To all of our friends and clients,

Sending a big thank you this holiday season for all of the support. We all have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially Darrin who is grateful for Joan’s outstanding pumpkin pie! The leaves have fallen, and winter is nearly here. To wrap up 2017, why don’t we take a look at the ways we can all give back to our community? After all, giving and receiving go hand in hand.


Rose Haven:

 Rose Haven is a way you can serve and offer compassion to women and children who face a loss of home, or have history of abuse. Rose Haven welcomes women off the street and makes personal connections by offering assistance in sustaining a workable and functional life. They share a heritage with The Sisters of Good Shepherd though the work of Sr. Cathie Boerboom.

If you’d like to get involved this Thanksgiving, Rose Haven will be hosting a Harvest Meal of Gratitude on November 22nd from 1:00pm -3:00pm. Irving Street Kitchen will provide a traditional Thanksgiving Meal; there will also be a performance from The Oregon Symphony. For attendance and location details, alternate ways to donate, etc. please visit


Friends of Trees:

Friends of Trees is a nonprofit organization that is focused on inspiring community efforts to plant and care for urban trees and natural areas. They are a nationally recognized leader in improving and restoring natural areas. They have planted in over 120 neighborhoods in both Oregon and Washington.

Friends of Trees provides city-approved trees to homeowners and takes care of all the work, from delivering the trees to planting and maintenance checks. They also monitor their newly planted neighborhood trees and natural area trees.

To get involved, community members can volunteer for a Saturday morning tree-planting or make a commitment. To view upcoming events and volunteer, please visit


Give n’ Gobble/Helping Hands:

Give n’ gobble is an annual Turkey Trot and community food drive on Thanksgiving morning that aids the Helping Hands food bank. Because of this outstanding opportunity, they have been able to donate over $200,000 worth of food. In addition, Helping Hands was able to start a program for children who do not have access to meals outside of a school breakfast/lunch. Their mission is to ensure no child goes to bed hungry.

This year, you can help by posting banners, setting up, securing donations, tearing down, and many other activities. Please visit to volunteer or be a sponsor.


“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston