We empower marginalized neighbors in the North Columbia area of Portland through community building, addressing basic needs, and people-centered economic development. We envision a thriving, diverse, and just community where everyone has access to affordable housing, benefits from economic opportunity, and is civically engaged. 

We engage in activities to support our mission and vision in three key areas:

  1. Economic Empowerment -we economically empower neighbors by connecting them to employers offering living wage jobs, helping them build assets and save for the future, providing them job training, and supporting their businesses.

  2. Building Community Resilience - we work to strengthen our community by supporting neighbors with basic needs, sparking civic engagement, and developing diverse leaders.

  3. Neighborhood Placemaking - we connect neighbors to one another and facilitate a sense of place and inclusion through community events and arts-based programming.



We believe in transparency
We believe in open dialogue, seeking community feedback, asking questions and giving honest answers.

We are design thinkers
We believe in reflection, continuous learning and being creative to improve all aspects of our work.

We value our team
We invest in our staff, board members, and volunteers and their professional development. 

We work hard & we laugh hard
We are confident in our work, love what we do and have fun making each other laugh.

We are resilient leaders
We stay optimistic, use data to inform our decisions and push through tough times in order to move mountains.

We strive to be an inclusive organization
We have an open door policy and promote a welcoming and approachable atmosphere. 

We believe in working together
We believe that collaboration and strategic partnerships lead to a stronger St. Johns. 

Our Service Area

We serve the St. Johns, Cathedral Park, Portsmouth, and University Park neighborhoods in North Portland, OR.

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