Chehalem Youth & Family Services (Newberg, OR)


  • Name:Mrs. Deborah Cathers-Seymour
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chehalem Youth & Family Services
  • Address:504 Villa Rd.
    Suite 3
    Newberg, OR 97132
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:503.538.4874

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Chehalem Youth and Family Services (CYFS) is to encourage and empower youth and their families to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and to reach their highest potential through training, counseling, and treatment. We believe every child matters.

  • Overview:
  • CYFS provides residential treatment services for children ages 11-17 with emotional, developmental or educational struggles, whose relationship with their families is disrupted to the point where staying at home is no longer possible, with the goal of helping the child and family reunite as quickly as possible. For children who do not have families, CYFS prepares them for future foster homes.

    CYFS also provides an array of family and community support services which include: supervised visitations, adolescent mental health and suicide risk screening, scouting and camping programs for at risk youth, mentoring, parenting education, employment training and internships, multilingual/multicultural counseling for individuals, couples, and families, psychological assessment and testing, medication management, and a charitable medication program to assist uninsured clients who require psychiatric medications.

    CYFS is currently governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors from the community who have skills in business, religion and education.
    The responsibilities of the Board of Directors include management and government of the affairs and property of CYFS, fundraising, allocation, disbursement and distribution of all funds collected by CYFS, appointment or authorization of the appointment of such committees as it may deem expedient in carrying out the objectives and purposes of CYFS; hiring and annual evaluation of the Executive Director, establishing the compensation for and approval of the employment of such persons and firms as it and the Executive Director may deem necessary for successful implementation of Chehalem Youth & Family Services programs; and approving the duties and responsibilities of all salaried employees, including the Executive Director. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held at least once per quarter.

    Volunteers from the community are critical to the ongoing success of CYFS. The role of volunteers is expanding utilizing well over 100 volunteers and thousands of service hours annually organization wide. Volunteers serve in governance, advisory boards, as well as direct service delivery and administrative support. Volunteers serve in our Mentoring Program and on our Board of Directors, and volunteers also assist with tutoring, office support, special events, operations at our Lucky Finds Thrift Store, and maintenance and gardening at our residential facilities to provide a comfortable, accommodating and appealing atmosphere for the children who live there. Many of the children spend holidays such as Christmas at the residential facilities with staff members who volunteer their time to be with them.

    Chehalem Youth and Family Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is licensed by the State of Oregon. CYFS is a United Way agency and is a member of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs, Newberg Community Coalition, Newberg Ministerial Association, the Yamhill County Mental Health Advisory Board, Family Law Advisory Committee, Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is affiliated with Newberg Rotary and Newberg City Club. CYFS is a highly respected nonprofit with strong ties throughout the county and the State of Oregon. The combined expertise of its administration represents over 200 years of experience.

  • History:
  • For 45 years, Chehalem Youth and Family Services (CYFS) has generated hope and healing for youth and families in Yamhill County by identifying needs and finding solutions. CYFS was founded in 1970 as Chehalem House, a home for delinquent teens. Today, CYFS is a nationally-accredited human services organization providing an array of services.

    CYFS has a consistent history of growth and expansion of services increasing from a budget of $200,000 in 1984 to a current budget of $3.8 million. CYFS has provided over four million hours of service and positively impacts the trajectory of hundreds of lives every year. CYFS maintains seven licensed and accredited facilities and is a major employer in Yamhill County with a staff of over 100.

    CYFS has long recognized the need to provide free and reduced-price mental health services to the community as a way to strengthen families and prevent deterioration of relationships to the point that children are removed from the home. In addition, CYFS is committed to providing access to mental health services to the poor and uninsured in Yamhill County and now provides free educational, vocational, and mentoring opportunities to young adults in need. CYFS also collaborated in the development of Youth Net (now called Teen Screen), a mental health and suicide risk screening program designed to identify and intervene with at risk students in local public high schools. These CYFS services are unduplicated at this depth and volume within the local area.

    Over 40 Years ago CYFS founded a school specifically designed to address the needs of children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges staffed by credentialed teachers assisted by a team of mental health professionals to help each child attain their highest potential. Over the years the school grew and evolved and in now replaced by a free program called Youth Opportunity Outreach Program (YOOP!) that provides educational and vocational opportunities to young adults who are at risk in Yamhill County. YOOP! services include tutoring, GED and credit completion, computer training, parenting classes, help applying to colleges, free student aid assistance, and help finding scholarships. In addition, YOOP! provides employment resources such as job training, help discovering and determining career options, resume writing classes, interview preparation and job application workshops as well as internships and employment opportunities.

    In 2010, Yamhill County Family & Youth and CYFS partnered to develop a continuation of a collaborative mentoring effort established by the Yamhill County Commission on Children and Families designed to respond to a need assessed for youth mentoring in Yamhill County. This and over 20 years of mentorship for youth in residential treatment make the mentoring program through CYFS the strongest and most experienced youth mentoring option in Yamhill County. Only a few limited population specific options are available to the area such as athletic coaches and mentorship for youth with developmental disabilities. Major providers such as Big Brother and Big Sister programs are unavailable due to lack of funding.

    These are only a few of CYFS' growth and service expansion accomplishments in effort to continue to grow and expand services in these areas and reach more youth in need of confidence, hope and healing for their futures.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • See attached

  • Executive Director / President:
  • See attached

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kiesha Gordon: Program Manager

    Lance Nelson:
    Advising Partner

    Mary King:
    Mentor Coordinator

    Stephanie Danyi: Mentor Coordinator

    Jane Patrick:
    Mentor Coordinator

    Erin Broyles:
    Mentor Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:93-0764541

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:930764541
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 636
  • Organization City:NEWBERG
  • Organization State:OR
  • Organization Zip:97132-0636
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1981
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):326, 160, 328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Care and housing of children (orphanage, etc), Aid to the handicapped (see also 031), Combat juvenile delinquency
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:F320
  • Asset Amount:$432,738
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,362,119
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,341,919
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:42:40 am

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