Charities

Albertina Kerr’s Crisis Psychiatric Care

Albertina Kerr’s Crisis Psychiatric Care provides short-term residential care and 24-hour access to mental health professionals for children experiencing urgent mental health crises. Through the Crisis Psychiatric Care program, Albertina Kerr works to stabilize children in crisis, provide effective mental health treatment, and ultimately return the child safely to their home or a less intensive level of care.

When a child with severe mental health issues experiences a crisis, families have few options: a crisis hotline referring them to a clinic open during normal business hours, the hospital emergency room, or a call to police. In some cases, access to mental health services are so inadequate, families place their child in the child welfare or juvenile justice system to obtain care. Albertina Kerr’s Crisis Psychiatric Care program is the only standalone sub-acute level care facility in Oregon. We assist children throughout the state of Oregon.

Program Results

Through a comprehensive set of interventions, the Crisis Psychiatric Care Program works quickly to achieve outcomes that have an immediate effect on the lives of those served. The program’s intensive, one-on-one work with children and families increases the likelihood:

  • Children in crisis quickly stabilize and return safely and successfully to the community.
  • Children learn skills to stay safe, preserve relationships, and be successful at home and school.
  • The adults in the child’s life are supported in understanding, planning for and meeting the child’s needs and feel connected to and supported by their community.

Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has been serving the most vulnerable Oregonians.  Today, Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential.  Support of the B.U.L.L. Session is vital to Albertina Kerr’s work.  The generous donation helps to raise critical funds and awareness for children, families in need.

 

Thank you for your support.

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Gales Creek Camp Foundation 

gales-creek-camp_patrickPatrick has been coming to Gales Creek Camp for the last five years. During his time spent as a camper, Patrick was able to meet and form friendships with a diverse community of people who understand what it is like to have Type 1 Diabetes. His friendships provided support throughout the year with managing diabetes, and going to camp allowed him to be a more confident young adult.

This summer, Patrick completed his last summer as a high school camper, and returned to camp as a Counselor in Training (CIT) to volunteer for a week of camp. Patrick described his week of volunteering to be a way to “return some of the camp magic that was given to him.”

Below are Patrick’s own words about his experience at Gales Creek Camp:

“More of a home than a camp. More of a family than a friendship. More happiness that I’ve ever felt at a place away from home. It feels like whenever I’m away, I’m missing a part of me. This is a place I can say I am truly happy to be a part of and will never forget the memories as a camper here. Hopefully I can continue to make memories as a counselor next year, but until then I’ll be savoring this years’ experience for a very long while. Thanks for the support you have given me throughout my childhood. Until next year, Gales Creek.” Patrick, Age 17

Working in concert, BULL Session Charities strive to protect and improve the lives of many GCC campers. For this cooperation, we are grateful.

The Gales Creek Camp Foundation—serving children with Type 1 Diabetes and their families since 1953.

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March of Dimes

march-of-dimes_karysToo many babies are born too soon. Premature birth is a serious problem that threatens the lives of about 400,000 babies each year in the United States and 15 million globally. That’s why we’re funding new research to find the causes of premature birth and develop ways to prevent it.

Throughout our organization’s history, March of Dimes has tackled complex health issues facing moms, babies and families – and solved them. We aim to make premature birth our next breakthrough and ensure that every baby has a fighting chance.

We help families cope with the challenges of having a critically ill newborn, whether due to prematurity or a birth defect.  We work with women to reduce the known risk factors that lead to preterm birth, and proceeds from the B.U.L.L. Session Events helps March of Dimes in Oregon and SW Washington improve the quality of maternity care and high risk pediatric care for all pregnant women and newborns.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland celebrates more than 93 years of providing compassionate healthcare for the children throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Portland hospital is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding healthcare teaching programs.

The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery; physical, occupational and speech therapy; orthotics and prosthetics; outpatient clinics; low radiation EOS Imaging System and a motion analysis center. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

With donations from the B.U.L.L. Session, we can continue our mission of providing expert care to children.

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Swindells Resource Center at Providence Child Center

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Learning your child has special needs, developmental delays or disabilities is life changing, isolating and scary. Where do I go from here? What do I do next? Located at Providence Child Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Swindells Resource Center supports parents and caregivers of these children.

The kind and compassionate staff at Swindells know firsthand what parents and caregivers are going through. Parents gain the knowledge and confidence they need to be the best advocates for their child.

Thanks to your support, we can provide free resources, information and education to communities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. Through our vast lending library, educational events, support services, parenting classes and referral guidance, we connect families, caregivers and others to information and training.

In 2016, we made more than 29,720 points of contact, 903 care notebooks were distributed, and 2,579 people attended one of the 43 speaker events offered at little or no cost thanks to the overwhelming generosity of donors like you.

Because of you, we can serve the most vulnerable in our community.

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Wheel to Walk Foundation

Taran is a sweet 4 year old with cerebral palsy. He has decreased strength in his trunk and extremities as well as impaired balance and coordination. Wheel to Walk purchased this $1,200 therapy tricycle to help increase his leg and core strength. Taran loves to move and this therapy tricycle allows him to get outside beyond his regular physical therapy session.

It is children like Taran that Wheel to Walk continues to help, and thanks to B.U.L.L. Session Charity Events, we are able to purchase essential equipment for children with disabilities when they are unable to obtain them through insurance.

Examples of items we provide are:

  • therapy tricycles
  • shower chairs
  • gait trainers
  • adaptive strollers
  • adaptive car seats
  • wheelchairs
  • wheelchair modifications
  • orthotics
  • speech therapy
  • vision therapy
  • communication devices
  • pumper cars
  • physical therapy
  • cranial helmets
  • zip zac chairs

Wheel to Walk Foundation strongly believes that no child with a disability should go without essential equipment that could improve the quality of their life and help them thrive.

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