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They call it ‘Roots of Resilience’ because resilience is that power rooted deep within that helps us recover from life’s challenges. It must be nurtured so it can grow.

In that endeavor, SAFE of Columbia County has planned their annual ‘Roots of Resilience’ dinner and auction for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Friday, May 10 at the Scappoose Creek Inn.

“We’re doing an auction, a live and silent auction, and it might be a little bit bigger than last year,” SAFE’s Executive Director Ellyn Bell said. “We’re doing acoustic music this year, so we have Hit Machine unplugged, and we have a lot of food that’s a little bit different from last year.”

Wild Currant and Barn Fire Barbeque are set to cater the event.

At the auction, Bell said they’ll have a lot of plants up for grabs from different nurseries, some artwork, and “a beautiful quilt.” Also up for grabs are some local experiences such as float and massage packages, photography packages, wine tasting parties and weekend vacation options.

One of the art pieces up for auction Bell said was particularly exciting – a valuable piece of art from Salvadorian artist Evelin Marsh, worth over $2,000.

Roots of Resilience is the main fundraiser that SAFE of Columbia County organizes each year to support their work. SAFE stands for “support, advocacy, freedom and empowerment.” The organization offers advocacy, education, and support for community members to live lives free from violence. They practice confidentiality, utilize trauma informed care, and strive to treat everyone with respect and dignity, according to their website,

SAFE is also home to ‘The Starting Place Shelter’ – a safe haven for those who are seeking shelter from domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Last year, SAFE provided refuge for 70 individuals.

SAFE is also active with in the community doing prevention work, committed to taking an up-stream approach to ending domestic and sexual violence. They provide evidence-based healthy relationship curriculum in local schools, 40-hour advocate certification training for their volunteers, and topical trainings to community partners and groups.

“All of our items [at the event] really exhibit and show resilience and the resilience of our community, the resilience of people, and just to build that in people and to honor that,” Bell said. “We want it to be an uplifting event because a lot of times people think the work that SAFE does is kind of gloomy. Domestic violence, sexual assault, people in pain – these are hard things to talk about, but the flip side of it is the finding of strength – the finding of resilience.”

For more information, call 503-397-7110.


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