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Quiet Waters Outreach
16235 SW WOODCREST AVE
QWO is dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and caregivers by providing services to restore their spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health.
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- Steve Ristow , Quiet Waters Outreach
Quiet Waters Outreach, http://www.quietwatersoutreach.org, (Tuesday's Treasures - Treasure Nights), PO Box 714, Sherwood,OR 97140, 503-620-8288 Contact: Steve Ristow -- Tues. eves. program@ various churches in area
"Disgust," said Steve Ristow, ...
"Disgust," said Steve Ristow, when asked about his first reaction to hearing about the story.
Ristow is executive director of Quiet Waters Outreach, a Tigard facility that specializes in helping the developmentally disabled and their families.
"It's heartbreaking to me that anyone would take advantage of this special and vulnerable population," he
"They're quick to trust other people," added Ristow
This week, three "treasures" came, along with a few family members, two volunteers, the Blazers, the Blazers' two young sons and Quiet Waters Executive Director Steve Ristow.
According to Ristow
, the original purpose of Tuesday's Treasures was to provide families with a respite, even if only for an hour and a half."These are places where people care, and the volunteers view them as equals," Ristow
said of the involved churches, which boast about 400 participants in all.
"It's about breaking down the walls of fear and building relationships.And really giving families a break from their responsibilities."Ristow and his wife started Quiet Waters Outreach in 1997 with the intention of providing support services for developmentally disabled persons, their families and their caregivers.
"There are about 60,000 people with disabilities in Oregon, and we're ranked the second worst in the nation in providing support," he
grew up with an adopted sister who suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome."There was very little support for my family, and it made a big impact on me - seeing my mom just burn out," he
"The numbers we're serving are so minimal to the numbers out there," Ristow
said."But you just start small and work your way along."
To get more information on Quiet Waters Outreach
, Tuesday's Treasures or Martha's Place - or to make a donation - contact Ristow
Wheat Ridge Ministries - Quiet Waters Outreach
Steve RistowQuiet Waters OutreachP.O. Box 714Sherwood, OR 97140Phone: 503-612-3039 Fax: 503-612-0183 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org