Welcome to the second edition of the e-RAC update, a project newsletter about the Resource Access Center (RAC). This purpose of this newsletter is to keep the public, our neighbors, and supporters up-to-date on our work on the RAC. For background on the RAC, please click here.  

Campaign for the RAC

The Resource Access Center will have exciting features such as a medical exam room, a full commercial kitchen for our volunteer meal providers who cook in the shelter, laundry services, and a learning center. We must raise both capital and operating funds to fund these and other programs.

We are pleased to announce that Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish, who has led the RAC project for the City of Portland, and is a tremendous supporter of Transition Projects, has agreed to be Honorary Chair of our campaign for the RAC. Joining him as an Honorary Chair is Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, a past Board Chair of Transition Projects.

In addition to raising financial resources, the RAC campaign will help recruit volunteers, collect in-kind donations, and organize events. The Transition Projects Board of Directors, joined by a group of enormously talented volunteers, has stepped up to make the RAC campaign possible.

To learn more about how you can help, please e-mail Tony Bernal, Development Director, or call 503.823.4930, x205.


Ice cream social

Thank you to the Ben & Jerry's Portland Pearl District Scoop Shop for sponsoring our ice cream social!


Time Capsule: We Need Your Submissions

Transition Projects is 100 years old! Not really. We are 41 years, and were founded at a time of rising homelessness and despair. A number of our sister social service agencies were founded around the time we were. Portland is like that. People see a need and then step up to fill it.

We have been thinking about 100 years because the RAC is being constructed to last 100 years. That got us thinking about what the world will be like then, and whether people living then will know why so many people put so much energy into making the building possible. We decided to install a time capsule at the RAC that will be opened in 59 years-on the 100th anniversary of Transition Projects. We want to tell the people who open the time capsule why we were doing this work, and to offer our hopes that they are living in a society that is not as afflicted by homelessness and poverty as is ours.

We are writing letters, and collecting reports, statistics, and important documents about homelessness. And we are inviting your messages, letters, pictures and other documents. What do you want people to know about homelessness in 59 years? What are your hopes for how all of our efforts turned out?

To submit a document for the time capsule, please e-mail Tony Bernal, Development Director or mail it to:

Tony Bernal
Transition Projects
475 NW Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97209

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. We will create an electronic version of the time capsule as well. Submission of any document for the time capsule constitutes permission to reuse it in electronic form.


Topping Out

In construction, the phrase "topping out" or "topping off" means different things to different people. For some, it's the installation of the last roof beam. For others, it's about the pouring of concrete. What it means to us, however, is that the roof is on. And, indeed, the roof is now on the Resource Access Center!  Topping out

On August 20th, Walsh Construction Company celebrated the topping out of the Resource Access Center. Our congratulations and thanks go out to our wonderful friends at Walsh. We're expecting the grand opening to happen in summer 2011.

By the way, we first reported on the topping out on our Facebook site. If you're not already connected to us on Facebook, please consider doing so now.


For More Information

For more information on the Resource Access Center, or how you can get involved, please e-mail Tony Bernal, Development Director, or call 503.823.4930, x205.