Southern Oregon Success (SORS)

As part of its service to the community, SOESD is the host and fiscal agent for Southern Oregon Success, a region-wide collaboration weaving together the talent, expertise and resources of the entire community to promote the health, academic and life success of our children, youth and families.

We envision a community in which:

  • children, youth, and their families are supported and successful at home, in school, and their community;
  • children are healthy and ready for kindergarten;
  • youth graduate from high school and college ready for success in work, life, and community

We’re a collaboration of all levels of education, health care, mental health care, human services, public safety and workforce development in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Our partner organizations began coming together in 2011 with leadership from SOESD, Rogue Workforce Partnership and the Gordon Elwood Foundation.  We have evolved into a collective impact initiative for our region, using vital information from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) to raise awareness of trauma as a root cause of so much of what children, families, schools and communities struggle with. We also work to intentionally build resilience in our children, families, schools and communities.

Our focus is a two-generation approach to helping all children and families in our region thrive.

Our goal is that by 2025, all parents and caregivers in Jackson and Josephine counties will have the knowledge, skills, connections and support needed for all of our children to enter Kindergarten ready to thrive.

Strong families, thriving children.

For Southern Oregon Success seeks to be a diverse, inclusive, and equitable collaboration where all employees, partners and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected.

For an ongoing report on the efforts of our Network and our various work groups, please click here.

What We Are Tracking

Aces & Resilience

Southern Oregon Success is the regional coordinator for work in ACEs (the Adverse Childhood Experiences study) and Resilience, focusing on helping Jackson and Josephine Counties develop a common understanding, vocabulary and approach to challenges across all sectors.

Breakthroughs from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills have led to innovative and highly effective “trauma-informed” approaches in education, human services, public safety and workforce development to help build resilience in children, families and communities.

We’re committed to making Southern Oregon a “trauma-informed” region.

With financial support from two of our local Coordinated Care Organizations, AllCare and Jackson Care Connect, as well as from the SOESD, our local school districts, Options, SOELS, Providence and Rogue Workforce Partnership, our ACEs and Resilience effort is providing trauma-informed training sessions and events at no cost to schools, agencies, businesses and community groups.

Our Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team has presented over 400 training sessions to just under to 15,000 people across all sectors in Jackson and Josephine Counties since May of 2016.

In addition, the team has developed a follow-up workshop in Self-Regulation & Resilience, going deeper into the crisis in self-regulation we are seeing in our children, families and schools and offering specific tools to increase self-regulation and resilience skills.

For more information on the training or workshop, or to schedule a training session and/or workshop at no cost for your school or organization, please

In addition, we do monthly open training sessions in both Jackson and Josephine counties, all are welcome to attend. Please find the schedule here.

Youth Development Workgroup

The Youth Development Work Group supports youth and young adults ages 6-124 by identifying and addressing barriers young people face to succeeding academically and in life.  The Youth Development Work Group, including partner organizations such as the Maslow Project, College Dreams, Hearts With A Mission, Youth Ministries 71Five, Rogue Valley Mentoring, DHS, OnTrack Rogue Valley, Rogue Worksource and others, meets monthly to align efforts and increase collaboration. Professional development offerings are also included throughout the year. All regional organizations working with youth and families are encouraged to join.

For more information about the Youth Development Work Group, email Southern Oregon Success.

For anyone interested in taking (or repeating) an ACEs training in the NEAR curriculum, we have open trainings coming up in April and May. ACEs stands for the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, which provides the scientific data showing the impact of trauma on health, behavioral health and social outcomes. There is no cost to participate.


ACE Interface’s NEAR curriculum (NEAR stands for Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) is the curriculum that the Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team has been presenting since 2016. It provides a straightforward understanding of how what we experience impacts our development and the health, education and social outcomes that result.


This understanding allows for a common vocabulary and common approach to the root causes of many of the challenges faced by our children, families and communities.

Tuesday, June 21
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm via Zoom
Please register at this link.
Tuesday, July 19
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm via Zoom
Please register at this link.


In addition, any school, agency, business, faith organization or community group interested in having a training session scheduled for their staff or members at no cost can do so by emailing

For anyone interested in taking (or repeating) an ACEs training in the NEAR curriculum, we have open trainings coming up in April and May. ACEs stands for the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, which provides the scientific data showing the impact of trauma on health, behavioral health and social outcomes. There is no cost to participate.
ACE Interface’s NEAR curriculum (NEAR stands for Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) is the curriculum that the Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team has been presenting to over 16,000 people in our region since 2016. It provides a straightforward understanding of how what we experience impacts our development and the health, education and social outcomes that result.
This understanding allows for a common vocabulary and common approach to the root causes of many of the challenges faced by our children, families and communities.
Tuesday, June 21
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm via Zoom
Please register at this link.
Tuesday, July 19
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm via Zoom
Please register at this link.
In addition, any school, agency, business, faith organization or community group interested in having a training session scheduled for their staff or members at no cost can do so by emailing

Southern Oregon Education Service District

Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is the fiscal sponsor and employer of record for Southern Oregon Success.  SOESD was a founding partner in 2011 and is the lead agency for the Regional Achievement Collaborative (RAC), as well as the Early Learning Hub and College and Career for All.  SOESD serves 13 school districts in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties, providing services and leadership to provide equitable education to all students.



Peter Buckley (Program Manager)

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Peter joined Southern Oregon Success in 2016 as he transitioned from his role as the State Representative for south Jackson County in the Oregon House of Representatives, where he served for six terms. His legislative tenure included 8 years as the House Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means, the legislature’s budget writing committee. Prior to his tenure in the legislature, Peter worked for over 20 years as a writer, director, actor, producer and administrator in west coast regional theatre, including 5 years as the Artistic Director of the Ferndale Repertory Theatre and 6 years as the Director of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. He began his work with Southern Oregon Success just as the collaboration was moving into a leadership role in the region’s efforts on ACEs (the Adverse Childhood Experiences study) and Resilience. Peter trained with ACE Interface to qualify as a presenter in the NEAR curriculum (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) and serves as both a trainer and the administrator for the Southern Oregon ACEs Training team. He became a Certified Master Trainer in the curriculum in 2017. Trainings continue to be offered by the team at no cost, and can be scheduled by emailing Peter at

Volunteer Leadership

Southern Oregon Success is led by volunteer leadership who demonstrate their commitment to the children, youth, and families of Jackson and Josephine Counties on a daily basis.  Our volunteer leadership drives the Southern Oregon Success agenda and rolls up their sleeves to do whatever’s needed to move things forward.  We are grateful for their continuing support!


  • Todd Bloomquist, Grants Pass School District
  • Rene Brandon, Southern Oregon Early Learning Services (SOELS)
  • Nancy McKinnis, Jackson Care Connect
  • John King, Southern Oregon University
  • William North, Rogue Community Health
  • Peter Buckley, Southern Oregon Success


  • Angela Warren,Collaboration Manager, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
  • Scott Beveridge,Southern Oregon Education Service District
  • Mary Ferrell, Executive Director, Maslow Project
  • William North,CEO, Rogue Community Health
  • Jim Fong,Executive Director, Rogue Workforce Partnership
  • Debbie Ameen, Director of Strategic Planning, AllCare Health
  • Brent Barry, Superintendent, Phoenix-Talent School District
  • Darin Dale, Behavioral Health Manager, Jackson Care Connect
  • Kori Ebenhack-Bieber, Vice President of Student Services, Rogue Community College
  • Stacy Brubaker, Division Manager, Jackson County Mental Health
  • Joe Ferguson, Deputy Director, Jackson County Juvenile Services
  • Kirk Kolb, Superintendent, Grants Pass School District
  • Belle Shepherd,Oregon Health Authority
  • Karla McCafferty, Executive Director, Options for Southern Oregon
  • Brad Earl, Chief Operations Officer, Medford School District
  • Melissa Wolff, District Manager, Self-Sufficiency, DHS

Partner Organizations

Key Leaders

Work to break down system, sector, regional and State barriers to children, youth, and families achieving their maximum potential.  Key leaders represent 100 multi-sector organizations from business, education, health, human services, workforce development, and youth development.

Cynthia Ackerman, Chief Quality Officer, AllCare Health
Gina Marie Agosta, Executive Director, Coalition for Kids
Krisanna Albrecht, Executive Director, Women’s Crisis Support Team
Sam Alvord, District Administrator, Pinehurst School District
Bud Amundsen, former Executive Director, Rogue Valley Youth for Christ
Shelly Austin, Executive Director, Jackson County Library Foundation
Matthew Balkwill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Oregon Department of Human Services
Jackson Baures, Division Manager, Jackson County Public Health
Lindsey Berryman, Owner, Sacca di Italiana
Todd Bloomquist, Director of Special Services, Grants Pass School District
Summer Brandon, Director of Education, ScienceWorks
Rene Brandon, Director, Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub
Stacy Brubaker, Division Manager, Jackson County Mental Health
Kathy Bryon, Executive Director, Gordon Ellwood Foundation
Lilia Caballero, Cultural Liaison Officer, Medford Police Department
Tom Cole, Executive Director, Kids Unlimited
Kurt Hildabrand, Executive Director, College Dreams
Trisha Evens, Director of Secondary Education, Grants Pass School District
Dee Anne Everson, Executive Director, United Way of Jackson County
Deltra Ferguson, Executive Director, Resolve
Scott Foster, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Jackson County
Lisa Gardner, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon
Jessica Gomez, Board Chair, Rogue Workforce Partnership
Rick Hammel, Division Manager, Jackson County Developmental Disabilities
Amy Herbst, Principal, Central Medford High School
Kate Lasky, Executive Director, Josephine County Libraries
Jackie Lien, Executive Director, Phoenix Counseling Center
Jennifer Lind, CEO, Jackson Care Connect
Julie Lockhart, Executive Director, WinterSpring
Lisa Manyon, Executive Director, Rouge Valley Mentoring Network
Shawn Martinez, Prevention and Treatment Coordinator, Josephine County Public Health
Pam Marsh, Representative, State of Oregon
Paul Matthews, Medford Community Self Sufficiency, Oregon Department of Human Services
Talia Matthias, Education Impact Director, United Way of Jackson County
Eileen Micke-Johnson, Department Chair, Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Rogue Community College
Lisa Molnar, Executive Director, Ashland YMCA
Lee Murdoch, Board Chair, Family Nurturing Center
Jennifer Mylenek, Executive Director, CASA of Jackson and Josephine Counties
Amy Nangle, Youth Programs Coordinator, Community Works,
Tamara Nordin, Vice President, Pacific Retirement Services
Lisa O’Connor, Executive Director, Family Nurturing Center
Kathie Olsen, Program Officer, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
Phil Ortega, Director, LIFE Art
Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion and Non-Direct Services Manager, Jackson County Public Health
Maryanne Pitcher, Program Director, Oregon Child Development Coalition
Nicole Resenbrink, Executive Director, Healthy U
Richard Rosenthal, Assistant Director of Recreation, City of Medford
Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Teresa Santucci, Executive Director, Josephine County Housing & Community Development Council
Eva Skuratowicz, Director, Southern Oregon University Research Center
Kelly Soter, Principal, McGloughlin Middle School
Karen Starchvick,, Medford School Board
Duane Stark, Representative, State of Oregon
Samantha Steele, Superintendent, Central Point School District
Bill Thorndike, President & CEO, Medford Fabrication
Amy Thuren, Executive Director, Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon
Maria Underwood, Development Officer, La Clinica
David Valenzuela, Superintendent, Three Rivers School District
Sue Walsh, Provost, Southern Oregon University
Jared Ware, Director of Business & Finance, Kids Unlimited
Kelly Wessels, Chief Operating Officer, United Community Action Network
Deanna Wilson, District Director, Junior Achievement of Jackson & Josephine Counties
Michelle Wilson, Special Projects, La Clinica
Mary Wolf, Child Care Resource Network Director, Southern Oregon Education Service District
Jessica Wynant, Quality Improvement Project Manager, Providence Medical Group
Susan Zottola, Director of Elementary Education, Grants Pass School District is your primary resource for non-emergency support for food, shelter, employment, health, and many other services.  You can contact 2-1-1  24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 2-1-1 from your phone or by visiting their website.

Our Southern Oregon Regional Department of Human Services has developed a great user-friendly guide of vital services available locally. You can access and download it at this link.

Southern Oregon Success partners provide a vast array of resources.  Partners are listed below by service category.

Early Learning

Oregon Child Development Coalition: 
Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by providing early childhood education, care and advocacy with unique and supportive services to enhance family growth and community success.  Programs include Migrant Head Start; Seasonal Head Start; Early Head Start; Oregon Pre-Kindergarten; Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting; Early Childhood Home Visiting; Migrant Education; Wraparound Child Care; Family Child Care, and Healthy Kids.

Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub
Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub or Southern Oregon Early Learning Services (SOELS) and its stakeholders are united by a vision of success for all young children, ages birth through six, and their families in Jackson and Josephine Counties. The Hub coordinates the regional early childhood system and ensures that cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and efficiency enable every child in Southern Oregon to enter Kindergarten safe, healthy, and ready to achieve success.

SOELS will significantly impact regional progress towards three state set goals: 1) Kindergarten Readiness; 2) Stable and Attached Families; 3) System Coordination. The highest priority of SOELS is to further develop and support an integrated and cohesive array of services for families of children, prenatal through six years of age in the region. SOELS believes the implementation of the strategies and activities described in the current Five Year Strategic Plan will result in measurable changes for young children and their families, identified as being at risk by virtue of economic status, adverse family conditions, developmental challenges, as well as language and cultural barriers.  The intention is to offer services through a single, coordinated, high-quality, family-centric system of care and education.

Southern Oregon Head Start:
Head Start is a federally funded program for preschool children from low-income families. Head Start Oregon Preschool Kindergarten Program (OPK) is the same program but is state funded. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities in stimulating settings to help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.  Early Head Start services are available for pregnant women, infants and toddlers in selected communities.

Other Education Services

College Dreams:
College Dreams promotes healthy youth development, academic excellence, and college preparation for students, especially those who face life challenges. College Dreams is an evidence-based program for engaging bright young people in typically underserved populations. College Dreams provides its students, known as “Dreamers”, with an on-site College Preparation Specialist (CPS) who works with students on a weekly or monthly basis providing activities and experiences centered around careers and college. Other resources include college tours, college scholarships, help with college and scholarship applications, etc.
Kids Unlimited: 
Kids Unlimited provides after school programs to five high poverty elementary schools and three middle schools in Medford and White City along with a variety of high school activities which in total reach over 1,500 students per week.

ScienceWorks, located in Ashland, seeks to inspire wonder and stimulate creative exploration through fun interactive science and the arts.  Designed to excite young people of all ages, ScienceWorks offers a vast array of afterschool programs, family activities, school-based partnerships, and other opportunities to find the fun in science.

Southern Oregon Education Service District 
As a “responsible partner,” SOESD provides services and leadership to optimize educational opportunities for children, schools, and communities.  SOESD serves 13 school districts and almost 50,000 students in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties.

Coordinated Care Organizations

Coordinated Care Organizations
A coordinated care organization (CCO) is a network of all types of health care providers (physical health care, addictions and mental health care and sometimes dental care providers) who have agreed to work together in their local communities to serve people who receive health care coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).  Jackson and Josephine Counties are fortunate to have three engaged CCOs:

AllCare Health serves Jackson and Josephine Counties
Jackson Care Connect serves Jackson County

Public Agencies

Jackson County Public Health provides a broad range of services, including:

  • Communicable Disease Control, including specialty clinics for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
  • A Family Planning Clinic, including birth control options and parenting resources.
  • Maternal & Child Health Services, including pregnancy support for teens, referrals and supports for infants and children with special needs, and operation of school-based health clinics at Ashland and Crater High Schools, Scenic and Jewett Elementary School, and Crossroads.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which provides supplemental nutrition and nutrition education to mothers who meet income requirements.
  • Health Education regarding pregnant and breastfeeding moms; problem gambling; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; marijuana; and a culturally-based program to raise awareness about risky sexual practices for Latino youth.

Health Centers

La Clinica:
La Clinica empowers people to live healthy lives through education, preventive health, and lifestyle choices.  They strive to improve the quality of life for the region’s diverse communities by providing culturally appropriate, accessible, and affordable quality health care. La Clinica offers services through six neighborhood health centers, nine school-based clinics and a mobile health center. La Clinica also provides social services and outreach programs as a safety net for the most remote and vulnerable community members.
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon: 
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) provides high quality sexual and reproductive health care services in a confidential, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive environment. We are experts in birth control and give people information and resources to take make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.  Most services are low-cost or no cost for those who qualify. PPSO also takes most insurance plans. Same day appointments are available in Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass Health Centers. Schedule an online appointment.

Rogue Community Health:
Rogue Community Health is devoted to providing comprehensive health care to all people of all ages and backgrounds from clinics in Ashland, Butte falls, Medford, Prospect, and White City, as well as school-based health centers at Eagle Point and Ashland High Schools and at Butte Falls and Prospect Charter Schools.

Women’s Health Center: 
Women’s Health Center of Southern Oregon offers complete gynecological care for women, from adolescence through the lifespan in Josephine County. Women’s Health Center also provides preventive care and education to ensure clients receive personalized treatment that will help them maintain and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.  They also offer a full range of obstetrical services, including complete prenatal and post-partum care.

Health Resource Advocacy and Coordination

Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon:
Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon has a mission to advance health equity through key partnerships with public health agencies, non-profit community health centers, and other community organizations.  They run three programs:  Healthy Start of Southern Oregon, Southern Oregon Perinatal Task Force, and SO Health-E Regional Health Equity Coalition.

Jefferson Regional Health Alliance:
Jefferson Regional Health Alliance (JRHA) is a collaboration of regional community leaders from all sectors acting in a leadership role to improve the health and health care resources of southern Oregonians.  JRHA raises awareness of community health issues and responds to community and organizational needs to promote health and health care transformation.  With the support of its diverse members, partners and sponsors, JRHA examines and promotes best practices to improve the lives of the people who live, work and play in southern Oregon.

Oregon Health Authority:
The mission of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is to help people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being through partnerships, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care.  OHA is at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians.

Mental Health, Counseling, Abuse & Neglect, Alcohol and Other Drug

Addictions Recovery Center:
Addictions Recovery Center is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency providing substance-use disorder treatment in Southern Oregon for 50 years. Our certified medical and clinical staff provide services across a continuum of care, including: Medically-Monitored Detox, evidence-based Residential and Outpatient treatment, Mental Health services, Medication-Assisted Treatment, a Walk-In Clinic, DUII classes, Domestic Violence Awareness programs, Transition Housing, and more. Our community partnerships and regional integration provide clients and patients greater access to wraparound services, including work with the Jackson County Circuit Court and the Oregon Department of Human Services. It is through these means that we treat the whole individual, providing not only the tools for a life in recovery, but also the life skills necessary to improve one’s health, housing, family, education and employment opportunities.

CASA of Jackson and Josephine Counties:
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children in the custody of DHS.  CASA volunteers are trained to serve as fact finders for the family judge.  The CASA volunteer speaks for the child in court, representing the child’s best interests and working to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe and permanent home.

Family Nurturing Center:
The Family Nurturing Center (FNC) is a community-based non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention program serving high risk families with children under age six. One of 23 Relief Nurseries in Oregon, FNC is making a difference in the lives of children and families by providing a blend of intensive support and interventions to break the patterns of abuse and neglect. The FNC focuses on the needs of children, their parents, and the family as a unit by offering supportive services to keep children safe and families together.The Purpose of the Family Nurturing Center is to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect by

  • helping parents keep their children safely within their own families.
  • supporting children as they heal from difficult life experiences.
  • wrapping an array of services around families in crisis helping them rebuild their lives and raise healthy and thriving children

Family Solutions: 
Family Solutions is a private, non-profit agency, providing mental health and educational services to children, youth and their families throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties. The agency was founded in 1971 in order to provide community-based alternatives to institutional placement of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Therapeutic and/or educational programs are located in Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass.

Family Solutions provides crucial help to children and youth who have been neglected, and/or emotionally, physically and sexually abused. Many of the children and youth have a history of being placed in multiple foster homes or residential facilities.   Programs include: Crisis Respite; Day Treatment; Family Visitation; Girls Group Home; Home-Based Family Services; In-Home Safety & Reunification Services; School-Based Services; Therapeutic Foster Care.

Healthy U:
Healthy U offers therapy and youth programs in Cave Junction.  Passages is a support group for teen girls and Quest is a life skills building group for middle school boys.

Jackson County Health & Human Services – Addictions:
Addictions to alcohol, drugs, and gambling have a harmful and costly impact to the lives of children, families and to the community as a whole. Recognizing this, Jackson County, in coordination with the Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee, strives to ensure that a continuum of addictions prevention and treatment opportunities are available to county residents. Jackson County participates with local addictions treatment providers to plan for a comprehensive array of treatment services and to promote education and prevention programs in the community and in local schools.

Jackson County Health & Human Services — Mental Health:  

In a crisis situation, call 541-774-8201 anytime.

The individual’s own voice is valued in determining what will best promote recovery. Jackson County Mental Health services include:

  • Information, referral, and screening for all mental health concerns
  • Immediate crisis assessment and intervention for mental health crises regardless of ability to pay
  • Services for individuals with serious mental illness who are without insurance and are at risk for state hospitalization or jail due to their mental illness
  • Individual crisis support, referral to inpatient care, access to brief crisis respite support, and regular crisis support groups
  • Cognitive behavioral and psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, and borderline personality disorders
  • Intensive community-based treatment supports and wraparound services for families raising children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders to enable children to stay at home and in school
  • Youth Suicide Prevention training in suicide prevention and interventions for schools and community agencies.

Josephine County Public Health offers programs and services in the following areas:

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Communicable, Preventable Disease
  • Family Planning
  • HIV Prevention
  • Parent and Child Health Programs
  • Perinatal Program
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
  • Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Nutritional Program
  • Women’s Health care

Kairos’ primary goal is to provide intensive mental health treatment services for troubled young people and their families. These currently include intensive in-home, treatment foster care, and residential services; crisis intervention; independent living; and school-based day treatment and prevention; and outpatient treatment for Jackson Care Connect members through Jackson Services.  Kairos has an extensive history of successful collaborations and innovation.  Its outcomes are reflected by the thousands of young people and family members who have found hope and solutions as a result of having been served by the organization.  Kairos is unique for the degree for which it implements trauma-informed care and the latest evidence and research in its work.

OnTrack Rogue Valley:
OnTrack provides chemical dependency treatment and related services regardless of an individual’s ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, sexual preference or ability to pay.  Chemical dependency is treatable, but treatment must work on as many levels as the disease:  individual, family, community, biochemical, psychological, behavioral, legal and economic among others.   OnTrack’s strategy is to confront substance abusers in each of these realms, with the ultimate goal of restoring function where nothing remains but wreckage.

Options for Southern Oregon: 
Options for Southern Oregon serves people of all ages in Josephine and Jackson County who have mental health needs. Their holistic approach addresses housing, advocacy, community integration, therapy, co-occurring issues, education, work, and economic well-being. Options fosters the development of mental and emotional health in children, adults, and families, and they support clients’ participation as respected members of the community.

Phoenix Counseling Center:
Phoenix Counseling Center, Inc. (PCCi) provides affordable, comprehensive, outpatient alcohol, drug and mental health counseling services to individuals and families living in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, in a home-like setting.  Among many services, PCCi offers a prevention, intervention, and treatment programs for adolescents who want to live healthy, happy lives without using substances — or who are having problems at home or at school.

Every morning children, teens and adults wake up in the Rogue Valley with an ache inside because a loved one has died. Sometimes people run from that ache. Sometimes they meet it heart first. People overwhelmed by loss often don’t believe healing is possible. But they don’t have to wait until the pain gets unbearable to call WinterSpring. When they call, they discover people who will be allies in facing their loss for as long as it takes to embrace life again.  Services include compassionate phone support, assessment, group grief support, individual peer support, resources, referrals, and education.

Women’s Crisis Support Team:
Women’s Crisis Support Team (WCST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence and sexual assault in Josephine County through intervention, prevention, and safe shelter. WCST is committed to helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and to mitigating the physical, emotional and societal damage caused by violence in the home.

Human Services

ACCESS is the Community Action Agency for Jackson County – working to mitigate poverty by providing food, shelter, warmth and other essential services to low income children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Community Works:
Community Works strengthens lives and community through prevention, support services, and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and at-risk youth and their families.

Hearts with a Mission:
Hearts with a Mission serves homeless and at-risk youth by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring and transition planning with a faith-based approach in Grants Pass and Medford.

Housing Authority of Jackson County:
The Housing Authority of Jackson County works to develop new housing options, expand rental assistance programs, and implement family self-sufficiency and tenant services throughout Jackson County.

Jackson County Development Disabilities Services:
Jackson County Development Disabilities Services provides specialized services coordination to eligible individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and epilepsy.  This program promotes the independence, integration, and productivity of the citizens of Jackson County through an array of services and is not income based.

Josephine County Housing & Community Development Council: 
The Josephine County Housing and Community Development Council is the local housing authority in Josephine County.  The agency provides rental assistance to low-income families in the county through HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.  This federally funded program provides rent subsidies for income-qualified participants to lease privately owned rental housing.  The agency also owns Harbeck Village, a 48-unit apartment complex for low-income residents.

Magdalene Home:
Magdalene Home is a pro-life home for girls ages 14 – 19 who are in need of a safe place to call home while they are pregnant or parenting.  Magdalene Home supports all facets of a young mother’s life by offering a loving home, emotional support, training in life skills such as cooking, shopping, financial planning, parenting, prenatal and postnatal care, and much more.  The young mothers who stay at Magdalene Home are required to attend high school, including summer classes, participate in training held at Magdalene Home, work with community services such as Healthy Start and WIC, and to set realistic goals for their future.

Maslow Project: 
Maslow Project provides goal-oriented, wrap around support services to homeless children, ages 0-21, and their families throughout Southern Oregon, with a goal of bringing enough stability into their lives so that kids are able to stay in school and complete their educations. Maslow Project staff meet their immediate needs and stay involved to help them plan for a brighter future.  The Maslow Project is a one-stop resource center that ensures immediate basic needs such as food, clothing, and hygiene supplies are met. They then facilitate easy access to in-depth services from a comprehensive team of community partners. Maslow Project helps youth establish educational, employment, and personal development goals while providing wrap-around case-management services to assist youth in attaining those goals. In addition, Maslow Project provides student support services at local schools. Their outreach team builds community awareness and seeks out unaccompanied and unenrolled youth who may otherwise fall through the cracks.

Oregon Department of Human Services:
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is Oregon’s principal agency for helping Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. These services provide a key safety net for those in our society who are most vulnerable or who are at a difficult place in their life.  Some of these services include assistance with food, child care, or cash; adoption and foster care; developmental disabilities, independent living, and issues of abuse.

United Community Action Network: 
United Community Action Network (UCAN) provides help with utility assistance, housing, weatherization, Head Start, senior health insurance, prescriptions, budgeting, case management, and transportation. They also provide food to pantries and kitchens throughout Douglas and Josephine Counties through Regional Food Banks.

Juvenile Justice

Jackson County Juvenile Community Justice:
The Mission of Jackson County Community Justice is to provide offender supervision, services and sanction programs which make the most effective use of available resources to protect the community, support the rights of victims, promote offender accountability and assist offenders to effect positive change. This mission is achieved through:

  • Public Safety;
  • Responsibility and Accountability;
  • Change and Reformation;
  • Family and Community Involvement; and
  • Victim and Community Restoration.

Josephine County Juvenile Justice provides the following services:

  • Intake of all Law Enforcement Referrals
    • Informal Intervention
    • Diversion
    • Petition Filed in Juvenile Court
  • Juvenile Court Investigations
  • Risk/Need Assessments
  • Courtroom Case Presentation
  • Probation Supervision
  • Formal Accountability Agreements
  • Counseling
    • Aggression Replacement Training
    • Functional Family Therapy (through OPTIONS)
  • Custody Services for youth who are pending Court or serving Probation Violation Sanctions.

Youth Development

Ashland YMCA:
The Ashland Y is committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.  Programs include aquatics, gymnastics, summer camps, and youth sports.

Junior Achievement:
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that partners with schools and businesses to provide business, economics and life-skills programming for youth. Junior Achievement ensures that young people are empowered to succeed in a global economy.  Junior Achievement has offices in Klamath, Jackson, and Josephine Counties.  The Klamath offices houses Klamath Promise, the Regional Achievement Collaborative for Klamath County.

LIFE Art uses art as a medium to develop life skills. Youth learn critical thinking, presentation and communication skills all while working to promote creativity and advocate for meaningful issues. Suicide prevention, encouraging civility and promoting educational success are top priorities.

The Medford Drop:
The Medford Drop is operated by YouthEra Oregon and staffed by peer support specialists with lived experience navigating youth-serving systems.  Staff support youth transitioning to adulthood in a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment with one-on-one peer support, leadership groups, education and employment skills, community involvement resources, homework assistance, video games and other entertainment, a computer lab, snacks, and opportunities to socialize and meet new friends.

Rogue Valley YMCA: 
The mission of the Rogue Valley YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  The YMCA strengthens community by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Among the many programs available at the Y are pre-school and child care, afterschool programs, day camp, summer camp, youth sports and other recreational activities.

Rogue Valley 7OneFive: 
Too many kids lack nurturing homes and a sense of belonging. At our Youth Centers kids find a safe, fun place to relax and caring adults who take the time to know them.

Campus Life programs offered at the centers provide opportunities to discuss life lessons from a Christ-centered perspective.

Point Break is a day-long workshop designed to promote resiliency among students. Resilient students display social competence, problem-solving skills, personal responsibility and a sense of purpose and hope for the future.

City Life is a relational, holistic, community based ministry that desires to see deep change in an urban neighborhood through the raising of indigenous leaders from the young people in that community. Our vision is to empower urban youth to change their community for Christ.

Youth Employment

Rogue Workforce Partnership: 
The Rogue Workforce Partnership is a business-led coalition that works to strengthen the economy of the Rogue Valley by catalyzing and convening dynamic partnerships with business leaders, K-20 educators, workforce service providers, economic development, and other key community partners.

Other Community Resources

Consumer Credit Counseling Service:
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon can help solve debt problems and give clients new skills to take better control of finances.  Consumer Credit Counseling Service provides free credit counseling, which includes developing a realistic spending plan, addressing concerns, and providing options for money management issues.

Jackson County Library Services: 
Jackson County Library Services is a resource for information about all public library services on Jackson County.

Josephine Community Libraries:  
Josephine Community Libraries is a resource for information about all public library services in Josephine County.

Resolve is the CDRC (Center for Dispute Resolution) of southern Oregon. Resolve houses professional mediators, educators, and community volunteers dedicated to building safer, healthier communities at home, work, and at school through conflict resolution education and services.  Youth programs work with at-risk children involved with juvenile justice and in K-12 schools to foster safer learning environments through student peer mediation and bullying intervention.  Resolve serves the southern Oregon region through working with people in both Jackson and Josephine counties.

Rouge Valley Mentoring:
The Rouge Valley Mentoring Network supports, engages, and empowers youth through mentoring.  The Rogue Valley Mentoring partners with local agencies to serve thousands of youth, ages 10 to 24, and train hundreds of mentors throughout Jackson County.