Owning nothing makes starting over very difficult for this woman and her four children, especially around the holidays.
The Central Point family have found a place to live since fleeing from domestic violence. But the mother's abusive husband took all of her household goods.
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Beds, a crib, sheets, pillows, pots, pans, flatware, a coffee pot and vacuum cleaner are among this family's basic needs. Fred Meyer gift cards would help the woman buy winter clothes for her children and some supplies for their kitchen. A bus pass would help the family get to appointments and activities.
It was hard for the woman to ask for help from Community Works, but advocates with the nonprofit organization encouraged her to share her story.
Community Works' shelter, outreach and 24-hour crisis hotline provide a coordinated response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The group also provides youth and family counseling and case management to connect clients with community resources.
After surviving a difficult relationship, the 35-year-old woman is committed to safety for her children and herself, said Community Works' Gerry Sea. The mother's dream is to someday return to school and finish college.
The family enjoys games, arts and crafts and children's music. A dining-room table would give them a place to gather.
Legos, particularly Mindstorms robots, delight the 10-year-old boy, along with trivia books and radio-controlled cars. His 7-year-old brother wishes for a Bop It Smash electronic toy, supplies for building model airplanes and books.
Their 5-year-old sister hopes for art supplies, warm gloves, books in the Magic Tree House series and a scooter; her favorite color is purple. The 9-month-old girl, who is beginning to walk, likes playing with balls and "dancing" to music.
Give this family a new start by calling Sea at 541-779-2393, ext. 222.
Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or email@example.com.