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Greg Baker Blanchet House Portland credit Julie Showers

Ex. Dir. Greg Baker On Solving the Crisis

Blanchet House is the largest feeder of the poor in Oregon. Last year it served more than 350,000 meals, and it does so without any taxpayer money. Instead, it’s fueled by private donations and funding from members of the Catholic community. The organization, founded in 1952, has evolved throughout its

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A Last Chance for Her Son

Kelly Pranitis’s son, Justin, came to Blanchet House and Farm in a time of need. He was struggling with a heroin addiction that led him to live on the streets. Their family couldn’t afford an expensive detox program that insurance wouldn’t cover, so they were grateful to find a free

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Blanchet House Student Ambassadors 2018-2019

Welcome our 2018-2019 Blanchet House Student Ambassadors! Erika Bahena, Wilson High School Olivia DiGiulio, St. Mary’s Academy Zoe Jacobs, Lincoln High School Sonia Karbowicz, St. Mary’s Academy Jax Nicoloff, Lincoln High School Hanna Nguyen, La Salle Prep Ethan Skyles, Central Catholic These seven exceptional Portland students have been selected to

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Blanchet House case manager Kristi Katzke credit Julie Showers

She Helps Men Build New Lives

It is 8 am on a Friday morning and Kristi Katzke, one of the case managers at Blanchet House, sticks her head out the building’s front doors. ‘HEY, HEY, Jim [name changed], come on in and see me sometime!’ she says to a man hurrying down NW Glisan Street. Jim says ‘hello!’ and

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All Right Boys, Let’s Get Sloppy!

“Ray’s here!” echoes through the dining hall. The men working in the kitchen stop what they’re doing just like in the movie Young Guns when Dick yells to his crew, “Regulators mount up!” The guys quickly walk to the garage. This is a welcome break in the morning routine of

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SuperJay: Man of Compassion

As Jay steps on to the host podium at the entrance to the Founders Café at the Blanchet House, he assumes the identity of SuperJay. His blue eyes scan the room as classical music plays from speakers, and guests line up inside for a free meal. Jay is the first

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Blanchet House Welcomes New Board Members

Portland civic leaders Janie (Marsh) Gullickson, Alisa Sinnott, and Diane Whidden have joined the board of Blanchet House. Blanchet House is a 66-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and offering sober living programs to men in Portland and Yamhill County. There are now 15 members of the Blanchet

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Christian Finds Space to Heal

Christian has a hard time describing himself, but for anyone who meets him, well, it’s just not the case. He’s hardworking, compassionate, intelligent, empathetic, and a deep thinker. He’s in a Master’s program working towards a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Another Language and works at a local

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Bag-It-Forward

We are excited to announce that Blanchet House was selected to be a Bag-It-Forward partner at the New Seasons Market in Slabtown, Portland! Customers can choose to give their bag credits to one of the three nonprofits listed for the next six months. Please share with your friends who live in NW

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