About Us

Providing Compassionate, Respectful and Confidential Support.

Domestic Violence Support
Domestic Violence Support

You can count on Siuslaw Outreach Services to provide compassionate, respectful, and confidential support to people in need.…even to the point of saving lives. We have been providing domestic violence support to those in need since 1986.

Siuslaw Outreach Services Key Contacts

Domestic Violence Support

Bob Teter, Executive Director
541-997-2816 ext 201

Domestic Violence Support

Mary Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
541-997-2816 ext 202

Lori Oltman, Volunteer Coordinator
541-997-2816 ext 206

Todd Smitherman, Bookkeeper
541-997-2816 ext 209

Crisis Assistance Department
(Housing, Utilities, Homelessness)
541-997-2816 ext 204

Special Victim Assistance Department
(Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, Elder Abuse)
541-997-2816 ext 205
24/7 Crisis Hot Line:
541-997-4444

Our History

Domestic Violence Support

Originally called Siuslaw Area Women’s Center, we were founded in 1985 by a small group of local activists to provide a safe place for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Today, our role and responsibility in the community is much larger and impactful, thanks to those who support our ever-expanding programs that impact those in need…even to the point of saving lives.

1986

Siuslaw Area Women’s Center received approval from the IRS to receive 501©(3) designation. The agency begins with a women’s empowerment support group and offers assistance to victims in gaining restraining orders. West Lane Community Foundation grant helps get them started. The agency serves 20 individuals. 

1988

 SAWC offers emergency shelter and confidence clinic at Siuslaw Middle School.

1989

After-hours pager acquired; SAWC joins Florence Area Coordinating Council and Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

1990

Ellen Micklewright is hired as Executive Director and search begins for permanent office site.

1992

Nancy Sobottka hired as Executive Director.  Safe House donated to agency.

1995

With the help of the Florence Soroptimist Club, a 24/7 Crisis Hotline called FOCUS 4 is established. The agency begins offering rent and utility assistance programs.

1999

Ethel Bassette is hired as Executive Director. The agency finds permanent home on 12th Street.

2000

24/7 Crisis Response Services begin. Weekly support groups for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault begin.

2001

Siuslaw Area Women’s Center joins Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force; SAWC presents to Governor’s Domestic Violence Committee. Parenting skills classes begin at Rhody Elementary School. Siuslaw Area Women’s Center begin serving male victims.

2003

SAWC changes name and begins doing business as: Siuslaw Outreach Services Inc.

2006

Celebrated 20th anniversary.

2009

Bettie Egerton hired as Executive Director.  Major annual community-wide Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign every October begins.

2010

Self Sufficiency Classes begin.  Dating safety and healthy relationship classes begin at Siuslaw High School and Middle School.

2012

David Wiegan is hired as Executive Director. Agency registers new name with IRS and officially becomes Siuslaw Outreach Services Inc. Programs are added to address the needs of the homeless.

2013

“Adopt a Brick” fundraising program to raise matching funds for building renovation.

2014

Florence Chamber of Commerce recognizes SOS as Non-Profit Agency of the Year.

2015

Service Center remodel is completed and mortgage paid off.

2016

30th Anniversary Celebration is held. Endowment Fund is established.

2017

Bob Teter is hired as Executive Director.  Bob Teter conducts domestic violence education and outreach programs in Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.  SOS serves a record of 3,130 clients.

2018

Safe House undergoes major renovations. Legacy Campaign begins.

2019

Agency begins restructuring process to adapt to program requirements as mandated by the Violence Against Women Act and Family Violence Prevention Services Act.

2020

Agency is divided into two distinct departments: Special Victims Assistance and Crisis Assistance.  Agency adapts services to respond to the need of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Agency provides a record, $700,000.00 in direct aid to clients.

Domestic Violence Support

Board of Directors

Bob Teter
Executive Director

Justin Young
Board President

Chris Saltmarsh
Board Vice-President

C. Montee Kennedy
Board Treasurer

Jennifer French
Board Secretary

Judy Schwartz
Director

Domestic Violence Support

Jane Yecny
Director

Lori Gates
Director

Denise Tarvin
Director

Maree Beers
Director

Crisis Hotline

541-997-4444
or toll-free 1-877-997-3687

Address

1576 West 12th Street
Florence, Oregon 97439

Office Phone

Open Office Hours


Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (excluding major holidays)

Other appointment times are available by calling the office.