Hundreds of children in Portland can rest easier because of the work of Portland Shed.
The nonprofit, a local affiliate of Idaho-based Sleep in Heavenly Peace and a beneficiary of The Oregonian/OregonLive’s 2023 Season of Sharing campaign, began building beds for kids in need in 2019.
Even with a COVID19-caused shutdown, it has assembled and delivered 577 beds. Portland Shed has also constructed and sold one tiny house to raise funds for the charity and is building another. And it’s making tables for Community Warehouse, which runs nonprofit furniture banks in Portland, Gresham and Tualatin, and sleeping pods for WeShine, a Portland charity focusing on creating micro-villages to house the homeless. WeShine was featured in 2022′s Season of Sharing.
But, first and foremost, Portland Shed is about the beds. And the kids.
“No kid sleeps on the floor in our town,” founder Gregg Miller said, echoing Sleep in Heavenly Peace’s mantra.
At least that’s the goal, and Portland Shed is manufacturing more than 250 beds this year alone to help achieve it.
Each bed costs $250 to complete, each bunk bed $500. That price includes a mattress, comforter, sheets and pillows. The charity relies on donations from individuals and companies, grants, firms that sponsor corporate builds (for example, the company that owns Kuni BMW donated $5,000 to have beds assembled at its Beaverton dealership), bedding from the Madeleine Parish bedding drive and donated lumber. In fact, Hampton Lumber is donating the wood for a build in December.
“We don’t really have a budget,” Miller said. “We just want to raise enough money to build all the things we build.”
And all this is accomplished