For over 10 years, we have been providing direct services and linking clients to other social service agencies.
In 2006 when William Temple House closed its North Portland location due to the economic downturn, the members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church opened their own Food Pantry at this location. In March 2013, the leadership of the newly merged St. Andrew and All Souls Episcopal Church voted to chart a new course and grow the successful Pantry back into a fuller scale agency and rename the efforts Hereford House.
Hereford House is located in and serves one of the most under-privileged areas in Portland, Oregon. However, our clients come from all over Northern Oregon and Southern Washington.
Our Food Pantry provides healthy food, fresh produce, pet food, personal care items, (soap, bathroom supplies), a kind word and hot coffee.
We recently added a small Transitional Hosing Program in the upper level of our facility to provide a home for those whose personal circumstances require a journey of transitioning towards permanent housing, employment and independent living.
Need your support to continue and expand our services to offer employment counseling, emergency dental van services, health screenings, a community hot meal program, and a new landscaped garden / sitting area for Hereford House residents.
At Hereford House, we never care where you live or who you love. If you need help, we give all we have. Hereford House wants to give more, do this we need your help. And yes, your help means donations.
We would like to expand our services to include flu shots, emergency dental work, counseling, transportation with bus tickets and gasoline vouchers.
For all this we need your help, Please.
This is a good news story and an idea of how we have helped.
A gentleman came to Hereford House to get some food. He had never been to a food pantry before. He and his wife were close to becoming homeless. He was 63, a veteran, married and due to a bad accident could no longer work. He was in pain and had no health insurance.
He had been trying to get social security disability for 16 months. His wife had been unable to work, and was in a wheel chair. She was unable to get out of their home.
They were living on $600.00 a month from her social security. They were unable to pay for their house taxes, co-pay for her medications, and they were behind in all their utilities.
We were able to help them in several areas.
We introduced them to the SNAP, food stamp program, and signed them up for an appointment. The Aging and Disability service in their county built them a free a wheel chair ramp.
We made an appointment with him to receive his early retirement from Social Security, and help with past utility bills. He also was able to use his Vietnam Veterans Medical Services. Almost overnight all their money problems seemed to disappear.
They were very thankful to us and they donate monthly.