We have held several strategic meetings with various groups over the past few months:
During our Board/Staff Retreat we discussed our future strategies and how we could get sustainable funding for them. Some of the goals that were discussed were:
- Connect with CCO's in Oregon to become a provider for that organization to care for their clients with HIV/AIDS
- Look into expansion of our Neighborhood Housing and Care Program to include aspects of:
- Obtain sustainable funding for each of the items above.
We have met with the staff of Health Share Oregon - the largest CCO in Oregon to discuss our involvement.
We are scheduling meetings with FamilyCare and others to discuss similar items.
Along with our Food Bank, we also provide a free thrift store, Tod's Corner. It is conveniently located across from Esther's Pantry has clothing, household items, small appliances and other non-food items. It gives low-income clients with HIV a chance to obtain needed items of clothing or household goods at no cost in a stigma free environment. Similar to Esther's Pantry, there is a comfortable waiting room if clients need to wait to be served.
In addition to Esther's Pantry and Tod's Corner, when clients have no where else to turn and no other funding is available, we provide other services such as:
- Basic Veterinary care or Euthanasia
- Eye exams
- Birth Certificates
- funding for lost ID cards
- basic cremation costs
Pets are a critical part of many of our clients lives. Not only do they provide unconditional love and companionship, but they also can help with those who tend to "isolate" or are suffering from depression. They provide a reason to care for another living thing - that is dependent upon us for their care.
With the help of the Banfield Charitable Trust and several generous veterinary clinics in Portland, we will be able to provide free veterinary services for those of our clients who have pets, but are not able to pay for them.
That along with the availability of monthly food boxes from Esther's Pantry, household goods from Tod's Corner gives significant support to those of our clients who need additional assistance.