A Little History

Early 1997, Nancy Engeman and Mickey O'Connell, both in recovery, were introduced by a mutual friend who knew each woman had a dream: to help other women find their way to a healthy, successful life of recovery.  With Nancy's experience in the alcohol and drug treatment field as well as the nonprofit world and Mickey's business experience, a 501(c)3 tax exempt status was approved for Come Rest Awhile in April of 1997.

Come Rest Awhile opened its doors on July 1, 2001 in a little house in Lake Oswego.  Nancy moved in as Executive Director and within weeks six residents began their journey of recovery. Mickey now resides in Molokai, HI and continues to be an integral and supportive part of Come Rest Awhile.

Come Rest Awhile now operates in a large, beautiful home in Lake Oswego.  The facility houses 10 residents and is well known in the treatment community, receiving referrals from all over the United States.

In 2015, Ildi Klein was hired as live-in House Manager.  She has been in recovery since January 7, 2010 and is a graduate of Marylhurst University.  Her professional qualifications as well as her life experiences and supportive empathy make her the perfect mentor for our residents. Ildi is now Director of Come Rest Awhile

Nancy, now retired as of 12/31/2017 has been in recovery since December 24,1975 and shares her experience, strength and hope with audiences around the country.  In February 2011, the Red Dress Society honored her with the Women's Advocacy Angel Award.  In July of the same year she received the Freedom Award from DePaul Treatment Centers for her contributions to advancing the cause of recovery from addiction. .

Board of Directors

Ildi Klein, Director

Harriett Turley, President

Kassie Auler

Courtney Haring

Jo Ann Hongslo

Mike Barron

Michael McAuley







Financial and In-Kind Supporters of Come Rest Awhile

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Contact Us

Come Rest Awhile
PO Box 1116
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 635-0102
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