Mission: Guided by compassion, collaboration and respect, our house provides oregon and southwest washington's only integrated continuum of health and housing services to people with hiv/aids.
Programs: Our house---------our house of portland is located in southeast portland and provides 24 hour specialized nursing care and services in a residential care facility for those with advanced hiv/aids who require intensive care. In addition to hiv/aids and related physical health issues, most residents also suffer from mental illness, substance abuse and chronic homelessness. In the past year a total of 23 residents and their families were served. Seven individuals had improved health which enabled them to move out of our house and live independently. Residents of our house are encouraged to attend activites provided by our staff and community volunteers. These opportunities include swimming, bowling, bingo, creative writing, gardening, crafts and more. We also have frequent outings to parks, museums, movies, the coast, as well as special community events. Our therapeutic garden continues to thrive with residents participating every thursday afternoon to plant, cultivate and harvest fruits and vegetables that are then prepared and served to them by our kitchen volunteers. All residents including those with visual and other physical impairments are encouraged to participate. We make special provisions for them to be involved in a meaningful way. Gardening is a great way to build community among our residents and a source of pride and accomplishment for those that are involved. The work at our house continually evolves, depending on the nature of the ever changing hiv virus and the complexity of our residents. Much of our recent work is centered around addressing complex co-morbidities, as well as difficult behavioral and cognitive issues. Our continuing educational programs for staff and volunteers center around current issues of behavior, nutrition, diversity and other important topics. Collaborations among other hiv providers and organizations have been critical in addressing the resident and client needs. Agreements with funding providers have provided us with the opportunity to strengthen our infrastructure, develop education and training materials and serve more clients. We have been successful in obtaining a $350,000 grant through the state innovation fund for the past legislative session. Our memberships in various commissions, committees and boards help us to connect with other agencies as well as city/county/state administrators to gain a better understanding of poverty, housing, homelessness, disabilities, equity and other key issues. Our house has been named by oregon business magazine as one of the 100 best nonprofits to work for in oregon. Results of a staff survey placed our house in the top 100 in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and we ranked #1 (large nonprofit) in 2013 and #5 in 2014. A survey of the top workplaces in oregon conducted by the oregonian ranked our house #2 (small companies) in 2013 and 2014. Our house was the recipient of the alfred p. Sloan award for workplace flexibility in 2011 and 2012.
neighborhood housing & care program (nhcp)----the award-winning neighborhood housing & care program (nhcp) provides assistance with housing as well as supportive services to low income people living with hiv/aids who wish to live independently. The multi-disciplinary, professionally licensed care team provides assistance with nursing services, social services and occupational therapy. The nhcp staff is knowledgable about issues affecting people living with hiv, community resources & navigating health care systems. Our team works with cascade aids project to provide assistance with securing and maintaining permanent housing. Our team provides health assessments, education and medication management, coordination and assistance to perform self and household care, coordination of housing support, counseling and social support, home safety, and opportunities for engagement and connection in the community. A strong connection to community resources helps clients meet material, emotional, health, vocational and leisure needs. We also provide caregiver education, training, consultation and practice of life and coping skills. This year, a total of 38 clients were served.
community services program------------------------------the community services program consists of tods corner and esthers pantry which provide vital services to low income individuals in our community living with hiv/aids. Clients accessing services to esthers pantry may visit each month to receive supplemental food and personal care items. Esthers pantry was established in 1985 and serves over 200 clients each month. Clients who visit tods corner may receive household items, adaptive equipment, clothing, and companion pet supplies. Other services are also provided upon request; this may include companion pet care, personal identification cards, emergency travel expenses, cremations and more. Clients of esthers pantry and tods corner must receive a referral from a care provider to access services. This year, approximatly 671 individuals were served.