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Kim Scott is the CEO of Trillium Family Services, Oregon's largest provider of children's mental health services.

Kim ScottOver the last few weeks many times I've thought about how hard it is to live in uncertain times. Then I think about the youth and families I've worked with over the last 41 years, many of whom live with ongoing uncertainty and trauma at all times. Maybe the way through this is to care that much more, to look for inspiration and to acknowledge just how heroic people can be.

As the CEO of Trillium Family Services, my inspiration has been heightened by our "everyday heroes." Those essential direct care and support staff that show up every day that ensure our youth and families receive the mental health services and round the clock care that they need, particularly during this time where trauma, stress and uncertainty are even more pronounced. I am proud and humbled by how this organization and its staff have shown up during this unprecedented and frightening moment in the history of the world.

There are many nonprofits across our great state that have "everyday heroes" who are doing great things for Oregon's most vulnerable citizens. All of them are struggling for their very survival due to drastic losses of revenue and increased costs as a result of this pandemic. The entire human-serving sector is in jeopardy, but I believe we will survive this crisis. We will care more, we will do inspirational things, and we will acknowledge the everyday heroism we see happening around us. What is certain is these organizations are critical, and as this crisis unfolds and the impact and toll on youth, families and communities is more apparent, they will be even more essential.

It is my hope that when we look back three years from now, we reflect on the courageous and pivotal commitments from our public partners and communities at this time rather than mourning the loss of much of our social service sector. Please do what you can to help all of us continue our important work.

Kim Scott is the CEO of Trillium Family Services, Oregon's largest provider of children's mental health services.


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