Pat Janik to Retire, Board Names Jon Ulsh as New Executive Director of Macdonald Center!

Pat Janik, Macdonald Center’s Executive Director, has announced her plans to retire at the end of 2014.  Pat, Macdonald Center’s second Executive Director, has served since 2007.  “The board is deeply grateful to Pat for her extraordinary leadership of Macdonald Center over the past seven years.  It would be difficult to overstate the many contributions she has made to the Center during her tenure as Executive Director,” expressed Susan Moscato, Board President.

Among her many accomplishments was the successful $12.5 million campaign to build our affordable housing apartment building.  Pat also developed strong partnerships with other community partners serving the poor, developed our professional staff and management team, stabilized the Center finances, and helped to build a robust, engaged Board of Directors.

The board of directors is pleased to announce that it has selected Jon Ulsh, the Center’s Director of Development and Marketing as Pat’s successor beginning in January 2015.

An experienced and respected nonprofit leader, Jon has quickly become established as a member of the Macdonald Center community where he has already demonstrated his commitment to the people we serve and the work we do.

“We’re pleased to welcome Jon as our next Executive Director.  His professional experience, passion for the work, along with the full support of the board and staff, make him the ideal person to become the Center’s next leader,” added Moscato.

The Power of a Voice

For many people, their voice is how they express themselves to the world.  

It's a way to say, I exist and I am worthy!  

But what happens when people loose their voice?  When their circumstances are so burdensome and their daily lives are so difficult, that their voice is lost.  How can they find their voice again?

That's where Write Around Portland comes into play.  By working with low-income and under-served populations, Write Around Portland offers 8-10 free writing workshops to people all around Portland, to help them find their voice again. 

Check out this video to see the story of Susan, a member of Macdonald Center who worked with Write Around Portland.  


Be an Elf for our 2014 Giving Tree!

Want to bring some cheer to our members? 

Each year, Macdonald Center provides a gift to each of our members and we need your help!  Be a solo elf, or gather a group of friends, coworkers or family members! 

You can help by purchasing individual gifts, valued at $25 or less.  Past Presents have included: twin sheets sets, cooking supplies, funny movies, warm socks and hats.

 If you are interested, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Sarah at

Sarah will send you the gift requests for each member (which has the size request too!)

Return the purchased gifts, wrapped, to Macdonald Center by Friday December 12th. 

Happy Holidays!!

"For it is in giving, that we receive"   St. Francis of Assisi

Hope in the Heart of Portland - the best one yet!

We thought you might enjoy getting some really great news—it sure made us happy! 

 Our annual fundraising event, “Hope in the Heart of Portland,” exceeded our expectations in every way!

 After all the paddles had gone up we raised more than $140,000 —or nearly 50 percent more than our original goal! 

 And the very best news is that we will now translate that success into what we do best:  serving many of Portland’s poorest and most isolated citizens through our visitation and pastoral programs, our assisted living facility, our affordable housing apartments, and our programs that help to educate the next generation of caregivers.

 A heartfelt thank you to everyone who was part of making the evening such a success!


It’s not too late to be part of bringing Hope to the Heart of Portland

Click on the Donate Now button to add your contribution to the effort with our thanks!


 And we hope you’ll join us next year!

Hope in the Heart of Portland 2015!

September 19, 2015

6:00pm at the Portland Art Museum

Wildwood in the City: A Great Success!!


A few weeks ago we took 44 Macdonald Center members to Wildwood Recreation Site on Mt. Hood for a day of fun in the sun in the great outdoors! It was a huge success! Unfortunately not all of our members were up to making the trip in the school buses. 

So we had an idea. 

What if we held a “Wildwood in the City” for the folks who were too medically, physically or emotionally fragile to go? What if we could recreate that “woodsy feel” on our courtyard right here at Macdonald Center so that everyone who wanted to could experience the fun? 

The day was special because anybody and everybody got to play. Members enjoyed the chance to participate in games, fish for prizes, build deeper relationships, and eat some delicious s'mores.  Thanks to everyone who made this day possible!