Tony Perkins with me (Ted) at OXFEST 2013
Tony was the man that made this site possible. He provided me the tools and confidence to do what
was needed to be done. He helped me gain the insight that Oxford Houses were much more than a house to live in. It was a big extended family of brothers and sisters that although they lived in different states, were still family. It has nothing to do with "my" house, rather it was about OUR houses. Even though a house may be across a river, it is still one of our houses, and here is the important thing, familly members live there. I will certainly miss Tony, for he was one of the few people that always made sense to me. He was willing to push me out of my comfort zone, and into a place where I could learn and grow. He leaves a legacy which includes OXFEST, Oregon and Washington websites, and the nationwide Oxford House E-mail system. Without him, these things would have not been possible.
BTW: He didn't like having his picture taken, this was a typical Tony Perkins picture...
Memorial services will be held
Friday, January 31, 2014 7:00 pm Faith Center Xchange 10702 NE 117th Avenue Vancouver, Washington 98662
(see the calendar on this site for more info...)
I hope to see many of you there. RIP Tony Perkins
Ted Bieber, Meldrum Park Oxford House
Oxford Houses are:
Oxford Houses are democratically self run, financially self supporting housing for those in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. There is a zero tolerance policy for those that return to alcohol or drug use (i.e. the resident is immediately expelled).
Oxford of Oregon is:
In the state of Oregon there are 155 Oxford houses that have a capacity of up to 1215 men and women at any given time. There are 108 men’s houses serving 857 men, and 47 women’s houses serving 358 women. In these houses, there are also an estimated 275 children living.
These houses are located in 29 cities in 14 counties throughout the state. Local groups of houses form chapters to provide mutual support to each other. There are 17 chapters of houses in the state of Oregon. These chapters together are the Oxford of Oregon State Association. Within the chapter and state association officers are democratically elected, and provide much of the support that is needed to advise the houses on day to day operations.