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Welcome to Germaine’s Kitchen Café!

Posted By | Raeann Boero

Welcome to Germaine’s Kitchen Café, a Gluten Free Culinary Arts program of Catholic Charities Oregon. Here, our program delivers a variety of essential skills helping our students and participants on a path to success in a professional kitchen or foodservice operation. Our program offers in-class instruction on the fundamentals and foundations of cooking along with the very important job/life skills and hands-on learning in just 16 weeks.

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Remarks from Catholic Charities’ Executive Director at Multi-faith Prayer Service for the Zomi Community

On April 17, 2021, Catholic Charities of Oregon and Zomi Catholic Community Portland (ZCCP) hosted a multi-faith prayer service for the Zomi community. Leaders from the Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and other Christian denominations joined the Zomi community in Oregon and other refugee communities, as well as Catholic Charities of Oregon, state senators and local…

PRESS RELEASE: Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oregon Announces Retirement

Deacon Rick Birkel, Ph.D., will lead a year of succession planning and transition management before retiring in June 2022.

Catholic Charities' Executive Director calls for unity and action on Oregon's path to recovery

During Catholic Charities’ annual Celebration of Hope gala on March 13, 2021, Executive Director Rick Birkel, Ph.D., shared how Catholic Charities of Oregon has stepped up to serve our neighbors across the state of Oregon in more ways than ever as a result of a year filled with multiple disasters. Our vision to create a…
Deacon Richard Birkel – Catholic Charities of Oregon

Catholic Charities Partners with St. Francis Dining Hall

Executive Director Rick Birkel, Ph.D. describes the agency’s newly expanded role and vision for the dining hall as a social service program.

Unsealing The Heart's Vision

Under the growing strain of months of COVID-19 isolation, millions of Americans, weary and glued to televisions for news of the pandemic, instead came face to face with a terrifying vision that redefined, in minutes, the way we will speak about racism in America forever.

Antibodies of solidarity: A message from Catholic Charities leadership

Read Executive Director Deacon Rick Birkel and Board Chair Alma Ouanesisouk Trinidad’s message in the Catholic Sentinel here.

A Message from Catholic Charities' Executive Director

Dear Catholic Charities of Oregon family, As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Catholic Charities of Oregon remains a steadfast ally for our clients, staff, and volunteers. Since our founding in 1933, our organization has supported those in need through their most trying times to find stability and hope. Even now, we continue to serve our community and…
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…
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Director's Blog: Helping Seniors Age in Place

In the first installment of his monthly blog, Deacon Rick Birkel discusses the need for a parish-based senior support program.
Deacon Rick at Press Conference

Catholic Charities of Oregon Announces Healthy Housing Initiative

Hundreds to be served in a new proposal to slash chronic homelessness by 20 percent in Catholic Charities of Oregon, Archdiocese and Providence collaboration.