About Riverview Center For Growth
About Riverview Center For Growth

About Riverview Center for Growth

Riverview Center for Growth is beautifully situated along the banks of the McKenzie River in Springfield, Oregon. We provide emotional, behavioral and mental health therapy for children, teens, adults and families. Offered onsite, in the home, virtually and at local schools, our programs and services meet people where they are, without judgment. Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming place that provides hope, healing and opportunities for growth as people navigate rough waters.

As an organization, we provide:

  • Mental health programs and services for children, teens and adults that are individualized, integrated, diagnostic, therapeutic, proactive and community based.
  • Therapeutic K-12 student education services for children and youth with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders with a focus on family involvement.
  • Fulfilling careers for a diverse and talented team of mental health professionals who care about our community and individuals we serve.
  • Opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations in our community to support our mission.
Known as the The Child Center since 1971, we are a nonprofit human services agency offering psychiatric, therapeutic and education programs throughout Lane County, Oregon. Each year, we serve as many as 3,000 clients and their families. We changed our name to Riverview Center for Growth in 2023 to better reflect our mission, sense of place, and our vision to grow our organization to meet the mental health needs of our community.
Our Mission
To provide support for emotional and behavioral healing to strengthen individuals, families and our community.

Our Values
We value each individual.
We value diversity, equity and inclusion.
We value hope, healing and perseverance.
We believe in the power of partnerships and community.
We believe in each individual’s ability to participate in their own growth and change.

  • Brenda Hawkins, Board President
  • Sandra Gainor, Board Vice President
  • Ann McElligott, Board Treasurer
  • Amy Sowa, Board Secretary
  • Shannan Mills, Board Member
  • Esther Harclerode, Board Member
  • Charisa Parsons, Board Member
  • Sandi Shoemaker, Board Member
  • Jamie Christopher, Board Member
Riverview Center for Growth is committed to being part of a community moving toward equity and just conditions for all. We embrace this commitment as central to providing support and care for members of our communities, and we recognize that for many, access to equitable and safe mental and behavioral health services has often not been a reality.

We believe that:

  • Our core values are strengthened when all clients and staff have a voice and are given the space and support to feel safe, seen and heard.
  • Every member of humanity has a contribution to make to the whole. It is our duty to encourage and promote that contribution and to address barriers.
  • Working toward a more equitable world and organization are active processes that require continuous commitment to promote healthy people, healthy communities and the overall wellness of present and future generations.

Our values are realized through or by:

  • Fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion and recognition of the impact our lived experiences have on us.
  • Actively building a community whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds and lived experiences that inform organizational practices.
  • Providing effective leadership in the development and assessment of comprehensive programs to promote equity, including an understanding of how historical and current oppression affect how people engage with our programs.
  • Creating and maintaining opportunities for engagement, education and discourse related to issues of equity, justice, histories of oppression and inclusivity.
  • Identifying competencies that are essential to creating environments enriched with diverse views and people, including self-reflection and a commitment to growth.
  • Providing educational opportunities toward the development of socially responsible leaders who are willing to engage in discourse and decision-making that can lead to transformational change toward learning, achievement and healthy communities.
  • Honoring freedom of expression, ideals of citizenry and civility of discourse as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth.