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Catholic Charities outreach to homeless campers saves lives, builds relationships and can offer a path to housing

Splayed on cold damp cement, the man had a face that was quickly turning the color of a raincloud. A woman’s screams for help echoed off the brick buildings of Portland’s Old Town.

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Catholic social teaching: rights and responsibilities

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 three of the seven principles of the tradition.

New residents will need supplies

In October, Catholic Charities of Oregon will welcome 142 households to their new homes at Good Shepherd Village apartments in Happy Valley. Among the residents at this new, light-filled  building will be 58 families and Veterans with very low incomes who are transitioning from homelessness.

Helping residents stay cool

Before temperatures soared in Portland, Catholic Charities of Oregon hosted workshops at some of its housing sites to help residents discover low-cost ways to stay cool.

New garden good for health, community

Deep down, everyone’s a farmer. In a quiet yard at Esperanza Court, planter boxes wear a cap of sprouting lettuce, green beans, beets and other vegetables. Residents of the Catholic Charities affordable housing community in Southeast Portland are caring for the little garden, and the results include healthy food, daily exercise and community interaction.

Lighthouse Financial Foundation to take over Catholic Charities financial coaching program

VANCOUVER, Wash. – June 28, 2023 – Save First Financial Wellness, founded in 2009 as a social enterprise of Catholic Charities of Oregon, will become a part of Vancouver, Washington-based Lighthouse Financial Foundation effective July 1.

KATU Season of Giving, Catholic Charities of Oregon

Catholic Charities of Oregon (CCO) is a proud participant in KATU’s Season of Giving. Yesterday, December 15, Executive Director, Natalie Wood, was a guest on KATU’S AM Northwest and had the opportunity to share about how Catholic Charities of Oregon is different from other social service organizations and how you can support your neighbors in…

Advent Reflection - Kathy's Gift

The season of Advent is one of darkness and waiting. We contemplate our holy longings for wholeness and peace. We yearn for God to appear in our everyday lives. We sing “O Come O Come Emmanuel” with trust that God enters our world again and again, making whole all that is broken, through love. Our…

Aman's Journey to Safety and Stability

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.

National Catholic Reporter: Amid rising homelessness, Catholic-run tiny home villages build more than shelter

Catholic Charities of Oregon’s Kenton Women’s Village was recently featured in an article with the National Catholic Reporter highlighting the value of tiny home/pod communities in Oregon. Kenton Women’s Village (KWV) launched in 2017; a creative and collaborative project, KWV offers a new approach for addressing houselessness at a small scale. The villagers at Kenton…

Catholic Sentinel Closes October 1, 2022

Since its establishment in 1870, The Catholic Sentinel has beautifully connected the hearts of Catholics through storytelling and faithful Catholic Journalism. From all of us at Catholic Charities of Oregon, our hearts are filled with gratitude. Thank you, Catholic Sentinel, for your incredible partnership in lifting up the stories of the most vulnerable Oregonians. You…

Portland Tribune: New affordable housing project opens in St. Johns

In partnership with Related NW, Catholic Charities introduces Cathedral Village. Cathedral Village apartments includes 110 units and is funded in part by Portland Housing Bureau’s affordable housing bond. ‘”We’re thrilled to celebrate the completion of Cathedral Village,” said Natalie Wood, Executive Director Catholic Charities of Oregon. “We know how urgently Portland needs affordable housing for…

Catholic Sentinel: Affordable housing opens in St. Johns

Catholic Charities of Oregon celebrated the completion of a new affordable housing complex, Cathedral Village, on September 20. This new development includes 110 units of affordable housing and residents will have access to Catholic Charities full suite of wrap-around services. ‘“People are looking for more than just housing,” Catholic Charities executive director Natalie Wood said…