Portland, April 2nd, 2016. Human Solutions raised $87,000 at its “Soar with Us” Gala at the Melody Ballroom. At the event, Herman Colas, owner and founder of Colas Construction, chats with Sarah Zahn and Ted Zahn. Funds raised will help thousands of families, and individuals, who are working towards housing and income stability. About 200 guests enjoyed the festive night of silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, games, and dancing to the live music of Melao de Cuba. The evening’s auctioneer was Jason Demicheli of Demicheli Benefit Auctions, and the event was emceed by Oregon State Representative and Human Solutions Board President, Carla Piluso.

Human Solutions Board Member Terry Ciecko (left) and Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel enjoy the festivities.

Human Solutions Board Member Terry Ciecko  and Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel enjoy the festivities.

Judith Huck, owner of Classique Floors in Portland and her husband Joe Huck, had fun bidding on silent auction items on their mobile phones at the Human Solutions auction.

Judith Huck, owner of Classique Floors in Portland and her husband Joe Huck, had fun bidding on silent auction items on their mobile phones at the Human Solutions auction.

Guests raise their bid cards high during the live auction.

Guests raise their bid cards during the live auction.

From Human Solutions:

Human Solutions thanks all of its sponsors and guests for supporting the Soar with Us Auction and Gala!

Affinity Property Management, Walsh Construction, Kantor Taylor, LMC Construction, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Colas Construction, Tonkon Torp LLC, JD Fulwiler Insurance & Company Insurance, LaPorte Insurance, Portland Development Commission

About Human Solutions

To help combat poverty and homelessness, Human Solutions provides services in four interrelated areas:

*Eviction and Poverty Prevention: Last year, over 9,000 households avoided having their utilities shut off and remained warm and safe in their homes through the utility assistance Human Solutions provides. The agency also helped over 350 households facing eviction remain in their homes through short-term emergency rent assistance.

*Direct Services to Families Experiencing Homelessness: Human Solutions provides emergency shelter, Housing First programs, and permanent supportive housing. The agency moves homeless families from shelter into permanent housing as quickly as possible and then offers them the supportive services they need to overcome their homelessness and reach self-sufficiency.

*Employment and Economic Development Programs: Human Solutions operates five distinct employment and economic development programs that help more than 900 individuals with significant barriers to employment find family wage jobs and/or improve their job skills to increase their household incomes each year.  

*Affordable Housing: Human Solutions owns and operates 18 high-quality affordable housing complexes containing 720 apartments. At each property, the agency offers Resident Services, which help families maintain housing by connecting them to quality social, educational and employment services (both within Human Solutions and in the wider community) so they can move forward in their lives.

For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.

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