September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 News - Kinship House

Access. It’s an important word at Kinship House. 

Without access to vital mental health services, foster and adoptive children with significant mental health challenges often fail at placement. Through no fault of their own, they may suffer through childhood only to live on the streets or be confined to jail as adults.

With timely access to effective services these same children can successfully transition to permanent, stable and loving families, and the chance for a brighter future.

Kinship House therapists continue to provide the most clinically advanced, innovative and successful services possible. Each year we increase the number of clients we serve, and this year is no exception.

Through grants from the Collins Foundation and the Irvington Community Association, capacity funds through the Multnomah County Health Department and the generous contributions of our Community of Kin, we are proud to announce our latest expansion project.

Introducing Kinship House – East

Kinship House - East

On August 31st, we opened the doors to our sister site at NE 181st Avenue, near NE Glisan Street. Here our east county families can receive services, including small groups, without the burden of traveling to our 8th avenue location.

Over the next several months we plan to hire additional staff to increase available services at both locations.

The bad news?  There are more hurting kids out there in need of services, and Kinship House has been running a waiting list.

The good news? Our services are proven to be effective and we can continue to grow our work through your support.

What can you do? 

  • Consider joining our Kinship Circle with your tax-deductible donation of $1000.
  • Join our Kinship House Heroes of Change program and become a sustaining donor. Your commitment to a small monthly donation will help us provide on-going care
    to our kids.
  • Share your time and skills as a volunteer at one of our locations.

Won’t you help us move more children off our waiting list and into the loving arms of their forever families?

Collins Foundation - Multnomah County - Historic Irvington


Summer Groups

Spotlight on Summer Groups

This summer, Kinship House provided six weeks of interpersonal art therapy groups. Children ages 5-16 explored nature, played games, drew pictures, created homemade instruments and wrote stories. They sang and danced to their favorite songs, unknowingly strengthening their communication skills.

Children in our care come with a host of challenges. They struggle to build relationships; they’ve learned not to trust others. Many, like 11 year-old Cyndy and 9 year-old Mary, have histories of anxiety and struggle to make friends.

On their first day in group, Cyndy and Mary entered warily. Asked to create a personal Super Hero and to discuss their projects, the girls each created a mermaid super hero and began to connect through their mutual love of the mermaid-themed TV series “H2O.”

On day two, they scampered into group and sat together.

By the end of the first week they performed the theme song to “H2O” for the group and were eager to meet again in
future groups.

Common ground, a safe haven, and nurturing guidance in groups help our Kinship Kids learn the skills they need to succeed in relationships, in families and in their futures. Our group therapy services are funded in part by grants from the Bill Healy Foundation and Holzman Foundation.

Bill Healy Foundation - The Holzman Foundation

high-five_300pxWith your ongoing support we can continue to make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our community.

Please visit kinshiphouse.org or call us at 503-460-2796 to learn more.

Help us nurture more successful Kinship Kids today.

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