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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs

Mission: We heal the effects of abuse in youth and families through holistic relationships resulting in stronger, active, caring citizens.

Results: Last Year’s Mile Markers 850 packages of diapers provided to families 1,700 pairs of new socks 500 blankets and sleeping bags distributed 180 coats distributed 35 families mentored 670 playgroup participants Assisted with multiple medical, dental and optical needs including drug treatments 9 ID’s acquired Family field trips to The Pumpkin Patch and Swimming pool Holiday feasts for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Wrapped Christmas gifts for all 5,400 dinners served

Target demographics: Homeless youth in the Portland area

Geographic areas served: Portland, Oregon

Programs: Tuesday Drop-In Hours: between 4 and 8:30 pm Snack & Play (baby play group) Weekly on Fridays Hours: between 10 am and 12 pm

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Robert W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving the abused children and families of the abused on the streets of Portland, Oregon since 9/11. They have a holistic approach which recognizes that abuse has driven deep within their "constituency" two negative core beliefs - 1) I'm not loveable - if you really knew me you'd hate me and 2) I'm essentially helpless - can't fend for myself, as I grew up hearing "you're stupid, and we wish you'd never been born.

Dinner & A Movie serves youth and families by being the "loving parents" their constituency never knew. Being parents means communicating that "you are loved," "you are a unique and gifted person," and "your life is really worth living."

Once the individual being "re-parented" begins to feel loved and not helpless, D&M staff work through issues like homelessness, addiction recovery, employment needs, GED certification, college admissions tests, and other basic "needs" to get off the streets -
often through other social service agencies and non-profits which serve a particular need.