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
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. 

Aug 4, 2016

Summer Brings...

Last month, the beautiful ladies from MAC AIDS team stopped by to hand us a check for our supplemental food program.  MAC matches their employees time volunteering with funds for that organization and we are so grateful that the Oregon and Southwest Washington MAC AIDS team volunteers for us.  Also, we are also a no waste facility.  With over 200 clients a month, there is not that much waste, however, if things are about to expire and we are not open for the next couple days, we take them across the street to a housing project so they can use the food before it expires.

 

The garden has been very active (socially and producing) with the weather being so nice.  What is the best way to get people to eat their vegetables? Have them harvest the veggies themselves, and that is exactly what is happening!  The kitchen is reaping the rewards of beautiful produce that the residents are helping to harvest.  Lettuce, herbs, and peas are stalking the menu.  However, the garden is so much more than providing fresh produce for the kitchen.  It is giving the opportunity for our residents to be outside, social, and work together with the staff to create a healthy and fruitful garden. 

May 11, 2016

Spring has Sprung!

We are very excited to be getting our hands dirty in the garden again after winter.  It is wonderful to see how when the sun is out the mood is lifted.  Our volunteer Garden Manager and residents are back in the garden with big plans for this summer.  Clients, residents, and volunteers are busy outside with their walks, soaking up the sun, and planting the first crops. Our lettuce will be the first fresh vegetable to be prepared in our kitchen for the residents to enjoy.  How could we make a big green salad better? By making it with greens the residents have grown themselves. 

 

Our House’s food program Esther’s Pantry continues to received high quality donations from New Seasons Market and Whole Foods on a weekly basis.  Because of these donations, among others, and the supplemental food from the Oregon Food Bank, we are making it possible for over 200+ monthly clients to take home more nutritious food.  However, there is still room to grow. 

 
   

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