Offering respite at the Rainbow Lodge and Independent Living Services to youth and families in the Yamhill County
Rainbow Family Services (RFS), known as Rainbow Lodge, has been helping create community in Yamhill County for more than 50 years.
In the 1960s, Rainbow Lodge, originally part of the family home and estate of Charles and Anne Metsker, became a Yamhill County Juvenile Department residential care center for delinquent and emotionally disturbed boys. Catholic Community Services managed that program from 1970 to 1981, when it became part of an independent McMinnville-based nonprofit operating the lodge and related programs until 2004 as Rainbow Family Services.
During that time, services expanded to both boys and girls in professional foster homes while the lodge building became an alternative school serving those youth and others.
Catholic Community Service took RFS back into its fold in and built a new facility on the site of the original lodge in 2009. The new facility offers a place of respite for youth in foster care and youth who need crisis intervention.
Rainbow Family Services has continued to evolve to meet the needs of youth and families in crisis and to help them identify and build on their strengths. As advocates for self-directed care and evidence-based practices, RFS staff help youth and families access the resources they need to achieve their goals. In addition to respite care offered through Rainbow Lodge, today, RFS serves youth and families in Yamhill County through the Independent Living Program, Community Counseling Center and Treatment Foster Care.
Catholic Community Services’ Rainbow Lodge in McMinnville serves as a place of respite for youth in foster care. It offers them the opportunity to reflect on past trauma and focus on the future in a peaceful setting. For full-time foster parents, it also offers much needed time away from the daily routines and challenges of foster parenting. Time can be spent in recreation with their youth at the Lodge, or they can take time off on their own while respite foster parents care for their youth.
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