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Youth Villages-ChristieCare Cedar Bough program has new leadership


PORTLAND (Dec. 14, 2011) – Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon’s Cedar Bough Native American Program recently hired Robert Martin of Portland as program manager and promoted Richard Nelson of Portland to tribal relations and cultural coordinator.

Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and their families live successfully. Its Cedar Bough program offers culturally responsive help for Native American youth and others who can benefit from this unique healing approach and the wonderful natural environment of the Youth Villages-ChristieCare Clackamas River Campus.

As program manager, Martin’s goal is to help strengthen and grow the therapeutic Cedar Bough program and ensure it meets the unique cultural and spiritual needs of Native American children and youth.

Martin previously served as interim program manager at Albertina Kerr Centers of Portland, where he spent four years working in and overseeing the organization’s therapeutic foster care program.

The Lancaster, Pa., native holds a bachelor’s degree of arts from Boston College.

In his new role, Nelson, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will serve as tribal liaison. His goal is to help Native American youth who come to the program connect or reconnect to their cultural and spiritual heritage, and to work closely with the children’s family and community members to uphold and strengthen Native

Nelson, a native of Mexican Water, Ariz., previously served the organization as a teacher-counselor and supervisor in the Cedar Bough program.

Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon is a new name for a nonprofit organization that has been helping children and families live successfully in Oregon since 1859. Formed through the merger of ChristieCare and the national nonprofit Youth Villages, the organization provides intensive in-home services to children and families in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, strengthening families and reunifying children who have already been placed in out-of-home treatment with their families.

The organization provides residential treatment at its Christie Campus at Marylhurst and its Clackamas River Campus, which includes the Cedar Bough Native American Program, offering culturally responsive residential treatment for Native American youth and youth who can benefit from a strong cultural and spiritual program. Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon also offers an independent living program for young adults who have aged out of foster care or state custody.

Named one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group in 2010 and 2011, Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit


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