Our House of Portland

Our House provides integrated health and housing services to people with HIV/AIDS. Guided by compassion, collaboration and respect, we provide: * 24 hour specialized care * Independent housing with support service
Nov 1, 2016

Summer turns to Fall

Our programs have been very busy transitioning from Summer to Fall.  

Esther’s Pantry is working towards becoming a Healthy Pantry through the Oregon Food Bank’s Healthy Pantry Initiative. This program encourages healthy choices, best cooking practices, and different alternatives.  Besides education, the goal of the initiative is to increase accessibility and distribution of healthy foods.  By increasing our vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat, sugar free and lean protein options, as well as additional steps the Oregon Food Bank has identified, Esther’s Pantry will be eligible for additional funding from the Oregon Food Bank.

Our clients and residents have been busy visiting the Pumpkin Patch and carving pumpkins, visiting the animals at the zoo, and visiting a touring piece of the AIDS Memorial quilt. And, to finish off the Halloween season, we danced the night away at our Hippy Halloween Dance Party!

“Dinner at My House for Our House” kicked off in July and and these amazing events include dinners at people’s homes, venues, wineries, and more.  Events range from exquisite as a 7 course dinner to heart appetizers in a award-winning garden or making Halloween decorations at Craft Night! 100% of the proceeds go back to Our House. Our generous hosts putting on the event take care of all costs.  The dinner series raises vital funds for our programs: Esther’s Pantry, Tod’s Corner, and Neighborhood Housing and Care Program (NHCP). It is not only an opportunity to money for our programs, but it also introduces people to these programs and services that they may not be aware of all while building a stronger Our House Family.

In September, Our House was awarded as one of the top ten workplaces to work by the Oregonian Media Group small size businesses and by the Oregon Business Magazine's 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon for large size businesses.  This recognition was greatly appreciated by staff, board, and all those associated with Our House and a testament to the people at Our House.

Our Garden Project has been put to sleep until next year. The beds have been covered with leaves and will start again next year.

Nov 1, 2016

Summer turns to Fall

Our programs have been very busy transitioning from Summer to Fall. 

 

Our clients and residents have been busy visiting the Pumpkin Patch and carving pumpkins, visiting the animals at the zoo, and visiting a touring piece of the AIDS Memorial quilt. And, to finish off the Halloween season, we danced the night away at our Hippy Halloween Dance Party!

 

“Dinner at My House for Our House” kicked off in July and and these amazing events include dinners at people’s homes, venues, wineries, and more.  Events range from exquisite as a 7 course dinner to heart appetizers in a award-winning garden or making Halloween decorations at Craft Night! 100% of the proceeds go back to Our House. Our generous hosts putting on the event take care of all costs.  The dinner series raises vital funds for our programs: Esther’s Pantry, Tod’s Corner, and Neighborhood Housing and Care Program (NHCP). It is not only an opportunity to money for our programs, but it also introduces people to these programs and services that they may not be aware of all while building a stronger Our House Family.

In September, Our House was awarded as one of the top ten workplaces to work by the Oregonian Media Group small size businesses and by the Oregon Business Magazine's 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon for large size businesses.  This recognition was greatly appreciated by staff, board, and all those associated with Our House and a testament to the people at Our House.

Esther’s Pantry is working towards becoming a Healthy Pantry through the Oregon Food Bank’s Healthy Pantry Initiative. This program encourages healthy choices, best cooking practices, and different alternatives.  Besides education, the goal of the initiative is to increase accessibility and distribution of healthy foods.  By increasing our vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat, sugar free and lean protein options, as well as additional steps the Oregon Food Bank has identified, Esther’s Pantry will be eligible for additional funding from the Oregon Food Bank.

Our Garden Project has been put to sleep until next year. The beds have been covered with leaves and will start again next year.

Aug 4, 2016

Pride Parade and Summer BBQ

Our NHCP clients and residents have been very active the last few months with the weather being so nice.  We had our annual Barbeque at Blue Lake.  Clients and residents played corn hole and ate hot dogs and burgers, while enjoying the sun and being out of their daily routine.  We could not offer experiences for our residents and clients like this without our Quality of Life budget.  We use this budget to provide opportunities for our clients and residents to get out and about, and experience activities that help them define what quality of life means to them. These outings and activies help take their minds off of their daily struggles.  Also, in July, our clients and residents went bowling and to a movie. 

 

In June, was the NW Pride Parade.  Our House had over 50 representatives walking in the parade including clients and residents.  It was so great walking down the parade and hearing people cheering for us and the services we provide.  One spectator yelled, “Thank you for the many years of support to the community and your one of a kind services that you provide.  This community loves you!” It was hard not to smile and celebrate on the gorgeous June day. 

 
   

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