St. Michael the Archangel Parish in downtown Portland is among 63 nonprofits to receive grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust in 2014. The $150,000 award will pay to expand ministry space where St. Michael volunteers serve people struggling with poverty and homelessness.
The renovation expands the community center by 3,220 square feet and will include a new kitchen, additional capacity to store and distribute donated food, and private areas where volunteer medical staff can offer health screenings and other services.
Currently the parish distributes food boxes three days per week and offers a daily hospitality and sack lunch ministry, which began in the 1970s.
Parish leaders said they hope to add a foot care ministry, increase medical screening opportunities, and add dental and nursing resources for the people in need who visit the parish.
To date, 90 percent has been raised of the $5 million campaign, which will pay to renovate the parish campus and reinforce the 1901 church’s exterior, which is crumbling as the mortar between the bricks disintegrates. A final fundraising push is underway.
Other notable gifts have come from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Foundation, Autzen Foundation, St. Martin de Porres Trust and Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation.
The Meyer Memorial Trust will distribute $4 million this year to organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington.