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Spring 2013 Newsletter
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Contents Pg. 1….Easter Lunch …. RDD Sheldon Pg. 2… Juvenile System Revamps Pg. 3… Child Abuse Prevention Month Pg. 4… From the Director’s Chair
Hello, my name is Ken Sheldon and I am the new Resource Development Director for Harvest House Missions. It is with great excitement that I get to be a part of this organization and what it is doing in the community. In 1992, I left the corporate world to become the administrator of a private Christian school. For the next eighteen years I led three different schools. I also was the executive director for a domestic violence organization. It has been a privilege to work in the non-profit world for the past 20 years. I currently hold a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Education. My wife and I have been married for almost 37 years and have five great children and seven awesome grandchildren.
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Oregon Rethinks Juvenile Justice Approach In Oregon, 16 percent fewer juveniles are being incarcerated compared to 20 years ago - but nationally, the drop is 40 percent. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) analyzing data from 1997 to 2010 says most states have expanded community-based alternatives to locking kids up, but there is still a long way to go. David Rogers, executive director of the Partnership for Safety and Justice, said Oregon is out of step with what research says works for kids, because of mandatory minimum sentencing laws that treat them as adults when they're charged with a serious offense. "We know that the best thing that we can do is to rehabilitate them, so that they can become productive members of society. But placing youth in the adult system and giving them an adult felony conviction actually takes them in the opposite direction," said Rogers. "It's a very serious problem." The report recommends incarceration only for youth who pose a threat to public safety, and small, treatment-oriented facilities for those who must be confined. Oregon passed a law in 2011 requiring that kids be held in juvenile facilities instead of adult jails, but Rogers said there hasn't been any funding to create those facilities in many communities. A joint legislative committee is studying alternatives from the Governor's Commission on Public Safety. Rogers said for juveniles, one recommendation creates a set of hearings for a young offender sentenced as an adult, so a judge can periodically reexamine their progress. "If that young person is doing well, a judge could allow them to be moved into mandatory community supervision, and avoid getting transferred to adult prison," he explained. "That's a step in the right direction." Laura Speer, AECF associate director of policy and research, said about 75 percent of kids in detention are there for nonviolent offenses, and the research shows locking them up only makes them more likely to re-offend. "They have a chance to get their lives back on track, so we want to make sure they get put in the best possible program to get them back on track," she explained. The report also calls attention to a racial gap in the juvenile justice system, noting that Latino and Native American youth are two to three times more likely to be incarcerated than their white peers, and for African-American children, jail is five times more likely.
These statistics are shared from our partners over at the Treasure Valley Childrenâ€™s Relief Nursery who do a great job of helping high risk families and preventing child abuse. But these numbers tell the story that all effective interventions at an early age are worth the money as they prevent a much costlier investment down the road. And not just in dollars!
Families receiving wrap-around prevention services through Oregonâ€™s relief nurseries had more than a two-thirds decline in child abuse reports and an almost 100% decline in foster-care placements. Families receiving prevention services through comprehensive home visitation programs saw reports of child abuse and neglect decrease by almost 50%. Families receiving prevention services through home visitation programs saw the number of kid-related emergency room visits decrease by 50%. Over three-quarters of at-risk families receiving positive parenting skills through educational classes felt better equipped and prepared to raise their children.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
From the Director’s Chair… Sometimes, it is one big thing. Other times, a series of smaller things, but either way, we all have times when we just feel worn out. Where the struggles of this life seem to weigh so heavy that you don’t want to get up in the morning and face another day. Thankfully, Jesus knows what that feels like. He came to this earth a man and felt all the things we do, even burdened beyond what He alone could bear. As we celebrate this Easter season, let us remember that conquered the troubles of this life, to rise from the dead so that we never have to walk this road alone. I’m tired, I’m worn. My heart is heavy from the work it takes to keep on breathing . I’ve made mistakes, I’ve let my hope fail. My soul feels crushed by the weight of this world. And I know that you can give me rest, so I cry out with all that I have left. Let me see redemption win. Let me know the struggle ends. That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn. I wanna know a song can rise from the ashes of a broken life. And all that’s dead inside can be reborn. Cause I’m worn. I know I need to lift my eyes up but I'm too weak. Life just won’t let up and I know that you can give me rest. So I cry out with all that I have left. My prayers are wearing thin, yeah, I’m worn. Even before the day begins, yeah, I’m worn. I’ve lost my will to fight. I’m worn so, heaven come and flood my eyes. Let me see redemption win. Let me know the struggle ends. That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn. I wanna know a song can rise from the ashes of a broken life. And all that’s dead inside can be reborn. Cause I’m worn.- Tenth Avenue North “Worn”
Thank you Bank of the West for your generous donation! Pictured: Renee Cummings, Amanda Anderson, Ken Sheldon
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. – C.S. Lewis
Newsletter, Times of Harvest Spring 2013