Since our last report date we have recently been awarded a grant of $200,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust. This grant will be split into two years, and will be used for the focus of Our House’s in-home care program and to provide education and training. Part of the process for the grant involved an on-site visit. They were very impressed with the program and how well prepared we were both in the proposal and with the site visit. We will receive $100,000 per year for two years and the first check will arrive in April – what a great way to start the new fiscal year!
We are applying for several other grants including the Oregon Community Foundation as well as The Collins Foundation.
Since we were awarded $350,000 from the Oregon State Legislature for our Neighborhood Housing and Care program for capacity building and expansion of the Neighborhood Housing and Care program, we have been building the infrastructure for expansion. We hired a part-time Administrative Assistant as well as increased hours of clinical staff. We also are upgrading computers and smartphones in anticipation of increased workloads.
In addition we are appyling for two-million dollars from CMS (Health Care Innovation Challenge Part 2) for this project. and Meyer Memorial Trust for two-hundred thousand dollars as well as other foundations. We recently have signed a contract with CareOregon for additional supplemental funding. We are currently negotiating with other providers to help fund this project. We hope to hear in the next couple of months on the results of these grant requests.
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.