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MARCH MESSAGE FROM MARY:
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK
APRIL 19-25

This April, we will be celebrating “National Crime Victim Rights Week” on April 19-25. Victims groups and those who support victims of crimes will be reaching out again to let victims know that there is help for victims of crimes. This is also a time that we as victims can thank those who have listened to our stories and helped us in every way they could.

The theme this year is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims”. It provides an opportunity to recommit ourselves to extending out reach through a victim-centered approach. The National Center for Victims Of Crime has once again joined with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Office for Victims of Crime to present the resource guide we need to recognize and celebrate new efforts to reach more victim by expanding partnerships to new communities.

By engaging community leaders and organizations in the work to support crime victims, we provide new avenues for victims and enhance our ability to serve them. When we can better learn how to meet the needs of underserved victims—and help new communities understand the impact of victimization and the assistance that is available—we expand victims’ options.

The National Center for Victims of Crime’s mission this year reads as follows: “Our mission is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crimes rebuild their lives. We understand that this commitment involves partners in every community and that victims can best rebuild their lives when they are empowered to direct their own recovery.”

These organizations are supporting victims by encouraging all those who work with victims to stop blaming victims and start believing them. To help prevent further victimization, we need to listen, learn and support all victims of crime. At risk people for victimization are runaway youths, people who are homeless, deaf or hard of listening, people with mental illness, immigrants, religious minorities, young women and men of color, older adults, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and ethnic minorities.
These victims of crime from underserved populations are less likely to report violence and abuse or to seek help in the aftermath of a crime.

Children are America’s biggest resource. Yet, sixty percent of children are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities and this affects their wellbeing, now and as they grow. All children have the potential to be happy and healthy. It is up to us as their providers to see that they reach these potentials.

The National Office Of Parents Of Murdered Children and all of the chapters want the public to understand that society must not blame the victims of crimes for what has happened in a homicide. The person or persons who commit the crime must be held accountable. “Blame the victim mentality” must not be any part of how we treat victims of homicide or their loved ones left behind.

A report authored by Anne Seymour and reviewed by National Center for Victims of Crime stated: “Homicide profoundly affects the mental, physical, and often financial well-being of family members and friends of the murdered victim. The homicide differential clearly establishes the unique and often devastating impact of a homicide on co-victims.” This year the theme, “Engaging Communities and
“Empowering Victims” says it all. We need to stop blaming and start believing victims. When we believe them then we can truly support them. It will take all of us to make a difference.

It is also important to know what the statistics are involving crimes. The following are the latest statistics regarding homicide in the United States. They are from the Office for Victims of Crime for National Crime Victims Rights Week, 2012:

+ An estimated 14,748 persons were murdered nationwide in 2012, a 4.2 percent decline fromn 2009.

+ For homicides in which the age of -the victim was known, teenagers (ages 13 to 19) accounted for 12.4 percent of murder victims in 2010.

+ In 2010, 77.4 percent of murder victims were male and 22.5 percent female

+ In 2010, 46.5 of homicide victims were white and 49.8 were black. For 3.7 percent of victims race was classified as “other” or “unknown”.

+ In 2010, for homicides in which the type of weapon was specified, 68 percent of the offenses were committed with firearms.

+ During 2008, 1,740 children died due to child abuse or neglect. More than 80% of these children were younger than 4 years of age.

+ Law enforcement cleared (by arrest or exceptional means) 64.8 percent of the murders that occurred nationwide in 2010.

+ In 2009, 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.

+ In 2010, homicides occurred in connection with another felony (such as rape, robbery, or arson) in at least 14.8 percent of the incidents.

+ At least six percent of murdered victims in 2010 were robbed in conjunction with being killed.

Again, it will take all of us working together to make a difference in keeping the homicide rate down. A better understanding of the impact of homicide on those left behind will make a difference in how co-victims are treated. Homicide is the one crime that never has an end. It cannot be resolved or made better. It is important that we remember those that have been murdered so it doesn’t happen to others.

More funds need to be put in solving cold cases so that criminals are arrested to protect others from being murdered. Co-victims need to know that there is help and support for them. We need to believe and support all victims of crimes so that they are not afraid to seek help.

As co-victims of homicide, we cannot thank those enough who help listen, learn, and support us.

Always, Mary Elledge


PLEASE HELP MAKE OUR SPAGHETTI DINNER BE A SUCCESS
WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP!

The money received from the profits from our “Spaghetti Dinner” sponsored by Robert Pfeifer and American Legion Riders will be used to help build an additional wall to include names on our Oregon/Washington Memorial at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City, OR. We have current names waiting to be added to the new wall. Sadly to say, murder continues to happen.

We hope that members who can or know of people who would like to help can make this a success. We need items to be donated and have tickets to be sold. We will have a fifty-fifty drawing along with items to bid on and some auctioned.

Prices for the tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. You can preorder tickets by mailing to POMC, Mary Elledge, 14427 S. Forsythe Road, Oregon City, OR, 97045. You can also buy tickets at our meeting or at the door the night of the meeting. We are offering spaghetti dinner, salad, French bread, and dessert. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar.

We would like to thank everyone who helps and all who wish us success.



ITALIAN CHEF ROBERT PFEIFER IS COOKING AGAIN FOR A FUNDRAISER FOR OUR NEW MEMORIAL WALL

The Greater Portland Chapter is proud to announce that Robert Pfeifer will be the chef for our “Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser” for the New POMC Memorial Wall. It will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The location is at the American Legion Hall, Post 1 at 1830 S. E. 122nd, Portland, OR.

Price for the tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. You can preorder tickets by mailing to: POMC, Mary Elledge, 14427 S. Forsythe Road, Oregon City, OR 97045. You can also buy tickets at our meetings or at the door the night of the dinner. We are offering spaghetti dinner, salad, French bread, and dessert. Alcoholic beverages can be bought at the bar.

Chef Pfeifer puts on an outstanding dinner and we are hoping that we will have a big turnout. The public is invited as well. This would be a great time to treat family and friends for a night of fun and support for our “New Memorial Wall”. Thank you so much.

We are also going to be having a raffle and would appreciate if any of our members would like to donate items for it. You can bring them to the POMC meetings or before the dinner starts. All of the proceeds go the building of our wall.


BETH GREEAR PUTS SUPPORT GROUP FOR POMC MEMBERS ON FACEBOOK

The Greater Portland Chapter is proud to announce that Beth Greear has created a facebook support group for POMC members. To reach it use: www.facebook.com/groups/POMC.Portlalnd. Vancouver/ Beth said that there are several “admins” of the page so she is sure it will be very beneficial to anyone who would like to use it.

We cannot thank her enough for the chance to have even more support for our members. Beth is an outstanding person who is always there to reach out to help others. She even brought a delicious dessert for our December holiday meeting. We will be writing more on this next month and giving the names of other members who are helping with this project.


THE GREATER PORTLAND CHAPTER
WAS HONORED TO SHARE OUR MEMORIAL WALL
FOR RHONDA CASE’S BELOVED SON, LEWIS

It was truly an honor to share our Memorial Wall with the family of Rhonda Case to hold a memorial service for her beloved son. Lewis. Rhonda has dedicated her life to helping end sexual and gender-based violence. She works endlessly to help educate the public on domestic abuse. It is her hard work and dedication that keeps her members from having to be members of Parents Of Murdered Children.

What is wonderful about both of our groups is that we can work together to help eradicate domestic abuse and save the lives of so many. As a society, we must speak out and provide help and support for those living in situations where their mental and physical safety is at risk. Our POMC Memorial is truly doing what we hoped it would do.

Again, we would like to thank all of the people who helped us get the Memorial Wall in Oregon City. It has taken all of us to do it. Every donation, in-kind donation, and act of support helped us along the way. We are now fundraising to build another wall as our current wall is completed. (500 names)


MELISSA AND TIM DAVIS JOINED WITH OTHERS TO REMEMBER RYAN AND ALL OF OUR LOVED ONES

Melissa and Tim Davis joined with their family and friends to remember their son, Ryan, on January 26, 2015. It was held at Mountain View Cemetery, the home of Parents Of Murdered Children’s Memorial Wall. At least thirty people attended. The Davis family brought balloons and roses to also remember all of the other victims whose name were on the wall.

Many of the people who attended told stories and remembered happy occasions they shared with Ryan and the Davis family. Instead of tears, we saw smiles and heard laughter in remembering how much happiness their son, brother and friend brought into their lives. It was truly a day of remembering the life of a young man who was so loved and brought so much happiness into all those who knew him.

Balloons were released to honor the lives of their son and the many names on our wall. The Davis family plans to have gatherings on each of their son’s birthdays and death dates. By remembering, we keep our loved ones forever in our lives.

The Greater Portland Chapter welcomes all of our members to use the Oregon/ Washington Memorial Wall whenever they want. This is the reason it was built.



A CHANCE TO LEARN FROM OTHERS

POMC CHAPTERS CAN JOIN TOGETHER
TO MAKE THE 2015 CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS

The Greater Portland Area Chapter would like to challenge all of the POMC Chapters to see who can get the most members to attend the 2015 POMC National Conference in Las Vegas on July 30 to August 2, 2015. National Office is offering a $150.00 gift certificate to the chapter who has the most members in attendance. This will be a perfect time for all POMC members to be able to attend because flights are less expensive flying to Las Vegas than only one other destination in the United States.

We will be staying at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. The resort has given us a special price of $99.00 per night. The rooms are deluxe with wonderful views and tech amenities. There is only a $25.00 fee each way to the airport. If you are planning to attend, we recommend that you make reservations. The numbers at the hotel are 877-622-3140 or 800-582-2996. Please ask for group reservations for Parents Of Murdered Children. This is important because in order to get the special price for your room, you must mention POMC. If you put your reservation on your credit card, you have 24 hours before your room is available to cancel and get your deposit refunded. There will be only so many rooms available.

Registrations are $240.00 which includes meals. There will be a hospitality room and workshops that will provide outstanding presenters to provide the latest in help and information for professional and co-victims of homicide. There also will be speakers and entertainment.

Chapters will be able to reserve tables for meals so it will also be a wonderful time for the larger chapters to see members they might not have seen for years. It is an opportunity to be with people who understand and a chance to learn what other states and the justice system are doing for co-victims of homicide.

The Marriott is off the strip so it will be a peaceful place to also relax. There are shuttles for those who will like to go the Los Vegas Strip, malls, museums, Hoover Dam, and many other attractions. Of course, shopping is readily available. Your conference can also be a vacation time. We are given the special room price, $99.00, for three days before and three days after the conference.

The conference committee is working hard to make this 2015 conference a place that fits the needs and supports all who attend. It should be a positive experience for all. Look for you there…

Mary Elledge, Chapter Leader
Greater Portland Area Chapter


POMC CHAPTERS CAN JOIN TOGETHER TO MAKE THE 2015 CONFERENCE A GREAT SUCCESS

The Greater Portland Area Chapter would like to challenge all of the POMC Chapters to see who can get the most members to attend the 2015 POMC National Conference in Las Vegas on July 30 to August 2. National Office is offering a $150.00 gift certificate to the chapter who has the most members in attendance. With the conference in Las Vegas, flights are less expensive than most other destinations.

We will be staying at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. The resort has given us a special price of $99.00 per night. The rooms are deluxe with wonderful views and tech amenities. There is only a $25.00 fee each way to the airport. If you are planning to attend, we recommend that you make reservations. The number at the hotel is 702-869-777. Please ask for group reservations for Parents Of Murdered Children. This is important because in order to get the special price for your room, you must mention POMC. If you put your reservation on your credit card, you have 24 hours before your room is available to cancel and get your deposit refunded. There will be only so many rooms available.

Registrations are $240.00 which includes meals. There will be a hospitality room and workshops that will provide outstanding presenters to provide the latest in help and information for professional and co-victims of homicide. There also will be speakers and entertainment.

Chapters will be able to reserve tables for meals so it will also be a wonderful time for the larger chapters to see members they might not have seen for years. It is an opportunity to be with people who understand and a chance to learn what other states and the justice system are doing for co-victims of homicide.

The Marriott is off the strip so it will be a peaceful place to also relax. There are shuttles for those who will like to go the Los Vegas Strip, malls, museums, Hoover Dam, and many other attractions. Of course, shopping is readily available. Your conference can also be a vacation time. We are given the special room price for three days before and three days after the conference.

The conference committee is working hard to make this 2015 conference a place that fits the needs and supports all who attend. It should be a positive experience for all. Look for you there……..

The Greater Portland Area Chapter is sponsoring the Memorial Night on Friday. We are hoping to do this as a team and make it a night for all to remember. We look forward for any help from members in the Portland Chapter who are planning to attend. It will be so good for all of us to be together. It is also a chance for Oregon and Washington members to meet their fellow Oregon and Washington POMC members besides all of the other chapter members. I personally have never met such wonderful members in my entire life.


FUNDING FOR THE NEW
MEMORIAL WALL IS READY TO GO

Funding for our new POMC Oregon and Washington Wall will officially begin this January, 2015. Members and friends of our chapter have already been generous with donations and we are so thankful. We are starting this month to list new names that will be engraved when the wall is completed. We ask that members call us, e-mail, or mail the information if you do not see your loved ones name on the list. The phone number is 503-656-8039, the e-mail is elledge1@gmail .com, or POMC, 14427 S. Forsythe Road, Oregon City, OR, 97045.

We have already begun to look at designs for the wall. It is our hope to build a wall that will hold 1,000 names. This new wall will complement our existing wall and be an extension of the present wall. The existing wall holds 500 names.

If any of our members work at a company or know of anyone who would like to make a donation, please let us know. We are non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Please use the phone contact numbers from the first paragraph of this article. Thank you so much for your support.

LIST OF NAMES TO BE ENGRAVED ON THE NEW MEMORIAL WALL UPON COMPLETION

(Please contact us if your loved one’s name does not appear on this paper and you would like to have it added. A form will be added to our newsletter each month to be used for adding names for our new wall when it is completed.) Please check the spelling of your loved one’s name and let us know if it is wrong.You can e-mail us at elledge1@gmail .com, call 503-656-8039, or mail us at POMC, 14427 S. Forsythe Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 )

Mandie Vankeirsblick
Cindy Castillo
Carol Lynne Keightley
Benjamin Redmond
Craig C Moritz
Rebekah “Becky Selegue Johnson
Melinda Kay Custer
Glen Edward Drysdale
London McCabe
David Rothrock
Dennis Dean Scharf
Kathleen Lois Bauman
Victor “Todd” Howell
Dennis Dean Scharf
Victor “Todd” Howell
Paul W. Miller
Jeffery Towere
Julio Cesar Marquev
Deanna Joy Custer
Nicolette Naomi Elias
Dustin Finney
Marcos J. Castillo


MEMORIAL DONATIONS FOR NEW WALL

KATHY L.


PLEASE KEEP THE NATIONAL 2015
CONFERENCE ON YOUR CALENDAR :
JULY30—AUGUST 2, 2015

The Greater Portland Area Chapter has been very excited to hear from so many of our members who are planning to go to the 2015 National POMC Conference in Las Vegas on July 30 to August 2. One of the members who called had not been to one in 20 years. This is a perfect time for Oregon and Washington because flights are less expensive to Las Vegas than almost any other state. We will be staying at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. The resort has given us a special price of $99.00 per night. The rooms are deluxe with wonderful views and tech amenities. There is a $25.00 fee each way from the airport.

Meals will be included in the registration price and the Portland Chapter will be reserving tables so we can sit together. Our chapter is also going to be responsible for helping put on the Memorial Friday night. It will be wonderful to have a large representation from Oregon and Washington. In keeping up with the other National Conferences, we hope that it will be a special memorial for all who attend.

We will be keeping you up dated each month. Please let us know whenever you might find out that you are able to attend. We want to have plenty of table space. You can call 503-656-8039 or e-mail elledge1@gmail.com or write POMC, 14427 S. Forsythe Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.



DOVE ORNAMENTS ON OUR 2014 HOLIDAY TREE

There are nearly seventy-five doves on our holiday tree;
They are so beautiful for you and me to see.

The dove has been a symbol of love and hope;
Without these emotions,
It would be impossible to cope.

Inside of each beautiful dove is a hanging heart;
Spiritually, we will never be apart.

The heart is a reminder
That our loved ones are always near;
They will never be forgotten
And that is something we don’t have to fear.

Mother and father doves share the responsibility
Of caring for their young;
They are more like humans
And being together is always more fun.

When doves have their children, they hover above;
Like all of us, this is how we show our love.

There could not be a better ornament
To hang on our holiday tree;
Doves are a symbol of love and bonding for you and me.

Tonight we will celebrate this season together;
Knowing that we all understand,
Gets us through this stormy weather.

We will call on happier holiday memories
To help us through this season;
It is loving and remembering our loved ones
That softens our pain and that gives us some reasons.

May the love for those not with us on this earth
Fill the emptiness that we feel;
And may this holiday time,
Be the time that this love helps us all to heal.

Mary Elledge


THE FAMILY OF SHELLEY DAWN
ELKINS HELPS KEEP MURDERER IN PRISON

Shelley Dawn Elkins, born on May 31, 1968, was a beautiful twenty year old woman who had loving parents, Nina and Don Elkins, and a devoted loving sister, Sharon Christensen. Shelley was engaged and was living in own home with her fiancé when she was murdered on May 31, 1989.

Dail Ryan Yates waited for her fiancé, his cousin, to go to work early in the morning when he decided to murder Shelley. He strangled her. He showed no remorse. In fact, six months earlier he shot and killed a man in Estacada, Oregon. He was charged with the man’s murder and kept in jail until his trial. Unfortunately, he was found not guilty. He had claimed self-defense. It was less than a month later, that he murdered Shelley. For a family, it is unbearable to think that if justice had been handed out their daughter might not have been murdered.

After the murder of Shelley, Yates was found guilty and given life with the minimum of 25 years. On February 18, 2014, he was given a parole exit hearing. He had served his twenty-five years.

Shelley’s sister, Sharon, spent hours contacting people to write letters against Dail’s release and working with Victims Specialist Attorney Rosemary Brewer to get information and evidence that Dail Yates was a risk to society if he were let out. Ms. Brewer is an excellent attorney who is well prepared to assist victims trying to keep a murderer behind bars when they are likely to commit a crime again. Again, Mr. Yates was not sorry he murdered Shelley.

The Parole Board listened to both sides and ruled that Dail Ryan Yates should serve four more years. Many letters against his release were mailed in and eleven people were there to support Shelley’s memory. Ms. Brewer proved he was a risk. Shelley’s sister Sharon spoke as well.

As a chapter, we are proud of the Elkins family and all of those who helped keep a murderer in prison longer to protect society. We also offer the Elkins’ family our deepest sympathy and support. Your daughter Shelley would be proud. Your actions are protecting society. Shelley is and will always be remembered. We would also like to thank Rosemary Brewer for an excellent job as well as the Board of Parole and Debbie Wojciechowski, Victim Specialist . Debbie is excellent in helping co-victims of homicide go through the painful experience of revisiting the murder of their loved one.

Mary Elledge


LIVING WITHOUT JUSTICE

Unsolved Homicides ~ A CoVictims’ Worst Nightmare

The murder of a loved one is the most horrific thing a person can experience.  The only thing that can make it worse is a substandard initial investigation or not seeing justice in your case.  Timely collection of evidence followed by an arrest and conviction would provide a degree of comfort, but what happens to co-victims when a thorough investigation is not done, and there is no arrest?  Many of the victims' friends and acquaintances will gradually let go of their grief over time, but the closest of friends and family will remain in a state of sorrow, haunted by the injustice of investigators that may not have conformed to rules or standard operating procedures during their initial investigation.  Not only is there no relief, but the agony of the event changes their lives forever, and becomes part of their very being.  Co-victims' everyday battle becomes their effort to get a thorough investigation.

Helplessness is a gut-wrenching emotion which plagues co-victims who are not allowed to assist with the investigation and are longing for justice.  We don't want to let our loved one down; we are compelled to fight for justice no matter how long it takes.  As the process drags on, frustration grows.  Many times, due to confidentiality, important conversations between co-victims and law enforcement are avoided, and this lack of communication can cause co-victims to feel neglected and disrespected, which often manifests itself in frustration, anger, and a loss of confidence in the investigators. Regular contact and truthfulness are two of the most important things survivors need from law enforcement. We need investigators to focus on routine communication of as much information as possible with sensitivity and without being misleading. Survivors’ perception that information is not being shared with them can result in them feeling they have been secondarily victimized. As the years pass, co-victims start wondering if their unsolved homicide could be reviewed by a fresh set of eyes, and they often look into getting their case to a cold case unit, only to find out that some jurisdictions don't even have a cold case unit.   If there is a cold case unit in their jurisdiction, cases are evaluated and chosen according to a set of criteria.  Co-victims whose cases seem to be continuously passed over for review become dismayed and even angry toward law enforcement. Anger can mobilize psychological resources for corrective action, but uncontrolled anger can negatively affect personal or social well-being. 

Co-victims who put forth the effort to examine and understand the cold case process and various factors which must be dealt with during cold case investigations are able to put the process into perspective.  They must understand that cold cases are among the most difficult and frustrating cases for both co-victims and law enforcement, and not every case is chosen to be investigated.  It helps to review the following criteria checklist used by the National Sheriff’s Association, Justice Solutions and POMC: 

Complete an application for cold case review. This application includes detailed information regarding agency reports, victimology, suspects/persons of interest, timeline, coroner, lab reports, investigation documents, weapon descriptions and media releases.  

Co-victims should also be aware that closing rates can be more successful if investigators work only one or two cases at a time.  At this point, if we find out that our case doesn’t qualify for review by a cold case unit, our only hope is that a thorough re-investigation will be done by homicide investigators. 

If you have comments or questions about this article, please email: pat.kuiper@yahoo.com or call Pat Kuiper at 702-809-8654 to get your loved ones' name listed in our newsletter.  Feel free to contact Pat if you would like to share your story. 

UNSOLVED CASES

Lucy Eilertson (1998)
Diana Moffitt (1987)
Donald James Brown (2007)
Kimberly Larson Reames (1983)
William (Bill) Mark Stratton (2005)


SIBLING SITE IS LAUNCHED

The Greater Portland Chapter is so proud of our member, Amanda Harris, for launching her official site for siblings. Amanda is offering the Website: www.unitingsiblings.com so that sibling co-victims of homicide have a place to go where they will be understood and supported. This site will include video, chat, and telephone conference via a secure and private interface. Amanda is paying for the expenses and will be delighted to be another support for sibling co-victims. Amanda can also be reached at: Amanda@unitingsiblings.com or 623-866-3189.

Amanda Harris is now ready to start her web site for siblings. The Portland Chapter is excited about the support and understanding this new group will be for the many often overlooked survivors.


NATIONAL POMC SURVIVORS NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION FORM

Please find, enclosed, $10.00 for my annual subscription (three issues) for the Survivors Newsletter.
(Please consider adding an extra subscription fee to help defray the cost for someone who cannot afford it.)

NAME: _____________________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________

CITY, STATE, ZIP____________________________________________________________________

MAIL TO: POMC, INC. ENCLOSED IS MY: CHECK _________________

100 E. EIGHTH STREET, B-41 MONEY ORDER__________

CINCINATTI, OH 54202

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PERMISSION FOR ENGRAVING OF NAMES FOR POMC’S OREGON/WASHINGTON MEMORIAL WALL

PRINTED NAME OF LOVED ONE_________________________________________ (This will be engraved on the wall)

LOVED ONE’S BIRTHDATE____________________________ DEATH DATE____________________________

MEMBER/FRIEND’S NAME AND ADDRESS ____________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

MEMBER/FRIEND’S PHONE NUMBER_____________________________ Do you want a Newsletter? Yes No

SIGNATURE FOR PERMISSION TO
ENGRAVE NAME AND SPELLING APPROVAL_________________________________________________________

Please submit one form for each loved one. Please make efforts with other family members/friends to ensure multiple requests are not received for the same name. When completed, please mail, fax, or e-mail to the following places: POMC, Mary Elledge, 14427 S. Forsythe Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 or fax 503-656-4420, or e-mail: elledge1@email.com. If you have any questions, please call 503-656-8039.

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Oregon-Washington Public Memorial Garden
Remembering Those We Have Lost to Murder
CONTRIBUTION OR PLEDGE FORM

Please Complete and Return to Memorial Garden,
POMC 14427 S. Forsythe Rd Oregon City, OR 97045

100% of Contributions are Tax Deductible

Name:____________________________________________ phone: __________________________

Address:_____________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

E-MAIL: ___________________________________________________

Options :

Gift in Memory of: __________________________________________________________

Anonymous gift (will not be recognized at the Memorial Garden or in published materials)

Method of Payment:

Check Enclosed

Credit Card #_________________________________________Exp Date:___________

Name on Card _________________________________________________________________

Signature _____________________________________________________________________

Pledged Payment (to be completed by December 31, 2014)
Please add notes on payment timing _________________________________________

Thank you for helping to create the Oregon-Washington Public Memorial Garden. Your generosity will never be forgotten.

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More than Just a Name: Placing a Face on Grief

We would like to get to know your loved one and gain and understanding of their lives, achievements, accomplishments, goals, and personalities. We’d like to celebrate the LIFE of our loved ones rather than remain in the pain of their death. If you would like to share a unique story about your loved one, please submit a short (1 page) letter telling us about them. Some possible ideas to include are:

    Their favorite food, movie, book, and why
    Their most successful accomplishment
    A funny childhood story/experience
    Their most exciting vacation
    A unique talent
    Their most prized possession
    Their favorite school subject or teacher
    Their educational/professional goals
    A personal goal they planned to fulfill
    An obstacle they overcame
    A school play they may have performed in
    Their favorite season/holiday

Please include your contact information as well as their full name and birth date. Thank you.

Please also include a picture of your loved one, if possible. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that your photograph will be returned to you.

Please mail submissions to:
Portland Area Chapter
Parents Of Murdered Children
And Other Survivors Of Homicide Victims
14427 S. Forsythe Road
Oregon City, OR 97045


Tacoma Violent Crime Victim Services Welcomes Homicide Survivors

Peer Support Group Meeting

If someone you love has been the victim of a homicide, we invite you to attend our monthly support group meeting. You will find acceptance, compassion and support.

Place: United Way Building
3rd FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

Date: 3rd Wednesday of Each Month!
Time: 7:30PM – 10:00PM

The United Way Building is located in Tacoma, at 1501 Pacific Avenue. This is the same building that the VCVS office is located in. It is next to Union Station on the north side. As you pass Union Station you will see the United Way Building. Parking is on the south side of the building. Please park your vehicle in an open space and enter the building’s front entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. The conference room is Suite 312. Please call Lew Cox for more information (253) 383-5254.


Court Watch

POMC'S Court Watch Program is designed to help families maneuver through the court system. Two of the most important aspects of Court Watch are the prevention of any re-victimization to family members, and the minimizing of the emotional pain of going through hearings and trials.

If you would like support from POMC during hearings and trials or want to offer assistance, call Pat Elmore at 503-312-5681 or Allen Tremain at 503-522- 0577.


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