EUGENE, Ore. — “We’ve been a well-kept secret for a long time.”
According Aimee Walsh, the family coordination director for Direction Service, the agency might have stayed a secret if it weren’t for the Great Rotary Duck Race.
“It’s kind of a stamp of approval in the community that the Duck Race believes in what you do,” said Walsh. “Other funders look at that and say, ‘We want to support that work as well.’ So we’ve grown since the Duck Race has been involved.”
The agency helps families with kids with disabilities get the resources they need. Its mission aligns perfectly with that of the Duck Race.
“Families are often isolated and alone, there’s high rates of marital discord, substance abuse, mental health, depression and things like that for families who have kids with disabilities,” Walsh explained.
Direction Service gives those families somewhere to turn.
“That’s my favorite part of this job, that I get to work with families for a long time,” said Walsh. “I get to see the growth. I get to be with them at their darkest hours, then I get to celebrate their joys.”
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