Coming up on Sept. 7th in Pioneer Square, join us from 11-2 at The Standard’s Volunteer Expo. Discover volunteer and donation opportunities that fit your skills and interests. #VExpo17
Special thank you to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon for coordinating a fun Summer Meals kickoff party at the Human Solutions’ Family Center this past Friday.
Thanks also to Portland Timbers and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder, Darlington Nagbe, who stopped by and enjoyed a healthy summer lunch with kids at Human Solutions’ Family Center. Organizers served a free meal as part of the Summer Food Service Program to about 85 kids from Human Solutions’ Family Center and two other nearby Home Forward affordable housing communities.
Thousands of kids around the state depend on free or reduced lunch during the school year. Now that school is out for summer, families can check out summerfoodoregon.org for free meals for kids at sites around the state!
A $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo to the nonprofit Human Solutions will give women experiencing homelessness a chance to rebuild their lives.
“We appreciate Wells Fargo’s continued support of our work. We will use this grant in a variety of ways to help our clients heal from the trauma of homelessness and, in some instances, domestic violence,” said Hillary Houck, Human Solutions’ Chief Program Officer.
Based in Portland, Human Solutions will use the gift to help fund its staff costs; new workshops and programs; and skill-building activities at its Gresham Women’s Shelter.
The shelter provides emergency accommodations for up to 90 women 24/7, 365 days per year, while they search for their next home. It includes a kitchen, laundry services and showers.
The shelter also provides free programs to help guests update their resumes, fill out job and rental applications, learn about their rights and responsibilities as renters, and grow their own vegetables. Other activities being funded by the grant include writing workshops and nail art instruction.
Human Solutions will also use some of the grant to buy nutritious food for the shelter’s new Quarterly Dinner Program where teams of disabled youth are paired with an adult mentor, chefs from New Seasons and several of the shelter’s guests to cook a community dinner and eat together.
“It’s important for the community to know about the hard work Human Solutions does and the compassion it has for those in need,” said Wells Fargo District Manager Andre Moreno, who volunteers on the Human Solutions board. “Every dollar or item donated and every minute spent volunteering helps support others in our community.”
“Human Solutions helps people secure their basic needs. We provide a critical level of support that some families and individuals may not have elsewhere,” said Executive Director Andy Miller.
Human Solutions welcomes volunteers at its Gresham Women’s Shelter or its Family Shelter in Portland. The Family Shelter also accepts donations of food and hygiene products. Those interested in helping can go to www.humansolutions.org for a list of needed items and for volunteer information.
“We are only as strong as those around us. When we extend a hand to the vulnerable, we strengthen ourselves as team members,” Moreno said. “By providing support and resources to women who are struggling, Wells Fargo is combating poverty and homelessness in our neighborhoods.”
Human Solutions Soar with Us Gala raised more than $105,000 to support our programs and services for vulnerable families on our community!
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
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
- 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!
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!
The Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
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@humansolutions.org.
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.
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!