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Aman's Journey to Safety and Stability

Posted By | Raeann Boero

Without Chiles House, Aman would have been living on the streets, battling his PTSD alone and facing the additional trauma of homelessness. Thanks to Chiles House, Aman now has a safe place to heal and has access to counseling right next door at Catholic Charities’ headquarters.

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Catholic Sentinel: Volunteers amplify ministry

Catholic Charities of Oregon would not be able to serve our mission without our robust community of compassionate volunteers. We are so grateful for individuals who have a heart for this work and give of their time and talent to support our clients and staff. Many challenges in volunteer coordination have presented themselves during the…

Listening and Kindness: Revelations of God's Wisdom

“When any one of us chooses to listen to another, and then responds with kindness, offering hope born out of our own experience of struggle, we reveal the wisdom of God.“

Volunteer Spotlight: Catherine Sutton and Thomas Kolb

Catherine Sutton (Cathy) has been volunteering with Catholic Charities of Oregon as our “Development Support Superstar” since June of this year and was joined shortly after by her husband, of fifty years, Thomas Kolb (Tom).

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.
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…

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. 
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…