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Pigs at Blanchet Farm Aid Veteran’s Recovery

After serving two tours in Afghanistan, Airborne Paratrooper Lindsey Stolz, was diagonsed with PTSD. He also struggled with drinking and drugs. The VA helped him find treatment programs but he continued to relapse. “If I knew that a place like Blanchet Farm existed, I would have come sooner. The things

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Father and Son Reunited

In early 2017, JP checked into a DePaul Treatment Center having reached the “bottom of the barrel.” He was suffering with acute alcoholism and was unable to take care of his 10-year-old son Connor, whom he had full custody of. After a short stay at DePaul, JP came to live

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Blanchet House resident Alani prepares dinner for the homeless

Kitchen Therapy: Cooking to Cope With Addiction

Alani is building a new life after giving up drinking with the help of Blanchet House. BY ELLENA ROSENTHAL It was the night of Cinco de Mayo and Alani, a resident of the Blanchet House, went to get a cup of coffee. The hustle and bustle of Portland’s Chinatown was

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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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Portland Blanchet House Volunteer Janus Hoem Homeless

Janus: International Volunteer

“I’m visiting from Copenhagen because I met a beautiful woman from Portland. I actually didn’t have an intention to volunteer at Blanchet House. But after having stayed in Portland for a while and witnessing the homelessness situation downtown, I felt like volunteering would be a good way to put to

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Pet-A-Pig Fundraiser

Saturday, December 16, 12 to 4 pm at Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217. Come hang out with therapy piglets and help two great local nonprofits! Local celebrity potbelly pig P. Iggy will be there too! We’ll have free hot apple cider and a photo booth. For $10, two

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Blanchet Farm Open House

All are welcome! Stop by the Blanchet Farm Open House Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2:00 to 4:30 pm. The men living at our farm are busy making wreaths for guests and supporters. Drop in, pick up a wreath and a cup of cocoa. Call Vicky or Ross Sears with questions 5038526626.

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