Board member since June 2014
Henderson House was founded in 1980 by Mary Henderson from McMinnville, Oregon. We provide domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy services in Yamhill County and beyond. Our 24 hour emergency shelter offers victims and their families a safe residence, shelter-specific advocacy and referrals to local resources. We typically provide direct services to approximately over 800 individuals & families and provide information & education to over 3300 adults and teens annually. We are here to help by answering questions and getting support to those in need. 503-472-1503
Years ago, I lived at the shelter with my children. Henderson House provided a safe place for us but more importantly, I was given the support to stand on my own and move forward. When I first arrived at the shelter, I expected to be provided with food and a temporary place to sleep. Henderson House was so much more. They stood by me in court while filing a restraining order, provided legal services, showed me where to start looking for a job, and found assistance for housing. Before I knew it, we were living in our own apartment and the kids were settled in school. I always hoped that I'd have the opportunity to give back one day. Being a member of the board is a true honor and I'll forever be in their debt. Before we left the shelter, we were each given a handmade quilt to take with us. We still have them....torn squares, ratty edges, and well-loved.
Beverly Knutz - Board Treasurer/Secretary
Board member since January 1999
Providing culturally aware outreach, education and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence through leadership, hope and respect for thriving families.
Board member since February 2013
I fled California from an abusive husband. I walked away from a million dollar home with an ocean view and never looked back. Saying good-bye to my two daughters, grandchildren and siblings was the hardest thing I've ever done. I am a 5th generation Californian and knew nothing about Oregon. Luckily, I had been recruited by a very large company and got to work right away. I jumped into volunteering for Henderson House and the Mayor's Ball. These two organizations saved my life. When you are busy you don't have time to feel sorry for your self. You regroup and go forward. I met a lot of wonderful people and bought a home in downtown McMinnville. I eventually met a man who supports me in everything I do. I see myself a part of something bigger then what Henderson House currently is. The leadership in place is supernatural.
Henderson House Board of Directors
Chelsea Ellavsky Board member since April 2017
Board member since May 2015
Board member since March 2010
Henderson House Staff
I serve on the Henderson House Board as a way of giving back to my community and passing on the legacy of the woman who was catalyst in showing me how to break out of the cycle of abuse. The awareness of being married to an emotionally, mentally, spiritually and eventually, a physical abuser left my life in shreds. My community helped me relocate and provided the support networks that empowered me to begin the healing process and become self-sufficient. I enrolled in college, attended support groups, and got a job. In time, I learned to open my heart again and married a man who redefined love. We moved back to McMinnville in 2007. Through perseverance, I achieved obtaining my Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. I’ve spent twelve years in the social work field and currently completed training to be a public safety & emergency services chaplain.
Eric Wright - Board Chair
Board member since January 2009
Carol Morgan - Secretary
Board member April 2006
Henderson House Advocacy Services