Complete Student Support

One-on-one

resources – academic guidance – social engagement – mental health access – tailored support

Welcome to Complete Student Support!

In 2020, we began as Student Success at Home, a pilot program aiming to assist students with distance learning during the pandemic. During our first year, we found that some students needed academic guidance, while others just needed a social boost to combat the loneliness that accompanies so much isolation. Building on that experience, our aim is to further recognize each student as a whole person with potential for personal growth and whose overall well-being is at the core of our efforts.

To that end, and to reflect our ongoing service, we have renamed our program Complete Student Support.

Participating students in grades K–8 will have free access to one-on-one academic and social support, mental health services, and help for caregivers in accessing resources to meet their family’s basic needs. We do our part to elevate and equip children so they feel seen, capable, and valued beyond their place in school. They will have opportunities to engage in meaningful ways.

To get started, click below to complete our short survey so that we can get a better idea of your student’s unique needs. Participation is free of charge. Students do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program.

What’s Included?

  • Regular one-on-one virtual meetings with one of us or our volunteers (aged 14-70+).
  • Ongoing check-ins, typically once a week.
  • Academic guidance and support.
  • Social interaction.
  • Access to free counseling and social justice education through our valued partners.
  • Access to additional resources based on need, including food, transportation, and more.

Friendly Thoughts

I want to reiterate just how thankful we are for the volunteer and Friendly House’s help. Our daughter really benefited from the one-on-one attention that she was able to provide and improved dramatically in every area that they worked on together. We really could not have asked for a better fit.

I could hear my son laughing and fully engaged, and he was just so excited to connect with her. He is so over the moon.

We are very grateful for [our volunteer’s] expertise and support. She is helping our daughter build her confidence in math, and they have fun together as well. We really appreciate the opportunity for her to participate in this program.

I liked how when I got something wrong, my volunteer did not get upset with me like parents sometimes do. She just helped my find the answer.

Our Volunteers

Our volunteer pool is made up of students, retired teachers, and other qualified community members interested in donating their time. We match students with volunteers based on specific needs, experience, comfort level, shared interests or background, and input from both parties, and all volunteers over 18 are asked to complete a background check when they join our team.

Interested in helping students learn and grow at home? 

Our Partners

William Temple House

William Temple House offers affordable, effective, client-centered and trauma-informed counseling to adolescents and adults on a sliding fee scale. 

Reading is Resistance

Reading is Resistance offers reading materials, curated guides, journals, and discussions with PSU volunteers on topics related to social justice and anti-racism. The mission of Reading is Resistance is to create opportunities for Portland parents and teachers to start or expand diverse, inclusive home or classroom libraries & reading experiences for youth and children and for those libraries to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around racial equity in our community.

Learn More

Contact us with any questions you may have or fill out our Family Survey to begin enrollment.

Contact us by phone: (503) 228-4391
Contact us by email

Practice Economic Solidarity 

To keep our services free of charge and accessible for families of all incomes and backgrounds, we rely on donations and funding from individuals and organizations with more monetary resources to share. If you own your home, have savings and retirement accounts, have significant discretionary income, family wealth, or a high degree of earning power and/or privilege, we encourage you to make a donation to help us provide access to Friendly House’s programs and services at no charge for families who may be living paycheck to paycheck, those who are in danger of losing their homes, and neighbors currently experiencing houselessness.