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Zomi Catholic Community, Portland, OR

Zomi Community

The Zomi are a Christian ethnic minority group from Myanmar, Bangladesh, and India. Intense religious persecution in Myanmar has caused the resettlement of many Zomi to Portland as refugees.

Helping to end the cycle of poverty

We support access to job training and education

The inherent struggles of relocation and the trauma of persecution are compounded in Portland by systemic and institutional racism. One-hundred percent of the Zomi community in Portland are living below the federal poverty line. Catholic Charities of Oregon works with the Zomi Catholic community by providing technical support to end the cycle of poverty and enhance access to training, skill development, and secure jobs. We also assist Zomi youth in accessing Catholic education.

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Violence in Myanmar targets the Zomi Community

The Zomi community has suffered increased violence and oppression since the military junta in Myanmar staged a coup d’etat on February 1, 2021. Tragically, children and youth have been disproportionately attacked and killed. In response to the violence, Catholic Charities of Oregon and Zomi Catholic Community Portland (ZCCP) held a multi-faith prayer service on April 17, 2021, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Portland.

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Welcome to Germaine’s Kitchen Café!

Posted By | Jon Wirtis
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…

Save First Financial Wellness: Client Success Story

Posted By | Randy Lucas, Save First Asset Program Building Manager and IDA Specialist
In August 2021, a Zomi family purchased their first home – a 5-bedroom, 3-bath house in outer SE Portland.  The road to make this dream come true wasn’t easy. Working closely alongside our Catholic Charities of Oregon and Save First Financial Wellness teams, this family embarked on a 3-year-long, sometimes arduous, path that required careful…

Donor Appreciation Spotlight: Oregon Law Foundation

Posted By | Vanessa Briseño, Chief Development & Communications Officer
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 can bring…

How to Help Friends and Family who are in Afghanistan

Posted By | Vanessa Briseño, Chief Development & Communications Officer
A widespread humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan. Thousands of people who have worked as interpreters, translators, and in other capacities alongside the United States military over the past twenty years, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, find themselves and their families in danger. If you are looking to help family and friends who are…