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Donate clothing to LifeChange program; Youth Villages to collect, donate school supplies

Donate clothing to LifeChange program

Sherry Dorn and Dawn Irwin of Lake Oswego encourage citizens to help make Union Gospel Mission (UGM) and Directors Mortgage's Summer of Style clothing drive successful for LifeChange graduates.

Union Gospel Mission's LifeChange program for women and their children provides a safe, healing home for women and women with children to transform their lives. The program is for women struggling with abuse, addiction or homelessness and is a safe environment to heal from past traumas and to learn how to

break free of destructive choices.

LifeChange is not a clinical treatment "program" or a series of steps. It is an intentional Christian community where people help and support each other to break cycles of addiction, abuse and homelessness and live a transformed and abundant life in Jesus.

"For the clothes drive we are asking for donated, clean, professinal, gently-used clothing," said Dorn, a volunteer for the clothing drive. "The clothes give graduates an opportunity to wear something nice and appropriate for interviews and the work place."

Clothes can be dropped off at Directors Mortgage, 4550 Kruse Way suite 275, Lake Oswego through the month of July.

The LifeChange participants will graduate the program in mid-August.

Youth Villages to collect, donate school supplies

Youth Villages is seeking Backpack Heroes for more than 100 children who are receiving care in Portland and Salem, Oregon.

The Backpack Heroes program collects

backpacks and school supplies for children who have experienced trauma or have a history of emotional or behavioral health issues so they can start the school year equipped to succeed.

Individuals, families or groups, such as businesses or church congregations, may participate as Backpack Heroes by donating school supplies items that are needed for students or donating online. Students especially need backpacks, scientific calculators and reusable water bottles for the school year.

The community can also drop off donations at the Youth Villages Oregon office located at 2507 Christie Drive in Lake Oswego from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. The collections started July 1 and will run through Aug. 9.

"We appreciate our Oregon community for assuring students are ready for the school year with backpacks and supplies," said Andrew Grover, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon. "We are especially grateful to Walsh Construction, a strong partner in our work for more than a decade; Dutch Bros., who individually and personally fill every backpack request for our Central Oregon families; and Les Schwab, ardent supporters for nearly twenty years."

For more information or to arrange a donation pick-up, please contact Sierra Parsons, development associate at Youth Villages at (503) 675-2206 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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