May Update:

LAUNCH PARTY! Join us May 20th to celebrate the launch of our educational program for new guardians and conservators in Clackamas County! Honored guests Judge Herndon and Judge Tennyson will be in attendance and hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a tasting selection from 10 Barrel Brewing will be provided. Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., with comments at 6:00, in the Atrium Lobby at 6400 SE Lake Road, Portland 97222. Please RSVP to leathan@savooregon.org.

We’re CHANGING OUR NAME to Guardian Partners to better reflect our mission to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of protected persons by partnering with the Court, fiduciaries, and other community stakeholders and resources. Look out for an official announcement and the unveiling of our new website in the coming weeks!

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES continue to run smoothly. 172 newly appointed guardians, conservators, personal representatives, and trustees have successfully completed the course so far this year. Visit our WEBSITE for dates and locations of upcoming classes.

LEATHAN GRAVES-HIGHSMITH has been hired as our Education and Communications Manager. He brings with him more than eight years of communications and journalism experience, as well as a wide range of experiences in education. He is excited to be contributing to an area of so much need and passionate about continuing to grow SAVO/Guardian Partners into an organization that can substantively improve protected people’s lives.

Since the beginning of May, VOLUNTEER CASE MONITORS have been assigned to 10 new guardianship cases. Case Monitors serve as powerful advocates for protected persons and their reports help the Courts identify and prevent neglect, abuse and exploitation.

Our mission is to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults, people experiencing disabilities, and children by monitoring guardianships and educating court-appointed guardians and money managers.

Spring Quarter News:

We welcome Theressa Hollis as the NEW BOARD PRESIDENT of SAVO as of January 1st.  Theressa is a partner at Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion, LLP where she specializes in guardianships and conservatorships. Our former Board President, Tim Nay, will continue to be involved as a trusted friend and adviser.  We are eternally grateful for his 2 years of leadership.  To see all of our current Board members, click HERE.

We hired KRISTY WOOD, formerly Executive Director of the Community Warehouse, to serve as our very first Executive Director! Kristy’s experience in growing a small non-profit is invaluable and she also brings experience in fundraising and communications.  Kristy can be reached at kristy@savooregon.org or 503-724-9063.

Our court-mandated EDUCATION CLASSES are now fully up and running in Multnomah County. We offer monthly classes to newly appointed guardians, conservators, personal representatives and trustees.  More than 80 students have attended classes in the first quarter of 2015, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

SAVO IS GROWING!  Clackamas County has become our newest partner.  Mandated classes for Guardians and Conservators will be required starting this April.

VOLUNTEER MONITOR TRAINING continues to ramp up!  A class of 5 new volunteer monitors completed their training in March, bringing us closer to our goal of 25 active volunteers monitoring 100 guardianship cases this year.

Our mission is to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults, people experiencing disabilities, and children by monitoring guardianships and educating court-appointed guardians and money managers.