2021 Tree of Life

2021 Tree of Life

This year, St. Philip the Deacon is supporting eight organizations as a part of our Tree of Life. Saying “Yes” to God means supporting the work of the organizations around us that seek God’s justice, mercy, and peace. This year we were able to give $445 to each of the organizations below. Members of St. Philip have been a part of, or impacted by, virtually all of these organizations, and we are grateful for their work. Contact information is included if you would like to support them directly.

St. Timothy, Brookings

401 Fir St, 
Brookings, OR 97415

Recently, St. Timothy has been in the news over their food program and resistance from the Brookings City Council who passed an ordinance restricting feeding ministries to twice a week. St. Timothy’s provides four meals a week on top of providing one of the only Covid testing and vaccination sites in the county. In support of St. Timothy and the Diocese of Oregon, St. Philip the Deacon has sent a letter to St. Timothy, signed by the members of St. Philip, in support of their work.

St. Timothy’s of Brookings Oregon is a church dedicated to “Loving God and Loving God’s people”. This is how they have chosen to honor that mission:

  1. Tuesday Soup Kitchen
  2. Health Insurance Support
  3. Hair cuts
  4. Showers, clothing, hygiene kits, and dignity bags
  5. Snacks and Coffee available during office hours
  6. Laundry services on Tuesdays with partnering laundromats
  7. Sunday Sack lunches

Links H.E.R.

Portland Chapter of The Links, Inc.
c/o Kelly Michael, Treasurer , PO Box 3423,
Gresham, OR 97030

Please make your check payable to The White Rose Educational Fund, Inc. a (501(c)3 fiscal agent for the Links.

The Links, Incorporated, is a national , not- for-profit African American  women’s service organization. H.E.R. Is an original project launched by the Portland Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. The mission of HER is to provide awareness, education and opportunities for the rights of women and girls through the lens of equity. The mission of HER is carried out with these goals:

  1. To promote women’s sense of self-worth, their rights to influence social change and their right to access affordable, quality health care.
  2. To address gender gaps in education and gender-violence against females.
  3. To monitor the HER Service Delivery Model each quarter to ensure that we are meeting our milestones.

North by Northeast Clinic

714 NE Alberta St
Portland OR 97211

The nonprofit Center is the only medical clinic in Oregon devoted to African American/ Black health. Their racial equity policy and mission was drafted with the focus of advancing health equity and improving health outcomes. The clinic, among other things, provides primary health care to African American residents of Multnomah County that suffer from health disparities. These disparities are often overlooked and under cared for amongst health communities that lack knowledge and understanding of the Black/African Amefican Culture and therefore contribute to the inequitable coverage they receive outside of knowledgeable and culutrually specific health care facilities. North by Northeast is a safe and welcoming place where people get medical care that meets their needs in a culturally respectful way. Here, food and other personal needs are also met. For more information there is Video on their Website. 

HIV Day Center

2941 NE Ainsworth 97211
Portland OR 97211
Phone 503 460 3822

The HIV Day Center is a long-time non-profit program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. The Center is a community of clients, staff, and volunteers that strive to address the basic needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  They do so in a manner consistent with the values of respect, compassion, and safety within the community. Clients are self referred to the program. The only requirements are that they be HIV positive and income is 200% below federal poverty level. The Center provides meals, clothing, hygiene needs, and therapeutic and social activities.

Music that Makes Community

PO Box 1031
New York, NY 10276-1031

Music that Makes Community is an organization whose mission is to help people learn and connect through music. Their approach to this mission is through a practice of teaching leading paperless song that rooted in a theology of “welcome” and “generosity”. Music that Makes Community has accomplished their mission in the following ways:

  1. Partnering with hosts in communities to plan workshops that widen the circle of people who have experienced paperless song leading and fosters new leaders who can train in paperless song.
  2. Supporting the community of presenters who work to refine the paperless song leading process through composition and research.
  3. Serving the network of practitioners by connecting them with one another,offering tools for building repertoire, and supporting paperless song centers through community events and local practice group gatherings. 

Street Roots

ATTN: Andrew Hogan
211 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209

Street Roots is a nonprofit  that publishes an award-winning weekly newspaper that includes a  mix of in-depth reporting by professional journalists, along with op-eds from community members and social justice oriented organizations and regularly features poetry and other writings by vendors. the focus of the paper is on social and environmental justice issues and it is sold by approximately 200 people on a weekly basis who experience homelessness and poverty to earn an income. 

Leaven Land and Housing Coalition

Leaven Community, 5431 NE 20th Ave, 
Portland OR 97211

The Leaven Land and Housing Coalition is a group of faith based cohorts encompassing various faith representations across Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. With a shared realization of the housing crisis coupled with a passion to achieve greater housing equity and more affordable housing opportunities, this coalition engages in an organizational process to learn, listen, and leverage what they have to fight for the inherent right of all to housing and land equity. This process is done through a sacred organizing that brings faith cohorts together monthly, throughout the year. With an emphasis on personal stories, this coilaition has been able to engage in legislative conversations that challenge the systems in place that contribute to the massive inequitous housing and building regulations that keep people from being able to stay in homes, live in homes, and achieve housing stability.   

Brian Grant Foundation

Leslie Calcagno, Accounts Manager.
650 NE Holladay St. Ste 1600
Portland OR 97232

The Brian Grand Foundation provides proven tools to improve the well-being of people with Parkinson’s who want to lead active fulfilling lives while contributing to the community. Today, Brian continues to inspire as a speaker, philanthropist, and a patient who insists on thriving with Parkinson’s disease. His mission is to help people become their best, even when it seems impossible. The foundation was established in 2010, following Brian’s diagnosis in 2008 at the age 36. Though there is no cure for Parkinson’s, but exercise nutrition and a supportive community can help manage symptoms, maintain overall health, and prevent other serious illnesses. The Foundation has Medical Advisory Council, Board of Directors, and Program Advisory Council.

Rahab’s Sisters 

P.O Box 90234
Portland OR 97290

Rahab’s Sisters creates community through radical hospitality with those marginalized by poverty, houselessness, sex work, violence and substance use and serves anyone who identifies as a woman or gender nonconforming.

Their on-site events happen every Friday evening at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church at 247 SE 82nd Ave and they provide additional support to those living on the streets in their neighborhood on Sundays.