With healthcare transformation imminemt in Oregon and the nation, we need to look at the most efficient way to meet our care needs. Many of our clients with higher acuity require caregivers - whether it be friends, relatives or professionals, they need to be aware of the unique nature of HIV and the specific care needs. As we work closely with our clients and their caregivers we provide them with tools to be able to live independently without having to utilize higher levels of care - only when necessary.
While we are in the beginning stages of this project, as we gain more support from key providers, we will create a new model that includes not only the client, but the caregivers as well.
This model will help meet the "Triple Aim" of the new healthcare systems.
Much of the food that we get for Esther's Pantry comes from the Oregon Food Bank. We obtain very high quality food weekly at a very reasonable price and are able to give our customers a wide variety of choices.
This past week, employees from Our House spent a Saturday at the food bank volunteering to do various jobs, but mostly to put together packets of food for the thousands of people that depend on the Oregon Food Bank to supplement their food budget.
It was a very satisfying day and is one of a series of days that Our House employees will be volunteering for this organization.
We all benefit - no matter how we give back!
Winter is always a difficult season - with the Holidays, and cold and wet weather, and the long nights, it can sometimes be difficult for our clients to maintain a comfortable household and positive attitudes. Since all of our clients are low income, many times they don't have enough money to pay their bills and also buy good food.
Each year, around the holidays, we have many organizations who have food drives for Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner. Examples are: Imperial Soverign Rose Court, Pride Professional Alliance, Oregon Bears, Portland Leather Alliance, Kivel and Howard, Albina Rotary and others. We also have drop boxes throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area.
Last December we collected almost 7000 pounds of food, and this year we expect to match that.