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Kenton Women's Village Celebrates New Community Space, Increased Health Care Enrollment

Posted By | Meghan Blood
After a year of planning, the new community space at Kenton Women’s Village is finished! See photos of the project and the impact it has already had on villagers.
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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 of Care and Concern Regarding COVID-19

Catholic Charities continues to closely monitor the rapid spread and effects of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. In keeping with our mission, we are focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in our community, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and those with immune-suppressant health conditions. They are at the highest risk of…
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…
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…
John Herrera gives legal advice

Catholic Charities featured in "Amid immigration crackdown, undocumented domestic abuse victims fear reporting abuse, seeking assistance"

In her highly anticipated follow-up to “‘A blanket of fear’: How deportations affect children,” the Catholic Sentinel’s Katie Scott examines the relationship between undocumented immigrants and local police and why many survivors of domestic abuse don’t feel safe going to the police. Read the full article here or in the October 4 issue of the…
John Herrera gives legal advice

Catholic Charities, Portland City Council, others among those providing legal services to local immigrants

Using property tax collections, the Portland City Council approved $500,000 last year to provide legal aid to local immigrants. With lawyers from Catholic Charities, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Immigration Counseling Service, Innovation Law Lab, and Metropolitan Public Defender, more than 341 people were provided lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings, and 105 (including 23…
Save First featured on Univision, 20 August 2019

Catholic Charities' Save First Financial featured on KUNP Univision Portland

Save First Financial featured on KUNP Univision Portland (Spanish). For the Save First segment, skip to around 6:00.
Dr. Alma Trinidad at Celebration of Hope 2019

Catholic Sentinel: "New chairwoman for Catholic Charities of Oregon advises humility and love when the agency is engaging the public."

Ed Langlois at the Catholic Sentinel introduces Alma Trinidad as Catholic Charities’ incoming chairwoman of the board. Here Dr. Trinidad emphasizes the need for humility and love when engaging Oregonians on topics like immigration, poverty, and racial diversity. Read the full article.
Molly O'Donnell from Save First Financial Wellness

Save First Featured in "Catholic Charities sees success with Save First program"

Save First Financial Wellness Director Molly O’Donnell discusses the program’s short- and long-term impact on financially vulnerable communities in this article by Hannah Sievert in the Portland Business Journal. Read the article to learn more about how Save First is addressing the immediate financial needs of the financially vulnerable and how Save First is using…

Migration Services Featured in "'A blanket of fear’: How deportations affect children"

A recent article in the Catholic Sentinel discusses the destructive effects of deportations and detentions on children and families. The Catholic Sentinel’s Katie Scott spoke to Pope Francis Center Director Vanessa Briseño, Intercultural Counseling Center Manager Lucrecia Suarez, Immigration Legal Services Director John Herrera, and retired immigration judge Michael Bennett. Read the article on their…
A volunteer serves food at the St. Francis Dining Hall

Catholic Charities Featured in "Catholic Charities to take over St. Francis Dining Hall in Southeast Portland"

Catholic Charities is proud to expand our partnership with the St. Francis Dining Hall and build on what parishioners have been doing for decades. Read The Oregonian’s article to learn more about this collaboration with local parishes.