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.”