Together we raised more than $300,000 to bring food, clothes, shelter, and hope to our fellow citizens experiencing homelessness, addiction, and poverty. Thank you to everyone who contributed to ensure that Blanchet House can continue to serve our guests in need.

Hosts Rich Ulring and Misty Marquam presented an uplifting and life-affirming program on March 6, 2022. Guests watched the live virtual event from home via their computers and phones. 

Blanchet House is on the front lines, working to end homelessness by offering aid and a path to self-sufficiency. Your support of the annual Lend a Helping Hand Brunch gives Blanchet House the ability to expand services at our downtown location and Blanchet Farm in Carlton. Never before in the 70-year history of our organization have our services been in higher demand. Our community is counting on Blanchet House to help meet the need for food, clothing, shelter, and hope.

Contact our Development Team at or 503-241-4340 to discuss other ways to support our services and programs.

2022 Blanchet House Brunch Award Recipients

Service Award – Breakfast Heroes

This group of steadfast volunteers arrives before dawn to ensure anyone in need of a hot breakfast and coffee can find one at Blanchet House served with compassion. The Service Award honors the following volunteers for their commitment to service and the outstanding impact they make in our community.

Al Riley Award – Bob’s Red Mill

Bob’s Red Mill’s dependable donation of oats and grits makes it possible for Blanchet House to offer a nutritious breakfast six days a week. Bob’s generous gifts of staple breakfast foods not only nourish people but also benefit kitchen efficiency by allowing chefs to better plan future meal needs. The Al Riley Award recognizes the legacy and impact organizations and people like Bob’s Red Mill make to better our community and reduce food insecurity.

Father Kennard Award Jeff Heatherington and The Heatherington Foundation for Innovation and Education in Health Care

Jeff Heatherington is working to increase food security and access to health care for the most vulnerable in our community. The Heatherington Foundation made an extraordinary $1.5 million gift to Blanchet House that will ensure its life-saving services will reach those in need and secure the future of the mission. The Fr. Francis Kennard Award is given to people who inspire others to “get out in the streets and help” just like the Blanchet House founders’ original mentor.

Jeff Heatherington portrait

Founders Award MHAAO

The Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon’s peer support staff have become a bridge that connects Blanchet House’s residents and meal guests experiencing homelessness to life-saving resources. Every day peer support specialists employed by MHAAO work face to face with people inside and outside Blanchet House. The Founders Award is given to those who have undertaken formational work to further the mission of Blanchet House.

MHAAO - Janie Gullikson

Co-founder Jim O’Hanlon and Blanchet House staff walk through the history of Blanchet House and its services today.

Jesuit Father Gary Smith delivers an inspiring prayer for those of us trying to alleviate suffering in our community.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

70th Anniversary Sponsor

B.P., Lester and Regina John Foundation

Presenting Sponsor

Special Sponsor

Fortis Construction

Father Kennard Sponsor

Werner & Colleen Nistler

together with

Al Riley Sponsors

Dorothy Day Sponsors

 Mark & Joyce Auxier

together with

 John Christianson

together with

Tricia & Pat Heffernan
Kaiser Permanente
Malin & Dan Petrusich
Mary Anne & Rich Ulring

together with

Michael Fuller

together with

Underdog Lawyer - Michael Fuller

Livestream Hosts

Bridges to Change

Columbia Bank


Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon

McDonald Jacobs

Multnomah County Board of Commissioners

Northrup Corporation

Scott Kerman & Jill Speaker


We make a difference, one relationship at a time, through food, clothing, and supportive housing programs.


We welcome and serve meals to everyone with compassion and dignity. Join as a guest, a volunteer, a resident, a donor, or a supporter.


There are many people in immediate need of food, clothing, access to hygiene, shelter, community, and hope.


Your gift will help stabilize lives by providing meals, transitional housing, and other vital services to vulnerable individuals and families.