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