Hope Starts Here

As we wrap up our 20th Anniversary celebration, MountainStar is reminded of the countless community advocates, staff, volunteers, board members, businesses, foundations, and donors that helped us achieve this incredible milestone. In 2001, a group of dedicated early childhood advocates believed that by supporting the most vulnerable in our community with compassion and kindness, abuse and neglect could be stopped before it starts. Thanks to community assistance, this dream became a reality when MountainStar opened its doors to provide services to 34 kids in a small classroom in Bend, Oregon.

Today, we proudly serve over 300 kids and their families each year in five cities across Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties with the same mission in mind.

At MountainStar, we focus on developing authentic relationships with families, addressing adverse childhood experiences through therapeutic services, and building resilience for caregivers and their young children. We know that reducing stress and healing from trauma allows families and children to grow and succeed. For kids like “Kyra,” our services make all the difference. Before joining MountainStar, Kyra’s mom was struggling. She was battling a history of substance abuse and had recently separated from her abusive partner.

When Mom realized that she needed to make changes for her daughter and for herself, she turned to MountainStar

Kyra joined our therapeutic classroom as an angelic and engaged infant, despite early challenges. On her first home visit, MountainStar Interventionist Sharon found out Mom had her own history of adverse childhood experiences that caused significant anxiety. In fact, the mere idea of dropping Kyra off at MountainStar gave her panic attacks. Sharon patiently worked with Mom, providing reassurance, kindness, and compassion that is the hallmark of MountainStar services. As she became more comfortable using this support, Mom’s anxiety began to subside.

Life was improving, but Mom knew there was still work to be done. MountainStar was there to provide the necessary relief and basic needs support that reduced stress in their lives. Kyra’s mom shared, “Receiving shoes for Kyra, a gas card when I couldn’t afford it, and clothing for the snow really eased my mind. Not to mention the talks I had with Sharon! I really don’t know what I would have done without her help.” 

Kyra has started socializing with her peers and often seeks other children to cooperate, share, and play with. Sharon noticed changes in Mom’s life, too. During home visits, Mom used parenting skills that were taught during MountainStar family events. Mom’s mental health improved by using suggested coping skills like taking a walk with Kyra to think and relax. Our capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect begins with you.

Community support has been the key to MountainStar’s success over the past 20 years. Your gift creates a strong foundation for kids like Kyra and sets them up for success both today and well into the future. Your support at any level is important to meet the needs of vulnerable babies and toddlers in our community.

With help from people like you and our dedicated community, children and families are getting the support they need to build resilience and heal from trauma. Over the past 20 years, we have served over 5,000 babies and toddlers. Donate today so we can serve more children tomorrow.

I want to give a child hope this holiday season:
Donation Amount
(Optional) This donation is:
Credit Card Information
Visa MasterCard American Express Discover

Visa®, MasterCard® & Discover® cardholders
Your security code is the 3-digit code at the end of the signature field on your card's back.

American Express® cardholders
Your security code is the 4-digit code located above the actual credit card number on your card's front.

Make this a monthly payment?
Make this a monthly payment?
Cover the fee associated with this online transaction?
Cover the fee associated with this online transaction?
Your total payment will be
Your credit balance will cover
Your credit card will be charged
Your bank account will be charged

MountainStar also accepts donations through donor-advised funds. Contact Staley at 541-322-6820 if you have any questions about your donation.