THE LOWENSTEIN TRUST
2013 Awardee Selected
The twenty-second annual Steve Lowenstein Award will be
presented to Sandra Guyot, volunteer with the Golden
Harvesters social services organization, at Portland City
Council, 9:30am, Wednesday, December 18th 2013.
The board of the Lowenstein Trust is proud to have elected Sandra Guyot, as the recipient of the 2013 Lowenstein Trust Award. First presented in 1992, this annual award is given to a nominee who has demonstrated, in the judgment of the Trustees, a significant personal contribution to assisting the underserved in the City of Portland.
Since 2004, Sandra Guyot, has dedicated herself to the survival and growth of the Golden Harvesters Inc. non-profit program, assisting senior, low income and disabled members of the Portland community. Located in North Portland, Golden Harvesters assists people in need with fresh food, and basic personal and home maintenance supplies.
Working with other committed volunteers, Sandra’s dedication to Golden Harvesters has literally kept the heat on, the doors open and a roof over the head of the organization. Her untiring grant writing and volunteer organizing efforts in the face of crisis situations, have twice guided the program through unanticipated major relocations, as well as upgrades of the organization’s food refrigeration/storage capabilities. Throughout both relocation processes, Sandra, and the volunteers at Golden Harvesters, strove to stay true to the organizations mission, by identifying facilities with good accessibility for people with disabilities and proximity to public transportation.
Sandra Guyot, remains inspired to address the recession driven upsurge of families and individuals experiencing serious financial difficulties. She continues to work with the other dedicated volunteers at Golden Harvesters, and hundreds of Portland families are grateful. The Lowenstein Trust is proud to add Sandra Guyot to the list of award recipients. In addition to recognition at City Council, Golden Harvesters will receive a cash award in Sandra’s name.
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William West, community activist, organizer, with
The Arc of Multnomah/Clackamas
to received the 2012 Lowenstein Trust
The formal presentation of the Award took place on
Wednesday, December 12th 2012, in Portland City
William West celebrated by Portland City Council and Lowenstien Trust Board
William “Bill” West has dedicated over 30 years of his life to advocating for and assisting Portland, Multnomah County, and Clackamas County community members who are working through the challenges presented by developmental disabilities.
William West with Lowenstein Trust Board Chair Michelle Harper
Whether it is finding lodging, counseling, medical assistance, housing or legal services Mr. West has been there for the community he has chosen to serve. Bill has assisted hundreds if not thousands to navigate daunting, seemingly impenetrable bureaucracies. His work has often made the difference between a person’s independence or institutionalization.
William West, with family, friends, colleagues, and Lowenstein Trust Board members
Up to the year 2000, when Fairview Training center was closed, Mr. West was an advocate for those who were housed there. He also helped with growth of Portland area and state chapters of People First of Oregon, the state’s leading advocacy group run by and for people with developmental disabilities. The ripple effect was felt around the nation as those with mental disabilities embraced the idea that a mental disability does not mean surrendering the right and responsibility to speak for themselves. Additionally, while Fairview was open, Bill worked as advocate during hearings for residents with particularly difficult personal circumstances, helping to make sure their rights and best interests were respected.
Lowenstein Trust Awardee William West and Family
In recent years Mr. West has focused his attention on helping local governments. Working with the developmentally disabled community, he helps public agencies understand the pressing need for policies and procedures - particularly in law enforcement – designed to enable employees to recognize and supportively engage people with developmental disabilities. Mr. West is deeply committed to reducing the likelihood that interactions with developmentally disabled individuals will turn into in needless, dangerous, or tragic confrontations.
For his years of compassion and dedication to the safety, welfare and independence of vulnerable, underserved, and too frequently invisible members of our community, the Board of the Lowenstein Trust is proud to name William West the recipient of the 2012 Lowenstein Trust Award.
Photos: Art Alexander, Charlie Williamson
Steve Lowenstein was an
inspiring model of public service. His sense of purpose,
his integrity, and his perseverance inspired many who have
worked on issues of human rights and social justice. He
joined the Peace Corps after law school in the early 1960s
and wrote a textbook on Ethiopian law. He worked in
Washington DC for the Office of Economic Opportunity and in
Chile for the Ford Foundation. He was founding Director of
Oregon Legal Services, authored a groundbreaking
Jews of Oregon 1850-1950—and
at the time of his death in 1990 had served for six years
as Executive Assistant to former City Commissioner Mike
The Award -Steve liked most to have an impact from behind the scenes. His will established a board managed endowed trust fund for the Lowenstein Trust award with the following stipulation:
“The recipient of the Lowenstein Trust Award shall be that person who demonstrated (in the opinion of the Trustees) the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in the city of Portland, Oregon. Each year the recipient must be in need of these funds to help carry on his or her work and must use the award to further the type of work for which it was given.”
Art Alexander, Linda Dobson, Jamaal Folsom, Sandra Haefker, Michelle Harper, Margery Harris, Joe Hertzberg, Paul Kelly, Mike Lindberg, Ron Paul, David Thornburgh, Charles R. Williamson
Gretchen Kafoury, Chris Lowenstein, Lee Rosner, Bev Stein
Contact/ Mail Contributions:
The Lowenstein Trust
c/o Charles R. Williamson
520 SW Yamhill St., Suite 600
Portland, Oregon 97204-1329