Pandemic-Pivot for ECCO – Ribbon Cutting Event


Yet Another Pandemic Pivot...

Ribbon-Cutting Event, Unveiling New-and-Improved ODHS Visitation Center for Children and Families Experiencing Foster Care, Will Now Do Socially Distanced Onsite Tours Monday, Aug. 16, Followed by After-Tour Celebration at The Redmond Hotel.

REDMOND, Ore., Aug. 11, 2021 — In a quick change of plans due to new pandemic-related health and safety precautions, Every Child Central Oregon (ECCO) is announcing an update to an event that is slated to take place Monday, Aug. 16 at noon in Redmond.

The unveiling of the new-and-improved Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Visitation Center for Children and Families Experiencing Foster Care will still take place at the Redmond-based center and be facilitated by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, according to Melissa Walters, ECCO’s director. However, now socially distanced tours will be offered first at noon, then everyone is invited to head to a celebration at The Redmond Hotel at 1 p.m..

The event details are as follows:

Date: Monday, Aug. 16, 2021
Visitation Tours: 12-12:45 p.m. at ODHS, 706 SW 12th St., Redmond, OR 97756
Celebration Honoring Donors and Community Members: 1-2 p.m., 521 S.W. 6th St., Redmond, OR 97756

“We really hope the media and community come out to see the visitation center and, with growing concerns around the pandemic, feel that offering socially distanced tours is a safer way to see the center,” Walters says. “However, we most definitely still intend to honor our donors and other community members who have made it all possible. After the tours wrap up, we’ll shift our event venue to The Redmond Hotel. Its general manager, Tobias Colvin, just stepped up and graciously offered the hotel’s conference room, and we couldn’t be more grateful and excited to use it for this celebration!”

On the agenda at The Redmond Hotel: brief speeches and organization news, plenty of snacks, and recognition for key stakeholders and donors including:

Thanks to the big hearts of this handful of Central Oregon organizations and local individuals, children and families experiencing foster care now have in this visitation center a new safe, cozy place to meet with ODHS in Redmond. This new facility is made possible by these area sponsors, in partnership with ODHS and ECCO, an affiliate of the statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit Every Child Oregon.

Anyone wishing to support the ongoing needs of this new space or children/families experiencing foster care in Central Oregon can donate here, or visit:

Media Inquiries/More Information:

Melissa Williams, director, Every Child Central Oregon

About Every Child Central Oregon

Founded in 2019, Every Child Central Oregon mobilizes community to uplift children and families impacted by foster care in Central Oregon. An affiliate of the statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit Every Child Oregon, Every Child Central Oregon is based in Redmond, Ore., from where it relentlessly fights for local children in crisis and commits to finding safe, nurturing places where they can flourish. It provides radical hospitality with a posture of humility and care for youth in foster homes, as well as its families and partners working in child welfare. Believing in a hopeful future for its clients, Every Child Central Oregon connects individuals, businesses, families and faith communities with acute needs, helping the vulnerable to rise up and achieve resiliency in spite of crisis.