Erik Schram, age 32, died on Jan. 19, 2021. He was employed as the residential program manager at Blanchet House of Hospitality since 2019.

Erik offered understanding and empathy to Blanchet House’s guests that can come only from lived experience. He found his way to our doors when he was once in need of meals, clothing, housing, and support himself.

Erik was a passionate advocate for Blanchet House’s services to those with nowhere else to turn. He once said that he found the “family he always wanted” here.

Erik’s laughter, spirit, and willingness to go the extra mile to help will be greatly missed. He set an example of how to serve with compassion and dignity.

“I remember being nervous as a new employee,” says staffer Shannon Chasteen. “Erik was patient and kind. His voice was always so calming. Eased my nerves immediately.”

“Erik loved when we innovated to help folks on the street because he connected with their challenges and suffering,” recalls Scott Kerman, Blanchet House’s executive director. “He took a lot of pride in how we supported our houseless guests.

Blanchet House’s staff and residents are grieving and are grateful for your prayers. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending an encouraging card to the residents Erik mentored. Address to “Residents of Blanchet House” 310 NW Glisan, Portland, OR, 97209. We will display the cards for all to see.

You can also donate to Blanchet House’s Resident Recreation Fund. Erik understood the importance of offering opportunities for enjoyment to people building new lives.