|1/12/2013 10:53:00 AM|
Trail Blazers visit Catholic-founded home for boys
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St. Mary's Home for Boys residents receive visit and check from Trail Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers players, coaches and staff made a surprise visit to St. Mary’s Home for Boys last month. The team scrimmaged with the boys and provided a bright spot during the Christmas season.
The team also presented a $50,000 check to the home, founded as an orphanage in 1889 by the archdiocese and staffed by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. By the 1960s, it had become a place for “difficult boys,” who could fit nowhere else.
“There is no better time than right now for all of us to shine the light on the critically important work that St. Mary’s is doing for boys in communities across Oregon,” said Traci Rose, a Trail Blazers vice president.
Shootings at Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut were carried about by young troubled males.
The Trail Blazers have had a long-standing relationship with St. Mary’s Home, contributing tickets each season and donating more than $90,000 over the past three years. LaMarcus Aldridge provides the home with three tickets in his personal suite for every Trail Blazers home game during the 2012-'13 season.
St. Mary’s Home offers housing and treatment to boys between the ages of 10 and 17 who are emotionally disturbed and delinquent in behavior.
Visitors to the campus, which is not far from Nike headquarters, are greeted first by a statue of Mary.
Christianity and Catholicism are still part of the values here, though no one gets proselytized. The work is funded by the state and by donors. Residents are referred mostly from the juvenile justice system and child protective services.