Dream House: The House that Annie built.

 Last week, Barbara Barry  came to Parker Furniture to promote her new product. She was an eloquent speaker.   One of the most poignant comments that she made  that resonated in me was ” Believe the dream, make it happen… Just believe in yourself”  It was her passion in her dream that became real. It was in all the beautiful things that she created that she shared with the world.

Her graceful elegant manner was most enjoyable. It was truly one of the best lectures about design that I have been to in my 23 years in the design business.  As one that has been through much ” Believing the dream, making it happen , being in the right place at the right time” is exactly what it is about.   The hope  to achieve  happiness is the dream for many. Although, there are many  that have not had the chance to fulfill their vision. As creative  business men and women we have the opportunity to bring great joy in creating a warm, inviting home for families to reboot their lives,Having a refreshing environment can be a very healthy and healing. It is a time  to be calm, silent and bring oneself to be able to hear that voice to hear the dream. The stress of trying to care for your family can overwhelm those consumed with the unknown. Helping others to achieve that dream has been something that our local chapter of the Interior Design Society as been diligently preparing to partake.

As an opportunity to help our community, the Portland Chapter of the Interior Design Society will be working with the Annie Ross House to bring our homeless families a nice, warm inviting place to live while they transition back into the work force and back on their feet to provide for their families.  a volunteer group will paint, prepare,decorate.  In an effort to give back to those in need, if you would like to help  support this cause, much needed house ware items, bedding and furnishings are needed You can contact your interior design professional or any member of IDS. Or you can make your donation directly to the Annie Ross House. For more info, Please see their website at

Annie Ross House is an emergency shelter for homeless families with children. It is one of the few shelters in Oregon that allows homeless families to stay together, including mothers and fathers, daughters and sons of all ages.

Over one thousand homeless children and their parents have found safe, clean shelter and help to regain their self-sufficiency at Annie Ross House since it opened in 1986.

More than just a bed, Annie Ross House also helps homeless families with: food boxes and nutrition information, job search and success skills, parenting skills and support, self-esteem and confidence, accessing medical care, and finding permanent housing.

Annie Ross House was named after prominent local philanthropist and community activist Annie Ross Roberts. Born in 1868, daughter of a pioneer Oregon family, Annie Ross worked as one of Milwaukie’s first teachers.

Annie and her husband Thomas Roberts lived on Lake Road — just blocks from where the shelter stands today — until her death in 1958 at the age of 91

Tomorrow, our first volunteer group will start to get a special place ready for a special family.This family will have a chance to rest and get back on their feet.Maybe this period in their life will give them a chance to dream. Maybe the  dream of family will come alive…

Take a chance to help someone believe in their dream. Give  your time or your donations. Please check out the link on the IDS website for more information.

thank you,


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