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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: Sisters of the road exists to build relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism nurturing the whole individual, while seeking solutions to reach the roots of homelessness and poverty to end them forever.

Programs: Cafe hot meals/barter program: sisters of the road cafe provides low cost meals to people who are experiencing homelessness or have low incomes, monday through friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost of the meal is $1. 25, which may be paid for in cash, with the oregon trail benefit card, a meal coupon, or with credit earned by working through the hot meals/barter program in the cafe. Meals are served free of charge to those who are unable to pay and unable to work due to age, health, or parenting responsibilities. Through community partnerships, the cafe is able to serve the freshest food possible and become more sustainable in all of our practices.

sisters conducted outreach for the homeless bill of rights campaign with customers in the cafe, and hosted right 2 survive twice a month for organizing meetings in the evenings. We also hosted community dialogues twice a month. We trained 35 community members in public speaking and gave 20 presentations on the hbrc to faith, educational and community groups. Community members also spoke on the topic of sisters' organizational philosophies in a series called "speak your peace. "sisters participated in the hbrc legislative work group with our coalition partner western regional advocacy project (wrap) via conference calls and an in person retreat in august 2013. Sent 10 people to amp for trainings in campaign development, dismantling racism, gender justice, grassroots fundraising arts and culture. In addition, a temporary ad-hoc hygiene center work group met to shape the language for refocusing the issue of access to hygiene as a right rather than a hygiene center as an element of the bill that would require funding. We discussed the possibility of working with public health focused allies that would have the capacity to develop the hygiene center concept. The group committed to further, as-yet-unscheduled meetings. We held one community forum on hygiene centers. Sisters hosted the kickoff for the day of homelessness awareness on november 22, which brought more than 100 people through our doors. 10 customers helping, many more participating, over 100 people overall. Annual event organized by a coalition of faith groups, led by new city initiative, kicked off their event at 7:00 a. M. With breakfast at sisters.

work force development program: through the workforce development program, sisters of the road helps many to re-establish work routines while learning new skills. This program can be extremely important, especially after periods of financial instability, substance abuse, incarceration, mental health problems or an extended period of unemployment.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Karen C.


Rating: 5

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.

2 Orion L.


Rating: 5

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.