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Saturno plays Santa for Youth Villages Oregon and other area charities

December 14, 2012

Employees of Saturno, the Portland company that does website and software development for legal firms, have a special project to accomplish before their Friday evening holiday party. For the fourth year, the company is playing Santa Claus for more than 40 girls and boys receiving help in Youth Villages Oregon’s residential programs.

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Having web designers, but no elves, Saturno staff will be shopping Friday afternoon, probably at the Jantzen Beach Target. Managing partner Greg Fredette will join other staff members in a shopping spree to fill the children’s wishlists, which include clothes, pajamas, MP3 players, a scattering of Hello Kitty! and games.

“We so appreciate Saturno’s support of our children,” said Betsy Miller, development manager at Youth Villages Oregon. “It’s a difficult time of the year for many of our kids, who may be separated from their families on Christmas Day. It’s important for them to know the community cares, and Saturno does that.”

Every year, Saturno employees pick charities for holiday donations. Fredette always chooses Youth Villages Oregon, a connection made when a young family member received help years ago on its Christie Campus at Lake Oswego.

“I don’t think the public knows enough about these children and their needs. It’s fun for our staff to shop for them, and it adds a special meaning to our holiday party later on in the evening.” – Greg Fredette, Saturno managing partner

Fredette said Saturno donations will also go to the Salvation Army, Sisters of the Road, the Oregon Humane Society, Central City Concern and Free Geek this year.

Youth Villages Oregon is a new name for a nonprofit organization that has been helping children and families live successfully in the state since 1859. Formed last year through the merger of ChristieCare and the national nonprofit Youth Villages, the organization provides Intercept intensive in-home and residential services to children with emotional and behavior problems and their families. Using its Evidentiary Family Restoration™ approach, which involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders, Youth Villages consistently produces lasting success for children.

One of the nation’s first and largest providers of intensive in-home services, Youth Villages this year will help more than 20,000 children and families in 11 states and Washington, D.C. 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 www.youthvillages.org.

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