Awards & Recognition

Every year the Alliance is proud to recognize key legislators and community members who have dedicated themselves and their work to Oregon’s children and families.

Diamond Award

Children’s Champion Award

Arnie Green Award



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Mental Health Awareness Month happens each year in May. Congratulations to all this years “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes. Special congratulations to Alliance members and their former staff:

Amy Baker, Albertina Kerr Centers, Looking Glass, Tasha Wheatt-Delancy, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Michael Ware, and Morrison Child and Family Services.

For the fifth year, we showcase exemplary nonprofit workplaces with our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project. More than 5,000 employees and volunteers from 159 nonprofits statewide took part in our 2013 survey.

The project is based on Oregon Business’ 20-year-old, well-known 100 Best Companies project. The nonprofit project was created to recognize nonprofits as key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, employing hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

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Jasper Mountain showcased in the Australian documentary “Once upon a Mountain”

‘Once Upon a Mountain’ is a documentary that delves into the complex problem of how best to help maltreated children. The work of Melbourne based documentary producers Blueprint Studios, ‘Once Upon a Mountain’ takes us inside the acclaimed Jasper Mountain Residential Treatment Program to find the dedicated people, and the magical setting, that have helped to make a difference for countless children over the past 30 years. Jasper Mountain is a program founded in 1982, in Oregon USA, for some of the most severely abused and disturbed young children in the country. The children live in a castle-like residence surrounded by 80 acres of forested land, a river and hiking trails. The directors and the therapeutic staff create a highly structured and positive treatment setting, where children are able to begin the process of healing. At the centre of the program, and the documentary, is Dr David Ziegler, co-founder, Executive Director of Jasper Mountain and author. Dr Ziegler successfully turns the children’s negative past into a positive future. Described as the “horse whisperer” for maltreated children, Dr Ziegler’s inspirational and celebrated methodology proves that there is no such thing as a lost cause. ‘Once Upon a Mountain’ is an insightful, captivating, moving and above all, educational experience. You will learn what makes a difference in what some experts consider the most effective treatment program for abused children in the world. The documentary provides an inside look at the unique Jasper Mountain program due to the intimate access granted to the film crew. ‘Once Upon a Mountain’ aims to increase awareness about child maltreatment, and will forever change how you see and understand these children.” (*information by the ‘Documentary Australia Foundation’)
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Providence Health & Services presents the “Compassion and Wisdom Award” to Kay Toran, Volunteers of America, at the All Saints Day recognition ceremony

Kay Toran, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon, received the 2012 Compassion and Wisdom Community Award for her dedication to social services in Oregon. Portland Mayor Sam Adams recently proclaimed Aug. 19 as a “Day of Appreciation for Kay Toran.” She is currently serving on Providence’s Portland Service Area Advisory Council. “Kay exemplifies ‘compassion and wisdom,’ and she is truly deserving of the 2012 Compassion and Wisdom Community Award,” said Shelly Handkins, chief financial officer for Providence in Oregon, at the event.

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Portland Monthly recognizes Dennis Morrow, Janus Youth Programs: November, 2012

If growth is the merit badge of an effective nonprofit executive director, consider Dennis Morrow an Eagle Scout. In Morrow’s 32 years at the helm of Janus Youth Programs, the nonprofit has grown from a school and five safe houses for troubled, addicted, and runaway youth to a network of more than 40 programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Today, Janus does everything from creating community vegetable gardens in public housing complexes to running homeless youth shelters and, most recently, helping young women entrapped by sex traffickers. Its budget has grown, too from $500,000 in 1980 to more than $9 million today. But what makes Morrow not just effective, but truly extraordinary, are his compassion, empathy, and advocacy for both the tough cases his agency serves drug-addicted youth, juvenile sex offenders, teen mothers, runaways and for his 250-some staff members. More than 30 percent of his employees, who could be making more money elsewhere, have been with Janus for more than five years. “I want to create a place where people feel valued, supported, and cared about,” says Morrow, who also refuses to let his staff label any young person as “resistant” or “unmotivated.” (“If they were motivated or compliant, they wouldn’t need us,” he notes.) That environment isn’t going away anytime soon, either: Morrow, who is 64, has no plans to retire in the immediate future, in part because he has eight children, ages 15 to 47 – six of them adopted from extremely challenging situations. That means he’s been a consumer of many social services himself and has experienced firsthand how many agencies can exclude the toughest kids from help, a reality that has fueled his own determination. “It’s our job to keep them alive and keep them connected to our services,” he says.

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OACP Children’s Champion Luncheon 2012

Honoring Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. John Huffman, & Rep. Michael Dembrow
Photos of the luncheon