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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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National Intern Day: Meet Marta Williams

Marta Williams, Catholic Charities of Oregon’s (CCO) new intern for Germaine’s Kitchen and Café (GKC), shares her passion for supplying fresh and healthy foods to those who need it most and why she loves working with CCO. “My goal is literally to feed the hungry of Portland…You may never be able to cure houselessness or…

News 10: Almeda fire survivors come together as two year anniversary approaches

Last weekend a group of Almeda fire survivors came together in Talent, Oregon almost 2 years after the devastating wildfire.  While some have been able to rebuild, others are still feeling the impact of the wildfire’s destruction and continue to hold hope for things to get better. For those that lost their homes, their greatest…

DJC Oregon: Happy Valleys first affordable housing development gaining steam

“Happy Valley’s first regulated affordable housing development is underway. Good Shepard Village will have 143 affordable homes, including 35 Permanent Supportive Housing and 15 units prioritized for veterans who have experienced homelessness. The approximately $60 million development was funded in part by Metro Affordable Housing Bonds. About $18.3 million of the bond will go toward…

Sightline Institute: Affordable Housing in Oregon is about to Catch a Big Break in Parking Mandates

In this article, author Katie Gould, explores the limitations and barriers parking restrictions have on affordable housing projects. Catholic Charities’ Community Development and Housing Manager, Julia Metz, comments on the issue as it relates to one of Catholic Charities’ development projects. Good Shepherd Village is currently under construction in Happy Valley and will provide 143…

Featured Friend of Catholic Charities: Casey Vu

Casey Vu is an amazing supporter, volunteer, former client, and friend of Catholic Charities of Oregon, and we are honored to share his story. Thank you, Casey.

The Oregonian: Community Based Organization Provides Financial Empowerment Services

“Half of Americans lack the resources to deal with an unexpected financial emergency of $400, without borrowing money from a family member or using credit. That means that an unexpected medical bill or even just a fender bender can significantly affect a person’s finances. Save First Financial Wellness aims to help individuals become more financially resilient…

Catholic Sentinel: New Catholic Charities' Leader: 'A mission given to us by God'

After 8 years of service to Catholic Charities of Oregon (CCO), Deacon Rick Birkel passes the light of leadership onto new Executive Director for CCO, Natalie Wood. After 20 years with Catholic Charities in Houston, Texas, Natalie joins us with a wealth of experience and a deep faith. Natalie will officially assume her new position…

Vancouver SW Washington Business Journal: Movers & Shakers 6/17/22

Congratulations to Molly O’Donnell, Executive Director for Save First Financial Wellness,  for her appointment to the Board of Directors of Lighthouse Financial Foundation. Lighthouse Financial Foundation provides financial services, counseling, and training to underserved populations in our community. With Molly’s expertise and passion for helping families and individuals become financially stable, she is the perfect…

Affordable Housing Finance: Oregon Developers Seek to House Zomi Refugees

Catholic Charities of Oregon, along with other partners, will be providing referrals and services for a new housing project called, “The Lawrence”. This affordable housing project is being developed by Home First Development and Green Light Development, whose primary focus is to serve the Zomi community. Construction for The Lawrence is expected to be completed…

Catholic Sentinel: Religious leaders express solidarity with Ukrainians

“In a Northwest Portland synagogue May 17, dozens of faith leaders expressed solidarity with Ukraine’s people and urged believers to contribute to humanitarian support.” To read the full article visit: https://catholicsentinel.org/Content/News/Local/Article/Religious-leaders-express-solidarity-with-Ukrainians-/2/35/45782

Catholic Sentinel: Couple issue challenge grant to help fire survivors

After reading an article about Oregon wildfire survivors, couple Rob and Sharla Walsh were inspired to lend their support and call others to do the same. To learn more about the story that sparked their generosity, visit: https://www.catholicsentinel.org/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotator/Article/Couple-issue-challenge-grant-to-help-fire-survivors-/-3/382/45760?s=1