Posts Tagged ‘Programs’

February 23, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon will present a Know Your Rights Workshop at PCRI’s Margaret Carter Neighborhood Network Center on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Know your rightsworkshop FHC 2-26-15The Know Your Rights workshop provides essential information for tenants, including best practices for protecting your rights and communicating with your landlord. The workshop will also share information about rights of immigrants and families with children and ways to protect against harassment in housing.

RSVP’s are requested. Amharic translation will be provided at the workshop. Additional translation and/or translated materials may be available with advance notice.

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon. FHCO promotes equal access to housing by providing education, outreach, technical assistance, and enforcement opportunities specifically related to federal, state, and local fair housing laws. These laws protect against illegal housing discrimination based on “protected class status” in any housing transaction and, in fact, any housing situation.

For questions about the workshop or to confirm attendance, contact John at Margaret Carter Center by email or by phone at 503-281-1778.

February 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI invites all Park Terrace and PCRI youth to join us as we explore new foods and learn new skills in the kitchen! The first meeting of PCRI’s Youth Cooking Club will be on Monday, February 23rd from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Maya Cooking ClubThe cooking club is open to all PCRI youth. And activities at this first meeting, will include decorating aprons, discussing safety in the kitchen, and learning to read a recipe card. We will also be making a delicious snack!

Youth must sign up to join and participate. If your child is interested in participating, please sign up by emailing Karissa, coming by Park Terrace Community Center, or calling the center at 503-282-1359. All youth who participate will receive their own apron to keep!

Interested in lending a hand? Contact Karissa to express your interest in volunteering with the Cooking Club!

February 11, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Families – Get the Tax Credit You Deserve!

EITC_Bag_Riverside_CountyDid you know that many families are eligible for valuable tax credits every year? Whether or not you owe any income tax, you could get thousands of dollars in tax benefits.

To get these credits, you must file a tax return. Find out where you can get your taxes prepared for free in NE Portland by visiting Cash Oregon.

When you file your taxes, make sure you ask about these federal tax credits:

  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is for families that pay for child care when they go to work. This credit is worth up to $2,100.
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) is for families raising children. This credit is worth up to $1,000 per child, and is refundable for families earning at least $3,000.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is designed to boost the wages of eligible families. This refundable credit is worth up to $6,044 and is available to married couples earning less than $51,567 or singles earning less than $46,227.

Oregon has additional tax credits for working families:

  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is for those who are eligible for the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax credit. The tax credit, worth up to $1,800, is not refundable, but the unused portion is carried forward for the next five years.
  • Working Family Child Care Tax Credit is for low-income working families. This refundable credit is worth up to 40% of your qualifying care expenses without limit.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit is similar to the federal EITC and is refundable up to $491.

Also, if you get your health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be eligible for the premium tax credit.

Consider putting your tax refund toward reducing debt, repairing credit, or starting an IDA matched savings account. Find out how you can make the most of your tax refund by contacting Amy Dang, PCRI Financial Education Specialist by phone at 503-288-2923 x131 or by email.

February 9, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

PCRI believes wealth creation is a critical step along the path of stability and self-sufficiency. On Wednesday, February 18, from 6:00 – 7:00pm, PCRI will host an asset building information session. PCRI  offers several programs to aid with financial wellness and building savings, all aimed at empowering residents’ success. This information session will be a valuable opportunity for residents to learn more and sign up for these programs.

Asset BuildingWe invite you to join PCRI to learn more about the following programs:

  • Financial Wellness offers support with budgeting, saving, debt reduction, and money management.
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDA) offers a matched savings account for assets like higher education, home purchase, or small business. IDA participants currently receive $3.00 for every $1.00 saved.
  • Homeownership offers education and individualized supportive counseling for those preparing to buy their first home.

The asset building information session will be held at the PCRI Annex, two blocks north of our main office at 6601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

RSVP’s are requested. Please call Liz at (503) 288-2923 x122 or RSVP via email to confirm your attendance.

September 2, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

IMG_1712For two weeks in August, PCRI hosted the Maya Angelou Summer Youth Arts Camp, giving youth ages 5-18 an opportunity to use their imaginations and express their creativity while building character and confidence.

The annual camp has a different focus each year.  For 2014, youth created and starred in a puppet play, thanks to help from Oregon Children’s Theater.  Instructor and award-winning actor James Sharinghousen worked with camp participants to develop skills from acting and dance to learning to keep their attention focused.

While Sharinghousen worked with the youth on their theater skills, Resident Services Coordinator Jessie Blanchard helped youth create puppets and props for the camp’s play and provided additional motivation and support to ensure the youth’s success at the camp.

“It was amazing to see the transformation of the youth as they worked as a team to build a 20-minute play,” Blanchard said.  “I was proud of them sticking with the performance, no mater how intimidating performing can be.  After the final performance, the youth had gained a sense of pride from performing a show that the audience thoroughly enjoyed.”

IMG_1746Blanchard added that the camp participants got to take home the puppets they made at the camp, continuing their interest in storytelling.  Each youth also graduated the camp with a t-shirt which they decorated while learning how to screen print.

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.

 

August 22, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

On August 21, PCRI’s Programs and Resident Services Department unveiled a new client and group meeting space located at 6601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  The PCRI “Annex” is located two blocks from PCRI’s main office and will offer private space for meeting with clients as well as classroom-style group space to host larger meetings, such as Homeownership Program and Financial Education classes, Homeownership Retention forums, and Individual Development Account orientations.

To learn more about PCRI’s Resident Services Programs, click HERE or call PCRI at (503) 288-2923 for more information and appointments.

July 18, 2014 · by Staff · 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) http://www.fsg.org/OurApproach/CollectiveImpact.aspx

To learn more about United Way’s Community Strengthening strategy and the other organizations involved in the cohort, please visit http://www.unitedway-pdx.org/community-strengthening-investments

June 5, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · 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.

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