On May 8, the community will be given an opportunity to show its support for Parrott Creek, a Clackamas County-based nonprofit, serving the state of Oregon and dedicated to giving troubled teens and their families the tools, skills and emotional support they need to change negative patterns, make better choices and get back on track to lead successful lives.

by: FILE PHOTO  - WinnettParrot Creek’s inaugural luncheon, at 11:30 a.m. May 8 at the Tumwater Room at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City, will “invite people to become engaged with our program and bring awareness,” said Linda Winnett, executive director.

Tickets start at $20 ,and sponsorships/tables are $160. The venue is at 211 Tumwater Drive. For more information and to explore ways to help the organization, contact Donnie Benjamin at 503-722-4110 or visit the website at

Parrott Creek Ranch is a 24/7 residential program for boys ages 14 to 18. Since 1968, Parrott Creek Child & Family Services has offered a variety of programs supporting justice-involved youth and their parents.

The mission of Parrott Creek is to build stronger families and safer communities by providing programs that are an important step in preventing escalation with the law. Programs are designed to assist youth who are first-time offenders and those who are in need of more intensive residential services.

“We are a community-benefiting organization, helping kids involved in the juvenile-justice system get back on the right track, be successful in school, and, ultimately, become good citizens and neighbors as adults,” Winnett said.

“Everyone deserves a second chance, and we save the community money by preventing these young people from being involved in the adult criminal-justice system,” she said.

What sets Parrot Creek apart from other facilities is its focus on family involvement, Winnett said.

“The family doesn’t always have the tools, and Parrott Creek is a helping hand for youth and their families. All of our programs are designed to engage the family.”

Winnett added, “The healing process is often a painful and bumpy road. Our highly trained staff uses a variety of modalities to support the kids and their parents. Our goal is to create stability that lasts, with tools they can use for the rest of the lives. The support of our programs by the community makes it possible for us to provide the modalities that we know are effective and transformative.”

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