In January 2018, Raul Marquez, a McKay High School senior and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley board member, presented a Leadership Project to the board: develop a teen homeless shelter.
United Way took action by developing a fundraising plan, sourcing a building for the proposed shelter, and engaging Mid-Valley Community Action Agencyas the service provider who would run the home. The board of directors supported this effort by granting the project with the initial $100,000 to kick it off.
Hundreds of community members, as well as the Oregon Legislature, helped to assure that Taylor's House becomes a reality. Currently, the house is in the remodeling stage and MVCAA has set a goal for it to be in operation by Fall of 2018.