Caring for kiddos: A Family Place expands to Newberg, third site in Yamhill County

by | Oct 5, 2023 | Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, Family Support

The therapeutic playground is popular at A Family Place in Newberg, Oregon.

A familiar polka dot bus drives around Newberg, the gateway to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, picking up children as young as 18 months and delivering them to an exciting new place.

This isn’t just any place. It’s A Family Place, a relief nursery that opened this fall in Newberg to help break cycles of intergenerational trauma and build a brighter future for at-risk families.

The most visible part of the campus is a therapeutic outdoor playground often teeming with happy kiddos. But the facility also hosts pre-school programs, parent education groups, clinical space for mental health professionals, and more.

David Duea, President and CEO of LCS Northwest, speaks at the grand opening event.

Newberg is the newest community to welcome A Family Place, operated by Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW). The relief nursery and its programs also enrich the lives of Yamhill County families at sites in McMinnville and Willamina. LCSNW also operates a sister relief nursery, A Family Gathering Place, in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

David Duea, President and CEO of LCSNW, noted the length and breadth of the agency’s family services during a Newberg ribbon-cutting ceremony in late September.

“It is especially sweet that we are here just days before the A Family Place program celebrates 10 years, and LCS Northwest celebrates 40 years in Yamhill County,” he said. “What exciting milestones! Without your support, we would not be celebrating this grand opening and these special anniversaries tonight.”

 LCSNW also has mental health professionals working in every elementary and middle school in Newberg. The new building is designed for them, too, and Program Manager Rebekah Harding couldn’t be more pleased.

“This new space will give my team a home base to work together, support families, and see our young clients outside of the school buildings during vacations and breaks, keeping their mental health work consistently available,” she said.

A Family Place opened its new building in partnership with Newberg/Dundee Public Schools and key assistance from the following supporters: First Federal, Citizens Bank, Newberg Rotary, Austin Family Foundation, Oregon Community Fund, Providence, Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, City of Newberg, Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, McMinnville Area Community Foundation, The Springboard Group, and The Murdock Trust.

Interested in supporting A Family Place? Consider buying a ticket to our 2023 Champions Ball on Oct. 27.