Food and Utility Manager
Care To Share
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our precious Perla Ortega has passed away. We were so blessed to have her as part of the team at Care To Share for the past nine years. She truly will be missed.
Over ten years ago, Perla became a single mother. She had been a mother who stayed home with her children and, thus, had minimal employable skills. She and her two daughters became homeless, eventually living in three different shelters. Her pride, security, and dignity were devastated. She knew she had to find work to support herself and her family
Perla contacted DHS/PCC about their Steps to Success program. They placed her in a training position with Care To Share in January of 2010. Perla was soon trained to assist Care to Share with food, utility, and other referrals. Her outstanding work ethic, self-trained computer skills, professional manner, integrity, organizational skills, and dependability made it clear that she would be an excellent employee. In 2011, Care To Share hired Perla through the Jobs Plus Program and she became a permanent employee that same year. If anyone ever earned an "outstanding employee award", it certainly would have been Perla.
For those of you who were in regular contact with Perla, you know she was the "voice" of Care To Share; assisting those in need of food and help with utility payments and working closely with local pantries and utility companies. She showed kindness and compassion to all individuals looking for help. She truly understood their circumstances and wanted to make their journey as effortless as possible.
Perla became ill a few months ago and made a brief visit to the hospital. She returned to work right away, but slowly her health began a downward spiral. Even though her health was failing, Perla came to work everyday. On May 31, she was taken to the hospital again. This time was for good. The damage to her body from complications from diabetes had taken its toll; she would not recover.
During the past several weeks, Perla's family members were able to come to visit her and share their loving memories of their past. She passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019. She leaves behind her two beautiful daughters and her son. Our love and prayers are with them at this time of sadness for all of us who were close to her.
As Perla requested that there would be no service for her, we are unsure if anything will be planned by her family.
Care To Share is starting a fund to help support her children with the financial burden, as Perla was the main support of the family.
If you wish to contribute, please stop by the Holy Trinity Food Pantry at 13715 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR, and ask for Neshia or Al.
If you would like to contribute with a check, please make the check payable to her eldest daughter, Angelica Mendoza, and mail to Care To Share, PO Box 397, Beaverton, OR 97075.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, CARE TO SHARE is temporarily suspending all utility assistance until further notice.
Care To Share phone hours have changed to 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Care To Share's mission is to coordinate assistance to families and individuals seeking emergency food and other basic needs. Our goal is to help people through crisis situations and to connect them with other services if continued support is needed.
What We Do
Over the past thirty years, Care To Share has coordinated assistance to families and individuals seeking emergency food and basic needs, such as payment assistance when they have received a utility shut-off notice. We continue to help people through crisis situations and connect them with other critical community services as needed. We are here to help provide for our neighbors in their time of need.
Care To Share established a co-op with the local food pantries and the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) which allows for the purchase of personal items that are unavailable with SNAP cards. Care To Share coordinates and provide administrative services for this project. It is truly a success and a win-win for everyone.
Care To Share continues to work closely with the Oregon Department of Human Services and Portland Community College, as well as other entities, to provide training for those individuals attempting to enter the workforce. Once trained, these individuals have the professional tools and skills needed to obtain gainful employment. Those we have trained have moved onto to new positions with employers in the area.
For more information about what we do or how you can help Care To Share to continue our vital mission, please call 503-591-9079.
Your neighbors are counting on you!
Help Provided by Care To Share in 2017
- Approximately 50,000 food assists were given.
- Approximately 328 assists were given for ulility assistance.