Supporter Spotlight: Ted Gilbert
Ted greatly values the work that PYB does to help young people become self-sufficient members of their own communities.
"All of the work that these young people put in, to better their lives," said Ted, "leads to eventual home ownership and security."
Ted has been a strong supporter of PYB by providing not only financial support, but offering personal connections and excellent professional advice since our founding 20 years ago. Back then, Ted was very closely involved with a community development corporation called HOST – Home Ownership a Street at a Time. HOST’s aim was to repair and build homes in North and Northeast Portland, where PYB was located at the time. Together, Ted and HOST filled a need for PYB: as a newly formed organization, our first construction students needed experience in building houses and HOST had houses that needed to be built. Through this winning partnership, HOST created a vital opportunity not only for both organizations, but for residents looking for affordable home ownership.
Another important partnership that Ted brokered for PYB was between us and longstanding board member Molly Mink Liston. When asked if Ted would join our Board of Directors at its formation, he reluctantly pointed out his very full schedule, but suggested that we invite an outstanding employee of his, Molly. Since then, Molly has provided a tremendous amount of talent and passion to our work through her time as a board member - and Ted has been glad to stay connected and up to date with PYB through Molly.
Most recently, Ted has turned his attention to communities in East Portland. As the chair of the Portland Affordable Housing Preservation Trust, he helped lead the development of Milepost 5, a live/work community for artists in the Montavilla neighborhood. Next on the list of Ted’s community building projects is Gateway Green, a 38 acre green space that Ted and others see as the perfect site for a regional bike park.
We are very honored to have such a great partnership with Ted Gilbert and are humbled by the incredible work he continues to do to within communities in Portland.