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.

John Herrera gives legal advice

Center for Removal Defense

The Center for Removal Defense was established in fall 2017 to help ensure broader fairness and increased effectiveness in our local and state immigration system by providing legal protections for immigrants.
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 Café

Germaine's Café will provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity for personal growth as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose. It is our intention that individuals experiencing IDD will play an active and key role in the leadership of Germaine's Café.
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.
An older, white-haired woman sitting and looking off to the side

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.
Articles

Germaine's Cafe Opens Doors for IDD Community

Posted By | Lori Irish Bauman

What Saint Germaine Can Teach Us About Recognizing God in Each Other's Suffering

Posted By | Connor Skaggs
By any measure, St. Germaine’s life seemed destined for suffering. As a young girl, she was sickly, and in addition to her deformed right arm, she suffered from scrofula, which left large open sores on her neck and face. When her father remarried after the death of her mother, Germaine’s stepmother banished her to the…
Mock-up artwork of Germaine's Cafe next to a picture of St. Germaine Cousin and the Germaine's Cafe logo