Crisis De-escalation Skills Training

On the 17th of January, there was a de-escalation training held at St. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, where Rev. Sara Fischer is the rector. For those of you interested, yes there was coffee and snacks.  The training was given by two women who had worked together as part of Portland Street Response’s Crisis Response Team. One was still with the CRT. Their training centered around what situations volunteers may experience while offering services to unhoused people, or people who…

Land & Housing Coalition Mass Assembly

Leaven Community’s Land & Housing Coalition is organizing a tri-county Mass Assembly of over 400 people on Sunday, February 26th from 4-6pm at First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main St, Portland). Their purpose is “to show our people power and invite our elected officials to join us in more creative, community-centered policy and action so that all Oregonians can find wholeness and belonging in our communities.“ Join them and bring your families and neighbors, so that we can change the answer to…

Zoom Meeting: Gender Inclusion in the Church

On Thursday, January 19th at 6:30pm, St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukie is hosting a Zoom conversation on becoming an inclusive church community, an intro to gender inclusion in the church. You are invited to a presentation and conversation on how we, as the church, might more fully embody Christ’s love and welcome of all people who are made in God’s image. This introductory class will include an overview of current terminology around sexual orientation and gender identity and ways…

Building Beloved Community with all of our neighbors

JUNE 21, 2022 6:30 – 8 PMST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, PORTLAND We’ll be talking about how to engage the challenges around our communities and buildings when so many people around us are compromised by addiction, abuse, poverty, and homelessness. We’ll talk with others doing this hard work every day about harm reduction, life-giving relationships, health and safety, property issues, and Jesus. Panel discussion followed by Q&AGot burning questions? Send them by June 17 to Derek Moyer, Panelists: Amanda…

ACTION: Supporting Homeless Services

Last week, faith-community members gathered to testify before City Hall, asking our commissioners to support a budget that prioritizes truly affordable housing and the support and wrap-around services that help our unhoused neighbors, family members and friends get and stay permanently housed. Members of our congregation submitted testimony on behalf of this shared action with the Leaven Land & Housing Coalition. Below is the testimony of Vivian Childs, followed by the letter from Sarah Loose of the Coalition.

ACTION: Support Joint Office of Homeless Services Budget

Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition is mobilizing, alongside our partners at HereTogether, to make sure that both the Portland City Council and Multnomah County Commission jointly fund the Joint Office of Homeless Services and pass a budget that invests in the near term and permanent solutions needed to tackle our homeless crisis. 

FRIDAY: Parents, Students Gather to Save Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School

PPS plans to move Harriet Tubman Middle School and is considering dismantling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School to do so. To kick off Dr. MLK Jr. Day weekend, community members are gathering Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. to celebrate Dr. MLK Jr Elementary School with a student parade, food (to-go), live art project, and a loud, clear call to PPS: “Invest in our schools, don’t shut us down.”

Statewide Advocacy Cohort-with Jules, LaVeta, Melissa

A Special Invitation from Leaven to You We invite you to feel the depth and breadth of our power as people of faith and fierce love in Oregon. During the month of May, Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice have collaborated and are inviting you to bring three people you know who care about community stabilization in Oregon to attend our upcoming statewide… Oregon Community Stabilization: Intersectional Housing Advocacy Cohort-sprint Session 1: Tuesday, May 4th,…

Supporting trans kids with Fierce Families

For some of us, it is important to support our trans-siblings. Join Fierce Families in their effort to stop anti-trans school board candidates. We want our kids – and every kid – to feel welcome at school. That explicitly anti-trans school board candidates exist is a terrible reality. That’s the exact opposite of what kids need – support – no matter if they are trans or not. The anti-trans candidate is a backlash to the success that Fierce Families fought for last…

Building Neighbors: Metro RFQ submitted!

On Dec 1, in partnership with with Second Stories, PCRI, Urban League and NW Pilot Project, we submitted our Metro Housing Bond RFQ. This is the first, and HUGE, step towards welcoming new neighbors! The last week before submission was a flurry of gathering details negotiating relationships, and clarifying partnerships. It is clear that we share a common vision for caring for our vulnerable black and elderly neighbors. We will be building housing for folks at the 30-50% MFI, people who really need inexpensive housing.
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