Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.
A new social enterprise to counter declining funding for essential services in the community Many people know Friendly House as a Northwest Portland non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency. Founded in 1930, its programs and services are provided at no charge or on a sliding fee scale to ensure access to all members of the community. Friendly House provides a continuum of services in three program areas: Children’s Programs, Community Recreation and Education and Services for Seniors. Community Concierge was born from the need to create a sustainable revenue stream to help support these Friendly House programs that continue to experience a decline in government funding. Community Concierge offers a wide range of in-home services for adults 60 and better who reside on Portland’s west side. A dedicated concierge assists customers in the coordination of services provided by carefully screened personal assistants and service providers; to provide peace of mind for customers and families of loved ones. Whether you are looking for a one-time service, a weekly or a monthly ongoing arrangement; our concierge can assist you or a loved one with one-stop service coordination. Services include:
Concerned citizens are organizing to ensure ongoing safety, health, and livability in the Pearl. There will be a general safety meeting, led by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, for all residents of the Pearl District in January. There will be two ways to participate: a neighborhood watch or a foot patrol. Training is provided for each option stressing best practices and how to stay safe. The Neighborhood Watch Program brings people together, creating a shared vision of community safety. Neighborhood watch meetings typically occur annually and offer information about safely responding to an issue that concerns them and which agencies to contact. A Foot Patrol is a group of volunteers who walk their neighborhood streets and parks to deter crime and report problems. According to the availability of participants, patrols might be scheduled once a week, every two weeks or monthly for a 45 minute to an hour walk. Please join us to ensure a safe and beautiful 2015 in the Pearl. January 21, 2015 at 6pm Ecotrust Building, 2nd floor
The most widely circulated Pearl origin story is that in 1985, local gallery director Thomas Augustine was quoted in a travel magazine as saying that the neighborhood’s industrial buildings were like crusty oysters, while the galleries and lofts inside were like pearls. The legend was extended in 2002, when The Oregonian’s Margie Boulé tracked down Augustine, who emended his tale with the late-breaking news that he’d actually named the ’hood in honor of his friend Pearl Marie Amhara. Amhara supposedly threw such great warehouse parties that people started calling it “Pearl’s place” or “Pearl’s district.” CLICK HERE to read the full article