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Donations from local businesses in Gold Beach make a splash

The Curry County Reporter: Page 3B


Gold Beach, OR– ColumbiaCare Services, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to promoting the mental health and welfare of individuals and communities, realize they are not alone in this goal.


On Saturday, June 28th, residents of the Driftwood Lodge, a Gold Beach residential treatment facility owned and operated by ColumbiaCare, got a taste of summer fun, thanks to Jerry’s Rogue Jets.  The local jet boat excursion company donated a 64-mile, scenic river trip beginning at the mouth of the Rogue River in Gold Beach, up to Agness for lunch, and back.


“I had a really good time”, said one resident.  “The sea otters were awesome”, remarked another.


Not only did the group get to cruise up and down the river in style, they also did so in safety.  Lori of Dan’s Ace Hardware in Gold Beach contributed hats just to make sure no one got sunburned.


“It is fantastic… it’s what we’d like to see even more of” said Jennifer Jones, Executive Assistant of ColumbiaCare Services, “this kind of community contribution and support can have such a positive impact on the lives of our residents, and that brings us joy, too.  When we all do what we can with what we have for those who really need it; we create a healthy community”.


ColumbiaCare provides residential services that not only include medication management, individual therapy, skills training and assistance with finding appropriate employment; but also, and just as important, a home that is safe and clean, where healthy home-cooked meals are served and fun activities are provided.


ColumbiaCare’s philosophy is that community collaboration is a key component in helping people get better. Also, that “community mental health” requires the involvement of not only treatment providers, but fellow community members, friends and family.  The stigma that comes from fear and misunderstanding can be a barrier to recovery for those who have a mental illness.   Likewise, understanding, support and encouragement can be an extremely vital component in client care.


Jones concluded, “We find that people do care.  The people from Jerry’s Rogue Jets and Dan’s Ace Hardware care, and it shows”.


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