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Walden Announces Federal Investment in Cascade Youth and Family Center

Location: Washington, DC

Walden Announces Federal Investment in Cascade Youth and Family Center

J Bar J Youth Services to receive $125,000 investment from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for crisis and intervention programs
July 22, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that J Bar J Youth Services in Bend has been awarded $125,090 in federal investments by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Children and Families. These funds will be directed toward the Cascade Youth and Family Center (CYFC).

J Bar J is a non-profit organization established in 1968 whose mission is "to promote innovative options for at-risk children, youth and families toward self-sufficiency and personal responsibilities." Specifically, the CYFC provides youth with crisis intervention and support services, including a 24-hour help hotline, emergency temporary shelter, family mediation, case management, referral services and resource navigation.

"I've experience first-hand the wonderful work organizations like J Bar J do for young people in Central Oregon and I am encouraged that the federal government is taking an active role in the Cascade Youth and Family Center," said Walden.

"This grant will allow the Center to continue sheltering wayward kids and providing services such as mediation and counseling," continued Walden. "I am grateful to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and the Bush Administration for their commitment to youth in the Deschutes County area."

"We are absolutely delighted," said Stephanie Alvstad, Executive Director for J Bar J Youth Services. "This money is a significant piece to doing family mediation, putting kids in short term shelters and doing crisis intervention. We are delighted to have that."

Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a Deputy Whip and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.

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