Help us Soar! Donate to Soar with Us 2017 Auction and Gala

Human Solutions believes that every family deserves a safe place to call home.  We provide an array of critical services to families in Multnomah County: emergency shelter, rapid re‐housing, affordable housing, employment programs, as well as homelessness prevention services such as short‐term rent assistance. To help us continue to provide these services, we’re hosting Soar with Us, our annual auction and gala, on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  We are asking you to support our important work again this year by providing a donation (gift certificate, item, or service) for our auction.

Please use this Donation Form to let us know how you can help.

2016 was a very successful year thanks to supporters like you!

  • 442 households encompassing 1,389 individuals (592 adults and 707 children) were no longer homeless
    due to our rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing programs.
  • 35,661 people in 11,530 households received utility assistance to keep the lights, heat, gas, and water on
    and help reduce the risk of eviction
  • 678 people received skills assessments and/or training for a living wage career in our five employment
  • 88% of formerly homeless families who received housing assistance were still successfully housed and
    paying rent on their own 12 months later.

We have some ambitious goals for 2017, and need your help to ensure their success.
Gateway Park Development –Located at NE 106th and Halsey St. in Portland’s Gateway neighborhood.
Human Solutions’ mixed‐use proposal for the site includes street‐facing commercial retail space, 70 units
of mixed‐income housing, and office space to relocate our cramped headquarters.

Gresham Women’s Shelter ‐ We are partnering with Multnomah County to operate a 90‐bed emergency
shelter for women experiencing homelessness, with priority given to vulnerable and senior‐aged women
and women who have been made homeless as a result of domestic violence. This shelter is open 24/7,
providing housing and employment assistance, veterans’ services, and mental health/addiction services.
Guests use kitchen, laundry and shower facilities onsite, and pets are welcome.

Thank you, Weston Kia!

source: Gresham Outlook

Three local nonprofits dedicated to supporting the less fortunate in the community received a generous donation from Jan Weston and Weston KIA during a reception Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, at My Father’s House, 5003 W. Powell Blvd.

Human Solutions, SnowCap Community Charities and My Father’s House all received $15,000 each.

“I am proud and honored to give a gift to these three organizations,” Weston said. “They all do a lot of good work in our community.”

Weston made the donation in part to honor the memory of his father, Jim Weston, who died Dec. 26 at the age of 78. Jim was a generous person whose charitable actions defined his life.

“My father loved to give, so we are following that tradition through these donations,” Jan Weston said.

About 30 people attended the reception. Several representatives from each nonprofit organization also spoke, talking about how the money will be used.

Representing Human Solutions was Executive Director Andy Miller and Board Chair Carla Piluso; for SnowCap it was Executive Director Judy Alley and Board Chair Merlin Aufdengarten; and for My Father’s House it was Executive Director Cathe Wiese.

All three of the groups receiving donations work closely together throughout the year.

“It’s not hard to partner together, because we all deal with a specific piece of the pie,” Wiese said. “It is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make things better for families.”

The groups expressed how timely the donation was, especially in light of recent weather events that curtailed fundraising events. This left a void of resources during a time when many struggle to pay their bills.

“This donation couldn’t have come at a better time,” Miller said. “Our community is facing a housing crisis of epic proportions.”

The sentiment was echoed by SnowCap.

“We are very short on supplies,” Alley said, “and with low-income students having to eat at home during the days without school, mothers need food now more than ever.”

At the end of the reception Weston was presented with a certificate of appreciation, thanking him for the financial support.

• Human Solutions works to help low-income and homeless families and individuals gain self-sufficiency by providing affordable housing, family support services, job readiness training and economic development opportunities. It can be reched at 503-548-0200.

• SnowCap is an organization created to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor. It can be reached at 503-674-8785.

• My Father’s House is a shelter ministry that works to meet the needs of homeless families by providing a safe environment for families to address spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Connect with them at 503-492-3046

Do you have clothes or food to donate? Here’s how you can help!

Human Solutions’ Family Center, a no-turn away emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, located at 16015 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233, is accepting donations of the following:

  • New Underwear
  • New Socks
  • Coats
  • Winter Shoes
  • Blankets, Pillows, Sheets, Towels & Other Bedding

We also accept food donations of the following:

  • Bread: Hamburger Buns, Hotdog Buns, Sandwich Bread, Bagels
  • Non Perishables: Non-expired Canned Goods
  • Perishables: Within Sell Date ONLY, nothing moldy or overripe, in close-able containers

We accept clothing/bedding donations on Mondays from 10am-4pm.
We accept food donations on Tuesdays from 10am-4pm.

If you are unable to drop off your donations at these times or you have other items you’d like to donate, please contact the Donations & Volunteer coordinator, Emilie Friedman, at efriedman or (503) 278-1637.

Thanks so much!

Thank you for supporting LearnLinks!

A big THANK YOU to the following foundations for awarding grants to our LearnLinks Program, which provides academic assistance, mentoring, and leadership opportunities to youth living in affordable housing complexes in East Portland and East Multnomah County. Their support is making a difference for more than 100 youth this year!

reserThe Reser Family Foundation


The Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust

Clothing Sorting Saturdays!

Seeking Amazing Volunteers for Clothing Sorting Saturdays!

Every Saturday, Starting Oct. 8 at 10am until 4pm
Human Solutions Family Center
16015 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

Human Solutions is a nonprofit dedicated to building pathways out of poverty.  The newly opened, no turn away Family Shelter needs your help! We are looking for volunteers who can help us sort & organize a large back stock of clothing donations.

Saturdays in October, stop by for one hour or for the day; seating & tables will be provided, along with tasty snacks from one of our neighborhood partners. Your work will directly benefit dozens of families who utilize our shelter every day!

If you want to know how you can do more, we are currently looking for 4-5 Volunteer Leaders to help coordinate these events.

To learn more, contact the Volunteer & Donations Coordinator, Emilie Friedman: EFriedman.

Thank you!

Depave event at Human Solutions Family Center

Check out these photos from our Depave event this Saturday!

Depave, a non-profit whose mission is to remove unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces, partnered with Human Solutions to help create a green space at the Human Solutions Family Center.

We had a great turn out at the event and a whole lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came out and made this event a huge success!

Stay tuned for more information about our progress, as we complete the space with raised garden beds, a rain garden and a children’s play area.

Thanks for Attending Seed Today for Roots Tomorrow

Thank you to everyone who attended Dennis 7 Dees’ Farm to Table Garden Party!  We raised over $8,000 for Human Solutions’ programs to serve families in need.


What could be better than helping children foster a love of gardening?

Please join us for a benefit dinner & garden party to help raise funds for Human Solutions’ gardening programs.

With your partnership, we work to help homeless and low-income children achieve their full potential. Your support will provide the needed plants, tools, equipment and materials necessary for gardening projects. Gardening is used as a tool to unlock a child’s ability to nurture and helps them grow into responsible adults. As the gardens develop and bloom, so will the children who create them.

Wednesday, July 27th @ 6:30pm
at the SE Portland Garden Center.
6025 SE Powell Blvd.
Tickets are $100

Delicious food and beverages, tomato tastings, live entertainment, raffle prizes and much more!


“New Rosewood Plaza offers dependable oasis for homeless”

From the Gresham Outlook:

Six months ago, Chelsea George and her 17-month-old daughter Lucy had a bleak future. Lucy had an ear infection, Chelsea didn’t have a job, and the family had no place to live.

They stood in the now-closed Human Solutions family homeless shelter in Gresham (it’s since relocated a few blocks west to Portland) looking overwhelmed and scared

But on May 18, Chelsea and Lucy looked at peace and at home. In February, after seeing a flyer advertising a new mixed-use affordable housing and dental clinic complex at the shelter, the pair stood in line for nearly five hours to be one of the first families to apply to live in Rosewood Plaza

Just three days after George secured her spot, the waiting list for the 45 new and refurbished one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units at 18173 N.E. Couch Street had grown to more than 100 families.

Chelsea, 26, and Lucy look strikingly similar, with straight blonde hair cropped to their ears and brushed to the side. Chelsea has faint highlights of pink and blue running through her locks. The last time The Outlook interviewed them, Lucy was near inconsolable after spending all night in the emergency room to treat her ear infection. On Wednesday, the shy toddler showed off just a hint of a smile while playing a game of peek-a-boo.

George gets about $1,000 a month through social security and only needs to pay 30 percent of her income to live in Rosewood Plaza. Human Solutions even helped her with a payment plan to put down a security deposit.

She said living in the shelter was “exhausting and frustrating.” The transition to her own apartment was like “night and day.”

“We have a patio,” she described with excitement. “It’s nothing we could have afforded on our own.”

In the fall, Chelsea will head to Mt. Hood Community College to finish her degree to become a guidance counselor, and Lucy will go to the Head Start program across the street from Rosewood Plaza.

Chelsea said she suffered from anxiety and depression while at the shelter. But now? “I wake up every morning smiling,” she said.

On Wednesday, May 18, the mother and daughter celebrated the opening of Rosewood Plaza with a party thrown by the organizations that made it happen, Human Solutions and Wallace Medical Concern (WMC).

Human Solutions, under the direction of the former executive director Jean DeMasters, acquired the property in 2013. The project scope included a complete rehab of the existing 26 units and building a four-story complex to house a new dental clinic run by WMC and 19 more units of affordable housing owned and operated by Human Solutions.

Rosewood Plaza is an expansion of Human Solutions’ Rockwood Multi-Service Center campus located on an adjacent lot.

When the dental clinic is operating at full capacity, Wallace expects to provide about 7,000 visits annually to 3,000 patients, based on a sliding fee scale. The clinic includes seven exam rooms, an X-ray lab and facilities for simple oral surgeries.

A partnership with the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry will place dental students in rotations at the clinic, expanding the availability of services and creating a pipeline of dental professionals skilled at serving low-income and homeless residents of Multnomah County.

Andrea Sanchez, the director of housing at Human Solutions, said Rosewood Plaza is opening at a critical time in East Multnomah County.

“This represents the connection between housing and healthcare,” Sanchez said.

The look of the new building is meant to send a message of “dedication and respect to our patients,” added Lisa Cline, executive director of Wallace Medical Concern.

The ribbon cutting ended on an emotional note, with Rosewood Plaza resident Rhonda Huggett presenting a giant teddy bear to the Human Solutions staff.

Through tears Huggett said, “I’m not on the street no more.”

Thank You, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon!

Human Solutions has been selected to receive a Summer Meals Support Fund grant from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to help meet our goal of making sure kids in our community have the fuel they need to learn and grow during the summer.

Thank you, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon! Your support will help our program reach more kids this summer with nutritious meals and activities.

Bank of America Foundation provides $7,500 grant

Willer + Barton BofA 2016

Thank you to the Bank of America Foundation for a generous $7,500 grant to support our programs that combat family homelessness. The Bank of America Foundation is a valued Human Solutions partner, having given more than $262,500 over the past decade to help carry out our important mission. Peggy Willer (left), Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Bank of America, and Monique Barton (right), Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Bank of America, presented Human Solutions with the latest grant.