In recognition of the work Trillium Family Services does to prevent suicide among Oregon young people, the Matthew Unrein Foundation has made a generous donation to support our continued efforts in saving young lives. “In July 2017, our family was devastated when our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and co-worker Matthew died by suicide,” shared Tamela Unrein, Matt’s mother. “To help us heal from this tragedy, our family created a non-profit, The Matthew Unrein Memorial Foundation. Each summer our foundation holds a fundraiser which consists of a motorcycle ride (Matt was a beloved Harley Davidson rider) and auction.”
“Matt was 27 when he passed. His family and co-workers had no idea he had any suicide ideation,” Tamela continued. “Our family has a small business in Salem which Matt worked for, Matt and myself (his Mom) worked together every day and his close co-workers also had no idea he had thoughts of suicide. Together with our foundation I give speaking engagements on how suicide effects the family and the devastating aftermath that suicide causes. By continuing to raise money and awareness on suicide and prevention has helped our hearts heal.”
The mission statement of the Matthew Unrein Foundation is: Dedicated to saving lives and giving hope by bringing awareness through education of individuals, communities and families affected by suicide.
In 2020, the foundation was unable to have their “traditional” ride/auction, but with generous sponsors and donors support, they raised $8000.00 to donate for suicide prevention.
Trillium gratefully accepts the Matthew Unrein Foundation’s gift and pledges to continue to work hard to prevent suicide. If others would like to join the Unrein Foundation in supporting Trillium’s efforts, please contact Dr. Robin Beavers at rbeavers@trilliumfamily.org or visit trilliumfamily.org.

 

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