On February 16, 2021, LifeWorks NW turns 60. Yet, we’re not feeling old! We feel more vibrant, innovative and nimble than ever before. And we are looking toward the next 60 years with great hope and excitement.
Now and always, we constantly strive to provide the highest quality, culturally responsive behavioral health care possible. The global pandemic led us to create new opportunities for Telehealth and remote support. Nationwide racial inequity led us to work harder than ever to eliminate systemic racism and create our own antiracist, equity-driven culture.
We’ve grown and changed over the years, but something that stayed the same for many years is our mission, which sums up our philosophy well: LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
During our 60th Anniversary, we want to celebrate all our stakeholders—consumers, staff, donors, volunteers and health partners—by sharing just a little of our very active past. In 1961 we were formed in Beaverton as Tualatin Valley Child Guidance Center, with $40,000 in seed money from Tektronix at the direction of CEO Jack Murdock. Our goal was to offer community based services for children with mental health challenges and help prevent psychiatric hospitalization for Washington County children.
Over the years, we added adult mental health and addiction services, children’s relief nurseries, day treatment for children and adolescents, walk in and mobile crisis programs, family and individual community-based support programs and peer delivered services.
We began serving Multnomah County in 1995. By 2004, we’d changed our name to LifeWorks NW, because—as we said at the time–“Life works when you get the support you need.” Next, we added our site in Clackamas County in 2010.
Today we have outpatient and residential sites and serve clients in school-based and local health clinics. Health partners Virginia Garcia, NARA, Wallace, Neighborhood Health Clinics and Genoa Healthcare offer services inside our clinics to help us ensure holistic, whole-person care for all.
We are eager to see where the next 60 years takes us. This month, we are moving our administration team to the Sylvan area into a building that is centrally located with large training spaces. We have 20 sites across the Tri-County area and serve approximately 30,000 consumers a year. As many changes as we’ve seen, our commitment to prevention, mental health and addiction services that promote a healthy community has never wavered. Buildings change, programs grow and global health may affect us. But no matter how we provide our services, we are committed, now and always to well-being for all.