Deschutes Childrens Foundation Blog

Collaboration in the Community Fosters Results

July 8th, 2011

When Deschutes Children’s Foundation started 21 years ago, it was in response to a clear community need for a “one-stop” facility for human service programs directly serving children and families. Over this 21 year span, Deschutes Children’s Foundation has managed five facilities and currently manages four campuses in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. The 26 campus programs are able to save, collectively, over $800,000 every year due to the rent-free space they receive from Deschutes Children’s Foundation. While this clear impact to the bottom line is incredibly beneficial to these programs, it is the collaboration and efficiency that fosters improved results.

The benefit of efficiency and collaboration to clients is of the greatest importance. Program client, Tasha, says:

We’re a low income family and there are times we don’t have the money for gas, or don’t have the availability to have a vehicle that’s ready for meand 5 children. The likelihood to be able to find that many places on my own isn’t really that great anyways, and being able to visit that many organizations in one building is unbelievably perfect. I couldn’t do it if I had to find them all separately.

When clients can have increased access to service programs, they are in a better position to get the help and support they need quicker and easier. The result is clients devoting less time to getting their needs met and putting more time into taking care of themselves and their family. There is nothing harder for a wage earner to have to miss multiple days of work or spend time going from office to office to receive support.

The benefit of collaboration also yields positive results with the programs. Says Julie Lyche, Program Director of Family Access Network:

One of the really nice things about being co-located with other non-profits is that we’re able to walk down the hall and talk to groups about issues with families, and as a family comes to us and needs services, we can immediately help them. By being able to have facility fees that are very low, by being able to share a copy machine, by being able to share a scanner – those are the kinds of things that don’t sound too exciting. Really, our bottom line is benefitted by that, and it directly helps us push more of that money toward the families which is ultimately what we want to be doing.

Collaboration between programs creates mutually beneficial opportunities for sharing resources, referring clients and getting support on difficult cases. Many of the programs on Deschutes Children’s Foundation campuses have similar goals: to support the children and families of our community. When they work together, more people are able to receive support.

Sagebrush Community Challenge

Tomorrow kicks off a week of events for the Sagebrush Community Challenge. This is an exciting opportunity for 106 Central Oregon non-profits. Sagebrush has recognized a diversity of need in the community and has come up with a unique, but powerful response – facilitate a fundraising campaign for Central Oregon non-profits, then match a percentage of the money these non-profits raise.

We have seen how collaboration can be successful when programs work together on service delivery, but now we are seeing over 100 non-profit programs work together on the most competitive aspect of the non-profit sector: fundraising.

This week will prove to be full of fun and exciting events all in support of one thing: working together to make our community a better place. Find out how you can take part in the Sagebrush Community Challenge and support the efforts of over 100 community programs!


Fostering Resilience in Children (Pt.2)

July 1st, 2011

Helping others is a great way to beat stress

Last week we began a discussion about the resilience in children – their ability to bounce back after challenging situations. At Deschutes Children’s Foundation, we are very fortunate to have resident programs on our four community campuses that work with children to teach them skills and provide them with support to persevere through life’s struggles.

Here are five more tips to employ when you are working with youth who need a little extra help handling the stresses of life.

Continued from last week:

  1. Take Control – During stressful times it is common to simply feel out of control. Get some of that control back by taking decisive action.
  2. Express Yourself – Talk to somebody – a parent or a friend – and if talking doesn’t work do something else to capture your emotions like journaling or creating art
  3. Help Somebody – Try volunteering in the community, cleaning-up around the house or helping a friend with his or her homework.
  4. Put Things in Perspective – Think about other times when you got through tough situations or faced up to your fears. Learn relaxation techniques. Think about the good things around you that have remained consistent. And remember, when you talk about bad times, make sure you talk about the good times too.
  5. Turn it Off – During times of stress, the news can contribute to your stressful feelings. It is important to stay informed, but sometimes no news is good news.

When employing resilience skills, some people may find they use a different mix of strategies. This is why it is important to learn a multitude of approached to handle the challenging times.

For additional conversations about resilience, check out this posting from the Women and Children’s Health Network.

Fostering Resilience in Children

June 24th, 2011

For any of us who have spent time around children, we can all agree that children have an uncanny ability to bounce back despite hardships. For many years the topic of resilience in children has been discussed  by youth service workers, psychologists, and researchers  as a solution to many of the common (or not so common) problems children encounter every day. But what does this mean?

We all have built-in coping skills. Think of how you perform in times of pressure, or how you wind down after a hard day at school or work…These are ways that you cope with life’s stresses. The challenge as you get older is a collective consciousness about stress and hardships and how to deal with them. Adults and older youths also have more stressors: from relationships, to finances, to work-related stress.

Fortunately children do not have many of the stressors adults and older youths deal with on a daily basis. This is why fostering resilience in children during the early stages of life is crucial. When children learn ways to cope with life’s challenges, this will only put them in a greater position to respond well under pressure as adults.

This week we have been tweeting tips that children and teens can use to handle those challenging situations. Here are 5 of the tips we shared this week:

  1. Get Together – Talk with your friends, parents and family about some of the challenges you are experiencing. Utilize the life experience that other people have so you can gain a clearer perspective about what is going on around you, and use those people for support – a shoulder to cry on, perhaps – during difficult times. Become part of a community – church or school group – for an even greater support network.
  2. Cut Yourself Some Slack – Stresses tend to compound, and the more you let stress build, they will play a greater impact on how you feel. Go easy on yourself, and your friends, when something bad happens.
  3. Create a Hassle-Free Zone – It is important to have a personal retreat for yourself when things are tough. This should be a space where you can feel at peace and comfortable. At the same time, remember that your support network wants to be there for you during tough times, so be open to letting them in.
  4. Stick to the Program – Consistency is key when dealing with stress. There are also many opportunities for you to try new things – both positive and negative. When times are tough, stick to what you know – whether it’s getting a cup of coffee with friends or reading a book before bed – because routines can give you comfort.
  5. Take Care of Yourself – Be sure to take care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. And get enough sleep at night. When you are sharp, you will respond better during times of stress.

Of course, there are many ways to take care of yourself – and encourage others to take care of themselves – so be creative in finding those ways to deal with stressful situations. Next week we will continue this topic and discuss several other strategies. If you have your own strategies, share them with us because surely they will be helpful for others!

Celebrating Fathers

June 17th, 2011

With Father’s Day just two days away, and being a first year father myself, I’ve been thinking about the important role dad’s play on the development of their children.

There are measurable differences between children who are raised in homes with a father and those raised in homes without a father. These children exhibit different levels of self worth, social competence, and the likelihood to use drugs – to name a few. The fact of the matter is an active father enables his children to increase social competencies and decrease negative behaviors.

This weekend as you celebrate Father’s Day – whether as a father, a mother or a child – realize how important fathers are in the lives of their children and be proud of the important role you play.

Happy Father’s Day!

Sagebrush Community Challenge

June 9th, 2011

Deschutes Children’s Foundation is excited to be a part of the Sagebrush Community Challenge Fundraising Campaign. Every dollar that you donate to Deschutes Children’s Foundation through Sagebrush will receive a matching gift through the Sagebrush Community Challenge Match Fund. You have until August 15, 2011 to donate to the Sagebrush Community Challenge Fundraising Campaign. Please visit to make a donation today!

The Sagebrush Community Challenge events will begin in Bend, Oregon on July 9. Here is some additional information about ways you can participate. Proceeds from these events will go into the Sagebrush Community Challenge Match Fund:

Saturday, July 9

Wednesday, July 13

Thursday, July 14

Friday, July 15

Saturday, July 16

For more information about supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation and Sagebrush, visit or call 541-388-3101

19th Annual Art & Wine Auction an Extraordinary Success!

June 2nd, 2011

The 19th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction – held Friday, May 20 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon – was an extraordinary success. The event netted over $95,000, a total including sponsorships and revenue raised at the auction. On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Deschutes Children’s Foundation, thank you for your support in making this success possible!

The silent auction featured 90 individual items and packages, and the live auction featured 30 items – all donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. This many items were necessary to provide a wide enough variety for a sold out crowd of 330 guests! All of the guests had the opportunity to sample beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Henry Estates Winery, Southern Wine Group & Willamette Valley Vineyards, and the chefs at the Riverhouse Convention Center outdid themselves this year by preparing an elegant meal paired with wine from Sokol Blosser Winery. Needless to say, our guests left satisfied not just because of the feast and fun, but because they were spending an evening supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation.

The Art & Wine Auction is Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s largest annual fund raiser. The dollars raise at the Art & Wine Auction go directly towards operational costs that manage four community campuses in Bend, Redmond & La Pine, and provide rent-free facilities for 27 Deschutes County non-profit programs that include: FAN, KIDS Center, Head Start, Healthy Beginnings, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery & Saving Grace. Deschutes Children’s Foundation saves these programs an estimated $800,000 annually. Close collaboration with a synergistic mix of programs housed together fosters effective, efficient, easy to find and child-friendly facilities.

Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Art & Wine Auction. Keep posted as we are currently deciding on a date for this landmark event. This will surely be an event not to be missed!

Thank you to our sponsors, including: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Selco Community Credit Union, Les Schwab Tire Centers, 105.7 KQAK FM, News Radio Central Oregon 1340 KBNW, Cascade Publications, KOHD, Bend Bulletin, BendBroadband & Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.


Oregon Landscape Photographer, Mike Putnam presents “Summit Sunrise”

April 26th, 2011

In 1998, Mike Putnam and his wife, Debbie, moved to Bend, Oregon because of their passion for the stunning natural beauty of the Central Oregon area.  Shortly after moving to Oregon, Mike’s love for wild places led him to become a professional landscape photographer.  His first professional photographic purchase was a large format 4×5 film camera which he uses to capture all of the images in his fine art photography collection.  This old wooden camera allows Mike unparalleled perspective control and impeccable image detail not found in other camera formats.  In addition to the exceptional image quality possible with this old cherry wood camera, Mike also prefers the more deliberate compositional process that it necessitates.

Mike frequently displays his landscape photography throughout Oregon.  His fine art prints  can be found in countless corporate and private collections across the United States.  An abbreviated list of Mike’s local corporate collectors includes: U.S. Bank, Bank of the Cascades, Orvis, St Charles Medical Center, Brooks Resources, RBC Wealth Management, and Advisory Services and Investments LLC.  To view a current list of Mike’s Photography exhibits, please visit his website at Mike Putnam Photography.

A mild photographic obsession eventually culminated in one of Mike’s favorite fine art photographs, “Summit Sunrise”.  Having climbed Central Oregon’s South Sister many times before, Mike was familiar with the breathtaking view from South Sisters summit.  He was also familiar with the arduous climb involved.  A 5,000ft climb to South Sister’s 10,358 ft summit while carrying 40 pounds of photographic equipment and snow camping gear would not be for the faint of heart.  Mike’s first two overnight climbing and photographic expeditions to the summit were thwarted by extreme weather.  On Mike’s third expedition, the snow was deep, and the night was frigid but the morning brought a glorious and calm sunrise.  As alpenglow bathed the Oregon Cascades, Mike knew he had the image he was after!  With close inspection, one can see Middle Sister, North Sister, Three Fingered Jack, Black Butte, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens.  His efforts had definitely been worth while!

This is the first edition of “Summit Sunrise” that has ever been  donated for charity purposes.  It is Mike’s hope that his quest to capture “Summit Sunrise”  will help to serve the needs of children who are the future of our wonderful Central Oregon Communities.

For those who are interested in viewing other fine art landscape photographs on Mike website, please visit the following link, Oregon Landscape Photographer, Mike Putnam.

19th Annual Art & Wine Auction

April 8th, 2011

Summer is quickly approaching (who could tell with the snow on the ground), and you know what that means: Time for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction (May 20 at Riverhouse Convention Center)! The Art & Wine Auction is the largest fund raising event to support Deschutes Children’s Foundation and the 27 non-profit programs who reside rent-free on 4 campuses managed by Deschutes Children’s Foundation. Now in its 19th year, the Auction is looking to be one of the best ever.


For those of you who have visited our website and have been on our Facebook page you no doubt know about the amazing artist, Kim Jones, whose painting “Rejuvenation” is our Signature Piece. Of course you will see other amazing artists work featured in our Live Auction as well as fantastic vacation packages and limited release wine lots from collectors and wineries.


With the 19th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction in six short weeks, please join us over the next few weeks as we spotlight some of the artists and community members whose contributions and efforts are contributing to the Auction’s continued success.


This week we are pointing the spotlight on Helen Brown. Helen Brown is a watercolor artist who works from her studio in Sunriver, Oregon. Her paintings are known for their unique composition and dramatic perspective.


Helen created her painting “Moon Jam” from a reference photo she took during a trip to New Orleans. Helen simplified the background and painted these street musicians using her “batik-like” resist method of watercolor painting that has come to represent her style of artwork.


“Moon Jam” was selected for the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Fall Exhibition where it received the “People’s Choice Award” among 80 paintings and was juried into the Northwest Water Color Society’s National exhibition.

More of Helen’s work can be seen at the Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill District in Bend and at Donterra Art Works in Sisters. She is a member of the High Desert Art League, Tumalo Art Company and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. You can see Helen’s work online by visiting


Tickets to the Art & Wine Auction are $99 each or 2 for $175. For tickets or more information about the Art & Wine Auction, and how you can support Deschutes Children’s Foundation, please visit or call 541.388.3101.


Art and Wine Auction-Bruce Jackson

May 7th, 2010

Speaking Fluent Aspen by Bruce Jackson

Born in 1951, Bruce Jackson grew up in farm country near Salem, Oregon.  A passion for skiing brought him to his present home of Bend, Oregon, in 1969.  While assisting legendary ski cinematographer Warren Miller at Mt. Bachelor in the winter of 1976, Bruce became inspired by the creative process of photography and purchased his first professional quality camera that fall.  As he had done with skiing, he immersed himself completely in photography.

In the years that followed, Jackson’s unique artistic style evolved through the creative process of photography, as his awe and reverence for Nature deepened.  Beginning in 1984 and continuing through the early 90’s,  Jackson created and marketed award winning fine art posters, including his famous Summit and Pine Marten prints of Mt. Bachelor, and the Mount Hood poster.  During this time, he continued to expand his artistic vision and in 1992, Bruce was awarded GRAND PRIZE in the SIERRA CLUB International Photography Competition. 

Today, Bruce’s fine art images grace numerous corporate offices, organizations and private homes throughout North America.  A partial list of Organizations and Corporations that have purchased Jackson’s photographs includes:  Ritz-Carlton, Coldwater Creek, Alaska Airlines, Bank of the Cascades, Sunset Magazine, Mt. Bachelor Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Sierra Club, Audubon, Oregon Tourism, Dean Witter and Brooks Resources.

When asked about ‘Speaking Fluent Aspen’, Bruce replied, “The year 2007 provided the most beautiful fall colors I’ve ever experienced in Central Oregon.  Having completed my high elevation fall photography, I focused on the aspens around Black Butte.  Day one consisted of brilliant sunny skies, hours of scouting, and culminated in two photographs after sunset.  I use a large format camera so the results of my efforts remained a mystery, resting as latent images on my 4”x5” film.  I was not satisfied.  The next day I awoke early to overcast skies.  Now that’s more like it!  Upon arriving, my greatest joy was realized.  The aspens were glowing in perfect light, with no wind.  Soon I was zeroing in on my composition, having paid my dues the day before.  I   completed a horizontal composition.  Get closer, get closer, my intuition kept telling me.  I surrendered, and it was then my vision shone as 30 years of experience coalesced into…Speaking Fluent Aspen.”

Bruce chose to contribute edition # 1/45 (traditionally reserved for himself) for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art and Wine Auction as “a symbolic reminder of placing children’s basic needs as a top priority in our community”.

Art and Wine Auction-Ken Roth

May 6th, 2010

Artwork by Ken Roth

Ken Roth is an artist whose paintings are filled with rich color and light on the landscape and figure.  Born in San Diego, CA in 1966, Roth developed a love of the outdoors and seeks to capture nature’s harmonies in his paintings.  Ken studied under Spanish master Sebastian Capella, whose painting theories have had a profound influence on Roth’s work.  Galleries, Art Consultants and Interior Designers represent Ken and have showcased his work in commercial establishments, residential spaces, and private collections. In Central Oregon, Ken’s work is featured at Jack Nicklaus’ Premiere course Pronghorn and at the Caldera Springs Resort in Sunriver.  To learn more about Ken Roth and his work, visit