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By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chronicle 

Building bridges: Family Relief Nursery honors past, still looking forward

Relief Nursery marks 25 years of 'building bridges with love'


July 4, 2019

Gini Davis/The Creswell Chronicle

Like a gathering of former U.S. presidents, the women who have led the Cottage Grove Family Relief Nursery through the first 25 years gather on stage and are recognized for their work helping children, families and the community. Executive director Peggy Whalen (right) thanks the pervious executive directors(from left) Colleen Stewart, Cindy Vitell, Heather Murphy and Diane Hazen.

Chanelle, 25, found herself "completely and utterly lost" and uncertain "where to turn for help" before a chance meeting with a teacher in a Yoncalla store led her to the Family Relief Nursery.

Overwhelmed by her responsibilities and stressful experiences, including a critically ill daughter, a mass shooting at her college and the loss of her third child, Chanelle found herself shutting down emotionally. But the support, respite care and parenting classes provided by FRN helped her learn to manage stress, access community resources, prioritize parenthood and refocus her life.

"When I starte...

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