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 26, 2015

"Sisters are Doin' it for Themselves"

“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.  

Aug 26, 2015

Summertime Summertime Sum, Sum, Summertime!

Looking at the end of another summer and what a summer it has been!   The garden has been growing like crazy as has the support that we have seen.

Our House ‘s resident Therapeutic  Garden Director planted some seeds and reaped the bounty of a new position at the Multnomah County HIV Clinic; she was also accepted to Portland State for the Master’s in Public Health Program starting in September.  Her past years of working in the garden has helped establish the program that it is now which includes a reference manual on how and when what needs to be planted.  She also was instrumental in getting volunteers, staff, residents and clients involved with weekly harvests and helping teach people the benefits of outside gardening.

Though we have said “good-bye” to our resident green thumb fear not as we have “hired” a volunteer who has just as much passion.  He has helped take over the helm and continued the great work that was started.  The residents / clients continue to thrive as we start to get ready for fall planting and cleaning of the summer bounty.

May 28, 2015

Red Dress Party + Red Top = Our House

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all Ages….Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!" and so began Red Dress Party 2015 – Red Top! This year the event was held at The Old Freeman Factory and several hundred people were in attendance – some in theme, and some without a lot to the imagination!

This was the 15th annual event for Red Dress Party which started in 2001 with 75 people in attendance. Having established both interest and demand, organizers began to plan a bigger and better event in 2003 that would help raise money for our friends and neighbors who were living with HIV and AIDS, and for children who were affected by AIDS. Our House’s programs (Esther’s Pantry and Tod’s Corner) have been previous beneficiaries for Red Dress Party events; Our House, as an organization, was chosen for the past two years.  This year, Red Dress Party’s beneficiaries were Our House and Cascade AIDS Project.  We are waiting to hear news on the amount that Our House will receive for the event and appreciate all of the years of support that the Red Dress Party board, committee, and volunteers who have provided support over the years.

 
   

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