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Unsuspected Reserve

“We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.” – Isabel Allende I hope she’s right.  I wonder though.  Those of us who have much may have that reserve.  I’m using mine and I hope you’re using yours.  When I say much, I mean a roof over your...

I’ve got this.

“I’ve got this.”  So yesterday afternoon during the sunny time, an unhoused person sat on the large rock outside my office window.  All afternoon.  I thought when I left I’d offer him some hand warmers because I carry a box of them in my car.  The person was all bundled up in larger than necessary...

Mental Health Court Advisory Committee

Two blogs, one week.  As I’m flying through attempting to catch up on things, I see next week brings the Mental Health Court Advisory Committee.  It is such a remarkable privilege to sit on this committee.  And, if you don’t know about this specialty court, you should.  I have observed Mental...

Big Idea TIME!

It’s been a long time since I blogged.  I make these commitments that I’ll do it Sunday afternoon or evenings.  I should keep that promise because it’s often when my mind is running freely.  Apparently so freely, I forget to blog… Remarkably enough, we have arrived at Big Idea completion time. ...

September 11 — Never Forget

Today as many of us reflect back on where we were, what we were doing and who told us, we have many stories to share with young and old.  While we live in a small community in Southern Oregon, we have ties to that terrible tragedy and many more than I know of.  Today, I remember Dr. Kerri Hecox’s brother...

New and improved

New and Improved… As Sam Waterston said, “There is no problem that is not improved by effort, and no effort that is too paltry to be worth undertaking.”  I’ve been thinking about our long vision statement for some time and began a conversation with my Board of Directors late last year.  We had several...

Mural and Values

Sometimes you come to work on a Monday morning and you’re thinking about what your day is going to be like, maybe what’s your first meeting or your last meeting or what you left behind at home or traffic or whatever.  And sometimes you’re lucky enough to round the corner as your approach the door and see...

Service–What calls us

I’ve been thinking a lot about love these past few months.  In my naiveté, I always believed love could get you through.  It’s gotten me through my toughest times because someone loved me and held me up so it led me to believe it worked for everyone.  This year, I’ve met some folks, on a deep personal...

The Shutdown…imagine

Imagine you work for the Federal government because you thought it was a secure job and a way to make a good living for your family.  Imagine you are the sole support for your family while your husband goes to college.  Imagine your child needs a prescription.  Imagine you’re going to work again today...

Shatter the Silence

Shatter the Silence…http://www.unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org/shatterthesilence/ Today is a big day. It has taken a long time to get here. More than two years ago, a Big Idea student said to me, “I don’t care how many of us you graduate, how about you keep us all alive.” I was dumbstruck by the statement. The young...



United Way of Jackson County believes in community:  We bring together our diverse population to discover and deliver solutions to the challenges which impact the health and well being of all of us.


United Way of Jackson County believes in compassion:  We offer opportunity, encouragement and inspiration within our community to care for one another.


United Way of Jackson County believes in empowerment:  We provide the ability to grow, collaborate and transform for individuals, organizations and communities.


United Way of Jackson County believes in vision:  We help people fulfill their potential and improve lives in our community by informing, advocating, convening and facilitating human services.


United Way of Jackson County believes in integrity:  We are honest and trustworthy providing clarity, consistency and strength in our mission.


United Way of Jackson County believes in inclusion. We promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our committees, councils, Board and staff. We develop leaders who are educated and aware of DEI. We work to ensure our policies and procedures honor DEI.

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