Before construction can begin on any new project, the site must be cleared. On a lot a block away from Providence Portland Medical Center we are poised to begin our journey. The former Moore Lithograph building has put up a good fight, but it is ultimately making way for our new Guest Housing facility. The heavy equipment has moved in and the site should be cleared within a month. Then construction is expected to be complete within the next year. We are still only halfway to our fundraising goal, but we are optimistic we will complete this massive effort within the next 12 months. Please, stay tuned for future updates as construction progresses. This is so important to the patients and families who continue to choose Providence Portland Medical Center as their destination for health care services. It's critical that these vulnerable members of society have access to a safe, covenient and affordable "home away from home" during their treatment.
Dear friends of Providence Portland Medical Foundation, during the final quarter of 2013, Jack and Lynn Loacker offered a challenge to help us move our project forward. Their challenge offered to match all gifts between $1 and $1,000 dollars. As of December 31st, 2013, $30,290 was raised in qualifying donations to fully meet the Loacker match.
The Loacker match was presented in a letter authored by Julie Randall. Julie is a cancer patient from Australia. She travelled to Portland for the life-saving clinical trial she could find only here or in Spain. She chose Portland, OR. While in our community, Julie needed a place to stay. She made her temporary home in our current, out-dated Gilroy Guest House. As Julie says, "I was pleased to have a roof over my head, but what I really needed was a better healing environment".
That's our goal with our new Guest Housing plan. We want to create a safe, convenient and affordable "home away from home" for all those patients who are coming to Providence Portland Medical Center...from across Oregon, throughout the nation, and around the world. With your help, we are gaining traction.
Hear Julie Randall's story by clicking the attached link.
As we enter the fourth quarter of 2013, we are feeling an urgency to move forward with our fundraising efforts for Guest Housing. Meetings with construction personnel are leaning toward a desired ground breaking date in spring of 2014. With that in mind, we still have a significant amount of dollars to raise in order to fund the project. Many thanks to loyal donors, Jack and Lynn Loacker, who have stepped forward with a challenge match. For every gift...between $1 and $1,000 received before the end of 2013...they will provide matching funds up to a total of $25,000. Thanks to the Loackers and the many others who believe in our need to provide a home away from home for those patients and families who travel farther and farther for Providence's cancer research trials and other services. Take a look at this video detailing one patient who travelled from "down under" for the world-class care offered here at Providence. http://www.providenceoregon.org/video/?view=d0648985f3e9cx480x293