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Nurturing Growth & Hope is the Liberty House campaign to raise funds to help us to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children in Marion and Polk Counties: victims of child abuse. Acquisition of a neighboring building for co-location of our nonclinical staff and agency partners will free up space for seeing more children and their families in our clinic. Together, the buildings will make a beautiful campus; a place of hope. But we will need your help to reach our goal.

Click HERE for full details on the Capital Campaign.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Capital Campaign

How big is the problem?
There problem is big: over 8,500 calls to the local hotline and over 1,100 confirmed cases in Marion and Polk counties each year. It is estimated that one in ten children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 and that only 3-5% of actual abuse ever gets reported. Physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect can produce long-lasting trauma.
What does Liberty House do?
Liberty House provides medical checkups, forensic interviews and family support for children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect. Our work produces critical results: objective assessment to learn whether abuse is occurring, intervention to stop abuse if it is occurring, information so families get the help they need, and reports that help the Department of Human Services create safety plans and law enforcement partners hold offenders accountable. The coordination we provide means that children and families can get the help they need with fewer appointments, which reduces stress and improves outcomes. Cases that get referred to Liberty House tend to have better legal outcomes, which helps us help our partners promote a safer community.
Why the sudden push to buy a building? This seems a little . . . sudden.
Actually, the Liberty House Board of Directors, staff, and major strategic partners such as law enforcement agencies and Department of Human Services managers have long recognized the need to add a second exam room, more waiting rooms, and more working space for the multidisciplinary partners. This year, the need has grown. Up to this point, there have not been any easy solutions. However, in the last six months, several things have fallen into place that make this the right time. We want to take advantage of the opportunity to work collaboratively with our partners to acquire this asset that will help us to achieve several strategic goals.
What will happen if Liberty House buys the building?

If Liberty House can acquire the building, we will move all nonclinical services out of the original building into one wing of the new building. Then we will remodel the original building by adding two more exam rooms, more interview and observation rooms, and more private waiting rooms for families. That will allow us to offer more appointments at times more convenient for children and their families.

It will also allow us to offer more same-day or next-day appointments for children and youth who should be seen promptly. In the other wing of the new building, we will be able to make workspace available for our law enforcement and multidisciplinary partners. Finally, we will be able to provide office space for local mental health providers to offer trauma-informed follow-up services for children, youth, and family members who need support.

As we have engaged in conversations and planning this spring, many people have looked across the lawn between the two buildings and asked whether families ever use the lawn to let children play. The answer is “yes,” they do. Then we are asked if we have ever thought about creating a healing garden, making the space more inviting for visitors. The answer is “yes,” we have. The next comment we hear often sounds like the following, “I can see this vision as a sort of campus; a place where families can come to have their children seen and to receive support for the difficult things they have to deal with.” Our response to that is, “Yes, we also see that vision.”

What goals will this building accomplish?
Acquiring this building will help us to meet needs that we have only been able to partially meet and add better follow-up care. Using the space as explained above will allow us to offer better resources for more children, youth, and their families. It will help our DHS and law enforcement colleagues in doing their jobs to help children be safe and to hold offenders accountable. Since offenders typically have more than one victim, these are very important steps in reducing and preventing child abuse. Our primary goal is to help our community be more safe for children. We have identified five major problems in our service delivery, and since they all relate to lack of space, this one solution will address all five problems.
How do you plan to raise the funds?
Unless one or more major private gifts materialize, we will use a combination of strategies that will include securing an “anchor” donation, a matching campaign, a widespread online social media campaign (think 150,000 people each giving $10), and investments from business partners.
Why not take out a loan?
The Board of Directors and the CEO do not want to risk compromising Liberty House’s 15 years of success by incurring such debt. We want all revenue to fund direct services to children, not interest payments.
What is the timeline for the purchase?
We hope the raise the majority of the funds in sixty days. As soon as we raise $750,000, we can write an offer to purchase. We set this goal because we know that every day, children in Marion and Polk counties are experiencing tragic physical and sexual abuse. The effects of internet pornography and dangerous drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana exacerbate the risks for children. We simply can’t wait any longer.
What will be the return on investment?
Utlimately, securing the space will allow our entire coordinated community response to be more efficient in getting children and families the help they need and holding offenders accountable. Over time, that will result in a healthier community. Coordination of efforts saves time and resources for everyone when the right tools are available. Securing this space will allow Liberty House to offer more appointments during times that are better for children, families, and our agency partners. It will allow us to provide office space for local mental health providers to offer onsite follow-up, and it will provide a convenient location for law enforcement, DHS, and other key strategic partners to meet with and assist families. That will improve our local coordinated response to child abuse and neglect.
More Questions?
Call Alison Kelley, the CEO. She’ll answer your questions.
2685 4th Street NE Salem, OR 97301