On September 18th, Students at Mountainside High School in Beaverton teamed up to make greeting cards for Store to Door clients! With 133 students involved, they presented us GIANT envelope of cards—we know our clients will appreciate their hard work.
On Thursday, September 12th, The Exchange Ballroom filled to the brim with more than 200 friends, who enjoyed a lively evening of Golden Tickets, Blinky Rings, our Store to Door version of ‘The Price is Right,’ scrumptious bites and beverages, and a spectacular array of amazing auction packages!
Not only did our generous sponsors of Nourish to Flourish make this event possible, but they also help carry out our service through our corporate volunteer program, as well as our grocery service partnerships!
We are eternally thankful for such a committed and selfless community of supporters who allow us to further our mission to bring nourishment, connection, and dignity to Portland’s homebound seniors and adults living with disabilities.
We also deeply appreciate our clients, who are unable to attend events like this. In addition to inviting us into their homes every week, they let us into their hearts as well, and bring so much meaning to the work that we do.
If you missed joining us for Nourish to Flourish, be sure to check out this video featuring one of our wonderful clients, Joey, and her dedicated delivery driver, Sandy.
Eager to see more? You can see all the fantastic photos from the night below!
Thank you to everyone who attended or volunteered at the event! We hope you’ll join us next year for our 30th anniversary celebration! Stay tuned for details!
Wells Fargo sponsored a week of grocery delivery costs for 252 homebound seniors and adults with disabilities from September 16th to 19th through Store to Door’s Support-A-Week program.
Employees of Wells Fargo also celebrated the week by volunteering to grocery shop for Store to Door clients at both Beaverton Town Center and Hollywood West Fred Meyer locations, along with 60-75 other Portland-area volunteers.
Other companies who have committed to sponsor a day or week of grocery deliveries this year include AWS Elemental, Advantis Credit Union, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Genentech, and Daimler Trucks North America. Store to Door’s program is made possible by a close partnership with Fred Meyer.
Genentech sponsored a week of grocery delivery costs for 233 homebound seniors and adults with disabilities during the week of August 19th through Store to Door’s Support-A-Week program. Employees of Genentech celebrated the week by volunteering to grocery shop for Store to Door clients, along with 50-60 other Portland-area volunteers.
Genentech believes that their employees’ skills, creativity and generosity can impact the communities in which they work and live. In turn, volunteerism increases pride in what they do, helps them grow and connects everyone to one another.
Store to Door’s Support-A-Week program offers corporations and organizations the opportunity to sponsor the cost of an entire week of grocery delivery to clients. The actual service cost per delivery averages $40, however clients are charged an average of just $3-$6 per delivery.
Genentech firstsponsored a week of grocery deliveries in 2015, and has continued their support through 2016, 2017 and 2018. Other companies who have sponsored a day or week of grocery deliveries in 2019 include First Tech Federal Credit Union, AWS Elemental, Wells Fargo, and Advantis Credit Union. Store to Door’s program is made possible by a close partnership with Fred Meyer.
We are delighted to welcome Ana Colombia Munoz Romero as the newest member of Store to Door’s Board of Directors! Ana joins Store to Door with an extensive background in healthcare and education. A Registered Nurse, Ana also has her Master Science Nursing in Education, beginning as an Emergency Room Nurse before becoming an educator.
Ana was born in El Salvador, and moved to Los Angeles California at the age of six before relocating to Portland nearly 2 years ago. She is the proud mother of 3 boys and now 3 grandsons, and has been enjoying the beautiful outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, including kayaking, river floating, and excursions to Mount Hood: “In my spare time I enjoy exploring new areas of Portland, I have recently discovered Estacada, OR. Beautiful open spaces and peacefulness. I am grateful to be here and wish to be part of everything Oregon has to offer.”
We are excited to have Ana’s contribution as a member of our Board of Directors, and want to extend a warm welcome to the Store to Door community!
We chatted with Dileep Dhruva this month, who has been volunteering to take orders on Tuesdays for nearly six months! Dileep is a key part of our Tuesday order taking operation.
Q: How long have you volunteered with Store to Door and what role do you help us with?
A: I have volunteered at Store to Door for almost six months. I am a volunteer order taker at Store to Door.
Q: What do you enjoy about your volunteer experiences?
A: What I enjoy about my volunteer experiences is helping clients and developing a rapport with clients and staff. I also enjoy having more activity in my schedule.
Q. Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled to and why did you love it?
A: The most interesting place I have traveled to is Mexico. On December the 31, 2007 while visiting Cabo San Lucas I was deep sea fishing on a charter boat and caught a nine foot blue marlin that weighed one hundred and fifty pounds. After that experience, I have traveled back to Mexico many times and have enjoyed barbecues and campfires on the beach and explored the Baja peninsula while riding an ATV.
Q. Who do you admire most in your life?
A: I admire my father because he grew up in challenging conditions in India. He moved to England and studied medicine and then moved to the United States and practiced neurosurgery successfully.
Q. What does your perfect meal look like?
A: My perfect meal is a two inch thick ribeye barbecued over a charcoal grill in my backyard. I like it cooked to medium rare. On the side I enjoy homemade guacamole from my brother’s house. I also enjoy D’s potatoes (potatoes cooked in a foil packet with butter, bacon, and salsa) over my Weber charcoal grill.
On Wednesday, July 24th, AWS Elemental sponsored a day of grocery deliveries through Store to Door’s Support-A program! A team of Elemental employees volunteer to grocery shop at our Hollywood Fred Meyer location as well to mark the occasion.
AWS Elemental has been one of Store to Door’s most consistent supporters, and has also been a Store to Door WE Shop partner since 2015!\
By Laura Bolster | Photos: Wesley Lapointe
Just shy of a century on this earth, Doris Avshalomov has spent over half her life in her charming Arlington Heights home. For over fifty years, the native Portlander has lived amongst the towering evergreens surrounding her property. Every morning on her comfortable living room sofa, she triumphs over the New York Times daily crossword puzzle and reigns queen of her SW Portland castle.
Approaching Doris’ home, by way of an upward-sloping path and steep steps, visitors pass by a 1940s wood sign engraved “Howlet Press,” which was Doris’ own printing press. The house is a treasure trove of other curios as well—each with a story to tell. Once, when a delivery person brought her little boy along, he admired Doris’ special collections. Doris’ house, a living museum, is also a child’s paradise.
In Doris’ entryway, photographs of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra line the walls; her late husband, Jacob Avshalomov, conducted the Philharmonic for forty years. Doris, the musical matriarch, played the double bass. “I played in the junior symphony,” Doris exclaims, “and loved every minute of it!” Both her sons, musicians too, play, conduct, and write music professionally – spread coast to coast in Los Angeles and New York City.
Always an excellent cook, Doris shopped carefully for the makings of their family meals. She loved picking out the best seasonal fruits and vegetables. Now, unable to hand-select her produce, she counts on Store to Door to select the perfect spring asparagus or juiciest plump summer tomato. “I trust Store to Door volunteers to pick my fruits and vegetables.”
“I first heard about Store to Door from my cousin,” Doris says of her initial connection with the program, which began in 2013, “and suddenly I was the one using the service!”
She gushes about the impact Store to Door has had in her life: “Store to Door has been very helpful. First of all, I don’t have to go to the grocery store. I don’t have to drive. I don’t have to carry things for myself. I order specifically. It’s really very helpful.”
Doris raves about her volunteers, too—”Everyone at Store to Door is friendly, sociable, and very good-natured. We always get to connect. I feel welcomed and cared about. They’re always cheerful and nice to see.”
On Wednesdays, Doris’ groceries are delivered to her by Jeannie, one of Store to Door’s outstanding delivery drivers. Jeannie helps unpack groceries, checks over Doris’ order for accuracy, and puts away items. In 2018, Store to Door staff and volunteers made nearly 11,600 such deliveries, to a total of 682 clients. This year, Store to Door continues to work towards our vision of Portland as a community in which all seniors such as Doris, and people with disabilities are nourished, connected, and able to age with dignity in the setting of their choice.
A diligent group of Boy Scouts from Troop 927, based out of Bethany, teamed up to scrub tubs for Store to Door, and did a wonderful job of it!
Do you know someone who might be interested in taking on a tub cleaning project like this? All of the tubs from our Hollywood Fred Meyer location could use some love! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information!
This month, we got to chat with Kelsey Mousley! Kelsey has been volunteering with us for nearly a year, and has been an indispensable help delivering groceries and food boxes to Store to Door clients!
Q: How long have you volunteered with Store to Door and what roles do you help us with?
A: I have volunteered for Store to Door for about eight months, and I help put together food boxes from the Sunshine Division food bank, and make deliveries.
Q: What do you enjoy about your volunteer experiences?
A: I enjoy volunteering with our elderly community through Store to Door because I can see how appreciative the clients are with each delivery. This is a very needed service, and sometimes just a quick visit can spark some joy and feelings of safety and care for our clients. I really enjoy talking with them as well. I think it is very important to bridge the gap between younger generations and seniors, they are very much a part of our community in the Portland area!
Q: If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
A: Anything with chocolate. I also love tacos or anything grown from a local garden!
Q: What has been your favorite vacation or travel experience?
A: My favorite travel experiences have been to Europe to visit family in England; as a child I was lucky also to experience France, Scotland and Wales. In the past few years, I have really enjoyed visiting other states in the U.S Like Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: When I have a bad day, I try to make some time to reach out to the people that I love. I can also be somewhat of an introvert, so I often like to go for a run, or pick up my guitar and play some music when I’m feeling down.