Posts Tagged ‘Pathways’

September 19, 2014 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

PCRI is excited to announce several new partnerships aimed to provide resources and opportunities for residents to save money and achieve better health.

A recent partnership with car-sharing service Zipcar will offer residents free or discounted memberships and reduced weekday car-sharing rates. The collaboration with Zipcar is designed to help low-income residents make use of a car share program by offering lower rates. Car sharing also helps residents avoid the financial burden of owning a personal vehicle. Residents who would like to enroll in the program should contact Nuhamin Eiden at PCRI.

Maya Heal 2013

Youth learned and had fun at the Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp

Cover Oregon and Oregon Health Authority have partnered with PCRI to connect with resident families who do not have health coverage. The partnership will improve residents’ access to health care and health coverage through population-specific assistance.

PCRI also recently renewed a partnership with AmeriCorps’ Oregon State Service Corps. An AmeriCorps volunteer joined PCRI’s resident services team in September and will help deliver healthy food access and education to PCRI residents. The AmeriCorps member will organize a food bank for residents and host educational classes for adults and children.

Last, but not least, Oregon State University’s Food Hero program is coming to PCRI’s Maya Angelou Community Center this fall. Culturally-specific nutrition courses will be offered through this partnership, tailored specifically for Hispanic/Latino families residing in the Maya Angelou apartment community. Families will benefit from the program aimed at teaching parents fundamentals of nutrition and navigating the region’s food systems.

Additional information for residents is coming soon and will be included in PCRI’s October resident newsletter.

 

September 16, 2014 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

In many inner North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods, affordable housing has become increasingly difficult to find. Families and individuals depending on affordable rents are often faced with the difficult decision to forego basic necessities in order to retain valuable community connections, keep their kids in local schools, or access public transportation. Other long-term Northeast Portland residents find themselves displaced to suburbs and outer Portland neighborhoods in search of affordable rents.

Highland under constructionWhen PCRI determined that one of our affordable rental homes in Portland’s desirable Concordia neighborhood wasn’t practical to rehabilitate, we looked to replace it with a new home that was not only affordable and practical, but also healthy and efficient. The new rental home is part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in neighborhoods where community resources are robust, schools are easily accessible, and transit services are frequent and readily available. This home and future developments coming soon aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

The new home, currently under construction, is anticipated to earn Earth Advantage Platinum certification and will serve as a prototype for future developments. It features four bedrooms and two baths. A main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as all living spaces, are accessible to a resident with mobility impairments. Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom provide space for a larger or extended family.

As with other homes rehabilitated or newly constructed by PCRI and our contractor partners, this home will benefit from finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen because for good looks and durability as well as their absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing.

This new construction project, built by Albina Construction, also provides good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned businesses exceeds 50% of all subcontracted work through July 2014. In addition, PCRI will team up with Oregon Tradeswomen to offer real-world training opportunities for students to develop carpentry and teamwork skills.

Funding for this project has been provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

September 2, 2014 · by pcriadmin · 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.

 

September 2, 2014 · by pcriadmin · 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 pcriadmin · 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.

August 11, 2014 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

On Sunday, August 10, PCRI celebrated the second annual Portland Roots Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The festival featured keynote speaker, chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry, and event host Bryan Gallyot.

The event main stage treated festival-goers to music, dance, and other performances from Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Blaque Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds.  Community and partner organizations provided entertainment and information as well.

To keep festival goers nourished, some of Portland’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants set up in the square. Food vendors included: Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot.

PCRI offers special thanks to Roots Festival’s Gold Sponsors KBOO and Northwest Health Foundation, Silver Sponsor – Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Bronze Sponsor – Albina Community Bank. The production of this cultural festival would not have been possible without the support of these sponsors and many individuals and volunteers.

Click on any photo to view larger images.

 

July 15, 2014 · by pcriadmin · 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.)

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