Pictured from left to right: Crime Victim Advocates Shira Moskowitz, Chris Bergstrom, Stephanie Elbert
Stephanie Elbert is currently a Crime Victim Advocate for the Crime Victims Advocacy program with the Emergency Support Shelter. She has worked in all three programs of the Emergency Support Shelter for over 14 years as a Children’s Advocate, Domestic Violence Advocate and a Sexual Assault Advocate. She brings with her a background in Domestic Violence and other crimes. Stephanie has attended LCC in the field of Criminal Law and plans on furthering her degree. One of her first accomplishments was writing and receiving a grant from the Target Foundations to provide funding to create a curriculum in violence prevention for local schools, law enforcement and other agencies. One of Stephanie’s greatest passions is providing education and prevention to the community on Domestic Violence by sharing her personal story on surviving domestic violence. Stephanie is best known for her smile and the wiliness to find hope in all situations and to bring forth a healthier and safer community that she lives in.
Shira Moskowitz is a Crime Victim Advocate at the Emergency Support Shelter. Shira has worked in the Cowlitz County community for more than three years. She started her career as Social Services reporter for The Daily News after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She soon realized her greater passion in life was not only being able to tell people’s stories, but to help bring them hope directly. That is when Shira transitioned into being a full time Crime Victim Advocate providing free and confidential support to all victims of crime. Shira is passionate about educating our community about victims of crime, different crime types, domestic violence and awareness. Shira loves being an advocate. She loves having the honor of giving people a voice and helping them find the light during what is sometimes a very dark time. Shira is known for her positive attitude, willingness to help anyone and willingness to always think outside the box.
An Oregon native, Chris has always been drawn to public service. During both college and law school Chris was elected to the Tualatin City Council serving as one of the youngest elected officials in the state. During his tenure on council he became interested in social services and the role nonprofits and government can play in serving the most vulnerable members of our community.
After graduating from Willamette Law, Chris passed the Oregon Bar and worked as a trial attorney for 8 years in the Portland metropolitan area. During his legal career, Chris served as a staff attorney for a nonprofit public interest law firm and as an associate in private practice. Chris specialized in domestic relations – representing clients both in court and in negotiating out of court settlements. Throughout his time as an attorney, Chris did pro bono representation of children by court appointment in family law matters.
While Chris enjoyed practicing law he decided to make a change professionally and pursue opportunities in social services. As an attorney, he was limited in only being able to assist clients with their legal issues. However, those clients in crisis had more than just legal issues that they needed assistance with. Chris believes that as an advocate he is able to help clients in multiple areas of concern. He also greatly enjoys the role advocates play in providing information and education to the community at large.