Marguerite's House

Marguerite’s House

Seniors in Portland have been priced-out of safe affordable housing.  I want to help as many as I can by creating "Marguerite's House" as a home for between 5 and 8 residents at a time.  ALL of my time:  work, cleaning, organization, and planning will be 100% volunteer.  I will take no salary.
Why am I doing this?  A:  The reality of life and death changed for me several years ago.  As a physician in private practice, I provided primary care for many seriously ill patients.  One day a patient we’ll call “Bob” told me that he “was finished with dialysis.”  Of course, we both knew that he meant he was ready to die.   Bob was certain that his only child would take a week off work to care for him at his home OR take him into her home with the help of local hospice that was covered by his insurance…………..
The answer was no.  Bob’s only wish was that he not die in a hospital.  His family was told that he would likely not live more that 4-7 days with kidney failure, but no one would help.
I discussed Bob with my husband and children, and we invited him to come to our home to die in peace.  My husband and I cared for him and made him comfortable for the last 59 hours that he was alive on earth.  Hospice visited him once, and the next visit was from the funeral home.  He died in a quiet, comfortable way, and not in a hospital.
About my mom, Marguerite:  During her life my mom welcomed people into her home graciously and warmly.  Marguerite Ellen Kelly Church was raised financially poor, but experience-rich in rural Iowa.  She was elegant and kind.  If any of her children wanted to bring someone home, the answer was yes.  The brother of a fiancee, two guys from my college who got snowed out of being able to drive home, all were welcome in her warm, modest home.  She loved “having company.”
I can honor my mom I can help give older, financially fragile and terminal patients a place to not just feel at home, but to be at home for the rest of their days.   What will become Marguerite's House has easy access to a local hospitals, and an on-call doctor right next door, free of charge.  There are walking paths, raised garden space and wifi: something for everyone.  There will help with cleaning, cooking, laundry, yard work, etc.
There is already a list of low-income seniors waiting to live at Marguerite's House.
YOUR DONATION will go toward purchasing the property, making needed ADA upgrades, installing a high capacity, energy saving washer/dryer, and if we have enough money, adding solar panels to help bring down utility costs.  

Time is short as the perfect location is for sale now.  This project means more to me than my entire medical career.  It is the first time I have been able to honor the memory of my parents in a meaningful and graceful way.

I hope you will donate generously to help those less fortunate who need a home.


  • elaine miner 
    • $100 
    • 11 hrs


Maureen Mays 
Portland, OR
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