On the evening of Saturday, May 17, Clackamas Women’s Services brought together more than 180 supporters at the Oregon Golf Club to highlight the success of the newly established A Safe Place Family Justice Center in Oregon City.

CWS raised roughly $90,000 to support its work at A Safe Place and at its confidential emergency shelter. Windermere Real Estate also recently presented a $5,000 check at its Lake Oswego branch to be used to purchase therapeutic play equipment for the Safe Place facility to help children heal from their suffering.

by: PHOTO BY: JULIANA PATRICK - Attendees at Clackamas Womens Service Heroes of Hope Gala hold up their bid numbers May 17.“We have been saying all along that everyone has a role to play in launching A Safe Place Family Justice Center for Clackamas County,” said Melissa Erlbaum, executive director at CWS. “And on behalf of the board and staff at CWS, I am so thankful to our partners who have been true Heroes of Hope by stepping up to the role of making the family justice center a reality in our community.”

A Safe Place Family Justice Center is the hub of support services for victims and survivors of domestic violence in Clackamas County. It opened its doors on Dec. 10 with eight on-site partner agencies and a dozen other partners throughout the county. CWS provides the majority of the direct services at A Safe Place.

“This has been a dream of CWS for a long time,” Erlbaum said. “And we are so honored to provide so much of the services at A Safe Place.”

Suzanne Lacampagne, CWS board president and partner at Miller Nash LLC, talked about her time during law school volunteering for a legal clinic to help victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders. She spoke of the seemingly impossible hurdles that victims had to overcome to establish lives free of abuse.

“So now this is really an exciting moment for Clackamas County as we are on the verge of transforming the way our community responds to domestic violence through the Family Justice Center,” Lacampagne said.

This year’s Heroes of Hope Gala was chaired by CWS board member Katey Hummel. In addition to a very successful auction, the Heroes of Hope Gala included both a Vacation Escape raffle and a Wine Wall. Proceeds from the benefit support CWS’s support programs for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Clackamas County.

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