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African Americans are disproportionately impacted by diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, but healthy choices and early detection can help combat this statistic. For Black History Month, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Legacy Health‘s Black Employee Resource Group and others are reaching out to the Portland community to provide FREE health information and wellness checks.
WHAT: FREE health information and wellness checks
WHEN: Saturday, March 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: TGW Faith Ministries, 126 NE Alberta, Portland, Oregon 97211
The FREE health clinic will offer:
For more information on a variety of health issues, visit the Legacy Health website.
PCRI offices and community centers will be closed Friday 2/7 due to inclement weather. Our offices will re-open on Monday 2/10 at 12:00 noon, but clients with appointments are encouraged to call before arriving in case staff members are not able to safely travel to work. We anticipate returning to regular office hours on Tuesday 2/11.
During the unexpected closure, residents with emergency maintenance needs (no heat or water, no electricity, or no working toilets) should call PCRI’s after-hours maintenance line at 503-265-9634.
Residents in single-family homes are reminded that clearing snow from the sidewalks is the responsibility of the resident. Please help us ensure your safety and that of your neighbors. Residents who need assistance may request help using regular (non-emergency) maintenance office line.
For more information about closures, check the OregonLive website or KGW.com. For individuals and families needing housing or shelter assistance (not currently living in a PCRI home), please visit 211Info.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
PCRI shares a reminder from Legacy Health: the best way to avoid the flu — and avoid spreading it to vulnerable children and others — is to get the flu vaccine. On Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Legacy is hosting a free flu vaccine clinic. Vaccines will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. No appointments are necessary.
The flu season is here and the number of patients testing positive for influenza is on the rise, according to Legacy Health. Many of the cases have been quite serious and even life threatening. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in partnership with Immunize Oregon and the Multnomah County Immunization Program want to remind the public that flu season lasts for months, not weeks. There is still time to get vaccinated in order to help protect yourself and your loved ones.
WHAT: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is offering FREE flu shots to people age six months and older while supplies last.
WHEN: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center – Lorenzen Conference Center
2801 N. Gantenbein
Portland, OR 97227
People age 12 and older may also receive a free tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccination. Pertussis commonly referred to as whooping cough, is very contagious. County health departments declared pertussis outbreaks in Oregon and Washington in 2012. Eighty three percent of people who die from pertussis in the U.S. are less than three months old and often catch it from adult family members.
For more information on the flu and other health issues, visit the Legacy Health website.
PCRI’s third annual Dancing with the Stars benefit gala will feature five prominent Portland community members, each competing with their professional partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio to earn the title of Gala Champion. The dancers for the March 15, 2014 event include: Ifanyi Bell, Emmy-nominated producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting; Ashley Korslien, reporter at KGW Newschannel 8; Charles McGee, CEO of The Black Parent Initiative; Kelly Russell, professional benefit auctioneer; and Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative for District 36.
The gala will feature a reception, dinner, and live auction and will take place at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower in downtown Portland. All proceeds from the event will support the affordable housing and award-winning services PCRI provides to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Judges for the dance competition include: Samuel Brooks, founder and Chair of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs; Kristin Connor, Capital Pacific Bank; and Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists (and a competitor at the 2013 gala). The reigning gala champion, Katherine Cook, reporter for KGW Newschannel 8, will lead the event as Mistress of Ceremonies.
In addition to the dance competition, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase will open the event performing a featured dance.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives is proud to sponsor the Celebrating Black Pioneers luncheon, to be held on December 27, 2013 at the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME).
PCRI invites community members to join in honoring the lives and accomplishments of five people who made a difference for Portland’s Black community. Please RSVP to PCRI by telephone at (503) 288-2923 or by email.
The luncheon will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please note a change of location from earlier announcements. The luncheon will take place at OAME: 4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
The luncheon’s 2013 honorees include:
Charles Jordan, Portland’s first African-American City Commissioner. Mr. Jordan held the role of City Commissioner for 10 years and the role of Parks Director for 14 years. In June, 2012, the University Park Community Center—a center Mr. Jordan was instrumental in revitalizing—was renamed in his honor. Prior to the dedication of the newly-named Charles Jordan Community Center, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish commended Mr. Jordan’s work, saying, “Charles Jordan took Portland Parks and Recreation to the next level. His fingerprints are all over our system.”
Pauline Bradford, respected teacher, neighborhood advocate. Mrs. Bradford was a teacher at Peninsula Elementary School until her retirement in 1989. She has a strong connection to Albina and the Eliot neighborhood where she has lived for fifty years. She is Past President of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and she remains on the Board representing the Eliot Neighborhood Associations. She has long been active in the Association of Colored Women’s Clubs & Youth Affiliates (the oldest African American women’s organization in the U.S., founded in 1896). First elected President of the Oregon chapter in 1982 she served several subsequent terms and was also elected to a term as President of the Northwest Region of the Association. Currently, she is a member of the National Board of the Association.
Harold Williams, Sr., member of Portland Community College’s Board of Directors from 1990 until 2012. Mr. Williams continues to be remembered by his peers and community not only for his service to PCC, but also as a community leader for over 50 years, including work for Governor Bob Straub as affirmative action director and equal opportunity coordinator (a role he later filled at the Portland Development Commission as well), and as a consultant to the Oregon Youth Authority. Mr. Williams was also president of the Portland African American Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Coalition of Black Men, among many other accomplishments.
Evelyn Collins, daycare owner and community member. Miss Collins, as she was commonly known, purchased in 1965 what is now the Wonder Ballroom. There, she earned the respect of Eliot community members by caring for the neighborhood’s children. “She cared about some kids that others threw away,” says Ralph Davis on the Eliot Neighborhood website. “Being a white person, it was unheard of what she did in the Black community.” Miss Collins received numerous community service awards over the years, including KOIN-TV’s Jefferson Award, and the Humanitarian Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Dr. John Marshall (photo not available), one of Portland’s first black medical doctors. Dr. Marshall was a prominent physician whose own practice mirrored the challenges of many black Portlanders. Originally located near Memorial Coliseum, eminent domain forced him to relocate his practice to a new location on North Williams Avenue to make way for the construction of I-5 in the late 1940s. Regardless of location, Dr. Marshall’s connection to the community went beyond that of a typical physician: he strengthened the community by stressing education as a means to better oneself, and he routinely wrote off 20% or more of potential income caring for patients who did not have the means to pay for his services.
All photographs and information are thanks to the sites to which they are linked.
PCRI’s offices and community centers will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24-25 and December 31-January 1. While we’re away, we offer sincere thanks for the priceless gifts given to us during the course of the year: selfless volunteers, generous donors and sponsors, tireless advocates and allies.
You help ensure families have safe, affordable homes so they don’t have to choose between paying rent and buying healthy meals.
You help support seniors who need a little help with home repairs so they can remain safe and stable in the home they already own.
You help provide matched savings accounts so a family can realize their dream of homeownership or a college education.
You help create this list which could go on, and on, and on …
PS: Want to do more? ’Tis always the season for a tax-deductible gift. Contribute at pcrihome.org/contribute
PCRI believes that low-income families should not be forced to choose between keeping their homes warm and putting healthy food on their table. To help low-income families stay warm and have money left for other essentials, a partnership of Portland businesses will soon begin a pilot weatherization program at ten of PCRI’s single-family homes in North and Northeast Portland.
The pilot, a collaboration between Portland non-profits PCRI and Verde, will be funded by NW Natural. It provides energy-saving weatherization improvements like air sealing and insulation to low-income households without challenges like waiting lists and up-front costs that accompany many existing weatherization programs.
“This pilot is a great opportunity to more efficiently provide utility cost savings to families who need it most,” said Travis Phillips, Housing Development Manager at PCRI. “We’re eager to see and expand on the pilot’s success so these and other families can spend their hard-earned salaries on school books and healthy food instead of keeping their home warm
PCRI and Verde are also using the pilot to provide economic opportunity to low-income families and communities of color. The two non-profits engaged Home Energy Life Performance Group (H.E.L.P.), a minority- and woman-owned business who has already weatherized and reduced energy consumption for over 800 Oregon homes, to perform the weatherization improvements. The project is expected to create 340 work hours in its pilot phase, with additional opportunity in future phases.
“Along with helping Oregon families to live in warmer, healthier homes, partnerships like this mean we can grow skilled-labor jobs, while generating additional opportunities for multiple local business providers,” said Berenice Lopez, President of Home Energy Life Performance Group.
Beyond measures like air sealing and insulation, the pilot includes an education program, funded by a grant from The Concordia Foundation, helping residents understand the work being performed and how household habits affect their energy bills, comfort and healthy indoor environments.
“NW Natural is excited to fund and partner on this innovative program,” said Bill Edmonds, NW Natural director of environmental management and sustainability. “Even though gas prices are as low as they were in 2004, that doesn’t make drafts any warmer. We think it’s important to reach as many households as possible with education and services about energy efficiency.”
The pilot phase of the project is expected to be complete in early 2014. Following a successful pilot, PCRI and Verde aim to replicate the program elsewhere in PCRI’s affordable housing portfolio, for seniors in PCRI’s Homeownership Retention program, and with other organizations serving low-income Oregon residents.
Want to learn more? Contact Travis Phillips at PCRI and read about our partners below:
ABOUT VERDE: Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy. Verde establishes social enterprises to employ and train low-income adult community members, create contracting opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and bring environmental assets to low-income neighborhoods. www.verdenw.org
ABOUT H.E.L.P.: Born out of a desire to build an organization that combined green job values with assistance to homeowners, Home Energy Life Performance Group, Inc. (H.E.L.P.) has been a driving force in Oregon’s home performance industry and is committed to helping make warmer and healthier homes accessible to all Oregonians. The company’s trained and certified staff perform all aspects of weatherization using building science practices. www.helppdx.com
ABOUT NW Natural: NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 689,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
Saturday, December 21,2013, Portland’s Black Parent Initiative (BPI) will hosting their annual Black Parent Initiative Holiday Parent Fair from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event will showcase parent education workshops and will feature gifts, music, food and fun.
“It’s a great opportunity for parents who’ve been unable to join us to enjoy more of our weekly scheduled classes and get resources from our community partners,” says Charles McGee, President and CEO of the Black Parent Initiative.
Childcare will be provided for children ages 3-12.
The Black Parent Initiative Holiday Parent Fair
December 21, 2013 | 11am-2:00pm
For more information, visit The Black Parent Initiative website at www.thebpi.org. Workshops at the fair include:
Literacy Traditions in the Black Community:
“Literacy Advice for Adults Raising Black Children.”
This informative workshop focuses on the reading traditions in the Black Community. This workshop will also highlight the importance of African-American presence in our reading selections. Using Imagery of African Americans to not only inspire but to motivate Black children to read and become culturally responsive to literature.
Balancing Home, Life, Balance:
This workshop will highlight tools and strategies needed to help better balance our hectic lives. The discussion will give strategies as to highlight how to best navigate when facing the challenges of having a demanding job, kids and families. The facilitator will provide tangible tools that can be implemented for organizing and maintaining a healthy life, without having to do it all!
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) believes investing in disadvantaged communities is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty. This fall, PCRI did exactly that: 22 affordable rental homes in North and Northeast Portland will have new roofs, fresh paint and new sidewalks by the end of 2013 thanks to a workforce training program operated by local non-profit Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and several minority-owned contractors.
PCRI spent more than $112,000 on improvements for the homes, with over 90% of the work performed by local, minority-owned and non-profit contractors. The improvements ensure the long-term durability and safety of the homes for the low-income families who live in them and further PCRI’s long-standing goals to provide opportunity for small, local businesses and minority-owned firms.
“These aren’t just investments in a few homes, they are investments in the strength and livability of our community,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director. “’Community Reinvestment’ is part of our name as well as an important part of how we do business.”
For the capital improvement projects, PCRI sought businesses with whom the organization had existing relationships such as NAYA Construction Services. NAYA’s construction workforce training program trains low-income Native Americans with essential skills for living wage construction jobs.
“Our job is to care for our people and invest in our community. These building improvements mean a safer, more secure residence for people who need it, and increased opportunity for the minority-owned-and-operated contractors doing the work,” said Matt Morton, Squaxin Island Tribe, NAYA Family Center Executive Director.
PCRI also used these capital improvement projects to connect with contractors the organization had not previously used. The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) and Portland’s Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Project (MCIP) were especially instrumental, connecting PCRI with local minority businesses for this and future projects.
PCRI is continually improving its portfolio of 700 affordable housing units, including single-family homes, small plexes, and community apartments. Contractors who are interested in participating in future improvement projects should contact Jordan Allen, Maintenance Administrator, for more information.
#GivingTuesday is a national campaign on December 3, 2013, just following “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” that will create a day of giving to celebrate and encourage the community to participate in charitable activities.
This year, PCRI is thrilled to be a part of #GivingTuesday! It doesn’t take much to make a big difference and we appreciate giving on any level through donations, volunteering, or helping spread the word. Here are a few suggestions for your #GivingTuesday:
PCRI, the community and the world want to help make this giving season the biggest yet!
For Questions, please contact Travis Phillips at 503-288-2891
“Do your little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
A team of recognized experts and influencers, initially convened by leaders of 92nd Street Y and supported by a core group of founding partners, originally spearheaded this effort. Founding partners in 2012 included United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity:water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital. Leaders in philanthropy, social media, innovative giving, grassroots organizing, marketing and communications are providing counsel and resources to help build this movement.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday plarticipants and acitivites or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
#GivingTuesday is endorsed by Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy, Giving Institute, Giving USA Foundation and InterAction. Charity Navigator, Givewell and GuideStar are serving as Charity Advisors. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer advisor to #GivingTuesday.