About Us: History
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From our humble beginnings at Buckley House,
we've become:

Willamette Family Treatment Services, Inc (Willamette Family) originally started over 45 years ago as an alcohol detoxification center located in George Buckley's home. George and his wife Honey were dedicated to intervening in the lives of alcoholics, teaching them about Alcoholics Anonymous, and providing support for their recovery. This program was licensed by the State of Oregon in the early 1960’s, and was the first residential treatment center in Eugene. 

Willamette Family has come a long way since then, but still has a powerful philosophy of caring for the addicted individual and helping them on their way to recovery. Now the largest treatment agency in Lane County, the agency’s goal is to provide services to any individual in need, regardless of who they are or how they came to need treatment.

In 1986, Buckley House received licensure for two residential treatment programs: Carlton Substance Abuse Center for Men and Sunrise House for Women. These programs served adults, including many with criminal histories.

In 1988, Buckley House became a partner in creating the Community Response Team (CRT) with the City of Eugene, Lane County and Whitebird Clinic. Funding was secured for a van that could pick up intoxicated clients and take them to Buckley House, where a sobering station had been added.

In 1990, operation of gender specific Intensive Outpatient Treatment for women was licensed. One year later, the Families in Recovery Program received its license for residential treatment for addicted women who were pregnant or who had young children. The women’s programs provided complete wrap-around services including childcare, health care, parenting classes, case management, and aftercare services.

In 1994, Willamette Family relocated to a new facility that had previously been a 100-bed nursing home.  It is a large ADA compliant building near the Owen Rose Gardens. At that time, the Buckley House corporate family took on the new name of Willamette Family Treatment Services, Inc.

In 1995, the Project START intensive outpatient program received licensure and funding to serve pregnant addicted teens. This program expanded the next year to serve at-risk girls dealing with alcohol and drug abuse and included an aftercare component. In 1999, it expanded again with a license to provide residential services to this population. In addition, SCF licensed the Child Development Center to provide certified child care services to families receiving treatment.

In 1999, Willamette Family moved the men’s facility to Green Acres Road in north Eugene, incorporating the old Carlton House and adding a new outpatient program with day and night groups for employed men and women.

In 2003, Willamette Family Treatment Services, Inc. became “Willamette Family” with the tag line, “Treatment Services for the Chemically Dependent.” A minor name change, but one that reflected the abbreviated usage of Willamette Family Treatment Services, Inc., that had actually been used for many years. Willamette Family continues to improve upon its services and is a leader in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

In 2007, Willamette Family opened outpatient offices in downtown Eugene at 10th and Charnelton. This site has become our central evaluation center and is the first step for clients seeking outpatient admission.

In 2008, Willamette Family expanded the Women's Outpatient Treatment Program and DUII services to rural South Lane County. A new office in Cottage Grove, at 1450 Birch Ave., serves men and women of that community. WF has recently launched a new program in Cottage Grove, Girls 1st, providing substance abuse prevention and treatment for young women and girls aged 12-18.

In 2009, Willamette Family reached out to East Springfield opening an office at 4739 Main St. to provide DUII and Women’s Outpatient Treatment Services. WF also opened a second site in downtown Eugene at 1188 Olive St. where DUII Services and outpatient treatment Services are available in a convenient, centralized location. 

In 2009, Willamette Family added mental health services to our women’s programs. ITS-Girls (Integrated Treatment Services-Girls), program is designed for the adolescent population providing mental health, family, and trauma treatment services to adolescent girls aged 12-18. ITS-Teens (Integrated Treatment Services-Teens) program does the same for boys.
Additionally, in 2009, Willamette Family began serving the needs of military families with the Oregon Community Circles of Support, a collaborative project to assist families dealing with deployment and stress related issues.

Willamette Family continues to maintain George and Honey Buckley’s dedication in providing support, intervention, education and treatment services to the addicted individual. Our growth enables us to expand and provide additional services within the community reaching out to those individuals and families in need.

Willamette Family is a founding member of the Oregon Treatment Network, a statewide treatment collaboration assuring best practice services in member agencies.  Willamette Family is also a participating member in the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network, combining research with treatment to develop useful strategies for working with addicts and alcoholics to achieve recovery.

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Willamette Family, Inc. is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, as described in Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3).


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