"Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together WE can make a difference!”

Portland area 2018 Halloween Events and Activities. Spooky trails, Creepy graveyards, Doll Asylum, Apple Tasting, Corn Mazes and more!!. Fun for the whole family. Click for details!

SUN, After-school mentorship. Improving the lives of children, their families and the community


SUN - Schools Uniting Neighborhoods. Improving the lives of children, their families and the community. 27 community schools in North Clackamas and Multnomah County providing year-round mentorship in math, reading and enrichment. Info here!
SUN- Schools Uniting Neighborhoods. Year-round after-school mentorship in math, reading, science and more.

By Lee Orr, SUN Coordinator
HB Lee Middle School

The H.B. Lee MFS (Metropolitan Family Service) SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community School is one of 27 Community schools that MFS facilitates in North Clackamas and Multnomah County that provide year round extended day academic support and enrichment classes for almost 10,000 students every year. H.B. Lee serves over 350 students each week, of which 225 kids receive free meals and transportation. SUN academic classes include: Math and Reading Academy, Newcomer Academy (for ESL students,) Homework Club, and Study Center. The Newcomer Academy is supported by our partners at IRCO, who provide onsite, afterschool mentorship. We also feature Destination Imagination, a science challenge club offering students opportunities to hone their creative science skills as they tackle new team challenges each week.

Habitat for Humanity, Glisan Gardens Construction Begins

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East breaks ground March 2015 on Glisan Gardens, located at 165th and northeast Glisan Street, in the Rockwood neighborhood. Info here!
Habitat for Humanity, Glisan Gardens, 165th & NE Glisan, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge

Habitat works with qualified, low-income families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home.

Building Homes, Building Lives.
This month, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East breaks ground on Glisan Gardens, located at 165th and northeast Glisan Street, in the Rockwood neighborhood.

The City of Gresham helped Habitat purchase the large 1.64-acre lot, along with Housing and Urban Development HOME and SHOP program funds. The site will become 25 energy efficient homes to local, hardworking families who build and then buy their homes with a 0%-interest mortgage.

Get Your Copy of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring 2015 Newsletter

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together we can make a difference. Learn more here!

"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together WE can make a difference!”

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Wilkes East Neighborhood
2015 Spring Newsletter


  • Nadaka Nature Park, Grand Opening
  • Habitat, Glisan Gardens Construction
  • Reynolds Approves $125M Bond
  • HB Lee SUN School, Improving Lives
  • Earth Day Recycling Event, Apr 18th
  • Gresham DMV Now At 181st & Halsey
  • Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 27th

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Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area 3 times per year, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Albertina Kerr Project Phase II; Louise Renovation Update, March 2015

Albertina Kerr Project Phase 11; Louise Building $2.7M Update & Addition, March 2015. Info here!
Artist's concept: Louise Building New Addition, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge.

Phase II; Louise Building Update & Addition, March 2015
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:


I apologize that it has been a bit since I have touched base, been just a little busy. Have some great news though. We passed our final inspection (March 6, 2015) on the seismic work on the Louise Building. This work insures the building will be around for generations to come. We now move our focus to getting the old building ready for occupancy and getting the new addition up and running. We have new footings for the new foundation poured and are pouring the new foundation stem walls as I am typing. As always just one step at a time.

You no doubt have all noticed the work on the campus grounds, pretty hard not to notice it. But if you have been wondering, yes we are in full swing in regards to getting the new parking lots in place. The big holes in the two pasture areas are actually going to be bio swells. Since we are creating a lot of surface parking area City code requires us to provide areas with which to filter and mitigate storm water runoff and the bio swells do that. Don’t worry they aren’t as big as they appear right this minute, they will get smaller. Just have to remove more dirt than necessary to give the contractors room to work. They will be taking shape here in the next couple of weeks.

As for parking I know it is tight right this moment and it is going to get worse before it gets better, but we need to remember it is going to get better. When we are done we will have right at 200 formal parking spaces on Campus, YEAH! But until then it will remain interesting. Parking remains available in front of and in back of the Chapel, in the new Sub acute lot, and around the CI building. With parking being so tight I do need to ask every to be careful as people are walking around campus and also please remember to park courteously. Don’t take up two parking spaces but also please don’t park so close that someone can’t get into or out of their vehicle. Plus we need to make sure that circulation remain open to the Multnomah CI Building. This one is going to take us all to get through, so be ready.

As we get the new parking lots up and running we will be shifting parking to the new lots so that the front and back of Chapel lots can get created. As soon as I know when that is happening I will pass it along so we can get the transition to run as smoothly as is possible. In the meantime keep enjoying the weather.

If you have any questions, concerns, issues, or etc. please don't hesitate to give me a call.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Clean Energy Works Oregon Offers These Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter

Clean Energy Works Oregon Offers These Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter. Info here!

Winter Tips to Save You Money

After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—and winter is just around the corner.

Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.

Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.

Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

Albertina Kerr Historic Louise Home to Receive $2.7M Update & Addition

Albertina Kerr Historic Louise Home to Receive $2.7M Update & Addition
Albertina Kerr's Louise Home addition
Artists rendering. Click to enlarge.

Albertina Kerr's historic Louise Home undergoes its first major renovation in more than 30 years to complete the 10-acre campus overhaul.

Built in 1925 as a juvenile hospital offering maternity services for dependent girls, the historic Albertina Kerr Louise Home will undergo its first major renovation in more than 30 years.

The 3-story 12,000 sq.ft. Georgian style building is the oldest and most recognizable building on the Albertina Kerr Gresham campus at 722 NE 162nd Ave.

The Louise Home will retain its historic structure and facade and receive a full interior renovation including seismic, structural and ADA building updates. A modern 2-story 4,000 sq.ft. addition between the two wings on the east side of the building will complete the renovation providing much needed space for Albertina Kerr programs and support staff.

While preliminary work has already begun, the planned start for the renovation is December 2014, with project completion scheduled for September 2015.

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