Project Incubation

Catholic Charities of Oregon is spearheading several initiatives in an effort to improve the quality of life of the people we serve and empower Oregon’s communities to do the same. Learn more about some of our developing projects below.

Pantry shelves

Food Pantry

Inner Southeast Portland's lack of culturally specific markets and familiar, affordable foods led Catholic Charities of Oregon to partner with the Oregon Food Bank to provide a weekly food pantry open to our clients and newest neighbors in need of food assistance. The pantry supports access to fresh, healthy food through a multicultural lens with particular emphasis on language access. The pantry currently serves families from 10 countries representing 13 languages.
Germaine's Cafe

Germaine's Kitchen and Café

Germaine's Kitchen and Café is at the heart of our Food Response Network. Germaine’s Kitchen and Café prepares and distributes hot meals for our unhoused neighbors in Southeast Portland and provides a culinary training program for those in our community with their own unique barriers to employment, from adults experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities to those coming through rehabilitation and addiction and other life changing experiences. Our café is scheduled to open to the public in 2021 at our Clark Family Center headquarters.
Microaggression Workshop brochure

Racial Microaggression Workshops

This training supports clinicians in recognizing and stopping implicit bias that affects the way in which they engage in clinical practice with clients of color.
Young man and woman embracing

Sanctuary State Training for CPS & Self-Sufficiency Workers

A state-wide education initiative for DHS workers. As state employees in a sanctuary state, many DHS employees have requested education and information around the current policies and practices related to sanctuary status. In collaboration with the DHS Office of Equity and Inclusion, Catholic Charities provides training to DHS workers around immigration and refugee laws, status issues faced by families and the role of workers in supporting individuals and families affected by immigration. To date, over 550 DHS workers around the state have been trained around this issue.
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Senior Living Resource Center

The mission of the Senior Living Resource Center at Catholic Charities is to empower parish and housing communities to assist older adults with their desire to age in place by staying engaged in their communities, and creating support systems to meet their needs. While recognizing the gifts and opportunities that older adults provide, the center also focuses on developing supportive programs to meet the growing needs of vulnerable seniors living in the 126 parish communities of the Archdioceses of Portland, as well as in our own affordable housing developments.
technical support

Supporting Immigrant- & Refugee-Led Nonprofits

Catholic Charities of Oregon sees the importance of culturally-specific organizations in the success of our immigrant and refugee clients.
Zomi Catholic Community of Portland, Oregon

Zomi Catholic 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.

Catholic Charities welcomes Chef Jon Wirtis

Posted By | Brittney Manchester, Communications Director
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…

Catholic Charities Recognizes Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Posted By | Jenni Manning, Partnership and Volunteer Engagement Manager
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…

Donor Appreciation Spotlight: Xander Anton

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
We are fortunate to have generous donors and volunteers who give their time, energy, support and resources to Catholic Charities. Because of them, we are able to bring vital, lifesaving services to our neighbors in greatest need. As part of our donor and volunteer appreciation campaign, we are recognizing individuals and organizations who share God’s…

Volunteers provide food, security to farmworkers

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
In partnership with the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC), Catholic Charities staff and volunteers took time to care for those who have always cared for us.