Milgard Vinyl Windows Beautify Buckman House in Portland

Built in 1906, Buckman House is a 4,600 square foot home operated by Janus Youth. It has served adjudicated and pre/post incarcerated young men in custody of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) since 1976. Nearly 1,300 youth ages 17 to 24 have resided here for 9 to 12 months at a time, while completing the final stages of treatment prior to their release from the Oregon Youth Authority system.


“It’s so important to help preserve the existing stock of homeless shelters and other facilities, because if one closes, it’s so hard to get it back,” said Ken Cowdery, Executive Director of HomeAid Portland. “One way we can help preserve them is to make them more efficient and sustainable for the long run.”

In the first phase, HomeAid Portland partnered with a local remodeler to increase the energy efficiency of Buckman House and make it a more comfortable place to live. New insulation and air duct sealing were added along with some lighting and wiring upgrades.



HomeAid Portland reached out to Milgard in Phase 2 of the project which included exterior improvements to help preserve the shelter. “Milgard Windows & Doors generously donated 53 energy efficient, vinyl windows for the house and a local company donated the paint, which really made the house beautiful,” said Susan Blen, Stewardship Director for HomeAid America. “We are thrilled to partner with local companies who help us make a difference in our community.”



“For a 17 year old youth who has spent the last 5-9 years of his life in a bleak, closed custody setting, transitioning to a “home” setting that is attractive, welcoming and modern is a powerful motivator to their completing treatment, securing employment or even enrolling in college once they transition back into the community and work to build a successful life,” said Rosalie Karp, Development Director of Janus Youth.