Welcome to: Community Works
Community Works serves children, adolescents, young adults, women and families who are working to overcome a severe life crisis or trauma. We help people move forward using their own strengths in a productive and positive way.
Community Works serves 16,000 people annually with programs addressing homeless, runaway and adjudicated youth; mental health services; and victims of domestic and sexual violence. Community Works has 100 employees and more than 100 volunteers working in three facilities: The Main office, Lithia Springs Program in Ashland, and the Dunn House shelter.
Community Works strives to strengthen lives and our community by responding to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and high-need youth and their families, through support services and advocacy.
Adopt A Family
This year marks the fourteenth year of our Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays program. This special program for Community Works clients has the very specific purpose of including our clients in the joy of the holiday season. We have many options to give this year!
Thanks to your generosity over the years, you have helped bring holiday joy to Community Works families by deciding to Adopt-A-Family for the holidays. We invite you to join this group of very special people, by agreeing to help a family transition from despair to hope. This year, with your help, we plan to bring happiness to sixty five families and youth.
When you adopt a family, you will be partnered with an advocate who will provide you with information about a family in need and their wish list. This wish list includes details about the needs and interests of “your” family, so you may shop for them (or for your convenience Community Works’ staff will happily do the shopping for you). Gift cards are another great way to give.
To share the joy of giving as an Adopt-A-Family donor, please contact:
Misha Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
541-779-2393 extension 228.
Thank you for giving joy to people in need!
Community Works Board selects Laura O’Bryon as Executive Director
Community Works announced today that Laura O’Bryon will become the Executive Director for the agency, after a very successful tenure as interim Executive Director. Working with the Board of Directors and staff, Laura will continue to expand the support services provided to those in our community who are working to overcome a severe life crisis or trauma.
“The board is thrilled to have Laura leading the organization. With experience in all the program areas that Community Works covers, she was an ideal fit to lead the organization. She has done an outstanding job as interim ED, quickly developing rapport with the staff, building strong relationships with outside organizations and gaining the confidence of the board,” says Stuart Meyer, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Laura has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Therapy, as well as a Master’s degree in Business/Organization and Management. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at Southern Oregon University for over 17 years. Her positions have included Coordinator of the multi-agency Education & Resource Center, Director of Training and Employer Resources, SOU Medford Campus Associate Director, and Dean of Students. Prior to SOU, Laura worked as a Behavioral Therapist and Family Counselor. She has served on the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force Campus Committee, and the City of Ashland’s Ad-Hoc Homelessness Steering Committee.
Laura O’Bryon says of her appointment: “I am honored to be selected for this very important role, and I am excited about the opportunity to join the talented staff of Community Works. I also greatly appreciate the commitment of our funders to the advocacy initiatives that are the foundation of Community Works. I look forward to supporting our current initiatives, to working with our greater community, and to expanding the development of additional inter-agency programming to serve our region. My door is open for community input and suggestions.”
The Board of Directors and staff of Community Works are very pleased that Laura has accepted the full-time Executive Director role.