Here at Macdonald Center we believe that everyone is deserving of a healthy community, no matter what their past or present may be. We also believe that while many of our members have stories filled with struggle, they are also individuals with families, friends, likes and dislikes. Which is why we are highlighting some of our members this year, to show you who you are supporting and advocating for in Old Town and Downtown Portland.
Our first member spotlight in 2016 is on John, a long-time member of Macdonald Center. Read below to find out more about John!
1) Question: Where are you from originally? When did you move to Portland?
Answer: I am originally from Levittown, Pennsylvania. I grew up there as a kid, and then moved to Portland when I was little. I grew up in a family with four brothers, and two sisters, so seven kids total. When we moved to Portland, we lived in Northeast Portland, and I graduated from Grant High School. I worked on the maintenance staff for the school districts (Portland, Parkrose and David Douglas) for 7 ½ years.
2) Question: How long have you been a Member at Macdonald Center? Why did you join?
Answer: I’ve been a member for a long time, since 2008. I first became a part of the Center because the staff helped put together a memorial service for my late wife, Marion. We all called her “D” because she was deaf, and I was with her for 20 years. When she passed away, the staff at the Center reached out to me, since we lived at the Biltmore Hotel, and asked if I wanted to have a service for her. We worked together, and it was really nice. Her family came, and a nurse she knew at her doctor’s office.
3) Question: What is your favorite part of being a Member here?
Answer: I really like to come and visit with people and get a cup of coffee. After we had the service for D, I kept coming back to the Center because it helps me get out of the house.
4) Question: What do you like to do for fun? What is your favorite show or sports team?
Answer: I don’t watch many sports, but I do like TV. I really like Price is Right and justice shows like Unsolved Mysteries.
5) Question: What do you wish people knew about you? Or knew about Macdonald Center?
Answer: I want people to know how nice this place is. It helped me so much with grief and through a tough time. When we had the service for my wife, the staff here helped me make photo albums for myself and her family. It meant a lot to all of us.