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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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Catholic Charities welcomes Chef Jon Wirtis

Chef Jon Wirtis is Catholic Charities of Oregon’s new Executive Chef/Instructor. His two passions are food and people. Like Catholic Charities, Chef Jon believes food, the very thing that sustains our bodies, can also be the foundation for sustaining and transforming our local communities. One of Chef Jon’s main duties in his role as Executive…

Catholic Charities Recognizes Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Each year the month of April is recognized as National Volunteer Month, giving us a chance to celebrate the impact of volunteer service in our community. The mission of Catholic Charities is made possible through the hands and hearts of more than 2,200 volunteers. These selfless individuals have logged 4,971 hours of service in the…

Donor Appreciation Spotlight: Xander Anton

We are fortunate to have generous donors and volunteers who give their time, energy, support and resources to Catholic Charities. Because of them, we are able to bring vital, lifesaving services to our neighbors in greatest need. As part of our donor and volunteer appreciation campaign, we are recognizing individuals and organizations who share God’s…

Volunteers provide food, security to farmworkers

In partnership with the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC), Catholic Charities staff and volunteers took time to care for those who have always cared for us.
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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…

Frequently Asked Questions: Germaine's Cafe

UPDATE as of May 13, 2021: We have relaunched Germaine’s Café as Germaine’s Kitchen and Café. Learn more about our new culinary arts program and café here. 
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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…
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Introducing the Senior Living Resource Center

Catholic Charities of Oregon has partnered with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and local parishes to help seniors age in place.
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Thanks for a Great Year, Volunteers

As FY19 comes to a close, Partnerships & Volunteer Engagement Manager Hannah MacFarlane reports on the commitment of Catholic Charities’ network of volunteers and corporate partners.