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October 23, 2017 · by Travis Phillips · The Beatrice Morrow, Uncategorized

Construction at the Beatrice Morrow development continues to proceed according to schedule, with the second floor nearly ready to take shape. First floor walls, columns and floors are complete and decking is in place for the concrete slab of the second floor. Concrete deliveries are anticipated during the coming weeks.

To facilitate safety and jobsite access, additional street closures are planned on NE Cook Street during beginning the afternoon of Monday October 23 through approximately November 5. Cook Street will be closed to parking and vehicle traffic at NE Martin Luther King Blvd during this time. Access will remain available from NE 7th Avenue to the Magnolia Apartments and properties east of Martin Luther King Blvd.

The Beatrice Morrow construction team has also been in contact with the contractor of the property at 422 NE Ivy Street. Although this construction is unrelated to PCRI and Colas Construction’s work at the Beatrice Morrow, we have helped to coordinate access for construction vehicles from NE Martin Luther King Blvd to help minimize construction traffic on Ivy Street.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

May 16, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, Uncategorized

Thanks to a grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation announced May 15, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives will have additional resources to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing homeownership education program. The grant will help support increased attendance in PCRI’s program as well as new program orientation sessions and post-purchase support.

PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick (2nd from left) accepts a grant from local Wells Fargo executives, left to right: Andrew Tweedie, Community Affairs officer; Tracy Curtis, Regional President; and Cobi Lewis, Community Development officer. PCRI will use the $100,000 grant to build 22 affordable homes for sale to low-income buyers displaced from N/inner NE Portland

PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick (2nd from left) accepts a grant from local Wells Fargo executives in January 2017, left to right: Andrew Tweedie, Community Affairs officer; Tracy Curtis, Regional President; and Cobi Lewis, Community Development officer. PCRI will use the $100,000 grant to build 22 affordable homes for sale to low-income buyers displaced from N/inner NE Portland

PCRI has experienced a sharp increase in participation in its homeownership program in the last year and anticipates further increases in participation due to a recent Portland Housing Bureau initiative prioritizing first-time home buyer assistance for families with roots in North and Northeast Portland. Many prospective homeowners introduced to PCRI’s program through the PHB initiative have already begun working toward homeownership with PCRI’s support.

“Homeownership is the most effective way for most families to achieve and retain stability within their community,” said Andrea Debnam, PCRI’s Manager of Resident Services. “This grant will help PCRI clients realize their dreams and build assets through homeownership, breaking cycles of poverty.”

PCRI offers comprehensive and culturally specific resident services, including the homeownership education program, to residents and the larger community. PCRI also partners with industry professionals to deliver workshops and individual support focused on every aspect of home buying and ownership. After purchasing a home, PCRI remains connected to buyers, providing post-purchase support. In addition, PCRI provides homeownership retention and referral programs to help senior homeowners age in place and retain homes they currently own.

The homebuyer education program is a component of a larger PCRI initiative aimed to mitigate displacement and bridge minority homeownership gaps: Pathway 1000. The initiative aims to develop 1,000 new homes during the next 10 years, prioritized for residents involuntarily displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland. In addition to current rental projects under development, PCRI is developing more than 20 homes for purchase by first time buyers in the next two years. Wells Fargo Housing Foundation previously committed $100,000 in support for the homeownership initiative through its Priority Markets Program (grant presentation pictured above). In addition, down payment assistance totaling over $1.7 million is committed for these buyers by the City of Portland Housing Bureau.

Since 2004, PCRI has successfully provided culturally-specific homeownership education, counseling services, and financial assistance to low- and moderate-income residents living in PCRI housing and in the larger community. Interest in PCRI’s homeownership program has nearly doubled in the last year and, with increased development of homes for purchase associated with the Pathway 1000 initiative, attendance is expected to continue to increase. The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation grant will help PCRI meet increased service needs as well as develop new programs.

March 29, 2013 · by Travis Phillips · Uncategorized

Join PCRI (and Timber Joey) at Portland Timbers match on Thursday, May 2nd to support PCRI’s affordable housing and resident services.  A limited number of tickets are available.  Get yours today!

Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution
Thursday, May 2, 2012 — Game time: 7:30pm
Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison Street, Portland

Tickets are $40.00 each and 20% of each ticket sold provides direct benefit to PCRI residents, supporting the community reinvestment, individualized resident services programs and affordable housing that we provide to help individuals and families stabilize their lives and achieve self sufficiency.

Will Timber Joey show off his moonwalk or the splits like he did at PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars gala? We can’t say, but we do know that there are a limited number of tickets, so don’t wait to get yours — email us today!

Pass along the word to your friends and family too, but the quantity of tickets is limited.  Email us or give us a call soon to reserve yours!

January 17, 2013 · by Staff · Uncategorized

All Aboard: Railroading and Portland’s Black Community
January 15 – April 21, 2013
Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers

All Aboard!

Just in time for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and National Black History Month in February, the Oregon Black Pioneers return to the Oregon History Museum to partner on a new exhibit, All Aboard: Railroading and Portland’s Black Community.

This new exhibit and accompanying programs will focus on the work and lives of African American railroad workers in Portland in the 1800s to 1940s and the community that grew up around Union Station during that period. Content will include the evolution of work for blacks on the railroads and in black-owned businesses in Old Town, the context of this time period in Oregon’s racial history, the stories of the railroad workers and porters, and how their lives and communities were shaped by their work.

Related Programs and Events
Oregon Black Pioneers has organized a series of panel discussions in association with the exhibit and will be working with the Oregon Historical Society to develop additional programs.

Panel #1 – “The Railroad Men and Family Life: Let the Offspring Tell It!”
Sunday, January 27, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Lorenzen Conference Center at Emanuel Hospital
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227
Featuring: Children of Railroad Families
Avel Gordly
Cleophas Smith
Carolyn Leonard
Bill Rutherford
Moderator: Bill Hart

Panel #2 – “Free At Last?: Let the Elders Point the Way”
Sunday, February 10, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
June R. Key Delta Community House
5940 N. Albina Ave
Portland, Oregon 97217

Featuring: Elders in the City of Roses
William Woods
Minniebell Johnson
Aletha Chavis
Bill Hilliard
Myrtle Carr
Moderator: Donna Maxey

Panel #3 – “What the Workers Have to Say: Stories You’ve Never Heard”
Sunday, March 10, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
Featuring: Laborers in the First Person
Bob Boyer
Yugen Rashad
Horace Fox
Michael “Chappie” Grice
Moderator: Renee Mitchell

December 17, 2012 · by Staff · Uncategorized

Recently, PCRI talked with Shakish Harrison of Today’s Little Scholars Childcare. Here is what Ms. Harrison told us about her business.

1) Why did you start Today’s Little Scholars Childcare?
Today’s Little Scholars Childcare was created to provide the metro Portland community with safe, reliable and affordable high quality child care. While offering flexible hours to accommodate many schedules for families with Infants, Toddlers and School age children.
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2) What do you love about running a day care business?
I love bonding with the children, watching them grow and develop. Watching them play and learn while interacting with their friends. I love watching them figure things out and turn to me with pride on their faces. I love their laughter, the genuine affection they offer, their honesty, their easy forgiveness, their gratitude for time spent with them. I love being able to offers a peace of mind to parents so they can focus on their work, while knowing their children are receiving the best possible care.

3) How long have you been running a day care business?
Here in Portland, Oregon since May of 2009.

4) What are your goals for Today’s Little Scholars?
My goal for Today’s Little Scholars Childcare is to expand to a commercial location. Persist in providing a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. Children learn through play and will also benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Continue to offer a wide variety of activities, which will stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children are taught to respect each other, adults, and property through positive guidance, reinforcement, and redirection.

5) How has PCRI assisted you?
PCRI has assisted me with the opportunity to operate my business in a stable, professional environment, good location and emotional support. PCRI genuinely cares. Thank you!!

For more information, visit

Today’s Little Scholars Childcare Flyer

The content of this post is for information purposes and does not explicitly or implicitly constitute an endorsement on behalf of PCRI.

December 17, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Uncategorized

Recently, PCRI talked with Shakish Harrison of Today’s Little Scholars Childcare. Here is what Ms. Harrison told us about her business.

1) Why did you start Today’s Little Scholars Childcare?
Today’s Little Scholars Childcare was created to provide the metro Portland community with safe, reliable and affordable high quality child care. While offering flexible hours to accommodate many schedules for families with Infants, Toddlers and School age children.
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2) What do you love about running a day care business?
I love bonding with the children, watching them grow and develop. Watching them play and learn while interacting with their friends. I love watching them figure things out and turn to me with pride on their faces. I love their laughter, the genuine affection they offer, their honesty, their easy forgiveness, their gratitude for time spent with them. I love being able to offers a peace of mind to parents so they can focus on their work, while knowing their children are receiving the best possible care.

3) How long have you been running a day care business?
Here in Portland, Oregon since May of 2009.

4) What are your goals for Today’s Little Scholars?
My goal for Today’s Little Scholars Childcare is to expand to a commercial location. Persist in providing a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. Children learn through play and will also benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Continue to offer a wide variety of activities, which will stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children are taught to respect each other, adults, and property through positive guidance, reinforcement, and redirection.

5) How has PCRI assisted you?
PCRI has assisted me with the opportunity to operate my business in a stable, professional environment, good location and emotional support. PCRI genuinely cares. Thank you!!

For more information, visit

Today’s Little Scholars Childcare Flyer

The content of this post is for information purposes and does not explicitly or implicitly constitute an endorsement on behalf of PCRI.

October 16, 2012 · by Staff · Uncategorized

Come visit the 17th Annual Wellness Village!

When:
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where:
Ambridge Center
1333 NE MLK Jr. Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232

Free health screenings, cooking demos, fitness activities, fashion/beauty activities, kids’ games, and more! Fun for the whole family!

For more information
AAHC Wellness Village

October 16, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Uncategorized

Come visit the 17th Annual Wellness Village!

When:
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where:
Ambridge Center
1333 NE MLK Jr. Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232

Free health screenings, cooking demos, fitness activities, fashion/beauty activities, kids’ games, and more! Fun for the whole family!

For more information
AAHC Wellness Village

December 17, 2009 · by Travis Phillips · Uncategorized

PCRI staff let loose with our holiday cheer yesterday afternoon and got into the spirit of the season decorating our office.  For some families, however, this time of year isn’t filled with cheer and good fortune.

PCRI Christmas Decoration

PCRI employees have adopted two of our resident families this year in hopes of making their season a bit brighter.  With your help, we can spread some holiday cheer and help provide some basic gifts like clean, dry clothes.

One of our adopted residents is Martha, a single mother who immigrated from South Africa five years ago to find a better life for herself and her 14 children.  Only six of her children survived the journey.

Fighting terminal illness, Martha is not able to hold a steady job.  Still, she works hard to provide for her kids, supplementing her meager disability stipend by collecting aluminum cans so she have food on the table for her children.  Through it all, Martha’s faith and family give her the strength and positive outlook to do all she can to give her family everything she can.

PCRI's Frosty and Reindeer

Alice is the mother of the other family PCRI has adopted this year.  Since she’s been our resident, Alice worked 3-4 jobs as a caretaker to provide for her four children, but was just laid off from her only current job a few weeks ago.  While Alice searches for a new job, she counts her blessings to be able to spend more time with her children this holiday season.

PCRI employees are chipping in to help bring a bit of Christmas cheer to these two families by purchasing gifts–some as basic as socks and shoes–and gift cards for discount and grocery stores.  Check out these families’ holiday lists on our Facebook page.  Donations can be mailed or delivered to our office at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Portland.

PCRI Lobby Holiday Tree

While you’re in the giving spirit, please consider donating in our Community Centers’ Supply Drive (our Community Center wish list is on our Facebook page too).  It’s in our Community Centers that we provide programs to help our families achieve self-sufficiency, learn to build wealth and prepare for homeownership.

We also utilize the Community Centers to help residents connect to local resources and search and prepare for better employment.  And it’s where we offer kids’ programs too, like computer, music and art classes.  Donations to our Community Centers (things as basic as printer paper, crayons, markers and stickers) can also be brought to PCRI’s office as well as the Maya Angelou Community Center (Mon – Thurs, 3-7 p.m.) or Park Terrace Community Center (Mon – Thurs, noon-6 p.m. and Friday 2-6 p.m.).

As one other piece of goodwill for the season, the holiday trees that PCRI staff took a break to decorate yesterday will find their way to the homes of two PCRI families just in time for Christmas Day.  So, regardless of how you’re celebrating this season, we wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday!

December 9, 2009 · by Travis Phillips · Uncategorized

Record cold?  Check.  Icy wind?  Double check.  Freezing rain and snow?  On its way.  How does one cope with this frigid weather?  Here’s a collection of tips to make the best of it:

Arctic Blast 2008

Of course, keeping yourself warm is key.  If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in a place you can stay warm.  If not–or if you know someone who needs a place to thaw out, check out 211Info’s list of Portland-area warming centers.

On the other hand, if you’re trying to keep your own home toasty to cope with Arctic Blast ’09, there’s a lot you can do to help keep the warm in and the cold out.  And in the process, you’ll save money on your heating bill!

  • If you have draperies on your windows, open them during the day to let the sun warm the room.  But in the evening, close ’em tight: they will help act as a barrier against cold air coming off the windows.
  • Whether or not you have draperies, double-check that windows are closed tight.  Latch any window locks too–they will help ensure the windows are shut as snug as possible.
  • For your doors, check for any incoming cool air.  You can purchase or make draft stoppers that lie at the base of your door, keeping cold air from flowing inside.  In a pinch, a rolled up towel does the trick too.
  • Close any foundation vents (but make a note to open them in the spring so moist air can vent and doesn’t cause rot).

But don’t stop once you’ve tackled the drafts.  There are  a handful of other tricks to make the best of the situation:

  • If you can, rearrange your furniture away from cool spots in a room.  Feel a breeze sitting in your favorite chair?  Slide it to another part of the room where you’re away from the cool window or door.
  • Space heaters can be an option to heat a small area (and can cost less if you’re heating areas you don’t use).  BUT … space heaters can start fires too!  Make sure to keep clear space around the heater and definitely switch it off when you leave the room.
  • Use common sense with fireplaces, too.  Use a fire screen to keep sparks from flying into the room, keep plenty of clear space and always put the fire out before you leave.
  • Have a ceiling fan?  It works in cold weather too!  Look for a reverse switch which will allow the fan to push warm air back down into lower areas of the room.

Your home needs protection from the cold weather too, so don’t forget about its needs:

  • Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses (and irrigation/sprinklers, if you have them)
  • Turn off outside water lines and open the outside spigots to drain standing water from the pipes.
  • To prevent water pipes from freezing, wrap outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated areas with an insulating material.  An old t-shirt or towel works for this, or hardware stores sell insulating “hats”.
  • In extreme cold, a trickle of water running from the indoor faucet farthest away from your main water pipe (where water enters the house) may help to keep indoor pipes from freezing.  Use cold water to avoid gas or electric heating charges. Just remember: a little bit goes a long way!

Finally, don’t forget your pets.  They need extra care in the cold weather, just like you and I do.

  • If possible, bring your pets indoors when the temperature dips below 30 degrees–with or without the wind chill.  Dogs and cats can get frost bitten ears, nose, and feet if left outside.
  • If Spot does stay outside, he’ll need a dry, elevated house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out.  Use plastic food and water bowls Spot’s tongue can stick to cold metal.  (Remember the flag pole in 3rd grade?)  Check throughout the day to make sure water bowls are not frozen.
  • Chemicals used to melt snow on sidewalks can irritate pets’ paws.  Wipe Fido’s paws when he comes inside so he doesn’t eat the salt, antifreeze or other chemicals used on snow and ice.  Cleaning paws is also a good time to check for injuries: his paw pads can bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  • Keep in mind, indoor pets get less exercise in the cold months, so feed them less.
  • Outdoor pets are the opposite, give them more food. Outdoor dogs and cats need more calories in the winter to produce body heat.

Winter Sunrise over Mississippi Ave

Now that you’ve got that all taken care of … heat up a hot cup of tea, maybe come hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy these clear, sunny skies while they last!

Have more tips?  Don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments!

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