West Linn Community Task Force

"Addiction is an insidious, 'hidden' public health crisis, directly impacting over 45 million Americans. In truth, everyone knows someone who is or was afflicted by addiction.  Something must be done…now. Addiction is the fourth most prevalent health problem in the United States, and is the third leading cause of death. Sadly, it has recently become the leading cause of preventable death – more than car accidents and homicides. Our youth are becoming involved with alcohol and other drugs at ever-younger ages, and the drugs they are using are more potent than ever.  Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is stealing America’s youth and is our country’s #1 social and health issue. Something must be done…now." We hope you'll visit www.facingaddiction.com to see what is happening to help solve this national health crisis. Facing Addiction    fa_networkmember-768x179 

Our community is no different than any other community in America when it comes to substance abuse and bullying issues and concerns. We have youth and young adults who use/abuse drugs and alcohol and many are predisposed to substance abuse disorder. We have serious concerns with youth who bully others or are bullied. Our community has a committed group of parents, educators, community leaders, youth and young adults that are facing the problem head on and are doing something about it.

 Our goal is straightforward We are collaborators who work to support youth with prevention education, access to resources, and peer-to-peer encouragement so that they can live above influences that don’t support being the best that they can be.  We look at ourselves as partners with Living Above the Influence.  We hope this web site serves as a resource for finding the tools that meet your needs and your circumstances.  We hope you will help and support us in this very important mission – for our children, for our families, and for our community.

A message from our President, Pam Pearce - "I believe if we confront facts and fears, we achieve real power and unleash a capacity for change.:  I love this quote.  I read the book Willful Blindess by Margaret Heffernan and when I read that quote it was like the clouds parted.  One of the ways I believe we can support this concept is to share our stories.  Here's mine...My story was posted on Heroes in Recovery website today which is an honor.  I want to thank a few people who are very important part of my life journey.  Thank you Jennifer Lio for keeping me alive during college and to husband for being the last person to say - please stop. I wish I could share this with my dad but unfortunately he is no longer living. Genectically he is my match...he "gifted me with a blessing and a curse." To my mom who battled the "elephant" for many years...you are my hero.  Gift in a funny looking box





Events, News, Updates - 2017

  • Several months ago we asked the youth in West Linn to help us come up with a new name for our organization. In February the board voted unanimously on that new name, COMMUNITY LIVING ABOVE.  Over the next few months we will be transitioning to the new name.  
  • A very special video message for youth from Deen Castronovo, long-time drummer with the band JOURNEY, on lessons learned from his past substance use and abuse. Thanks DEEN for sharing your story & valuable insights to help others! Check out our FB page to hear Deen's message
  • Oregon Recovery High School Initiative - The mission of the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative (ORHSI) is to provide a safe, sober and supportive gold standard education for youth in recovery, where they can develop the skills and strengths needed for personal, academic, vocational and community success. Learn more
  • Adults Only and Students Only - Fall of each year.  Professionals in the Law Enforcement, Juvenile Justice System, Mental Health/Counselors, Testimonies, Bullying facts/info, and resources will be some of the professionals on hand to educate, answer questions and support our community.  
  • Spring Mentor Days for 8th graders - Spring of each year.  at community middle schools.  High School students speak to the eighth graders about influences that have positive and negative effects on their lives.  They share stories, experiences, and advice.
  • Resources for Parent/Family Support, Events, Community Involvement.  Check the calendar for dates and times.