OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The goal of WeShine is to provide safe, welcoming and empowering transitional
micro-villages for homeless persons in every Portland neighborhood. We seek to establish community-based partnerships with all affected parties to create living situations in the immediate term that are sustainable until every Portlander has access to permanent affordable housing. Parkrose Community UCC is the first site for WeShine’s micro village.
SnowCap Charities: https://www.snowcap.org/
SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to our neighbors in need. Created in the 1960's by pastors, who thought that this area was not well served by social service agencies, SnowCap is now a broad base community service organization. Parkrose Community UCC was one of the founding congregation.
SoValTi is a culturally sensitive social service agency committed to serving African American and biracial individuals in the Portland Metropolitan area. We specialize in working with men, women and children using a trauma informed approach to emphasize self-examination as a means to engaging individuals in the change process. We offer an array of culturally responsive services, education, and programming. Our staff of system navigators assist and provide clients with the resources and tools to encourage success. SoValTi’s mission is to promote healthy and productive lifestyles by infusing cultural knowledge through the empowerment and strength of each man, woman, and child.
Portland Fruit Tree Project: www.portlandfruit.org
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a grass-roots non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need in Portland and beyond: Access to healthy food. By empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees, we are preventing waste, building community knowledge and resources, and creating sustainable, cost-free ways to obtain healthy, locally-grown food. Because money doesn’t grow on trees… but fruit does!
Portland Community Garden-Eastminster Community Garden
Since 1975 Community Gardens has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland. There are 58 community gardens located throughout the city, developed, and operated by volunteers and PP&R staff, offering a variety of activities.
Feed The Mass https://www.feedthemass.org/
Feed The Mass is proud to deliver multiple sustainable solutions to combat food insecurity in the Portland metro area. Our food education program offers accessible cooking workshops to the Portland community, putting the power of meeting their nutrition needs directly into their own hands. The FED program serves our city’s hungry and combats food waste by turning donated food into high quality, nutritious meals that are served to our most vulnerable neighbors. Meals are served 3 times weekly at PCUCC. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-2 pm.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO): www.emoregon.org
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations, and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry, and public policy advocacy.
Open and Affirming Coalition: https://openandaffirming.org/
The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the UCC, and equips UCC congregations to become effective witnesses to Christ’s extravagant welcome. Founded in 1972, the Coalition has helped the UCC reach each of its milestones on the journey towards acceptance and justice for its LGBT and same-gender-loving (SGL)* members.