GROW: The Advantis Community Fund

Congratulations to the 2016 GROW grant recipients!  

Nonprofit organization: Funds requested for:

Central City Concern

Central City Concern 
This mission of Central City Concern (CCC) is to provide comprehensive solutions that help people end homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. CCC meets this mission through innovative strategies that support personal and community transformation in the areas of housing, healthcare, addiction treatment and employment. CCC’s Letty Owings Center, provides residential alcohol and drug treatment to women who are pregnant and/or parenting young children. The facility allows mothers to keep their children with them while in treatment—a provision that is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.


Grant will improve the environment for the women and children living at the Letty Owings Center by providing new furniture, a new freezer, safe toy storage for the play room, and shade sails over the children’s playground.

Free Geek

Free Geek 
Digital equity is at the core of Free Geek’s mission to recycle technology and provide access to computers, the internet, education, and job skills in exchange for community service. They accept used technology from the community, and reuse what they can in order to provide low-to-no cost computers for individuals and nonprofit organizations in the Portland area, and ethically recycle what cannot be reused. Some of Portland’s most vulnerable community members use the organization for access to computers, both onsite and for their homes.


Grant will help Free Geek complete overdue upgrades to increase their connectivity by fortifying their network structure, updating wireless access points, and modernizing their local area network (LAN). These improvements will increase their ability to connect the community and support volunteers.

Kinship House
Kinship House 
Kinship House provides mental health therapy services for Oregon’s foster children and families. Many of the children served by the organization have been in and out of court, police stations, hospitals, child welfare offices and other institutions. Kinship House provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to process and heal from unsafe and chaotic pasts.

Grant will be used to create an art therapy room for children. This space will provide over 1,500 therapy hours and help increase current capacity from 500 children to close to 700 children served annually.
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families 
The Dougy Center helps grieving children, teens, young adults, and families find comfort and healing through their monthly support groups. The Center provides a safe space for those who are grieving a death to share their experiences. They also provide training locally, nationally, and internationally to people and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.


Grant will be used to print and distribute a teen grief journal for families at the Dougy Center and those who live in areas without grief support services.

William Temple House

William Temple House
William Temple House’s (WTH) mission is to restore hope and renew strength in individuals and families in a respectful and welcoming atmosphere. Since 1965, WTH has provided emergency social services and mental health counseling to individuals, couples and families in need. The organization’s counseling program focuses on long-term solutions to current problems, and their emergency social services program provides same-day services such as food and hygiene items from the food pantry, rent and utilities assistance, new clothing for children and dental and vision care.   


Grant will be used to purchase a grab-and-go freezer and two fruit and vegetable stands, making the food pantry experience more dignified and streamlined for guests.

The Shadow Project

The Shadow Project
The Shadow Project is committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with disabilities so they can achieve their full potential. Shadow equips teachers and families with a program that helps build the confidence and skills of primarily low-income boys and girls with dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.


Grant will be used to provide books for over 400 children struggling to read at eight high-needs schools through innovative literacy and sensory tools, including an audio library.