October 2021

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“Being part of the Friendly House community means contributing to a more inclusive, cohesive, and empathetic society.”

Jake first learned about Friendly House in 2015 when the group of friends that he plays basketball with needed to find a new place to play. Aaron Lande, a former FH Board President, was part of the group and suggested Friendly House.

“We started taking advantage of morning open gym hours and have been playing there ever since. As I learned more about all that Friendly House does for the community I was inspired to volunteer, then eventually join the board.” Jake’s passion for Friendly House is easy to see—he now serves as the Vice President of the Friendly House Board of Directors.

Jake has been involved in many ways throughout his time at Friendly House. Jake’s dedication to supporting Friendly House truly shines at fundraising events, like the annual Friendly House Spring Auction. He says:

“I try to attend and/or volunteer at as many fundraising events as I can. The annual auction is always a good time, and I’ve really enjoyed selling raffle tickets there. I’ve never wanted to be a salesperson, but that all changes when I’m trying to raise money for Friendly House—I have no shame pressuring people to open their wallets for us.”

Jake’s continuous desire to help others is inspiring and completely embodies the Friendly House spirit. When asked what being a part of the Friendly House community means to him, Jake said:

“Hearing the individual success stories really drives home the importance of what Friendly House does. We are able to make a real difference in people’s lives thanks to the work of our tireless and dedicated staff as well as the many generous supporters who continue to be there for us, year after year. For me, being part of the Friendly House community means contributing to a more inclusive, cohesive, and empathetic society.”

Jake exemplifies the Friendly House mission, and due to his flexibility and willingness to help out in whatever way is needed, he has positively impacted so many members of our community.

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A huge thank you to Jake for sharing his story and being a part of this project!

If there is someone whose story you would like to hear or if you would like to share your Friendly House story, please reach out to us by emailing info@fhpdx.org.