PCRI Welcomes New Resident Services Staff

February 22, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

In January and February 2015, PCRI welcomed three new staff members to our Resident Services team. Each of these new staff members bring a diverse background of experience and will work directly with PCRI residents to ensure they have the tools they need to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Adrena Christmas, Resident Services Coordinator for Maya Angelou Community Center

IMG_3271Adrena Christmas has been building relationships with the children and families living in the Maya Angelou apartment community since she began her role as Resident Services Coordinator there in January 2016. She brings a deep sense of commitment to her community to this role, and a breadth of skill and experience. Adrena has worked in a variety of sectors – she owned and operated her own daycare from 2009-2013, and comes to us most recently from a position with PNC Bank as a Tax Credit Compliance Specialist. Adrena’s business sensibility, along with her compassion and skill in working with children, will contribute to truly robust activities and services at the Maya Angelou Center.

Adrena was born and raised in Portland. As someone whose family has been directly impacted by involuntary displacement (including her father, who was affected by the Vanport flood), Adrena knows first-hand the challenges facing folks of color and moderate-income families in North/Northeast Portland. As a mother of five – and proud grandmother of four! – Adrena balances family, work, and school (she’s currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree). Adrena stays busy, and she is already off and running working on plans for new programming for PCRI youth and families.

PCRI is excited to have Adrena as part of our staff team. Be sure to drop by the Maya and welcome her!

Victoria Davis, Resident Services Coordinator for Park Terrace Community Center

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Victoria Davis has enlivened the Park Terrace Community Center since she joined the PCRI staff team in January 2016. Victoria brings boundless energy to the Park Terrace community, and comes to PCRI with a depth of experience in social service provision. She joins PCRI after thirteen years of employment with Central City Concern, where she supported clients in a range of capacities, including: addiction and substance abuse response, mental health support, and homeless services. Victoria’s approach to her work is rooted in principles of harm reduction, a desire to meet people where they are, and the belief that all people – regardless of circumstance – should be treated with dignity.

Victoria was born in Portland, but split time in her childhood between the Pacific Northwest and Birmingham, Alabama. Victoria’s Southern roots show up in her sense of hospitality, and in her warm personality. She says simply, “I speak to people because it’s the right thing to do.” Victoria loves to interact with folks of all different backgrounds, and is especially committed to PCRI’s mission of service to people of color and those with modest means.

With support from PCRI’s homeownership program, Victoria purchased her first home in 2014. “We really can become homeowners,” she said after moving in. “Renting didn’t make sense for me anymore. Even with all the trials and tribulations, I just stayed the path.”

We were thrilled to help Victoria achieve her homeownership goal and we’re grateful to now have Victoria as part of our staff team. Please stop by the Park Terrace Center to say hello & introduce yourself!

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