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
May 28, 2015

Sun is Shining, Weather is Sweet...

There's a line in a Bob Marley song that says "Sun is shining, weather is sweet, make me wanna move my dancin' feet"  That's what Thursday’s feel like around here as the Community Garden Group works with their our own rhythm outside all afternoon.  Several new garden volunteers and interns have joined us, and we received compliments from the interim medical director from Health Share!!!!  We’ve also sent out several request letters to local garden outlets and organizations to help us with the garden and have received, so far, a gift certificate for 12 4" vegetable plants arrived in the mail from one of the outreach letters we sent out last week!! 

The Our House Garden provides sustenance and creates a place of serenity and healing. Residents and volunteers plant and maintain the garden to provide produce for the kitchen and peace for the mind.

Mar 3, 2015

NHCP Self Compassion Group and New Year

The Holidays have come and gone and we welcome in a new year and staff.  We have new staff which includes a  new  Social Worker for the NHCP program, a new NHCP Occupational Therapist, a primary social worker for Our House residents and an Occupational Therapist for Our House Residents.  

The NHCP Self Compassion Group learned how daily messages of gratitude can bring caring, insight and the awareness that we are not alone. It’s been over a month since they started sharing what they are grateful for in a daily email. It’s not like writing a letter, as they aren’t obliged to respond to the contents of the other person’s message. They are witnesses to each other’s experience. That’s all.

One of them wrote in regards to the experience: “I am grateful for: this practice… The Wisdom Of My Sponsor… doctors who have my best health at heart… my friend Chris who at any hour drives me to late medical appointments when I am not able… Reminders to breathe… My son's integrity… Not going to bed with the demons I awoke with…”

Residents and clients receive a monthly newsletter that is created by the Administrative Assistant for NHCP.  The newsletter is a resource for activities, outings, recipes, etc. The newsletter also includes a monthly calendar.

On Wednesday, December 17th we had the Our House Holiday party where clients, residents, staff, and volunteers where invited to celebrate the holiday season.  Several of the Oregon Symphony members came and played holiday carols.

Mar 3, 2015

Let's Go Get In The Garden....

April showers may bring May flowers but until then we need to first start working on the garden and get it ready! And this is exactly what Erica Crane, Our House BSN ACRN, has started to do.  Erica is in the process of reaching out to our community partners to see where we can get support for plants and tools that will be needed for the garden this year.  The residents are excited as we start the gardening season and have already started to clean out the beds in preparation for the Spring weather to come. Erica is helping residents understand the importance, and procedure, needed to make this year’s garden a huge success.

In January we had approval for a student from PSU to complete her organizational experience project with the Therapeutic Garden Program.  Her focus will be on program design, evaluation, and policy.  She will help with many of the unmet needs: identifying these and opportunities for data collection, creating a framework from which we can all understand the steps in the process and streamlining communication. She will be here from March until August providing 150 hours of work.  We are very excited to work with her as she brings experience of being a project manager and garden programmer to the table.

 
   

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