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 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.

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.

Germaine's Cafe Opens Doors for IDD Community

Posted By | Lori Irish Bauman