The donation is part of LaTour’s commission for the sale of her longtime neighbor and friend Wayne Naillon’s Irvington home.
Naillon, who passed away in May, fostered 68 children in the home during his 40 years in the neighborhood. Naillon worked for Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services and was well known in the neighborhood as a bicycling advocate and a regular volunteer at events like Sunday Parkways. He did most of his advocacy work for off-road cycling as a volunteer for the Northwest Trail Alliance. LaTour made the donation to Kinship House to honor Naillon’s years of caring for foster children.
The Kinship House is also located in Irvington, at 1823 N.E. Eighth Avenue. The nonprofit will name one of its play therapy rooms to honor Naillon, sometime in early 2017.
“I am honored to recognize Wayne’s loving contribution to some of Portland’s most vulnerable children,” said LaTour. “This donation will help Kinship House support more foster children in their journey to live in a forever home.”
“Kinship House was founded in 1996 and provides outpatient mental health services to children and their families,” said Dennise Kowalczyk, Kinship’s development director. “We specialize in championing children and families during all stages of foster care, reunification and adoption. In 20 years of providing mental health services, thousands of Oregon children have received services on their journey to a permanent and healthy family. With almost 3000 children in foster care annually in Multnomah County, our services ensure that children and families have the support they need to navigate the process through a holistic approach.”