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State receives $24,500 HOST Grant from Spirit Mountain Community FundSalem-News.com Business Report
Northwest Human Services HOST Program has been offering shelter, counseling, family mediation, safety, and support to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth since 1982.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Thanks to a generous grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Northwest Human Services HOST Program will be able to expand its well-regarded social services to troubled youth in our community.
The grant of $24,500 will fund the Seeking Safety program, a nationally renowned evidence-based model for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. It is regarded as both an educational and therapeutic resource.
"We’re grateful to Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s sponsorship of this program," said Sebastian de Assis, the Development Director for Northwest Human Services. "This educational project will greatly maximize the HOST Program’s primary objective, which is to equip homeless and runaway youth with the necessary tools for personal development and responsibility."
Northwest Human Services HOST Program has been offering shelter, counseling, family mediation, safety, and support to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth since 1982. HOST is proud of its high rate of success in turning around the lives of troubled youth. In the last fiscal year, 95% of the 182 youth who left HOST exited to safe housing situations.
"We believe that intervention through education is the best strategy to aid at-risk youth,” de Assis said. “We’re also aware that we cannot do our job without the support of reliable community partners."
Each year Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde invests nearly $5 million in organizations in the Willamette Valley. "We are thrilled to partner with HOST to implement an evidenced-based program that can change the lives of some of our most critical community assets: our teens," said SMCF Director Shelley Hanson.
Adopting this program will allow HOST to provide improved care that will supplement the emergency services already in place.
For more information about Northwest Human Services and its several social services programs, contact Sebastian de Assis at 503-588-5828 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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