Fresh Start Kits – Class 2018

 Leadership Tigard Partners with Just Compassion to Provide “Fresh Start” Kits

The 2018 class of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Tigard program is reaching out to area nonprofits to lend a helping hand this month. The nearly 20-person group includes members of Tigard’s businesses, local governments and nonprofits who wanted to support existing efforts by nonprofits and citizens to meet the needs of area homelessness.

This month, the group will distribute 300 “Fresh Start” kits with essential health, hygiene and other necessities that the city’s most needy residents can collect when they access services at area homeless shelters, food pantries and service facilities.

“Our program gave us a deep understanding of the city, its economy, government services and local needs,” said team member Renee Brouse. “Members of this 2018 class wanted to support groups who are already providing food, temporary housing and other needs to area residents experiencing homelessness. Many of these residents need some of the most basic items, like clean and warm socks and things as simple as a toothbrush and toothpaste, to stay healthy. These kits are meant to be portable, so they can easily be carried by residents.”

On Thursday, May 10, members of the 2018 Leadership Tigard Team will drop off 50 of the kits at the site of the future Just Compassion Day Center on 12280 SW Hall Blvd., coinciding with the chamber’s Good Morning Tigard event being hosted at the refurbished building. Media are invited to attend. The event runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

The Leadership Tigard group visited the facility during its outreach and learned about the Tigard nonprofit’s vision to eventually own the building to provide a permanent daytime homeless shelter for area residents experiencing homelessness and poverty.

“The group coalesced around helping existing organizations and leveraging resources to support ongoing efforts by other local groups, the faith community and social service providers serving the homeless community,” said Debi Mollahan, CEO of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, which runs Leadership Tigard, a nine-month community leadership program.  As part of the leadership program, each years’ class, selects develops and executes a service project benefiting the Tigard community.

For its part, members of the 2018 class reached out to their business and nonprofit contacts, which donated items. Each kit includes first aid kits, sanitary wipes, combs, dental hygiene items, healthy high-energy food, new socks and other personal care items.

The team will also donate the rest of the kits to the Bethlehem House of Bread, the Good Neighbor Center and Luke-Dorf.

Groups who donated supplies include the American Red Cross, Jane Ink, Cisco, the Knight Cancer Institute and Fort Kennedy. Some donors wished to remain anonymous.

To find out about Just Compassion’s day center and other services, go to: 

To learn more about the Leadership Tigard program, visit:

Leadership Tigard is a program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Connect with us on, and Twitter @LeadersTigard.

For more information contact Debi Mollahan: or (503) 639-1683.