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CAFA Chosen by Oregon Business Magazine as one of 2015's Top 100 Nonprofits to work for in Oregon!

The rankings for the 100 Best Nonprofits list were based on the confidential input of employees who answered 31 questions about workplace satisfaction such as benefits, management, trust, work environment and career development. The survey was developed in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. It is voluntary and free of charge, and independently calculated by research partners DHM Research. The full article and rankings will be available in the October 2015 issue of Oregon Business Magazine.




A Family Friend

September 25, 2014

The following is an article by Ian Campbell of The Register Guard.


John and Cindy Lehmann had been clean and sober for 10 years, married for 14 and in love since they met at the Time Out Tavern in Springfield. But when a neighbor tempted them with a methamphetamine pipe, they said their loving relationship became an afterthought to getting and staying high. “That’s when he attacked me,” said Cindy Lehmann, 54, who before retiring was a certified nursing assistant at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center.

It was the couple’s participation in an organization called Christians as Family Advocates that helped save their marriage. In the summer of 2009, she walked in on her husband watching pornography on the television, which sparked a heated and lengthy argument. Both were high.

“I was working, John was working, and we were stretched too thin,” she said. “Trying to stay awake, trying to do the drug, that’s when he attacked me.” John Lehmann was arrested after attempting to strangle his wife in their home. He was convicted of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years’ probation, court records show.

“Her calling 911 was the beginning of saving our marriage,” said John Lehmann, 64, a retired concrete finisher.

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CAFA chosen by Futures Without Violence for upcoming publication


In June 2013, CAFA hosted staff from Futures Without Violence as they conducted a site visit for an upcoming publication highlighting agencies with promising approaches for working with men who batter. The purpose of the publication is to share information that will support capacity building and help a broad range of stakeholders improve how they respond to domestic violence. The publication will be disseminated widely at key conferences and meetings related to domestic violence and online through a variety of electronic newsletters, websites and list-serves.  CAFA is thrilled to be included among 10 other nationally recognized agencies who are committed to reducing violence against women and children.  Futures Without Violence anticipates releasing the publication in Winter 2013.  For more information about their valuable work, please visit them at



I'm Not a Victim, I'm a Victor!

March 24, 2012

The following is an article by Bob Welch of The Register Guard.


Who knew what started it, the rage that his fists would ultimately release?

The molestation? The other kids kidding him about not having a father? The wishing his bartender mom would be home more often?

Whatever, Mike Schell vented his frustration by fighting. At 16 he was placed in the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn after pummeling a kid in a Seaside High School hallway.

At 17 he was a father. At 18 he was in a state prison facility after being arrested after a gang fight in Seaside.

For Schell, these were the only familial waters he knew. An older brother ran away at 12; his two sisters had babies by 16.

Given his past, given his hopelessness, given his anger, it was no surprise that, as a jealous 26-year-old husband, Mike Schell would turn his fists on his wife, Rajnita, as he did in 2002. And be arrested for it.

But now, a decade later, that train wreck of a life doesn’t jibe with what I’m seeing in the living room of his family’s home in a neighborhood west of Springfield’s International Paper plant: dozens of photos of him and Rajnita and their two girls, the common denominator being smiles.

The aphorism near the front door: “It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”

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