It sure has been a couple of busy months since our last report in August!
The Our House Dinner Series “Dinner at My House for Our House” kicked off in July but it’s not until August and beyond that we see the full force of these amazing events. The events include dinners at people’s homes, venues, wineries, and other locations. “Dinners” can be something as exquisite as a 7 course dinner to creating cupcakes or riding a bike around Sauvie’s Island! 100% of the proceeds go back to Our House and the hosts putting on the event take care of all costs. The dinner series helps us with our programs Esther’s Pantry, Tod’s Corner, and Neighborhood Housing and Care Program (NHCP). It is not only an opportunity to raise funds, but to introduce people to these programs and services that they may not be aware of.
In September Our House was awarded as one of the top ten workplaces to work by the Oregonian Media Group, and number one by the Oregon Business Magazine's 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon 2015 for medium 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.
“Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves…” is what Annie Lenox & Aretha Franklin sang in 1985; luckily for us they had never met The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Order of Benevolent Bliss, Inc. is a fully professed house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.®. As a 501(C)3 public charitable organization, they are dedicated to the support, education, and development of the LGBT community… AND CAN THEY THROW A PARTY!
On Saturday, August 15th we were invited to attend the 10th anniversary for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; which was also their grant acceptance event. At the event, Our House was given a $1,000 check to help support Our House’s programs Esther’s Pantry and Tod’s Corner. Esther’s Pantry and Tod’s Corner are used by clients of NHCP as well as other HIV/AIDS services. The Sisters have been a longtime supporter of Our House and have not only provided grants to us, but attend events and help raise awareness.