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PCRI, a HomeFree-USA affiliate, invites the housing community to join the “Reaching Millions” National Leadership and Housing Counseling Training Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, September 9-11, 2015. The 11th Annual conference is a unique training and networking event with a pre-conference workshop and reception on Tuesday, September 8.
The conference brings together housing counseling leaders and provides information on successful approaches and strategies that come from more than 20 years’ experience serving families across the country. Conference speakers will share insight and direction, participants will have networking opportunities, and are encouraged to participate in regional roundtables to discuss new opportunities.
Conference details can be found HERE. The conference will be held at the Portland Hilton and Executive Towers, located at 921 SW 6th Avenue in Portland. Special room rates are available for attendees.
HomeFree-USA brings together more than 150 non-profit community-based housing counseling leaders. PCRI and other HomeFree-USA affiliated organizations represent more than 4.5M families nationwide.
Please share and distribute this opportunity with your network and register today!
Save the Date! PCRI’s 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers.
Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.
On October 8, 2014, PCRI will host a community meeting for residents and community members. The community meeting will share information about updates to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan and its potential impacts for residents and the community. Admission is free and registration is not required.
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland
Comprehensive Plan updates can also be found on the City of Portland Website, along with scheduled public hearings. For more information about the PCRI-hosted meeting, please call PCRI at (503) 288-2923.
Help us share information about this event! Please download a flyer to post at your business or community location.
On Sunday, August 10, PCRI celebrated the second annual Portland Roots Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The festival featured keynote speaker, chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry, and event host Bryan Gallyot.
The event main stage treated festival-goers to music, dance, and other performances from Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Blaque Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds. Community and partner organizations provided entertainment and information as well.
To keep festival goers nourished, some of Portland’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants set up in the square. Food vendors included: Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot.
PCRI offers special thanks to Roots Festival’s Gold Sponsors KBOO and Northwest Health Foundation, Silver Sponsor – Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Bronze Sponsor – Albina Community Bank. The production of this cultural festival would not have been possible without the support of these sponsors and many individuals and volunteers.
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Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”
Bryant’s fourth book, Afro-Vegan, was published by Ten Speed Press in April 2014. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine. Bryant also authored The Inspired Vegan, and he coauthored Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.” Bryant is also proud to have served as the “humanities advisor” on the Between Meals cookbook project, which shares the recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women and explores how they have nourished their families in the US.
Bryant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O: The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times among many other publications. As an exclusive speaker signed with the Lavin Agency, Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.
Bryant is the host of Urban Organic–a multi-episode web series that he co-created–and he was a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast. He is a featured expert in the documentary film Soul Food Junkies. He served as an advisor and made an appearance in the documentary film What’s on Your Plate, as well as the PBS educational film Nourish. Bryant has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show.
Bryant’s education efforts and activism have earned him numerous accolades. In 2014 the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley honored Bryant (along with Tavis Smiley and Belva Davis) for his commitment to community development and transformative change. In 2012, Hillary Clinton chose him as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of the American Chef Corps. That same year TheRoot.com included him on its list of “100 most influential African Americans,” TheGrio.com included him on its list of “100 African Americans making history today,” and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him “Best Cookbook Cheftivist” in the Bay Area. In 2011 Bryant was included in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 list,” and in 2009, The New York Times magazine featured him among a handful of “food fighters.” He was selected as one of the “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7 in 2008. From 2008-2010 Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and in 2007 he received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education along with author and Educator Marion Nestle.
In 2002 Bryant founded b-healthy (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a multi-year initiative in New York City designed to empower youth to be more active in fighting for a more sustainable food system.
Bryant graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in History from NYU and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughter.