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Schools, Programs & Visit Reports - Oct, 1993 (#24) 

Sisters, Oregon
Steve & Karen Gage
Lon Visit: September 8, 1993

The Gages have completed their One Hundred mile move east from Cottage Grove Oregon to Sisters Oregon. Moving from their old small house to one with 4,000 square feet, they are now in a position to implement their dream of developing a program to take in children for short term holding and long term placement in their home.

Steve and Karen have been involved in counseling and transporting children for a number of years. At times, to meet the needs of parents and children, they have taken children into their home for varying periods of time.

Their new, larger home is on ten acres near the western-motif small town of Sisters in the foothills of the eastern slopes of the Oregon Cascade Mountain range. It has a pond, a new and well equipped horse barn, adequate fencing for whatever kinds of animals they want, plenty of work for kids to do in learning responsibility, and a sense of isolation.

They are inclined to specialize in working with girls. Steve says, "I like the feisty ones." While I was there they had their own pre-teen daughter there, an older girl living with them who is working on emotional growth and attending the local high school, and a boy who was there for just a few days until his parents could find a long term placement. I can personally vouch that the view of the Three Sisters Mountains is fantastic from their hot tub on the deck in the back of the house.

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