We recognize that the need for sleep is universal, and yet the ability to afford a quality mattress is not; we seek to provide quality mattresses where assistance is necessary.
Hello people of the Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro, Oregon area!
We are still moving towards our goal of becoming a non-profit, and we will be giving updates on our progress as we go. Please be patient, all of the world’s wheels are turning a bit slower than they used to and there are a lot of steps in this process. I want to thank everyone who has helped us so far and everyone who will be pitching in as we move forward. Our community is full of wonderful and amazing people, and I am so happy to be working with you all.
With the rise of living costs comes the upsurge in homelessness and poverty. This increase in demand puts strains on shelters and the amount of resources they have to serve as many people as they can. New shelters – both permanent and seasonal – are on the rise, yet we still see shelters struggle for quality items to give to people in need, especially in terms of sleeping materials.
In addition to this, the founders of MIR regularly encounter individuals who are searching for quality mattresses yet cannot afford the lowest priced new mattress due to their income and budget limitations. None of these people seem to need quality sleep any less than the people who can afford quality mattresses. We believe that a person should not have to compromise on sleep quality, regardless of their income.
Our target markets are homeless shelters and individuals in need in the Greater Portland area.
The Mattresses in Reach team is composed of experts on mattress and furniture sales, with non-profit, warehouse, and store management experience. The team is aware of the disparity between the cost of a quality mattress and what many in our community can afford.
In 2019, an average of 15,800 people experienced homelessness on any given day in Oregon (using best available data). Shelters are already fully inundated with the effects of homelessness and still struggle to meet the needs of people. 5,814 beds are needed to bridge the gap between the resources the state-wide shelters provide and the current needs of our population.
In addition, 7.3% of Washington County’s population lives in poverty, unable to obtain the basic resources needed. Many people in the Portland metro region are not economically stable and thus would benefit from the quality mattress Mattresses in Reach (MIR) would provide.
Meet our Executive Director:
Sarah Ashcraft has a Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts Teaching from George Fox University, management and mattress sales experience, and spent her formative years in Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, with a fairly small amount of time in the U.S. She loves crafting, knitting, crocheting, painting rocks, and running her own candle-making shop.
Meet our Board of Directors:
My name is Jenny. I am a behavioral coordinator in Washington County. My passion is to help build relationships and bridge gaps within our underserved communities. When I’m not working, you can find me taking my fur baby Roo on hikes and walks.
Beth Dasher has 25 years experience working in non-profit, focusing on areas of pregnancy and early childhood/parenting. Her recent focus has been on program management and mentorship to new managers. Her experience includes program budget planning and monitoring, and she has specialized training in organizational goal setting and logic models for implementation.
Hello, I’m Cora Potter. I use she/her or they/their pronouns. I’m in my second year (part time) in the Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) program.
I also have a full time job as a Senior Grant Development specialist for the regional transit district. This spring is a very busy time for me thanks to the huge increase in available transit funding appropriated by the Bi-partisan Infrastructure Law. My professional experience also includes 14 years working with community-based, mostly non-profit transportation programs. This included grant development for a headquarters office, integrated into a two-phase affordable housing development that included 67 units of workforce housing and 60 units of senior housing.
In my free time, I’ve chaired an urban renewal advisory committee for 5 years (Lents/ the LTCURAC), served as a community representative on the Metro Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee (TPAC), served as a neighborhood Land Use contact/Chair, participated in multiple City of Portland advisory committees on economic development, transportation projects and comprehensive planning and served on the Prosper Portland Neighborhood Programs Budget Advisory Committee for a decade.
I have a Frenchton (French Bulldog / Boston Terrier) service dog named Birdie, a senior Puggle (Pug and Beagle) named Dale, and 8 bantam hens named George, Frankie, Kick, Patty, Debbie, Yoko, Leonora and Paloma.