Over the past 15 years or so, the FBICAAA has worked in conjunction with the Portland Division FBI supporting various organizations including those serving low-income/at-risk kids, sex trafficking survivors, homeless youth, Native American/reservation families, etc. throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.
ADOPT A FAMILY preparations have begun.
This year a group at the FBI Office has selected SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County). SASS is a non-profit organization providing outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families and friends throughout Eugene-Springfield and the rest of Lane County.
- Their advocates listen, believe, support, accompany, offer information and referrals, and provide peer counseling to survivors of assault, past and present.
- They maintain a 24-hour crisis and support line and 24-hour advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.
- They provide support at our Drop-In Center Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 AM- 4:00PM.
- Their empowerment-based, survivor-centered approach to ending sexual violence and the forms of oppression that allow it to exist is presented in our volunteer training.
Our goal is to provide each person with one new set of clothes (tops/bottoms, undies/socks, PJs, coat, shoes or boots) plus one or two wish list items. For the kids, this usually involves some kind of toy, books or the like. We ask that the wish list items stay $50 or under (no video game consoles/video games, high end electronics, expensive designer clothes/shoes, etc.) Depending on the population we are serving, we also can potentially bring food boxes, household supplies, etc.
The Portland Division is anxiously awaiting the list of folks we will be taking under our wing this holiday season. Once we receive the list, we will create “Elf Tags”. An “Elf Tag” will list a person/s and their wish list based off of a form we have drafted for them to complete and that will help us substantially with the gift selection process. As soon as we have those tags become available, I will send out another email to this group in event you are interested in “Adopting A Family/Person” for this holiday season.