Providing culturally aware outreach, education and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence through leadership, hope and respect for thriving families.
After years of suffering domestic abuse, Mary found the courage to leave her husband. In 1980, she started Henderson House Family Crisis Shelter & Services. Mary knew how important it was to have support and a safe place for victims of domestic violence and started her grass roots journey. Mary enlisted many friends to participate by volunteering with both clients and peers on the Board of Directors. Which by the way, two of the founding Board members are still active with Henderson House today.
Mary saw a need and worked day-by-day to see the need was met in Yamhill County. She dedicated countless hours to working directly with victims and engaging community to support that work. 35 years later... Henderson House operates both a confidential shelter and advocacy center that employs 8 staff. Every year the shelter provides over 2200 nights of shelter to both adults and children, support groups for over 380 individuals and response to crisis calls 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
The legacy that Mary leaves behind is truly inspiring and anyone who was fortunate enough to know her is left with gratitude for her dedication to ending violence against women and children in Yamhill County. She will be forever honored through the continuing work at Henderson House.