In March we received a $7,500 PGE Foundation Award toward Our House’s food program Esther’s Pantry. We utilized the services of dieticians to ensure that the meals that we serve at our residential facility (Our House) are healthy and meet the needs of the people with HIV. In addition, we also strive to provide fresh fruits and vegetables as well as healthy cuts of meats at Esther’s Pantry so that each monthly food box contains adequate nutrition. With Spring here we have started the planning stages of the garden that we have on site. Our garden was is built at different levels so that those with different types of acuity are able to still enjoy the process of gardening. We use the garden for therapeutic purposes for our residents but also supplemental food for our kitchen and pantry. Many of the seeds and plants have been donated by local establishments that we have created relationships with. We are also in the process of looking for a volunteer Garden Manager who will work with residents and staff for 8-10 hours per week. This position will help with planting the garden, weekly care, and harvesting of the vegetables and fruits that will grow this season.
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.