Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) February 5, 2011
Greg Rasmussen, President of Don Rasmussen Company, which represents BMW, Land Rover, MINI and Mercedes-Benz at several dealerships in and around Portland, Oregon, presented to Shepherd’s Door directors Eric Bauer and Jan Marshall his 2010 gift.
Shepherd’s Door is a division of the Portland Rescue Mission and provides shelter to homeless and abused women and their children. The facility provides nutritious meals, safe accommodations, a beautiful and nurturing environment, counseling and training, all under one roof. The women attend classes to help them understand their addictions; interact in support groups to help them make better choices; learn how to heal from past wounds and open up to new, healthy relationships; learn new life skills and pursue a GED (if needed).
Shepherd’s Door breaks the generational cycle of abuse and poverty.
Since 2000 Don Rasmussen Company has gifted Shepherd’s Door $25 for every new or used vehicle sold by their dealerships. Greg’s mother was an avid reader so in addition to these much needed funds; Don Rasmussen Company created an employee reading program with the children. “Rasmussen Readers” sign up for a period of time to go to the shelter weekly and read to the children. The children thrive on the consistency of a friendly face, one that they know will not cause them any harm or sorrow.
Every Christmas the women and children are invited to one of the dealerships to meet Santa & his Head Elf (both one of our staff). All receive a warm hug from Santa and a gift especially selected for them. Their biggest joy though seems to be sitting in the new cars, cranking up the sound systems and driving toward their dreams.
“The hands-on involvement through the Rasmussen Readers program is what I am most proud of. By reading to the children at Shepherd’s Door, our staff provides the positive adult interaction they need and have never received.”
- Greg Rasmussen