Oregon Community Foundation Partners with ShelterCare to Support Pay Equity

Who: ShelterCare provides compassionate housing and behavioral health services for individuals and families wanting a safe and stable home in our community. To achieve our mission, ShelterCare provides permanent supportive housing with case management and wrap-around supports, in-house behavioral health, medical recuperation, eviction intervention, rent relief, and short-term emergency housing. ShelterCare supports around 1,300 individuals a year on their journey towards stability and independence. ShelterCare has been providing services in the Eugene/Springfield community since 1970. 

What: ShelterCare is proud to announce the receipt of a $20,000 community grant from Oregon Community Foundation to support pay equity and staff retention in an effort to deliver improved client services and provide living wages to our team. 

From ShelterCare CEO Michelle Hankes: “Our staff are providing a high-skilled service that is making a significant impact on our community’s health and resilience and should be paid a livable wage that allows them to continue to concentrate on their work, not on making their own rent.”

Thank you to these donor funds that supported our project:

R.W. Family Fund of Oregon Community Foundation – $2,500.00

Erica and Peter Goodwin Fund of Oregon Community Foundation – $10,000.00

Helen L. Colgan Fund of Oregon Community Foundation – $3,000.00

Harold A. Wagner and Mildred A. Wagner Fund of Oregon Community Foundation – $4,500.00

Why: With these funds, ShelterCare will build capacity at our organization by providing our employees with equitable pay- decreasing staff turnover and ensuring consistent case management for our program participants. Our goal is to have all staff paid at the mid-level for their position by 2024.

About Oregon Community Foundation: Oregon Community Foundation puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy, and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving– time, talent, and resources from many generous Oregonians–creates measurable change. Throughout 2020, OCF responded quickly and urgently – distributing a record-setting $220 million in charitable dollars to more than 3,000 nonprofits throughout Oregon working to address urgent needs, stabilize communities and prepare for long-term recovery in Oregon. OCF donors responded to the magnitude of need, as reflected in a 44% increase in donor-advised fund grantmaking from the previous year. For more information, please visit: oregoncf.org.

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