 3-years-old. These children come from families with multiple risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including low income, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Children at this critical age represent 40% of the victims of child abuse and are at a stage in their development when it is essential to have attached and attentive caretakers. Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency and reducing foster care utilization. For more information about MountainStar and its programs, please visit www.mountainstarfamily.org or call (541) 322-6820.