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September 20th, 2018
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Michael Buonocore

Message from Michael

Home Forward’s organizational values call on us to stand alongside the communities who need us.  This is a really painful time in our community and our country for many people who are immigrants and refugees, as they are targeted and threatened in ways that are shameful, at best.  If you have a minute and eight seconds, click on the image below to see a video and meet some members of the Home Forward family.  I think you’ll like it, and you’ll certainly know where we stand.

In solidarity,

Michael Buonocore
Executive Director

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Meet Biljana Jesic, Home Forward's new Director of Community Services





Home Forward is very pleased to announce the promotion of Biljana Jesic to Director of Community Services.  In her 16 years of service to Home Forward she has held and excelled in a number of roles, beginning as a member of the GOALS team, then moving into supervisory roles overseeing several programs in Rent Assistance, followed by the leadership of the Community Services team.

Biljana holds a Masters in Business and Organizational Leadership and is a courageous and innovative leader committed to the continuous improvement of programs and services and the growth and professional development of her team. Biljana’s colleagues particularly appreciate her strategic thinking, creativity, compassion and sense of humor.

We’re thrilled that Biljana will continue to bring her commitment, smarts, and energy to the agency in this new capacity. Her first day in her new role was September 1, 2018. Please join us in congratulating Biljana on this exciting news!
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Introducing the Steve Rudman Scholarship Winners

The Steve Rudman Opportunity Scholarship helps young people whose families receive housing assistance from Home Forward afford the cost of education after high school.  The scholarship rewards students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and participation in activities that help others.  Our Board of Commissioners created the scholarship to recognize and honor Steve Rudman’s 13-year tenure as Home Forward’s executive director from 2001-2014.  

“I am honored to be connected to this important effort.  Everyone needs opportunities and someone to believe in them and this fund provides crucial financial support for exceptional students who are living in assisted housing.  The scholarships demonstrate to the recipients that Home Forward and the community at large have confidence in them.”  -  Steve Rudman

Youth between the ages of 17 to 24 may apply for the scholarship if their family participates in, or has graduated from, Home Forward’s GOALS self-sufficiency program.  The scholarship can be used for post-secondary education at accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities, and trade and vocational schools. It may be renewed for a second year if the recipient meets the eligibility requirements.

If you are interested in supporting the Steve Rudman Opportunity Scholarship program by making a financial donation, contact Tim Collier at

Nasteho Abdirahman

Nasteho is pursuing Child and Family Studies with a minor in Arabic at Portland State University.  She has a long history of volunteer service at New Columbia and her mosque, where she currently teaches the Quran, the Arabic alphabet, and how to read Arabic.  She partnered with an oral historian to interview fellow community members (many of them immigrants like herself) and gather their stories into a publication that became a reader’s theater.  She wants to be a program coordinator for children and families from minority backgrounds living with low incomes because she wants to help families overcome barriers to success.

Emilia Barrera

Emilia is a recent graduate of Wilson high school, where she excelled as a scholar and was involved in many extracurricular activities.  She is also a super volunteer within her community at Stephens Creek Crossing – she is a youth organizer and event leader, created a community theater production with younger kids, and edits the SCC newsletter.  She took on leadership roles in many school clubs including the National Honors Society, the Blue Lotus multicultural club, and the Latina Club, which she co-founded.  An accomplished violinist, she is set to attend Pacific Lutheran University this fall where she will pursue a degree in theater and creative arts.

Isaac “Tre” Campbell

Tre graduated with honors from Reynolds High School and Center for Advanced Learning (the Reynolds school district’s program for advanced students).  He is a leader in a number of areas, including as captain of the football team, as a volunteer for Reynolds’ youth football and basketball camp, and in his church.  He has also participated in College Possible, a leadership development program that gets students ready for college and focuses on community service.  He is headed to the University of Oregon this fall where he plans to work toward his goal of becoming a pharmacist.


Hectoria Cherisme

Hectoria is starting her junior year at Mt. Hood Community College, where she is on the Dean’s Honor Roll.  She is studying mental health, social services and addiction counseling.  In addition to carrying a full course load, Hectoria works and is a single parent to her young daughter.  She also serves on a policy and planning panel with Impact NW and participates in a parenting support group and parent advisory board.  Hectoria is a first-generation college student.  She has overcome many challenges in her life and educational journey and is interested in a career that will allow her to help children and adults get their physical and emotional needs met.

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