Canby Couple Has Vision for Shelter Serving Women Veterans Impacted by Domestic Violence

“The Birkemeiers are builders,” we were told once, by a member of the one branch of the family that decided to go into farming instead. (Since their chosen crop was filberts, you could say they “went nuts.”)

Aaron Birkemeier is part of the Birkemeier Farms branch of the family, and has raised and harvested hazelnuts his entire life. But he and his wife, Emily, want to build something.

They call it Oregon Only House, and it is meant to be a first-of-its-kind shelter for women veterans and their children who have been victims of sexual or domestic violence.

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