Sisters Of The Road

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: 133 NW Sixth Avenue Portland OR 97209 USA

Mission: Sisters Of The Road exists to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual, while seeking systemic solutions that reach the roots of homelessness and poverty to end them forever.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and her friends have been running a fund-raiser and donating the money to Sisters for the last nine years, since they were five years old. Sisters has always been really nice to the girls, and made great use of the money they raise. When we go down to Sisters, we're always impressed by how well everybody treats everybody else, even though so many people there are involved in really stressful situations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing people eating lunches there and talking happily to each other.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them a bigger building :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

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When I can I try to support Sisters because I feel like they make a real difference in the lives of homeless families, WHILE the same time working on the root causes of homelessness. Their founder Genny Nelson has been a key player in Portland's efforts to make ending homeless a priority for 30 years, and the organization continues to focus on it. Sisters helps homeless parents and children and other individuals get a good meal and treats them with respect and love. People can trade barter work for meals, play with their little ones in the children's area, and get referrals and other support. The combo of direct service and systemic change is hard to find, and Sisters does it well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They not only have the cafe, they have a great research project where they did in-depth interviews with folks who've experienced homelessness. Those interviews really changed the way I think about the problem.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They could use a new, bigger building.

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