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.
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!
Last month we celebrated our 25th Anniversary. We started in 1988 in a 5 bedroom house, and now operate a 14-bed 24-hour specialized residential care facility. Other services include our award-winning Neighborhood Housing and Care Program where we serve high-need people in their homes, Esther's Pantry (food bank) and Tod's Corner (free thrift store). Many of our staff, volunteers, donors and clients were there to help us celebrate, present awards to people who gave of themselves over and above any expectations, and honor the clients who passed away during this past year.
The Oregon State legislature allocated $350.000 towards the Neighborhood Housing and Care Project at the end of the legislative session. With this money we will strengthen the infrastructure of our program by adding some administrative staff as well as upgrading some equipment, and adding to funds for Caregiver training. We will use this money as leverage to get additional funds to expand our services to a larger population of people with HIV as well as their caregivers. We are currently working with CareOregon and FamilyCare to address the needs of their highest utilizers of services and will work out a funding model that can be sustainable for these services in the future.