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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Educational Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24.

Results: 11 youth completed or are working on their GED and 21 youth engaged in further education at PCC and other local schools. Youth created and sold 72 paintings in our on-site gallery, earning $2,472 in income. 136 miles were hiked, biked, climbed and kayaked by 127 kids in the beautiful Northwest. 39 referral services offered — from dental to mental health, to housing, legal, laundry, and transportation support — utilized by 932 kids.

Target demographics: homeless youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 homeless youth

Geographic areas served: Portland, Oregon

Programs: individualized mentoring and education programs in a safe, reliable setting designed to foster trust, build self-esteem and to teach homeless and transitional kids – who all too often are regarded by society as disposable, “hopeless cases” – that they are valuable individuals with a future who have something vital to contribute to this community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

P:ear saved my life. I came there directly off an amtrack bus while i was homeless and very new to Portland. I worked with p:ear as a studio space, daytime drop in center and resource for education and activities. I went hiking, i got hot meals and socks, as well as sold art for a hefty profit. Beth and Pippa mentored me and encouraged me every step of the way. If it wasn't for this place i wouldn't have gotten my first months rent for my first home. I wouldn't have gotten my job or survived debilitating mental illness and abusive relationships. I learned so much from working with p:ear and I owe it all to them.