Donations to Laurel Hill Center make it possible to do the essential work that helps people achieve mental health recovery and turn their lives around. Our clients’ success includes securing safe housing, finding steady employment, improving physical health and rediscovering life’s joys.
About 95 percent of the people Laurel Hill Center serves live under the poverty level. Most receive services through the Oregon Health Plan, also known as Medicaid, but the program reimburses only a portion of the costs of providing community-based mental health services.
We receive income from our Qualified Rehabilitation Facility business, SWEEP Optical, which employs community members with disabilities. It helps cover some of our unfunded costs, but it is not enough.
We rely on community support to provide essential psychiatric services to clients like Chantelle, 19, who is working through the challenges of severe mental illness to have what she calls a “normal” life.
“I won’t feel like my issues will hold me back,” Chantelle said about what she hopes to achieve.
“I love the people here. They’re so easygoing and open,” she added. “I wish the whole world was like this.”
Your Gift can change a life
Your tax-deductible donations can be directed toward the programs below. THANK YOU!
Greatest Need Fund
We very much appreciate donations that enable Laurel Hill Center to provide direct support to where it’s needed most. Unspecified gifts help us build effective services that move people toward recovery.
Immediate Need Fund
Many Laurel Hill Center clients live below the poverty level. They often are unable to pay for emergency expenses or for those items that make it possible for them to improve their lives, such as a bus pass or work shoes. That’s when we turn to the Immediate Need Fund.
Rental and utility deposits are often a barrier to housing for homeless people. This program is used once a Laurel Hill Center Recovery Specialist has helped a homeless person find an apartment, but the client can’t pay the necessary deposits to be placed in housing. To keep this program sustainable, many of the people using this fund borrow the money from Laurel Hill Center, paying it back as a loan at a pace they can afford.
Johanna Mitchell Wellness Fund
Each January, local Astrologer Johanna Mitchell presents her annual predictions at Tsunami Books in Eugene as a benefit for Laurel Hill Center’s Johanna Mitchell Wellness Fund.
This year the fund will help individuals buy gym memberships, fitness equipment and workout attire as a component of InSHAPE®, a wellness program designed to improve the physical health of people with mental illness. Laurel Hill Center is one of 20 agencies nationwide selected by the Health Promotion Research Center at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice to implement the two-year InSHAPE® project.
Paul Manion Pathways Fund
The Paul Manion Pathways Fund teaches participants the skills to better navigate life with their mental illness. Partipants learn how to not let mental illness define their lives. They improve their ability to be with other people in a safe environment. The late Paul Manion was an early peer advocate on behalf of people with mental illness and a long-time Laurel Hill volunteer. He was active in establishing our Pathways Learning Center and embodied its purpose. This fund is a tribute to all Paul contributed to Laurel Hill and to his peers.