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Posted By | Raeann Boero
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Catholic Charities receives Trillium Community Health Plan grant for refugee health

Funding is part of a program to support local projects advancing equity in health care Catholic Charities of Oregon has received a Trillium Community Benefit Initiative grant from Trillium Community Health Plan (Trillium). With the grant, Catholic Charities is supporting the health and wellbeing of refugees federal authorities have approved for residency here.

‘It’s freedom, a chance to expand’

Catholic Charites refugee team partners with local organization that provides free bicycles More than 50 Portland-area refugees served by Catholic Charities of Oregon will be rolling through spring with new or refurbished bicycles, helmets and locks. That’s thanks to a consortium of cycle-minded nonprofits. The volunteers from Reborn Bikes want to share their two-wheeled joy…

Thinker calls for ‘new imagination’ on migration

One of the world’s foremost religious thinkers on migration will speak in Portland in June. The Rev. Daniel Groody’s latest book, “A Theology of Migration: The Bodies of Refugees and the Body of Christ,” includes a foreword from Pope Francis.

NEEDED: LARGER UNITS FOR REFUGEE FAMILIES

Federal authorities have approved a number of large refugee families for arrival in Portland this month, and Catholic Charities of Oregon has been asked to help them resettle.

DISSIDENT, BUSINESSMAN, SOCIAL WORKER

The fascinating life of a Ukrainian refugee in Oregon “All our family and friends — everybody — went to jail,” says Peter Vins, a former Soviet political prisoner who now works with refugees at Catholic Charities of Oregon. “They put my grandmother in jail when she was 64 and had cancer. For me growing up,…

Recognize Resurrection

Easter is more than a day. It’s a seven-week season focused on renewal and wonder. And Easter is also much more than a historic event. It changed history, infusing it with great patterns of hope. Your support for Catholic Charities of Oregon can help make sure that Easter just keeps happening, day by day.

‘It’s freedom, a chance to expand’

Catholic Charites refugee team partners with local organization that provides free bicycles More than 50 Portland-area refugees served by Catholic Charities of Oregon will be rolling through spring with new or refurbished bicycles, helmets and locks. That’s thanks to a consortium of cycle-minded nonprofits.

Lifting each other

Throwback Thursday: Refugee family and neighbors create a transformative bond This is a story about a family from 9,000 miles away with so much gravitas and good nature that a Portland neighborhood has fallen hopelessly in love.

KGW8: Nonprofits in rural Oregon worry that victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking will lose vital legal resources

“Catholic Charities of Oregon is dealing with the unexpected loss of a federal grant that has supported the program for years. The program helps immigrants who are crime victims with legal assistance to manage court systems and gain visas allowed for survivors” (KGW8, March 1, 2024).

Former refugee now a Catholic Charities intern

“Every day is like you are fighting for your life. You are trying to fit in, you are trying to fit in because you started as an outsider, you are a refugee you don’t speak English. I never seem to get over those feelings.” -Cing Sian Nem, 22, a University of Portland student who came…

UPDATE: Ukrainian immigrant progresses on path to language, employment

Olena Leschynska, a refugee from Ukraine, spoke last April at Catholic Charities of Oregon’s annual gala.

Catholic social teaching: option for the poor and vulnerable

The Catholic Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amid the challenges of modern society. Here is number four of the seven principles of the tradition.