Partnering for Change

Partnering for Change

Since 2016, Holst has been committed to 1+, a program that asks firms to dedicate at least one percent of their working hours to pro bono services. We believe design can be a powerful tool for achieving social impact, and our desire to be a positive force in the community is the driving force of our pro bono work. Donating our services to nonprofits allows them to utilize their resources where they are most needed and provides us a deeper understanding of issues in our community. This year we have partnered with four nonprofits in the greater Portland area, providing them with design services to explore and realize expansion opportunities.

Circus Project

The Circus Project is a Portland-based art center with outreach programs that provide support for people facing barriers to arts participation. To prepare for a potential capital campaign, Holst developed a feasibility study for a new performance and education center; cost estimating was provided by P&C construction. The new facility will allow for expanded course offerings, more performances, and collaboration with outside circus groups.

New Avenues Youth Opportunity Center

Working with New Avenues for Youth, Holst designed their new Youth Opportunity Center at the Rockwood Boys and Girls Club. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness; their new facility allows them to serve more children in East Multnomah County who are LGBTQ, experiencing housing instability or homelessness, in foster care, or involved in sex trafficking.

Project Lemonade

Project Lemonade aims to support and promote confidence in foster youth by providing them with free back to school clothes. Currently split between an office and retail location, Holst provided planning and programming services for a consolidated space. With a clear detailing of their space requirements, Project Lemonade can search for a new site that will help them realize their long-term goal of year-round service.

De Paul Treatment Centers

Holst is currently working with De Paul Treatment Centers to design and oversee construction of their new treatment campus in east Portland, providing initial conceptual design services pro bono. The new campus will consolidate separate youth and adult facilities and expand services.

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