Thank You to Our Series Presenting Sponsor: Chemeketa Community College
Come join our vibrant Salem Emerging Leaders programming for this monthly Lunch with Leaders Program for your opportunity to hear from and interact with top leaders within our community. This 90-minute program includes lunch, a 30-minute presentation, and 30 minutes of interactive Q&A time and is an amazing opportunity to hear from established and admired individuals.
December's Featured Leader:
Location: Isaac's Downtown
"Our organization is built on a story, so to introduce you to the organization, we need to introduce you to that story and the characters in it."
- Tiffany and Mark Bulgin
I was born and raised in San Diego, and met a handsome Oregonian in college. We joined forces in 1993, and settled in his hometown of Salem. Early in our marriage we found ourselves engaged in teenage parole-probation foster care for teenage boys. We also experienced the death of our first biological son, Isaac. Those two unique experiences led to the founding of a 501C3 that has been serving divested youth between the ages of 15-21 in Salem for the past 20 years. It is called Isaac’s Room, because we decided to give Isaac’s room both physically in our home that was left empty, and metaphorically in our heart to young people that found themselves doubting their own value. We serve them by giving them a job, a home, and a family extended.
We have fostered about 75 teenage boys, and have 2 biological sons, Zac and Andrew. Through our program IKE Quest we have served 100’s of young people over the past 15 years.