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Accepting the Portland Immigration Statue Award

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Catholic Charities Christmas Wish List

You can help bring a merry Christmas to families in need by purchasing a gift or two for families in need. Use the link below to access a list of badly needed items.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Year-End Giving

As year-end approaches, remember your gifts to Catholic Charities of Oregon are tax deductible. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization that is publicly supported. This means that if you itemize your deductions on your tax return, you will be able to offset your taxable income for every dollar of your gift.
Germaine's Cafe

Deacon Rick Birkel Asks for Support as Germaine's Cafe Launches to Serve Critical Needs

As Catholic Charities prepares to launch Germaine’s Cafe, Executive Director Rick Birkel asks for the community to rally behind a project that promises to expand professional opportunities for men and women experiencing disabilities. His piece, including an overview of Germaine’s Cafe and what a food service business would look like at Catholic Charities, can be…
Mock-up artwork of Germaine's Cafe next to a picture of St. Germaine Cousin and the Germaine's Cafe logo

What Saint Germaine Can Teach Us About Recognizing God in Each Other's Suffering

By any measure, St. Germaine’s life seemed destined for suffering. As a young girl, she was sickly, and in addition to her deformed right arm, she suffered from scrofula, which left large open sores on her neck and face. When her father remarried after the death of her mother, Germaine’s stepmother banished her to the…
Catholic Charities takes part in a demonstration supporting Oregon's refugee resettlement agencies

Catholic Charities Board Member Featured in "Lower Refugee Cap Concerns Catholic Groups"

Before joining the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Francis Kham was a refugee. Today, he is an outspoken advocate for both the Portland Zomi community, of which he is a part, and refugee resettlement in general, which has been reduced from 80,000 in 2016 to just 18,000 today. Read the full story from the Catholic…
Case management and advocacy pave the road to self-sufficiency

Case Management and Advocacy Pave the Road to Self-Sufficiency

What does it take to help someone move past the trauma and culture shock experienced by so many new arrivals? Agencies like Catholic Charities help refugees rebuild their lives and become participating members in our community through a myriad of services, ranging from case management to advocacy. Case Manager Supervisor Fowzia Abdulle has dedicated her…

Keep Oregon Open: The Welcoming Refugees Bill Passes, Sets National Example

After a nearly 8 months of uncertainty, Oregon House Bill 2508, AKA the Welcoming Refugees Bill, passed in late June, at the eleventh hour of the legislative session. The bill paves the way for the state’s three resettlement agencies, Catholic Charities among them, to continue serving refugees as they rebuild safe, sustainable lives for themselves…