Teisha Helgerson, well known and much loved member of the Portland music scene, left her home free and clear and furnished as she liked it.
Deb, her mother, chose to donate the use of the house to patients recovering from a transplant, which is a long process that takes several months and requires that the patient be within a 20 minute drive to OHSU. Teisha’s Place is about 12 minutes and nestled in the sweet Overlook neighborhood in North Portland.
When Teisha had to consider going out of state for treatment it hit home just how daunting a task it is to possibly have to move for several months to a city you don’t know, when you are terribly sick, to undergo treatments that are not kind to the body or mind (even when delivered by nurturing doctors and nurses) with few options other than to live in a hotel room for weeks at a time –– and hope you have the money to pay for it.
Teisha’s Place offers a home, rent-free, to one family at a time. The utilities are paid from the Teisha’s Place Fund through Peace Lutheran Church Women and the Richland Methodist Church Benevolent Fund along with individual donors. The patients at Teisha’s do not have housing allowances through their medical insurance plans. The gift of time to live at Teisha’s take a huge financial burden off of families and gives them a comfortable place to live. It is extraordinary to be able to provide that kind of support.
In the past few years Teisha’s Place has hosted nine families who came from Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii.
If you would like a tax write-off, please mail a check, made out to:
*Peace Lutheran Church Women
Attn: PLCW – Teisha’s Place
2201 N. Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217