Archives : 2009 : December

The Creation of Becky Johnson Community Center

December 1st, 2009

I have been a DCF board member for 12 years.  I had a specific goal when I first agreed to join the board. I am a long time resident of Redmond and was involved in other boards within that community. It was apparent to me that the most needy individuals within the Redmond community, and those with the least amount of resources to access services they needed, had to drive or find a ride to Bend to access services. There was no consistent place in Redmond for them to go.  I knew there was interest on the part of the Foundation to expand to other communities and felt it would be beneficial to have a Redmond representative on the board to urge them in that direction.

Once on the board, it was an incredible experience.  Before 18 months, we had a design and a plan.  The ultimate outcome was the Becky Johnson Community Center in Redmond.  It is a beautiful facility with programs and services for children and families.  The array of services is broad, representing both Deschutes County services such as WIC and the Health Department, and early childhood services!  Families now come to one place and can receive both services and referral information.   It has been so rewarding to work with the foundation and to now see 4 community campuses!  I have loved the work and feel that we have really lived up to the mission of the foundation!
–Kathy Emerson, Board Member