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2012 Duck Race: Changing Lives

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EUGENE, Ore. — Ask Christina Hammond about her life before going through Willamette Family Treatment Services and she responds with brutal honesty.

“I knew people didn’t use [drugs] or were clean somehow, but that’s not what I knew,” she said. “That wasn’t my lifestyle. I needed help.”

In August 2005, she finally got that help at Willamette Family. She spent about four months in inpatient treatment before transitioning to the non-profit’s safe house.

“When they come out of treatment, they’re more apt to relapse,” said Melody Williamson, the safe house manager. “But when they can come to a place that’s safe with their baby, it gives them that solid foundation.”

“It was a chance to become independent and they encouraged me and showed me how to do that,” Hammond said. “They guided me. I think it would have been very difficult for me to not have that support.”

It’s been nearly seven years since Hammond left the safe house. These days, there’s a new group of moms living there with a new group of children. They range in age from 4 months to 18 months, a crucial age that no parent wants to miss. The mothers at Willamette Family don’t have to, thanks to the safe house.

“Without it, what opportunity, what encouragement would these moms get to be able to have their children and be a success story?” asked Hammond.

For years, Willamette Family has benefited from the Great Rotary Duck Race. This year, money raised will go back to the safe house, helping those mothers succeed.

“Thank you so much for the Duck Race. I want to thank all the Rotary clubs, everybody. The Duck Race funds are what keep this place going,” said Williamson.

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