Blanchet House has welcomed three new board members, calling them “talented and compassionate individuals.”

Dominique Forrest is a math and science teacher at St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland. Forrest is driving efforts to provide equitable access to education and opportunities for students of low-income families. He’s a graduate of Jesuit High School, Linfield College and the University of Portland.

JJ Gonzales is a partner at the law firm of Gonzales, Gonzales & Gonzales and practices immigration law. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School, Pomona College and Notre Dame Law School and a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.

Mary Ann Walker is director of operations and health care provider support for Vivacare. She’s on the St. Thomas More Catholic Youth Organization board and served as athletic director at the Southwest Portland school for nine years. She’s also a member of St. Thomas More Parish. She’s the president of Friends of Lincoln High School and a graduate of Santa Clara University.

“I started serving at Blanchet when my younger children were participating in service through school,” said Walker. “Blanchet spoke to me loud and clear with its no-barrier-to-care mission. I see every person as a human, a child of God, equal and deserving.”

Blanchet House, a Catholic-founded nonprofit, feeds, houses and offers treatment to people who are homeless or addicted.

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