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Contents of the McGinnis Mansion Refurbishes Portland, Oregon Sexual Minority Youth Center
Date:10/4/2007

Signature Hospice Oct. 9 gift to resource center is just part of what is

needed at local nonprofit for teens.

WILSONVILLE, Ore., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, October 9th, volunteer crews will give a new home to an estimated $75,000 in furniture, arcade games and supplies. These and other items, unused for at least five years in the former McGinnis Mansion in Beaverton, will be donated to the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).

Volunteer crews will move an air hockey game, exercise equipment, a music system, sofas, supplies and enough furniture to entirely refurbish the 2,000 sq. ft. facility located at 2100 SE Belmont Street. Signature Hospice, part of Avamere Health Systems, has donated all the furniture. The Signature Hospice program, which is now home-based in Washington, Multnomah, Marion and other counties breaks ground a freestanding, state-of-the-art, in-patient medical facility for terminally ill patients the next day, October 10. The gently used furnishings will replace the torn, wobbly and stained furniture now at the center, which, when open, serves up to 60 at-risk adolescents three days a week (open Wednesdays from 4:00 -- 9:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 4:00 -- 11:00 pm). SMYRC serves youth in Multnomah and Washington County, with a wide variety of programs, resources, counseling, and life skills. The program, part of the nonprofit social service Cascadia organization, also provides food, clothing and assists in locating housing for homeless teens.

The center is a safe alcohol and smoke-free supervised environment, offering everything from counseling to art classes to entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. It is funded by county grants and donations. Program manager Jonathan Weedman, a handful of part-time counselors and about 40 volunteers staff SMYRC.

"In addition to decent furniture and equipment for these youth, the SMYRC program needs much so more from the community," says T
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