Don says: “We’ve beaten the bushes to make a living. Now we give and take and live and let live.”
Seniors, who helped shape our community, deserve the very best that our city has to offer. Don, 75, moved from Seattle to Portland in 1970. When he met his wife in 1990, he cut back on his work as a furniture upholsterer, and his income dropped dramatically. If it weren’t for Hawthorne East, his home for 10 years, Don says he might be homeless. Don appreciates the building’s security, affordability and quick access to transit. “We have the best bus service,” he said. Don likes to walk to his nearby garden plot, where he grows and shares vegetables and blueberries. Don is glad he can experience the “winding down” period of his life in a home that offers comfort and convenience.
Click here to listen to Don in his own words.
Click below to read the stories of other residents living in homes preserved through the 11X13 Campaign.
Photo by Cathleen Arnerich