It's farewell to Front Street!
We've been in the Front Street location for about three and a half years and we've been able to serve thousands of pets and their people. But this location has had it's challenges. We've listened carefully to our clients and volunteers and are moving to make changes for the better.
Beginning July 1, we will be at 1131 SE Oak Street in Portland, Oregon. Immediately after our June 7th clinic at Front Avenue, we are moving between the Front Avenue location and the Oak Street location. We'll have our first Oak Street Clinic on Sunday August 9, 2015.
Our new digs have a lot going for them! Located in the St. Francis of Assisi complex, we'll be much more accessible to the homeless. Many of our clients already go to the St. Francis Dining Hall for meals.
Public transit is also a huge plus. A major obstacle for many folks at Front Avenue was the lack of bus service on Sundays. At Oak Street we will be served by five bus lines - #20, #19, #12, #6 and the #70 which goes right to the door!
Better conditions for everyone! We'll have things like heat, hot water, and rest rooms. There also will be an indoor area for clients to wait, rather than have to stay in the parking lot for hours in all kinds of weather.
We'll be starting later, and clinics will be shorter. Clinics will be between noon and four; clients should come no earlier than 11:00 a.m.; volunteer shifts will be much shorter too.
There will be a few challenges at the new location, too. The St. Francis complex is an active parish and all aspects of clinics will take place between services. This means that clients CAN NOT come any earlier than 11:00. So please, do not come early to "get a good place in line" as we'll ask any who arrive earlier than 11:00 a.m. to wait at least two blocks away so that we can respect the parish services.
We are tightening our focus to our core mission to help the pets of the homeless. At our new location you'll see people living on the streets, with all their belongings in shopping carts. It will be a welcoming place for the homeless and to ensure that our resources go to those in greatest need we are raising our financial qualification standards.
The biggest change is going to be that we will only be able to serve about 40 pets for the first few clinics as we get used to our new space. As we adjust to our new location some pets may not be able to be seen at every clinic. We expect that we'll be back to our normal numbers after a couple of months.
We are also adding in Week Day Clinics. Over the past year we've been testing this format with great success. Vets and techs can volunteer for these week day clinics any time on any week day. We carefully select the cases to be seen, essentially on a triage basis. Time-sensitive cases such as booster shots, or medical issues that can't wait for the next clinic are the first priority. This is a key change in our service model and is one that we believe will engage more of the veterinary community and make our regular clinics go as smoothly as possible.
All in all, the move to Oak Street is going to be a tremendous plus for our clients, our volunteers and the homeless community!
If you would like to help with this "farewell to Front Street" and help us pack, move boxes, paint, clean or otherwise get into our new digs,
Questions? Email us at servicequestions @pawteam.org