- Only 31% of Portland’s housing assistance requests are being met
- The fastest-growing group of people experiencing homelessness in the United States of America are children
- The average food stamp allotment provides $81 per month – that’s $.89 cents per meal
These statistics, thanks to Sisters of the Road cafe of Portland, OR (recently profiled in a book, that I need to track down from Professor Cheryl Giles). Their mission states "exists to build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of non-violence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual toward changes that will reach the root of his or her homelessness and poverty and end it forever.
The group was started in 1979 and operates in Old Town Portland (Chinatown). People can work for nourshing, low-cost meals, and be treated with dignity. This group has been one of the perennial favorites of the Willamette Week paper for people’s donations.