All funds raised through the Holiday Challenge will be used to benefit The Giving Tree's clients in 2014. The money you donate will go directly to programs that:
- Provide engagement and empowerment to people making the difficult transition from homelessness to housing
- Prevent recurrences of homelessness, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and isolation
- Build strong, vibrant communities
- Create positive outcomes for people who never thought it possible for themselves
Your donation goes a long way when you choose The Giving Tree!
- $25 provides cards and stamps for a holiday card-writing party at one of our sites
- $50 buys enough coffee supplies (used during community building social hours) to cover seven of our sites for an entire month
- $100 buys art supplies for use during Art Explorations and Open Studio, both of which provide tools and support to residents who are already artists, or who want to learn to express themselves creatively
- $300 provides specialized transport, lunch, and snacks for a dozen elderly and disabled people to take a trip to the coast for the day
- $500 sponsors a holiday party at one of our sites, complete with gifts, music, and festive treats
- $750 is enough to have a holiday party where we provide gift-making stations so every resident has the chance to make something lovely to give to someone special
- $1,000 or more means that we will love you forever and will name our next pet after you.
The Giving Tree provides services to people living in low-income housing in Portland, Oregon. Our Resident Services Coordinators provide resource referrals, advocacy, and direct individualized support to our clients. What makes The Giving Tree unique is our additional programming in community building via art, recreation, education. These programs build the personal potential and self-sufficiency of our clients by encouraging them access parts of themselves that have lain dormant, sometimes for years. We help our clients broaden their horizons, believe in themselves, and participate as creative and integral members of their community.
The majority of our clients have, at some time in their lives, experienced homelessness, trauma, mental health issues, physical disabilities, chronic illness, substance dependency, or situational/generational poverty. Many are transitioning out of life on the streets and discovering that living in stable housing is difficult and requires skills that differ significantly from the skills required while homeless. By building community directly within the sites we serve, we lower barriers to support so that our clients can explore and expand themselves to their fullest personal potential.