Working for a nonprofit mental health and addictions provider is not for the faint of heart. Our employees take on life’s most difficult issues — joblessness, homelessness, social isolation, severe symptoms of psychosis, depression, addictions, gambling… I am fiercely proud of Cascadia’s staff and my gratitude for their work carries me through every single day.
— Derald Walker, Cascadia President/CEO
Those of us with serious mental health and addiction challenges need to know that other people believe in our ability to take control of our lives and that leading a fulfilling life is possible. The recovery journey can bevery hard at times, but the outcome of success is truly worth it.
— Meghan Caughey Peer and Wellness Services, Senior Director
Sadly, we lost our son in 2010 after an incident brought on by his mental illness. Cascadia reached out and invited me to join the board. It was a way to honor our son and help others who struggle with mental health and addiction issues. I am so grateful to Cascadia forgiving me this opportunity.
— Felesia Otis, Clinical Director at Volunteer of America Cascadia Board Member
These three words capture the heart of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. With over 900 dedicated employees working at 75+ locations in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion and Lane Counties, we serve more than 15,000 individuals each living with mental health challenges, addiction and homelessness.
We are one of the largest nonprofit healthcare providers in Oregon with focuses on mental health and addiction treatment services. We understand a home assures a sense of comfort and security. Here at Cascadia, we help provide supportive and permanent homes for more than 600 individuals. We’ve learned that families are an important part of people’s lives and offer services unique to children, families, adults and older adults.
The most effective way to help people solve their problems is to give them a home and guide them through the healing process.
Susan Voss-Rothmeier walks the halls of Portland's Central Library, a bag slung over her shoulder and a clipboard of resource lists in her hands. She looks for opportunities to discreetly approach people and quietly ask if she can be of help.