The Lane County Medical Society (LCMS) will partner with Daisy C.H.A.I.N., Creating Healthy Alliances In New-Mothering, to share space at the society’s headquarters and house both operations in the same building.
“We have a beautiful building with plenty of extra space,” says Dr. Jill Betterton, president of LCMS. “Daisy C.H.A.I.N. provides a critical service to new parents in the community, which matches our mission of promoting the health of all Lane County residents.”
Daisy C.H.A.I.N. offers free research and evidence based support services and education to new-mothers and their families in clients’ homes and at its community center, Daisy’s Place, on Lawrence Street in Eugene. Earlier this year, when the nonprofit faced losing its lease, LCMS and Daisy C.H.A.I.N. discussed the possibility of sharing LCMS’ office space and decided the arrangement would be a good fit for both parties.
“The intent of Daisy C.H.A.I.N. Mothering has always been to provide services in a welcoming, nonjudgmental, centrally located, home-like environment,” says Jaclyn Ann Mahoney, executive director of Daisy C.H.A.I.N. “Daisy’s Place is an atmosphere and far more than a specific address or building. We are confident we will re-create the same feel in the welcoming space LCMS has so graciously offered us. We are so thrilled and honored to be able to provide Nursing Nook, Baby Pop Music, and our Prenatal Sign-up programs to the community at a home base because of the generosity of LCMS.”
LCMS resides in a two-story house on 7th Avenue in Eugene. After consulting with John Brown and Irene Alltucker of Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert to determine how to use the property effectively, the medical society realized it could provide sufficient space for Daisy C.H.A.I.N.’s needs, which include storage, rooms for classes, and square footage for a small office. In addition, LCMS will make a $2,500 donation.
Considering the important community services Daisy C.H.A.I.N. provides on a daily basis, the medical society is pleased to be able to assist the nonprofit in this way, Betterton says.
“Physicians know that what happens outside the doctor’s office is just as important as what happens inside,” she adds. “Helping Daisy C.H.A.I.N. with free space means healthier kids and parents when they come to see us.”
Daisy C.H.A.I.N. will move equipment and supplies into the LCMS building throughout the month of June.