The Next Door will consolidate services in space formerly home to Encore Video

27 May

Did you hear the one about The Next Door Inc., our favorite umbrella social service agency, with offices and services scattered across three locations in Hood River, and desperately in need of some centralization and all the efficiencies that a walk down the hall or a head in the door can bring to really important work?

If you were at the Hood River Lions meeting Tuesday, or the Rotary Club meeting last week, you heard that The Next Door Inc. has agreed to purchase the building where Encore Video has been for years.

Janet Hamada, executive director of the agency that provides foster care, operates the Klahre House alternative school, runs New Parent Services, Families First and the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs (among many others), writes a great blog that touches on all the different ways Next Door programs and staff people touch our lives.

She says the purchase of the building will allow The Next Door Inc. to bring all its programs under one 12,000-square-foot roof. Currently, it’s using about 10,000 square feet in three sites.

“We’ve been trying to do this for 10 years, and have had two dozen starts and stops along the way,” she says. “This is a wonderful opportunity.”

The Next Door Inc. plans an open house in mid-July. Toward the end of June, it will launch a capital campaign to help secure the purchase.

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