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05/20/2019 02:55:13 PM


As Shir Tikvah looks for ways in which we can help address the problems experienced by Portland’s most vulnerable residents, we have become aware of the needs of the nearby Lents family shelter operated by Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), a well-established Portland nonprofit organization.

Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term.

"When we first purchased the building at 6220 SE 92nd Avenue", PHFS says, "we had not idea that we would be creating the first family shelter of its kind in Oregon; a shelter that will help families heal through the trauma and crisis of homelessness by using the evidence-based model of trauma-informed design and architecture."

One of the two buildings at the Lents campus is already housing and providing services to a dozen families, so PHFS needs volunteer support to help make the program successful. Until the second building is completed this fall and opportunities expand, there are three ways to volunteer as individuals or as a small group. They include catering and serving meals, being a 'kid-time host' and helping the administrative staff with various tasks. These opportunities are typically structured as convenient two hours shifts. 

Our point person for this effort is Henry Werch. You will find his contact information in your member directory - contact the office if you need help accessing it. 

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