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On July 3, 2020, Letty Owings, co-founder of Central City Concern’s Letty Owings Center, passed away at her home in Edmonds, Washington.
As an English teacher in Lake Oswego, she formed bonds with students and colleagues that lasted until the end of her life. She also served as president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.
In 1989, Letty and co-founder Nancy Anderson opened the doors of the Letty Owings House. It was a building with room for eight women and ten children. In 1997, the Letty Owings Center became a program of Central City Concern. This center has provided both long-term addiction treatment and living skills to pregnant women and women with children. This is a place where mothers become sober and hopeful – able to reconnect with their children who might otherwise be placed in foster care. It has changed so many lives for the better that the second generation, the children, have become advocates for the center.
Since its inception in 1989, over a thousand families have recovered their lives at Letty Owings Center and hundreds of babies have been born drug-free. Click here to read more about the center. Here is Letty’s obituary.
All of us at Central City Concern send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Letty Owings. Her legacy lives on in all of the families who find hope and healing at the Letty Owings Center.