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Celebrating Residents’ Hard Work

Recently, REACH recognized residents who completed our adult programs and celebrated their accomplishments over the past year. The programs available at REACH are about learning and achieving goals like strengthening personal and community leadership skills, preparing for employment, increasing financial health, and saving to attain long-term assets like a college degree, small business, or home. It was a great opportunity for residents to share what they had… Read More »

A Penny Saved

Youth$ave banking tripREACH’s Youth$ave program is an IDA (Individual Development Account) financial education course designed to teach REACH youth, ages 9-18, the importance of saving, budgeting, critical shopping and positive credit management. REACH matches the money saved, in addition to what they earn through community service activities, 2:1. At the end of the program, youth are able to purchase educational, artistic, athletic, or entrepreneurial activities- enrichment and learning… Read More »

Community Builders Makes the News!

A Community Builders project was featured in a KGW news segment around the Portland Housing Report, released in early December.

Thanks to CBP and a generous in-kind labor donation from Joseph Ketner Construction, Claire & Jack Lamme received a new wheel chair ramp that will help them age safely in their home. The longtime senior homeowners live in the Lents community, a neighborhood of SE Portland at risk of gentrification and displacement due to rising housing… Read More »

STARTS Graduates Raise Dough for JOIN!

STARTS Bake SaleSTARTS is a 6 week leadership development workshop that is offered at several REACH properties each year. Each session brings residents together to share their ideas about what it means to be a leader, discuss their vision of a healthy community, and build communication and leadership skills. At the end of the workshop series, each STARTS group selects and plans a community service activity.

The participants of our most recent STARTS group at Allen Fremont Plaza… Read More »

Spotlight Sponsor: Bank of the West

Bank of the WestIn this day and age of impersonal relationships, it’s invaluable to find a company that walks their customer-service talk.  Bank of the West plays an important role as our banker, and they’re also a long-time supporter of REACH, giving time, treasure, and talent to our events. 

We have worked with Bank of the West for over 20 years. Beyond our banking relationship, they’ve provided philanthropic support for our annual fundraising event and other programs,… Read More »

Recruiting Some Helping Hands

Our Community Builders Program works with longtime Portland homeowners on limited incomes and oftentimes with burdening health conditions. Sometimes they come to us with issues that are too large for two people to handle.

Recently, we turned the tables and recruited some Navy recruiters to help a resident that had received a notice from the city to clean up his yard. This was a huge job and our volunteer crew was out bright and early with positive attitudes and… Read More »

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