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Home Builders Foundation makes holidays brighter for homeless women

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Portland Rescue Missions new day room was completed just in time for the holidays, thanks to the Home Builders Foundation and Key Home Furnishings.

The Home Builders Foundation partnered with Key Home Furnishings to furnish the Portland Rescue Mission’s new day services room for homeless women in downtown Portland just in time for the holidays.

The room will be used by women coming in off the streets.

“Providing safe, dignified places for those experiencing homelessness is a top priority of our foundation,” said Ken Cowdery, executive director. “We are particularly interested in supporting programs that focus on those who are most vulnerable. Outcomes tend to be much better if people feel respected and surroundings are very important in that regard.”

“The number of homeless women living on the streets in shelters increased by 22 percent in the last two years alone,” said Eric Bauer, executive director of Portland Rescue Mission.  Expansion was made possible due to renovations on the second floor of Burnside Shelter, which include a women’s dayroom and a 16-bed dorm for women who participate in Connect, a three-month residential program aimed at moving homeless women from the street to housing, employment or residential addiction treatment programs. 

Key Home Furnishings has partnered with the foundation before, providing furniture after a major renovation by the Foundation of the Goose Hollow Family Shelter.

“They are new partners, and they have been great partners,” Cowdery said. HBF donated $2,300 toward the furniture for Portland Rescue Mission and Key Home Furnishings donated the rest of the items that were needed, including tables, chairs, rugs, décor and plants. The company also decorated the room for the holidays. A couch, love seat and chair were manufactured by Stanton Furniture specifically for the room.

HBF is planning two major projects for 2014 including a transitional housing facility for at-risk youth leaving foster care and a major remodel of the Clackamas Women’s Services domestic violence shelter.



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