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CAPECO's Paula Hall, CEO, and George Murdock, Board Chair, announced to staff, in a recent meeting, plans to move the main office and food bank warehouse to CAPECO's newly purchased site in Pendleton's downtown area, the East Oregonian property.
CAPECO has purchased the East Oregonian property at 211 SE Byers Ave, in Pendleton, for $2.15 million and will take ownership on December 29. The property includes a 23,000 square foot building along with two houses.
The new location is a turning point for CAPECO. Since the purchase of their current location, in 2012, at the John Murray annex building (721 SE 3rd), CAPECO has grown and expended in many areas of community service. The new location allows CAPECO to provide services in ways that are more conducive to to the well-being of its clients and employees with easy access in the downtown area and by having all services in one place, on one level in a more modern building.
CAPECO's current food bank warehouse is a leased property near the airport. The monthly rates along with utilities makes it cost-prohibitive to increase staff capacity. This move combines the main office and food bank warehouse into one location. "It made sense that we invested in our own building, our own facility," said Hall.
Helping Hand, in the John Murray location, and ALTRUSA's backpacks, in the food warehouse, two local community services that CAPECO currently provides space for, will also be given space in the new location.
"We're poised to move our entire Pendleton staff into the building. It's such a bonus to be able to have wonderful new office facilities. I know the building well. It has conference rooms, educational areas, and whatever we need to to conduct the business of CAPECO," Murdock said. "I think it's a wonderful thing for the community because we're going to take a very highly prized social agency and put them in downtown Pendleton."
CAPECO, a community action agency in seven Oregon counties, helps communities throughout east central Oregon with rent, food assistance, weatherization, money management, aging in place, and utilities. Along with the main office headquarters in Pendleton CAPECO also has offices in Hermiston and The Dalles.
A woman who was injured and broke her femur has returned home after receiving assistance from various agencies to install approved American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) equipment in her rental unit.
The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, was required to have a wheelchair ramp and shower bars for stability in order to be discharged from the hospital to return home. However, she did not have the financial means to pay for these items, and the owner of her rental unit was not obligated to provide them, although they gave permission for them to be installed.
Sarah Irwin, the woman’s rental subsidy case manager with CAPECO's Housing Stability program, contacted Dan Curtiss, CAPECO's Area Agency on Aging program manager, to find out what programs were available to help this client with the needed ADA equipment. It was determined that the Family Caregivers Program was the best option, but they faced a tight deadline of two weeks to complete the project.
Irwin then reached out to the landlord, Hermiston Property Management, who agreed to cooperate with the project and help find a contractor who could install the ramp and shower bars. The contractor was able to meet the ramp specifications and the time frame, despite some challenges such as the limited space and the need to build a platform for the ramp.
The woman also had to move some of her belongings to storage, which involved working with other agencies to find someone who could load and transport her items while she was in rehab. Irwin praised the collaboration and coordination of all the parties involved, saying that they made the project possible and helped the woman return home, before Thanksgiving, and remain housed.
The woman expressed her gratitude and relief, saying that she was happy to be back in her own home and continue her healing process. With the ADA equipment helping her feel more comfortable and independent, she appreciated the support and assistance she received from everyone.
EO Media Group finds public-private partnership pays dividends in Pendleton with Promise Inn
Oregon Community Foundation's $1.3 million dollar grant to CAPECO, in March of 2021, opened the doors to expand CAPECO's housing services in the Pendleton area exponentially. With the addition of CAPECO's motel-turned-homeless shelter purchase people now have the security of a place to stay while navigating local services in an effort to become fully self-sufficient.
In her article, Keeping The Promise, EO Media Group's Sheila Hagar brings together pictures, stories, and information from Promise Inn participants, Oregon Community Foundation, and CAPECO to paint the picture of Promise Inn's beginnings.
We are thrilled to announce that the Pendleton Foundation Trust has awarded CAPECO a grant of $22,000. These funds will be used specifically to complete Promise Inn's eleven remaining rooms. Promise Inn is CAPECO's homeless shelter and transitional housing project, a 34-room facility, in downtown Pendleton.
Pendleton Foundation Trust's generous contribution are making a significant impact on this important project and further demonstrates Pendleton Foundation Trust's commitment to philanthropy and service in our community.
This grant is just one example, among many others, where Pendleton Foundation Trust has made meaningful investments into organizations like CAPECO which provide essential services throughout our area. We hope you join us in celebrating this award by visiting Pendleton Foundation Trust's website to view their current and past grants and scholarships as well as see how you can help support their mission.
CAPECO believes that everyone deserves access to quality housing regardless of income level or other circumstances. We are proud to partner with organizations that are dedicated to providing financial support allowing CAPECO to offer shelter assistance and other resources, for those who need it most. Contact us about the many services we provide or take the opportunity to support our efforts.