Mark Fulop became the Executive Director for Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) in December 2017. PACS has been serving low-income Portlanders and providing community services since 1934.
What does your business do?
PACS is built around providing three core services. The Thrift Shop designed to support low-income families with clothing and everyday household goods. The Food Pantry provides a 3-5 day food supply to over 6,000 households in need every month. The pantry is set up like a grocery store so people can select food from different categories to fit their needs and preferences. The Medical Clinic provides medical services to families in need.
What might readers be surprised to know about your business?
The services provided by PACS are made possible by volunteers. There are about 250 volunteers per month who provide about 44,000 volunteer hours per year… and we also have a mobile food pantry that takes our services to 8 community sites in the region every month.
What should the community be excited about for 2018 and PACS?
We will be opening a combined medical dental clinic later this year. This expansion will bring much needed dental care to low income adults in our community.
What do you love about Gateway?
Having only been in Gateway as the Executive Director since December 2017, I love the diversity of this community as well as the many hidden gems in Gateway.
What would a perfect day in Gateway look like?
It would be a sunny day and I would have time to walk around the district, visit our business neighbors, meet more members of the community, and discover more of Gateway’s hidden gems.
What do you like to do outside of your business?
My family are hikers and loves to explore both sides of the river throughout the Columbia Gorge. I also have two children who are classical musicians so I enjoy the classical arts.
Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) is located at 11020 NE Halsey Street and is open from 9am-5pm M-Thurs, 9am-2:30pm Friday, and 11am-4pm Sunday.