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LDS-led initiative means funding for Catholic Charities

In rural Mexico, Maria was targeted at a young age by a local human trafficker. He intended to sell her for profit, subjecting her to unspeakable abuse. She fled for her life to the United States, only to be abused by a man on this side of the border. Maria opted for unwavering resilience, poured…

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

We highlight not only Amanda Gorman as a Catholic woman of note, but our own villagers at Kenton Women’s Village and the ladies who are part of our Housing Transitions Program. They are seeking to make the move from homelessness to stability and are climbing hills with great zeal.

KGW8: Nonprofits in rural Oregon worry that victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking will lose vital legal resources

“Catholic Charities of Oregon is dealing with the unexpected loss of a federal grant that has supported the program for years. The program helps immigrants who are crime victims with legal assistance to manage court systems and gain visas allowed for survivors” (KGW8, March 1, 2024).

A blessing for Catholic Charities

Father Hans Mueller, a member of the Catholic Charities of Oregon board of directors, visited Feb. 13 to give the nonprofit’s offices a pre-Lenten blessing. Staff read from Psalm 90: “Lord, give success to the work of our hands.” Father Mueller, pastor of St. Juan Diego Parish in Portland, walked throughout the Catholic Charities offices…

‘To show care’

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.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: In thanks for Portland’s Black churches

In the history of Portland’s struggle for civil rights, the church communities of Black citizens wielded the Gospels powerfully and skillfully. They worked peacefully to provide a great promise, hope and future for their communities.

Anchored in community

Bobbie, 75, wouldn’t dream of leaving Catholic Charities senior housing Bobbie is a human anchor at one Catholic Charities of Oregon senior housing site.

Catholic Charities workers braved cold to help at shelters

During January’s deadly cold in Oregon, two Catholic Charities of Oregon workers risked their safety to volunteer at area warming shelters. Honor Hehn and Korin Kanzler traveled to the shelters in unprecedented slipperiness, braving falls in treacherous ice left by freezing rain. Fifteen people died in the area. Broken wrists, elbows and hips surged in…

ACTION ALERT FROM CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Urge Congress to Pass the Bipartisan Child Tax Credit and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Jason Smith (R-MO) announced the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, a bipartisan tax agreement that expands and improves the Child Tax credit…

Two models of justice

At a time when we honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his extraordinary work in bending our nation toward justice, we want to hold up a lesser-known person who embodied the same tradition decades before King. Introducing St. Josephine Bakhita.

Our social justice statement

Over the past seven weeks, Catholic Charities of Oregon highlighted the seven principles of Catholic social teaching.

Former refugee now a Catholic Charities intern

“Every day is like you are fighting for your life. You are trying to fit in, you are trying to fit in because you started as an outsider, you are a refugee you don’t speak English. I never seem to get over those feelings.” -Cing Sian Nem, 22, a University of Portland student who came…