Build a Guest Housing Facility

 
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Progress continues on our Guest Housing Project
Progress continues on our Guest Housing Project

Construction continues to move forward on the Providence Guest Housing project.   Recent weather has allowed crews to progress rapidly.  The project is now considered approximately one third complete.  This is a very exciting time on the Providence Portland Medical Center campus as we all watch this project rise up along Glisan St.  We also have a camera stationed across the street which allows anyone with a computer to access a live feed and watch the construction move forward.  Follow these directions to get connected and watch progress from your own computer.

The address is 170.173.2.245 (enter this in your browser address bar)

Click ‘Primary Stream’ lower left hand corner

Then select QuickView Stream

Then select ‘Select’

Then click the small box in the right hand lower corner.

Then click “click here” to use quicktime

It’s a lot of steps but it’s a necessary security measure.

The project is on time and on budget. Completion is scheduled for July of 2015. The cost is $6 million and it is being fully funded by Providence Portland Medical Foundation with approximately $1.5 million yet to be raised.  An over-all naming opportunity for this prominent facility is still available.  Hard hat tours will be offered in February.

Thank you for your interest in our Guest Housing project and the many other projects and programs that Providence Portland Medical Foundation supports.  It’s you, our donors, who allow us to make a difference in our community.  

The walls are going up!
The walls are going up!
Guest Housing Foundation Walls
Guest Housing Foundation Walls

The permitting process was a challenge, however the city of Portland has finally moved our project forward and granted all the necessary permits to get this project underway.  The concrete is being poured.  That means the foundation footings are new complete and the foundation walls are going up.  This is an exciting time for those involved with the dream of bringing a Guest Housing facility to the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center.  Our Fundraising continues to move foward with a number of contributions coming in as construction got underway.  We are currently at $3 million dollars raised on our way to $4 million plus.  Naming opportunities for the patio, the entryway, patient/family rooms and the overall building still remain and are generating increased excitement as crews push forward.  The building promises to rise up out of the ground as we move into winter.  We will occupy our new facility in August of 2015.  

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. 

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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

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