Providence Dethman Manor receives $1.25 million in grants to fund "home makeover"

July 21, 2012
Residents of Providence Dethman Manor will soon be enjoying a renewed home, thanks to a $1.25 million grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services.

The grant will fund renovations to the apartment complex, including life-safety upgrades, substantial exterior replacements including new siding and windows, an updated heating and cooling system, energy efficiency improvements and cosmetic enhancements such as new carpet and paint. An additional $415,000 in tax credits will also help pay for the project.

“The Mission of Providence is to care for the poor and vulnerable members of our community, which includes making sure disabled individuals and seniors have safe and affordable housing,” explained Barbara Soihr, housing director for Providence Dethman Manor. “We’re excited to move forward with these much-needed enhancements to improve the quality of life for our residents and give them a place they’re proud to call home.”

“Together, we are one ministry committed to excellence and we know this funding will go a long way toward helping the members of our community who need us most,” adds Mark Thomas, director of Mission and spiritual care at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Providence Dethman Manor is one of 13 programs in the Providence Supportive Housing Ministry, providing permanent affordable housing and service coordination for persons with special needs including the elderly and disabled adults. The building was developed in 1978 and has been providing housing to low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in Hood River for more than 34 years.

Renovations are expected to start in the spring of 2013 and be completed by the end of the year.