Goose Hollow Shelter: From Renovation to Celebration

Recent renovations give more support for Portland Homeless Families.

Portland, OR, September 25, 2013 --( Sustainable lives start with sustainable environments. Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), Home Builders Foundation (HBF) and The First United Methodist Church of Portland (FUMC) invite you to a celebration of the 
re-opening of the newly refurbished Goose Hollow Family Shelter (GHFS) on September 26, 2013 from 11:30a-1p.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter is one of two homeless shelter locations operated by PHFS and its non-profit mission is to provide temporary shelter to homeless families with children, as well as training, support and case management to the families so they can get back into permanent housing and stay there long-term.

The Home Builders Foundation has collaborated with multiple, local non-profit service providers dedicated to ending homelessness in Portland and beyond through its shelter building and renovation program, HomeAid. HBF has yielded a cumulative value in contributions well over $3,500,000. These resources have helped to channel the compassionate energy of Portland’s home building community into creating sustainable environments that help non-profits such as Goose Hollow Family Shelter increase its capacity to change the lives of Portland’s homeless families.

In March 2012, the Home Builders Foundation, PHFS and members of the First United Methodist Church initiated a partnership to identify specific upgrades to the infrastructure of the shelter. These upgrades will enable PHFS staff to provide more extensive housing support services, greater operational capacity and increased organizational space including a new commercial-sized energy efficient laundry room.

Collectively, the Home Builders Foundation, PHFS and the congregation at First United Methodist Church have actively contributed passion, time and the professional resources of their combined team of volunteers to plan, develop and complete the infrastructure enhancements to Goose Hollow Family Shelter. In addition to the HBF volunteer builder captains and designers, close to 30 trades have come together to provide donations and discounts on product and services to help make a difference in our community.

A free Open House will be preceded by a luncheon which will be an opportunity to thank the volunteers who worked to enrich this unique and resourceful community partnership as well as showcase the renovations for the public. The luncheon will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Portland and the Open House will occur at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter with a short introduction and program. Come share in the passion and compassion of all of the volunteers who have made this unique partnership ever more vibrant.

RSVP or contact Christine Meyer for more information. To learn more about how you can support our ongoing mission to help Portland families have more sustainable futures, please visit the Websites of either of our partners.

Event Location and Time
• Luncheon for volunteers and staff begins at 11:30a
• Open House for all begins at 12:30pm

First United Methodist Church of Portland
The Fireside Room
1838 S.W. Jefferson St.
Portland OR 97201

About Portland Homeless Family Solutions / Goose Hollow Family Shelter
Portland Homeless Family Solutions’ mission is to offer temporary, emergency shelter to homeless families with children; to provide transitional services to help homeless families find permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency; and to advocate for the alleviation of family homelessness and its root causes.

PHFS operates two emergency shelters for homeless families - the Goose Hollow Family Shelter and the Thirteen Salmon Family Center. Goose Hollow is a night shelter for homeless families with children and is located downtown Portland at the First United Methodist Church. Thirteen Salmon is a day shelter for the families staying at Goose Hollow and it is located downtown at the First Unitarian Church of Portland. PHFS operates two additional programs called the Mobile Housing Retention Program and the Village Support Network. Each of these programs focuses on helping families first find permanent housing and then teaching life skills to families so they can retain their housing indefinitely.

Learn more about PHFS at:

About Home Builders Foundation of Portland
Founded in 1997, the Home Builders Foundation (HBF) harnesses home building industry resources to create opportunities for the home building community to use their unique skills to improve the Portland community. Through our shelter development and workforce development programs, the HBF is building hope and home…rebuilding lives.

Learn more about HBF at:

About First United Methodist Church of Portland
First United Methodist Church of Portland is a part of a worldwide denomination known as the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world. First Church is one of many United Methodist congregations in the metro area and around the world. Our connection with other churches makes FUMC a vibrant place to believe, think, and act in our world.

First United Methodist Church of Portland declares that we will be an advocate for peace in our local communities and world. As a Reconciling Congregation, members of First United Methodist Church have pledged to welcome and support all who want to worship with us, regardless of race, gender, class or sexual orientation.

Learn more about FUMC at:
First United Methodist Church of Portland
Kendall Martin
(503) 228-3195