Can you believe we are already one month into 2013? Hopefully everyone is on a positive path this new year. Let us continue supporting one another's triumphs and encouraging each other's goals.

The middle of winter is a trying time of year in the northwest. Our days are long, grey, and rainy. We just spent all our money over the holidays and tax season isn't necessarily giving us a break even though we could all use one. Here at Besaw's we like to recognize and support organizations that lend a helping hand year round. There is a home in our neighborhood that exemplifies this attitude. Offering specific programs dedicated to their success and safety, White Shield Center creates a safe environment for young women.

What originally began as a maternity home and hospital in Northwest Portland in 1917, The Salvation Army's White Shield Center has grown into a facility that not only serves the needs of pregnant and parenting clients between the ages of 12 and 18, it also provides a safe, secure environment for adolescent girls who need guidance.

At White Shield, their treatment philosophy is that individuals will make positive changes for themselves when provided with the appropriate teaching, support and the opportunity to do so.  Through their work, the staff hopes to promote independence and to effectively prevent the continuing cycle of abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquent behavior, substance abuse, and welfare dependency in each girl who enters the White Shield Center.

It is so important to support organizations like this and ensure that the children in our community have safe resources available to them during difficult times.

For the month of February a percentage of our dinner sales will directly go to White Shield Center.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens