Tigard's Just Compassion unveils renovation project
Tigard City officials, construction representatives and members of Just Compassion's board of directors gathered Wednesday afternoon to dedicate a major renovation project that for the agency's resource center, which provides a refuge for individuals without permanent housing during the day.
Over the last two years, the Home Builders Foundation and Olson & Jones Construction helped renovate both the top and bottom floor of Just Compassion's Resource Center, most recently adding two bathrooms (one with a shower and both accessible for those with disabilities), a laundry room and an open community room to the lower level of the facility.
"It's state of the art stuff down there," Vernon Baker, Just Compassion's executive director, said Friday. "We really want to make it user-friendly and welcoming to all those who utilize the services of Just Compassion."
Plans are to install a big-screen television in the open space there in the future.
The center, located at 12280 S.W. Hall Boulevard, caters to unhoused individuals, providing a place to grab breakfast or lunch, get out of the weather, find suitable mental health services, search for jobs or find clothing.
The Home Builders Foundation and Olson & Jones Construction were aided in their remodeling efforts by 40 different trade partners who helped renovate the 1,800-square-foot home to make it a welcoming and inviting place for those in need.
The upper part of the center had been renovated when the facility opened in 2018.
The resource center sees an average of 23 individuals on the days it's open, said Baker.
Currently, COVID-19 restrictions mean masks and social distancing for those using the facility.
"We (can) have anywhere from eight to 10 in the building at a time," said Baker. "Those who are waiting, we have a canopy out back that's covered where our guests can socialize and wait until they have an opportunity to come in."
Currently, Just Compassion's Resource Center is open three days a week – Tuesday through Thursday – but hopes are to add a Monday to the schedule as well, he said. Plans include eventually transforming a portion of the Tigard Resource Center into a severe weather shelter where those without homes could spend nights when the weather turns cold.
"We're definitely interested in that," said Baker.
One of the few daytime resource centers in Tigard for individuals without permanent housing, Baker said he was 'beyond happy" with the way the Just Compassion project turned out.
"We're ecstatic about where we are (and) just looking forward to continuing to provide services for those who are in need within our community," he said.
Just Compassion is a coalition of religious, civic and business owners who serve those without permanent housing.
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