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.
Last month Joel Goldman, the Managing Director of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation made a site visit to Our House and Esther's Pantry/Tod's Corner after giving us a generous grant. Joel also brought Ms. Taylor's grandson and granddaughter to join him on a tour. They were able to chat with volunteers, staff and clients, and took some great photos for the Foundation. One of the Esther's Pantry/Tod's Corner clients was able to share her amazing story with the group.
The MAC AIDS Foundation also gave us $25,000 to help fund Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner this month. This amazing gift is a continuation of their ongoing support of Our House.
We are so very grateful for donors like these who make it possible to keep our food and nutrition programs running.