Posts Tagged ‘Programs’

July 18, 2014 · by Melody · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

PDX Roots Poster 2014

The 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival is almost here! Join us:

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
12PM – 8PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

We are looking forward to tasting Africa-inspired dishes from some of the city’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants. Including:
Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot

On the main stage, we will be treated to performances from some incredible musicians, poets, and dancers. Including:
Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Black Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds

Have fun learning about food, health, and community with our partner organizations. Including:
Friends of Family Farmers, Q Center, Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Urban League, Men’s Health Project, Curriculum of Cuisine, Bradley Angle, Earth Wisdom Alliance, Lanyi Fan, Black Women for Peace, and Oregon Children’s Theater who will be on-site with storytelling workshops.

Bryant-Terry-photo-credit-Margo-Moritz-680x835Special guests include key-note speaker, Bryant Terry.
Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of numerous books, including Vegan Soul Food, The Inspired Vegan, and Afro-Vegan. He is also the host of Urban Organic, a multi-episode web series. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food. Bryant completed 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 American History from New York University and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2008 to 2010, Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program. He lives and creates in Oakland, California, with his wife and children.

image b. gallyotSpecial guests also include event host – Bryan Gallyot. Repeatedly voted Pasadena’s “Best Personality”, Bryan is also known for hosting charitable events across Southern California. This Palm Springs based entertainer and co-owner of the Crazy Coconut Bar & Grill is happy to join us here in Portland for the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival.

For more information, contact PCRI at 503-288-2923. We hope to see you there!


July 15, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as one of 30 select organizations to participate in United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s new Community Strengthening collaborative cohort designed to improve outcomes for low-income children and their families, and ultimately break the cycle of childhood poverty in the four-county (Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington) region.

UW LogoThe collaborative cohort, which is based on the “collective impact” approach, is part of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s new strategic direction to leverage the expertise, resources, and effort of multiple organizations across the region in working together toward one common goal: breaking the cycle of childhood poverty.

United Way’s Community Strengthening cohort is comprised of 30 emerging and established non-profits serving low income and culturally specific communities across the metropolitan area. The cohort will work together for a period of three years (July 2014 through June 2017) to create and participate in learning communities designed to share experiences, exchange data and information, and build collective knowledge around new and promising practices to improve outcomes for low-income families and their children. Each member of the Community Strengthening cohort will be awarded up to $50,000 per year, to complete this critical work. (*Funding to PCRI and the other non-profits in the cohort is contingent on the funding United Way receives as an organization to its Breaking the Cycle fund.)

“We are pleased to participate in the United Way’s Community Strengthening cohort because together we can make community-level change,” said Melody Padilla, PCRI Director of Programs.  “We hope to learn new models and best practices, share our own, and build a movement to end childhood poverty.”

Each non-profit organization participating in United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s Community Strengthening cohort has agreed to share their results through a common measurement framework, to work together on critical problems and innovations in the field, and to build a common knowledge base about collective impact on childhood poverty in our region.

“We are ecstatic to be collaborating with the outstanding organizations selected to be a part of our Community Strengthening cohort on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. The issue of poverty is incredibly complex, with multiple facets; it’s a far greater issue than any one organization can resolve alone,” said Keith Thomajan, CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. “In utilizing the collective impact model, we are confident we can amplify and accelerate the impact we are making in our community specific to student success, family stability, and connected communities to give every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status, a fair chance at success. Quite simply, we are better together.”

The Collective Impact Model

The collective impact model, as articulated by the non-profit consulting group Foundation Strategy Group (FSG), is a model of work that brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change. There are five conditions** of “collective impact” that lead to meaningful results:

A common agenda: All participants have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions

  1. Shared Measurement: Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable
    1. Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action
    2. Continuous Communication: Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and appreciate common motivation
  • Backbone Organization: Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies (The backbone organization for the Community Strengthening strategy is United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.)


**Source: Foundation Strategy Group (FSG)

To learn more about United Way’s Community Strengthening strategy and the other organizations involved in the cohort, please visit

June 5, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

girlspicturePCRI is proud to present the Second Annual Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square–and we’re looking for volunteers to help make this year’s event even more fun and successful than last year!  Volunteers play a critical role to in the success of the event and will be provided with meal vouchers and pre-event orientation.  Will you join us?

Interested volunteers should download the Roots Festival Volunteer Packet (link HERE) or contact Jessie Blanchard via email or at (503) 287-4009.

The Portland Roots Festival (read more about the festival HERE) has specific needs for four volunteer roles. Please read more about volunteer needs below and note that we will do our best to match you with your desired volunteer role, but we appreciate your flexibility to fill other roles depending on needs the day of the event.  On-site event staff, in addition to the Volunteer Coordinator, will be available to assist you with any questions the day of the event.

Volunteer Positions

  • Information Team: This role involves welcoming attendees at one of our information tables. Volunteers who work in this role will greet people who arrive, check other volunteers in/out of the event, and provide people with information about the event. Most importantly they should be warm and friendly!
  • Production Team: This role involves assisting participants (vendors, artists, partners, etc.) with information about on-site loading/unloading, when and where to setup/takedown, and directing them to their PCRI staff contact.
  • Youth Activity Team: This role involves helping with PCRI’s youth activity booth. Volunteers will welcome kids and families to the booth and provide information about the day’s activities.
  • Peace Keeper Team: This role involves keeping the festival clean and maintained. Volunteers will be walking around to keep an eye on the appearance of the event and directing visitors to on-site facilities (water, recycling, composting, etc.).

Click HERE to download the Roots Festival Volunteer packet (including an information sheet to return with your contact information and preferred volunteer role).  For questions or more information about volunteering, please contact Jessie Blanchard at PCRI.

June 5, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI

From July 14 to July 25, 2014, PCRI’s Park Terrace Community Center will be abuzz with the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Camp.  The two-week camp teaches youth the importance of staying active and making healthy eating choices–and empowers them to put those lessons into practice.  The HEAL camp is free for PCRI residents, but is open to other youth with tuition based on a sliding scale based on family income.

Heal Camp 1The 2014 camp builds on the success of prior years.  Youth will learn dance from a variety of instructors–everything from Hip Hop to Belly Dancing (keeping it age-appropriate, of course).  Adding to their dance skills, camp participants will create an animated video Youth will also benefit from cooking classes and by making smoothies from berries they pick themselves. As with prior years, the food prepared by youth in the camp will be combined into a cookbook (check back for those recipes!). Adding to their dance and cooking skills, camp participants will also create an animated video about the camp’s activities.

Prior years’ participants have learned valuable skills in Ninja School, discovered new favorites visiting local farms, and had fun learning about food and gardening while making seed bombs.  Classes will be held at Park Terrace Community Center and Maya Angelou Community Center Monday through Friday from July 14-18 and July 21-25, 2014.

For more information, to register, or to learn more about sliding-scale tuition, please contact Jessie Blanchard, Resident Services Coordinator at PCRI, by e-mail or at (503) 287-4009.  Registration and consent forms must be received by PCRI no later than June 20, 2014 to confirm enrollment in the camp.

Want to Help?

Our camps depend on support and donations of the community!

We are specifically looking for gift cards for snacks, and donations of gardening supplies for the activities, as well as monetary donations to help cover the expense of professional staff members who will lead organized classes.  Donations can be made online HERE.

June 5, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to host the annual Maya Angelou Summer Youth Arts Camp for youth ages 5-18.  The two-week camp is a highly anticipated opportunity for youth to use their imaginations and express their creativity in a supportive environment that builds character and confidence.  The arts camp is free for PCRI residents, but is open to other youth with tuition based on a sliding scale based on family income.

Maya Arts Camp 2011For 2014, the Maya Angelou Arts Camp will give youth a chance to be their star of their own puppet play.  Instructors from Oregon Children’s Theater will guide youth through the process of creating the puppets and the play.  The camp will be held August 11-15 and August 18-22, 2014 and will culminate in a showcase performance on August 22, 2014.

In addition to the puppet play, the two-week camp will feature projects from different art disciplines involving various media.  Prior art camp projects included murals, painted chairs, mosaics and other activities.

The Maya Angelou Art Camp was started in 2004 by a community member as a free summer program for the children at the Maya Angelou Apartments and the surrounding neighborhood. After supporting the camp for several years, PCRI recently incorporated the camp into regular programming at the Maya Angelou Community Center.  The Maya Angelou Art Camp, as well as PCRI’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Camp provide opportunities for growth and development for youth residing in PCRI housing and the surrounding community who typically lack access to summer programs and healthy foods outside of school.

For more information, to register, or to learn more about sliding-scale tuition, please contact Jessie Blanchard, Resident Services Coordinator at PCRI by e-mail or at (503) 287-4009.  Registration and consent forms must be received by PCRI no later than July 5, 2014 to confirm enrollment in the camp.

Want to Help?

Our camps depend on support and donations of the community!

We are specifically looking for gift cards for snacks, and donations of art supplies for the activities, as well as monetary donations to go toward paying for professional staff members who will lead organized classes.  Donations can be made online HERE.

April 15, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

April is National Financial Literacy Month. PCRI is excited to celebrate with a new Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn $100 to open a new checking account or use in other ways. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, April 22, and will cover topics ranging from budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing credit and avoiding identity theft.

Classes are limited to 35 participants and pre-registration is required, so residents are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to Amy Dang at PCRI.  The classes include:

  • Love MoneyClass 1 (Tuesday, April 22, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Borrowing Basics” topics include basics of banking and borrowing.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, April 29, 6-8 p.m.): “Check it Out” and “Money Matters” topics include backing vs. check cashing services, and budgeting.
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, May 6, 6-8 p.m.): “Pay Yourself First” and “Keep it Safe” topics include the importance of saving and protecting your identity
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, May 13, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Charge it Right” topics include financial scams, identity theft, and maintaining good credit.

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn $100 from Banner Bank.  Class sizes are limited and registration is required.  Contact Amy Dang, PCRI’s Financial Education Specialist, for more information or to register.

April 1, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI knows how important having good money management skills is to successfully navigating life. We want our children to grow up to be responsible with money … but how soon should we start teaching money management skills to our children?

Recent studies indicate that if we wait until children become teenagers, it might be too late to be most effective teaching these skills. According to a report by researchers at the University of Cambridge commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Money Advice Service, kids’ money habits are formed by age 7.

Chidren-and-savingsParents need to help children develop saving habits at an early age before they develop spending habits. Beth Kobliner, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, says children as young as three years old can grasp financial concepts like saving and spending.

As they get older, parents can help children distinguish between what we can and cannot live without. Understanding the difference between needs and wants is the first step in learning how to develop a budget. In addition to being able to navigate personal finances, financial education leads to other benefits. Teaching kids to save teaches self-control. Choosing to save, instead of spend, is an exercise in self-control. The famous 1927 Stanford Marshmallow Experiment showed that kids with self-control are psychologically better adjusted, more dependable and do better in school.

Kids who save are also more likely to go to college and graduate. The July, 2013 Biannual Report from the Assets and Education Initiative (AEDI) found that even with less than $500 in college savings, children from families with modest means are three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate than those without college savings. Children with a savings account also have lower stress and a greater sense of hope for the future, according to the Saving for Education Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) Initiative.TCTS Logo

So what if your children are older than age 7? Should we just give up? No. Parents can attest to how quickly children, even teenagers, can pick up new skills. That is why PCRI is participating in the national Teach Children to Save Program.

On Thursday, April 10th, a free children’s financial education workshop will be held at the Park Terrace Community Center. The workshop begins at 4:00 p.m. and we invite all PCRI residents to bring their children. If you would like to sign up your children for the workshop or if you have any questions, please contact Amy Dang, Financial Education Specialist.

August 7, 2012 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

From July 23 to August 3, the Maya Angelou Community Center buzzed with the sounds of Camp Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL). Every afternoon, campers prepared their own healthy lunches made from farm fresh veggies, tended their new on-site garden, and finished the afternoon with physical activity, from swimming to rock climbing.

Campers planted, watered, and showed off their new tomato, pepper and basil plants.

Campers will remember HEAL throughout the year as they pull out their exclusive water bottles in school, at home or anywhere!

Camp began each day at the Maya Angelou Community Center, located at one of PCRI’s multi-family properties in North Portland.

HEAL was full of future stars, from budding climbers to fledgling footballers.

 HEAL was made possible through a grant from the Portland Timbers Community Fund and support from our wonderful community partners and volunteers from New Seasons Markets, Portland Nursery, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and the Portland Farmer’s Market.

June 29, 2012 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

The award from the Portland Timbers Community Fund will help encourage physical activity and healthful eating at PCRI’s summer camp.

PCRI will accept an award from the Portland Timbers Community Fund next Tuesday at Jeld-Wen Field. Photo: Pamela Rentz (Flickr)

Look out for a PCRI youth and Resident Coordinator Catherine Mehta on the playing field during halftime at the Timbers’ July 3 match against the San Jose Earthquakes. They will be accepting a $2,000 award to help fund this summer’s Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Summer Camp at the Maya Angelou Community Center.

Thanks Timber Joey for your support!

The summer camp is designed to address three significant needs among the youth we serve: educational retention during summer months, physical activity, and knowledge and experience to prepare healthy snacks and meals.

“We know in the community we serve, that there is a high amount of diet-related health issues,” says Julie Madsen, Thriving Families Coordinator to PCRI. “This camp provides an opportunity for young people in our community to understand the impact their choices today make for their health in the future. We are grateful to the PTCF for providing the funds that make this camp possible. If anybody else would like to contribute, we are looking for educators, volunteers, and supplies ranging from food donations, sports equipment, and writing journals.”

PCRI thanks the Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF) for its continued dedication to raising awareness for PCRI and strengthening healthy outcomes for youth in the community.

For more information about Camp HEAL or if you’d like to volunteer or donate, please contact Julie Madsen: (503) 288-2923 x122,

February 17, 2012 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Save one dollar, get three dollars.  Sounds great, right?  We thought so too, so we’re hosting an open house on Tuesday, February 21, to provide information and sign up residents who can benefit from these matched-savings Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).  In fact, we have IDAs available for youth, too!

The open house will be at PCRI’s main office (map HERE) on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.

Want to sign up?  Can’t make it during these times?  Need help with childcare in order to attend?  Call PCRI and ask for Julie (or send her an e-mail).

IDA savings can be used for home purchase, home repair, college education and more.  In fact, we can help set up an  account especially for college savings for adults and youth ages 15+.  For more information about IDA guidelines, check out our web page dedicated to Individual Development Accounts or make an appointment to see us on the 21st!

Interested residents should bring with them current and complete proof of income for the last two months as well as information about assets (car, house, savings) and liabilities (loans, mortgage, debt or bills).  Not sure exactly how much information or unsure about what paperwork is appropriate?  Just give us a call.

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