MountainStar Family Relief Nursery Unveils Its New La Pine Site


MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (MountainStar), a place of hope and support for vulnerable children and families across Central Oregon, is thrilled to announce the arrival of its new facility in La Pine. This site is MountainStar’s fifth location and marks a momentous step forward in fulfilling its mission to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.

The building, composed of three modular units, arrived in La Pine on September 12, and installation is currently underway. While MountainStar’s dedicated team works on the final project pieces, they are planning a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 16623 Box Way on November 9 at 12pm. MountainStar is thrilled to invite the community to celebrate this new location serving children and their families in La Pine. After more than six years of outreach services, this permanent location fulfills MountainStar’s long-standing goal to provide more direct support to La Pine families.

MountainStar gives special thanks to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners who demonstrated their commitment to South Deschutes County children by allocating funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for this project. This initial funding was critical for this new site and will have a lasting impact on the community.

As MountainStar prepares to open its doors, they are excited to announce that they are hiring for multiple positions. “If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children and families in the community, we encourage you to explore employment opportunities with us,” Tobiah Brown, MountainStar’s program director shares. “And part of what makes our organization so special is our volunteers. We will be inviting community members to join us in our therapeutic classrooms to help nurture children’s emotional, physical, and intellectual development in a safe environment.”

Kara Tachikawa, MountainStar’s executive director, expresses her enthusiasm: “We’ve been working on this project for over a year and are really excited to be opening our doors to the community. Everything we do is connected to child abuse and neglect prevention. Our services are customized to meet the unique needs of each child and their family in our program. Keeping children safe and parents successful is the work we have done in Central Oregon for the past 22 years and work we will continue to do for many years to come.”

For more information about our new La Pine facility, job opportunities, or how you can get involved as a volunteer, please visit our website at

About MountainStar:
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery ( is a local nonprofit that provides child abuse and neglect prevention services for the most vulnerable children and families in Central Oregon. We are the only program in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties providing therapeutic classrooms, parenting education services, and family support targeted at protecting babies and toddlers who are at significant risk for abuse and neglect. We envision communities that support each parent’s effort to nurture their children’s emotional, physical, and intellectual development in a safe environment.


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