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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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Refugee Employment Services Program (ESP) gives newly settled Oregonians hope and stability after hardship

Going on its fifth year now, the Refugee Services Employment Services Program (ESP) is a rapid employment program for newly arrived refugees. Rapid employment means that refugees in this program must find a job within six months of their arrival in Oregon. During that time, Catholic Charities covers their bills, including their electric and water…

Catholic Charities' Refugee Services creates COVID-19 Team to increase access to vaccines

Oregon has a diverse and growing refugee and migrant community. Refugees and migrants make up 10% of the Oregon population, and an additional 11% of Oregonians have at least one immigrant parent. Most refugees in Oregon came from the Ukraine, Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq, Bhutan, Russia, Moldova, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Oregon…

Advancing refugee resettlement work through partnerships

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Refugee Services: Giving justice, dignity, and hope to our newest neighbors

Catholic Charities of Oregon is committed to helping refugees rebuild their lives in their new homes. That commitment stems from a core Catholic teaching that every human being is created in the image of God and is, therefore, entitled to human dignity and respect. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states, “The Catholic…

Father Dan Groody encourages reflection, empathy, and oneness

June is Refugee Awareness Month with World Refugee Week taking place June 14-20, leading to World Refugee Day on June 20. In honor of the courage, strength and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence, we interviewed Father Dan Groody—Holy Cross Priest,…

Donor appreciation spotlight: M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

We are fortunate to have generous donors and volunteers who give their time, energy, support and resources to Catholic Charities. As part of our donor and volunteer appreciation campaign, we are recognizing individuals and organizations who share God’s love and who help to spread light by partnering with us. Because of them, we are able…

Disaster preparedness tips: Sheltering in place and in shelters

In a disaster you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter in place. In the excitement of an emergency, focusing on what you need to do can be difficult. Here’s how to keep your family safe:

Salada's Strength

Imagine having to flee your home at a moment’s notice after suffering extreme physical violence, leaving with nothing but the clothes on your back and your surviving family members. Imagine walking for 20 days along environments unknown, often dangerous, searching for shelter, food, water, and safety. Then imagine enduring all of that without knowing how…

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…

Donor Appreciation Spotlight: Jacqueline Jensen

We are fortunate to have extremely generous donors and volunteers who give their time, energy, support and resources to Catholic Charities. As part of our donor and volunteer appreciation campaign, we are recognizing individuals and organizations who share God’s love and spread Christ’s light by partnering with Catholic Charities. Because of them, we are able…

Remarks from Catholic Charities’ Executive Director at Multi-faith Prayer Service for the Zomi Community

On April 17, 2021, Catholic Charities of Oregon and Zomi Catholic Community Portland (ZCCP) hosted a multi-faith prayer service for the Zomi community. Leaders from the Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and other Christian denominations joined the Zomi community in Oregon and other refugee communities, as well as Catholic Charities of Oregon, state senators and local…

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…