Readers respond: In support of Central City Concern – OregonLive

Brandi Satterlee’s death is very sad, and I feel for the family’s loss (“What happened to Brandi? Mom struggles to understand how daughter died on Portland nonprofit’s watch,” Oct. 31). But I also wonder where the mother and other family members were for those two weeks when the grandma couldn’t get hold of her. Being a former active addict, I understand first-hand that having an addict in the family can be trying, but it is wrong for the family to be putting all the blame on Central City Concern. It is an amazing program, one that I went through, and they hold the addict’s and family’s hands as much possible. But they can’t do everything for everybody all the time, especially serving about 13,500 people a year. And like many public service organizations, they are understaffed and underfunded. Central City Concern has also had to deal with the trial and errors of the pandemic and the summer heat wave, like everyone else. The majority of the people they see are very sick, and they all have unique circumstances, needs and conditions. Again, it is very sad any time someone dies, but some of the blame does go on the family and the circumstances, and not all on Central City Concern.
Kara Thiringer, Portland
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