EUGENE, Ore. — The Buckley Sobering Center in Eugene is celebrating its 50th anniversary, thanks to a legislative budget award.
The program, which is run by Willamette Family, just received $50,000 for the next two years.
Coordinators say they’ve been operating on a deficit for the last ten months, and it was only due to strong partnerships with law enforcement and hospitals that they’ve managed to stay open.
Staff say the money is essential to a program that is truly helping the community.
“This money is going to allow us to be sustainable and really importantly, we are going to be able to add pieces of services to help this population connect with treatment instead of being in the revolving door of coming into sobering, going back out to the street and then reentering,” said Susie Dey, Willamette Family Executive Director.
Those pieces include providing mental health as well as peer support to hopefully engage those individuals in the next step of treatment.