Nearing completion of campus construction.
Dedication Ceremony, May 20, 2016.
Since 1915, Albertina Kerr’s Gresham campus has been a place where Oregon’s most vulnerable sought help. A century ago, the urgent social service question was how to aid unwed mothers, their babies and children with developmental disabilities. Kerr’s Gresham campus was dedicated to providing care for those who had nowhere else to turn.
Today, children’s mental health is among the most urgent social service challenges Oregon families and communities face. Many families lack the resources to address the most serious mental health issues. And yet, when children do not receive effective diagnosis and treatment, the harm to children, families and communities can be costly to the extreme.
One hundred years later, the Community Promise Campaign is turning the Gresham property into a campus for children's mental health. With investment from the Community Promise Capital Campaign, Albertina Kerr’s Gresham Campus fulfills its promise to our own era. From the newly renovated historic Louise Home, Kerr coordinates and delivers community-based mental health services reaching families throughout the state of Oregon. The completed Campus for Children’s Mental Health brings together leading practitioners, critical program services and facilities designed to best practice standards that are Kerr’s hallmark.
The Community Promise Campaign will invest $6.5 million in Kerr’s Gresham Campus to create a vital Oregon resource. Together we can create a unique campus dedicated to children’s mental health, offering a full continuum of children’s mental health care and community-based services.
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