Bringing Hope to the Forgotten Poor

The Macdonald Center

Out-of-sight, out-of-mind? Not to the dedicated folks with Portland’s Macdonald Center, bringing hope in the heart of Portland to the forgotten poor.

The Macdonald Center was founded for four purposes:

  • To assist the poor, dual-diagnosed mentally ill persons in downtown Portland;
  • To empower volunteers and interns to serve these chronically-ill poor;
  • To provide research on the impact of personal care in the urban setting;
  • To build a sense of community among the neighborhood hotel residents, agencies and health care facilities.

“We help the struggling poor to stay in their housing and off the street. Through our education program, the Center is the primary educational resource in Portland for exposing tomorrow’s leaders to the issues surrounding mental illness and urban poverty. We educate students from eleven Oregon colleges and universities.” ~ The Macdonald Center

Pillow Drive in March

The Macdonald Center is doing a Pillow Drive during the month of March!

They provide each new resident at Macdonald Residence with a pillow, blanket, towel and set of twin sheets. You can help by donating one of these items in brand-new condition. Your gift makes residents feel special, and helps transform their room into a home.

Their goal is 25 sets. Check their Facebook page for updates!

Please drop donations off at Macdonald Center, 121 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. Contact Anne Tropeano at or 971-202-7463 for more information.

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