Parrott Creek celebrates 50th anniversary helping troubled teens
Parrott Creek is celebrating its golden anniversary of rebuilding the lives of kids and families involved in the juvenile justice system. The Parrott Creek Ranch is a 24/7 residential program for teen boys, ages 13 to 18, near Oregon City.
These boys have had many experiences with the juvenile justice system, which has determined that they need more intensive, residential treatment in order to be successful. The boys receive individual, family and group counseling, alcohol and substance abuse treatment when necessary, as well as individual and group skill building.
Parrott Creek is a Clackamas County-based nonprofit 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.
Since its founding in 1968, the group has served over 25,000 families. Across Parrott Creek programs, youth are held accountable for their actions while also focusing on respect and hope for change.
John Wentworth, senior deputy district attorney for Clackamas County, was elected to the Parrott Creek board's chair position in January. While supervising the juvenile unit of the district attorney's office from 2007 to 2010, he became familiar with the work done at Parrott Creek and eagerly sought a position on the board when one became available.
Parrott Creek is welcoming two new board members: Ed Gronke and Glenn Wachter. Gronke is a retired business owner who joined Parrott Creek because of its dedication to working with troubled youth, one of his passions. He believes that young people represent the future and deserve attention.
Wachter, senior director of business development at Providence Health and Services, has been involved with ensuring clients have access to supportive and restorative organizations and brings a leadership background in health care and population health to Parrott Creek.
The community is invited to attend a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 2 at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City to show support for Parrott Creek. Tickets to the annual fundraiser are $30, with sponsorships/tables starting at $250. For more information, call Justina Johnson at 503-722-4110, ext. 128.