Our House News


 
 
Oct 17, 2016
Volunteer of the Month - Debbie Holgate

Lunch Cook
Volunteer Since August 2015

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?
Our House was recommended to me by a friend who said that this was a great place to volunteer. They were right!

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?,
I love getting to know all of the residents and the other volunteers, as well.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?
I also volunteer at Hopewell House and the Gateway Center for domestic violence. I am also going to school part-time at PSU.

What is something about you that would surprise others?
I am one of the few Portlanders who grew up in Oregon!

 

 

 
Sep 07, 2016
Volunteer of the Month - Gene Gumz

Esther’s Pantry Companion
Volunteer Since March 2016

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?
Ken, who volunteers here, made me aware of the opportunity and I wanted to contribute something worthy.

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?
I really enjoy mixing with and meeting the clients.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?
I’m retired. I travel a lot and take care of my house and yard.

What is something about you that would surprise others?
Maybe that I survived lymphoma and am doing well and am enjoying my life.

 

 
Aug 02, 2016
Volunteer of the Month - Keith Kurtz

Receptionist
Volunteer Since July 2005

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?
I wanted to do something to be able to give back to others. I have had my own personal life challenges and have always believed in giving back to pay it forward in the community.

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?
I really enjoy the interactions of the clients and Our House staff as well. I have made many friends throughout the years. Our House has become like a sort of second extended family.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?
I work part time for a Bio-Zoonotics lab think tank for the study of RNA/DNA studies as it relates to primate, feline, canine pathogens and cross-referencing polymerase gene mapping. I also enjoy Italian cooking – and eating, of course!

What is something about you that would surprise others?
I enjoy my pets – two dogs, two cats, and four guinea pigs.

 

 

 
Jul 05, 2016
Volunteer of the Month - Wendy Weaver

Breakfast Cook
Volunteer Since May 2013

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?
I heard about Our House from longtime volunteer and supporter Marc Gaudin. He knows I enjoy cooking and he encouraged me to look into it, then my friend Richard Bradspies was going to join the volunteer team and I met Kathryn out with friends. Suddenly all signs were pointing to Our House. I like to hang with the cool kids!

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?
I like to talk to the residents about what foods make them feel happy and the memories they can bring to mind…then get cooking!

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?
I sell furniture by day and like to cook for my friends by night. I especially like to bake tasty treats.

What is something about you that would surprise others?
I am a superior parallel parker!

 

 

 
Jun 02, 2016
Volunteer of the Month - Mike May

Lunch Cook
Volunteer Since July 2013

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?

When I moved to the area almost four years ago, I was looking for a volunteer opportunity through volunteermatch.com. Our House appealed to me because HIV is an issue that doesn’t receive as much attention as it did in the past, and it feels like a lot of people have forgotten there is still a need for help. 

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?

My favorite part of volunteering is catching up with the residents and staff each week.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?

I work as a tutor and as a guide for autistic children and young adults.

What is something about you that would surprise others?

I have two adopted children from Ukraine. They both came to this country as teenagers. 

 

 
Apr 27, 2016
Volunteer of the Month - Michael Stuart

Dinner Volunteer
Volunteer Since July 2014

What drew you to volunteer at Our House?
I was brought in via the auction within two or three weeks of moving to Portland, and all night I heard about what a great place it was, so I contacted the Volunteer Coordinator and asked how I could help in a more regular manner.

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering?
At Our House, it’s chatting with residents and other volunteers and getting to know people I might not have ever met otherwise. I like hearing people’s stories. I’ve always tried to find places and ways to volunteer or give service to the community I’m living in. I think it’s an important aspect of life, and I think it enriches the person volunteering as much as – perhaps more than – the organization that is receiving the services.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig?
I work full time at an English testing center, and I also write write write write write. And I’m still exploring Portland more and more as I live here longer.

What is something about you that would surprise others?
I won $12,000 on a trivia game show. And Peter Brady gave me the money! As I always say, I know a little about a lot, and just enough to make me sound too smart for my own good but too dumb to shut up about it. But sometimes it pays off!

 

 
Sep 30, 2015
Volunteer of the Month: Margaret Thomson

Volunteer Roles: Receptionist & Tod’s Corner Volunteer
Volunteer Since: November 2013

What drew you to volunteer at Our House? I attended your auction gala about three years ago with my daughter. I was very interested in learning more about Our House but since I was still working I had to wait until I retired to begin volunteering, which happened about two years ago.

What is your favorite aspect of volunteering? I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of volunteering at Tod’s Corner and Our House. The staff, residents, clients, and volunteers are all great to interact with.

What do you do other than your volunteer gig? I am fortunate to live near the Spring Water Corridor and usually do a two-mile walk almost every day. When the cold rainy weather sets in, I work out at Snap Fitness in Sellwood. I enjoy reading and belong to a great book group. I am a big fan of movies, plays, and especially musical theater. I love to bake. I belong to a senior studies group and enjoying attending lectures on a variety of subjects. I started doing beading this summer and enjoy making jewelry, especially bracelets and necklaces. I enjoy crossword puzzles and play Words With Friends.

What is something about you that would surprise others? I am a first generation American. My parents immigrated from Scotland. I have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren and one cat.

 

 
Oct 28, 2014
Oregon Top Workplaces 2014

The Oregonian Media Group has recognized 85 Companies and Organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington as Top Workplaces 2014. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees.  Our House ranked.  For the second consecutive year, Our House has ranked number 2 in the Small Company category.  This year over 1000 companies competed throughout the state of Oregon – both for profit and non-profit.

 

 
 
 

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