Portland, October 16th-17th, 2013. Human Solutions’ 11th annual “It’s on the House” fundraisers generated $39,000 to support emergency shelter and housing programs for low-income and homeless families. Human Solutions client Shannon Chandonet and her year-old son, Dillon were among the 190 people who attended. Previously homeless, Shannon and Dillon stayed at Human Solutions’ emergency Daybreak Shelter while the agency helped them find a suitable apartment. Shannon has graduated from college, and is working with a Human Solutions Family Advocate to reach long-term self-sufficiency. (photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)

Women With Direction members Tiffany Cantue, Cheryl Moore, Constance Adams, LuLa Russell, Cashnita Harris, President Veronica Cantue and Pat Waters are pictured with First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes (fourth from right), and Jean DeMaster, Human Solutions’ Executive Director (far right).

First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes delivered the keynote address at the Portland luncheon, held at the Benson Hotel.

Speakers were eloquent in their support of Human Solutions’ mission to build pathways out of poverty for low-income and homeless families. Guests also heard from a Human Solutions client who shared how the stable housing and support services she received for herself and her son helped her overcome domestic violence and drug addiction to graduate from college and rebuild her life. 

Board Members Jesse Smith and Olga Gerberg at the “It’s On the House” Portland luncheon featuring keynote speaker Cylvia Hayes, First Lady of Oregon.

Board Members Jesse Smith and Olga Gerberg at the “It’s On the House” Portland luncheon.

Luncheon guests included Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager of Community Development Banking, Bank of America; Jean DeMaster, Executive Director, Human Solutions; Rich Miller, Director of Operations at Affinity Property Management; and Carla Piluso, Board President, Human Solutions.

Luncheon guests included Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager of Community Development Banking, Bank of America; Jean DeMaster, Executive Director, Human Solutions; Rich Miller, Director of Operations at Affinity Property Management; and Carla Piluso, Board President, Human Solutions.

Women With Direction members with First Lady Cylvia Hayes (fourth from right) and Human Solutions Executive Director Jean DeMaster (far right).

Women With Direction members with First Lady Cylvia Hayes (fourth from
right) and Human Solutions Executive Director Jean DeMaster (far
right).

There was also a Gresham breakfast at Persimmon Country Club featured a keynote address by Judith Huck, owner of Classique Floors and the 2013 Oregon Small Business Person of the Year.

Human Solutions thanked the following sponsors for making these events possible: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, KeyBank, Affinity Property Management, Enterprise Community Partners, Legacy Health, and Alder Geotechnical Services.

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