Marion Denard is the Development and Outreach Director at Community Works. Marion started her non-profit career by volunteering at a domestic violence program. Her passion is safe families.
In Oregon, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are victims of domestic violence. As many as 25% of children in Oregon witness domestic violence and at Dunn House, a domestic violence shelter in Jackson County, 40% of the residents are children. Dunn House, operated by Community Works, provides victims with emergency shelter for as many as 30 days.
For children, exposure to domestic violence is considered an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). A study conducted by Kaiser Permanente revealed the impact that ACE has on lives. Cancer, drug use, obesity, diabetes as well as lower educational attainment are all greater for those who have experienced ACE.
Funding for Community Works includes individual donations, foundation grants, and Federal grants. They offer a variety of services to help their clients through crisis including transitional living, youth & family services, runaway & homeless youth services. For more information about Community Works, go to: www.community-works.org.