Portland, May 6th, 2014. Central City Concern held its annual We Are Family event in support of its Letty Owings Center and Family Housing programs. The event was at the Multnomah Athletic Club, raised more than $50,000 and attracted 200 people. It featured the Honorable Nan Waller, a Presiding Judge for Multnomah County, who had spent many years as the lead Family Court Judge in Multnomah County. Judge Waller was also a founder of the Family Involvement Team, an inter-agency network of professionals who worked to meet the needs of adults with addiction and child custody challenges. Longtime past Director of the Family Involvement Team, and current Director of the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services, Martha Strawn Morris, gave an impassioned call for donations. The event also featured remarks from a recent high school graduate who lives in CCC’s Family Housing as well as a video story of one family who were helped by the Letty Owings Center and Family Housing – available at www.youtube.com/CentralCityConcern.
The Letty Owings Center was co-founded 25 years ago by Nancy Anderson (in attendance) and Letty Owings . It provides residential addiction treatment to pregnant or parenting women. CCC’s Family Housing is an array of 92 apartments throughout the Portland area for families in recovery; parent mentoring and employment support are located on-site at these buildings.