Last year in December we had a number of different organizations who did food and coat drives for Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner. One of the groups that was part of the drive was Pride Professional Alliance, a networking group, who had several of its members who had our barrels in their own businesses. We were also the recipient of food and clothing drives from third party events produced by the Portland Leather Alliance, Starky's Bar & Restaurant, Hobo's Restaurant and Lounge, The Imperial Rose Court and several others. The Imperial Rose Court also provided Thanksgiving turkey dinners to all of our clients that are part of the NHCP (Neighborhood Housing and Care Program).
New Seasons and Whole Foods continues to provide high quality donations to Esther's Pantry on a weekly basis. These donations are used by over 200+ monthly clients and consist of food that typically are not affordable to our clients.
MAC Cosmetics presented us with a $25,000 check from sales of their VivaGlam product. This money is for our food and nutrition programs. MAC also participated in a World AIDS Day event for the Our House residents where they made Christmas cards for their family and friends.
Recently we were ranked by the Oregon Business Magazzine as number one of the 100 Best Non-Profits to Work for in Oregon among the large non-profits. We have been on this list every year every year this competition has been in existence (5 years).
In addition we were ranked as the #2 Top Workplace in Oregon for small companies (both for profit and non-profit) by the Oregonian in a ceremony last month. Results for these awards were determined through surveys of staff on various aspects of the working environment including benefits, ommunications, management style and other aspects of a well-functioning workplace.
I am so very prould of not only the incredible staff and the people that manage them, but also the Board, Volunteers and the many donors that make up this amazing "Our House Family". Thank you for making this place such a great place to work!
We also recently were awarded $350,000 from the Oregon State Legislature for our Neighborhood Housing and Care program for capacity building and expansion of this innovative program.
We are integrating this project as part of the Neighborhood Housing and Care Project (NHCP). The Neighborhood Housing and Care Project provides interdisciplinary care for people with HIV/AIDS in their homes. Clients are people who are at risk of losing their housing or are transitioning from higher levels of care and need additional attention. Because we are not funded through Medicare or Medicaid contracts, we have the flexibility to provide creative solutions to problems without having to get approval for specific treatments or equipment. Caregiver education and training will be included in the tasks that are given to the interdisciplinary team of NHCP. We have been granted $350,000 by the state legislature designated as "Innovation Funds" that will be used to build infrastructure to the NHCP project.