July 25, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI

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, will be published by Ten Speed Press on April 8, 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.

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) 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 10, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · About Us, Featured, PCRI

CotugnoPCRI is proud to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors, Andy Cotugno.

Mr. Cotugno has 40 years of professional experience in the transportation and land use planning fields.

He was appointed as Metro’s Transportation Director in 1980.  In 2000, the Transportation and Growth Management Services departments were merged into one, the Planning Department which Mr. Cotugno had responsibility of managing until 2008.  In 2008, Mr. Cotugno was appointed to the position of Senior Policy Advisor to the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to Metro, he worked as a transportation planner for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio.

Metro is a regional government encompassing the urban portions of the tri-county Portland metropolitan area.  Metro’s home rule charter states that Metro will provide “planning and policy making to preserve and enhance the quality of life and the environment for ourselves and future generations. . .”

Mr. Cotugno received his bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California in 1974, and has done graduate work in public administration at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

June 5, 2014 · by Melody · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

PCRI is proud to present the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival. Once again, we are coming together to promote healthy living through nutrition and exercise by tapping into the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these cultures took through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.

Roots Festival PosterThe celebration will feature some of Portland’s tastiest Afro-food vendors, a variety of fun and educational health-related activities for the whole family, and plentiful information from local health based organizations. PCRI residents will be there to share their healthy food access journey through community gardening, nutrition education, senior food bank, and youth summer health camp. We’re excited to have you and your organization participate in the event and help PCRI continue enriching our residents’ lives through the promotion of healthy life choices.

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

The event will feature local performers, a key-note speaker, African, African-American, Afro- Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, local non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. We expect about 5,000 people to attend the festival and we invite you to join us.

Questions about Portland Roots Festival?
Contact Whitney Shaw or Melody Padilla by email (click a name to send an email message) or by phone: (503) 288-2923.

Interested in volunteering?  CLICK HERE to read about Roots Festival volunteer needs and opportunities.
 

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.

June 3, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI, Rehabilitations

PCRI is excited to complete improvements to the Urban Plaza property at the corner of N. Russell Street and N. Williams Avenue.  The improvements are funded in part by the Portland Development Commission (PDC) Community Livability Grant program and are focused on creating and improving vibrant and healthy neighborhoods.

Urban Plaza north facadeThe most noticeable improvement funded by the Community Livability Grant was planting of new trees along N. Russell Street and in the parking area adjacent to the building.  The new trees, planted and maintained by local non-profit VERDE Landscape, are more appropriate for the locations where they are planted and have the added benefit of colorful blossoms at different times during the year.  The new trees replace existing gum trees that were damaging the sidewalk, which (along with brittle limbs) had become a safety concern.

The new trees also provide better visibility for the portraits of community leaders displayed on the North façade of the building.  PCRI will add five new portraits to the building in July, 2014.  Those portraits, including one of Charles Jordan, Portland’s first African-American city commissioner, were part of the Black Pioneers luncheon PCRI hosted in December 2013.  The portraits will be formally unveiled at a celebration scheduled for July 10, 2014.

PDC Livability Grant also helped replace part of the building’s roof with a new system which will reduce energy use, addressed deteriorating paint issues on the building’s south wall, and repaired damaged sections of the building’s sidewalks.

The Urban Plaza building is home to 24 units of affordable housing and community-based businesses including the Urban League of Portland, White Men as Full Diversity Partners, and Black Rose Books.

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

Effective June 1, 2014, PCRI waiting lists are open for 1-, 2-, and 4-bedroom units in our Affordable Housing (non Section 8 ) portfolio.  This includes rentals available to Housing Choice voucher holders and other applicants whose income qualifies for affordable rental units.  If you are interested in more information or would like to be added to the waitlist for the eligible units, please visit our How To Apply page or visit our office at 6329 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR  97211 Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Please note: this is not a waiting list for subsidized Project Based Section 8 housing.  PCRI’s Project Based Section 8 waiting list is currently closed.  Please continue to check the Project Based Section 8 page of our website for updated availability and waiting list information.

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