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Take care of each other this summer.

by Charla Chamberlain, Development Co-Manager

Now that it is officially summer, the Portland sun and heat are here in full force. As Oregonians, we cherish the sunshine whenever it comes and relish the chance to be naturally warm as much as possible. We can’t wait to be outside more. But having “fun in the sun” is a privilege.

For many of Sisters’ community there is often not a choice to be indoors or outdoors. That 98 degree day last week is just the beginning, and the persistent heat might become a health hazard when the mercury starts rising for long stretches of time. It’s important to remember, just like in the winter when we care for our community out in the cold, there are dangers being out in the heat. Without a place to cool down or access to replenishing fluids heat exhaustion can sneak up on a person and become serious and life threatening.

We encourage everyone to remember to look out for each other in this summer heat. Be sure your friends, family and elderly neighbors are staying hydrated when the temperature climbs. And please offer some support like clean water or hydrating beverages to your unhoused neighbors if you are able. Sisters will be sure to post all information about cooling centers if they open.

May everyone be well this summer!

Fred Meyer Rewards & Amazon Smiles make it easy to contribute to Sisters

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Sisters Of The Road at http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards 

You can search for us by our organization name or by our non-profit number 92944. Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Sisters Of The Road! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.

Amazon Smiles is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization.  Just use smile.amazon.com, select your charity to be Sisters Of The Road, and Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase price to Sisters!

Save the Date! Wolf from the Door - Saturday, August 23rd

Saturday, August 23 is the date for the next Wolf From The Door dinner! Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for updates as the event gets closer.

You can read the article from last year here for more information about last year’s dinner! Thanks so much to the DeLeonibus twins and family for so many years of generosity!

Food Works Farm Field Trip! Wednesday, August 13th!

Meet at the cafe at 9:00am Wednesday, August 13th and join the field trip to Sauvie Island and Food Works Farm! We’ll come back by 2:00pm. Lunch is provided. Participation is limited, so please call us to confirm your place in the van.

In the field 2013 Food Works Farm

Farmers Market Field Trip! Wednesday, August 20th - Shemanski Park

Meet at the cafe at 10:00am and join the Farmers Market field trip! This time to Shemanski Park in the South Park blocks located between SW Salmon & SW Main.

More about the new Sisters Of The Road/Portland Farmers Market partnership

Sisters has always been at the forefront of challenging a food system that does not prioritize the right to “good food” to those experiencing homelessness and poverty.  This summer, Sisters is initiating a pilot project in partnership with New Seasons Market and Portland Famers Market that will once again show there is a way for healthy food to be truly accessible for all of us.

While our customers can count on salad, sides of fruits, and vegetable-based meals in our Cafe, outside of Sisters these types of choices can be out of reach for so many in our community. Sisters pilot project with New Seasons Market and Portland Farmers Market will increase our customers’ access to healthy food, even after they leave the hospitality of our Cafe.  Currently, approximately 54% of what we serve are purchased by customers who trade work for their meals.  Many of the folks serving our food and drinks, bussing tables, and hosting our timeslot system or bathrooms are paid in “punch cards”.  A half hour of work is worth $3.00 in punch cards, which is enough to buy a meal and a drink for two.  This summer, our customers also will be able to redeem these punch cards at area farmers markets.  With a grant from New Seasons Market, our customers will be able to shop at a number of markets downtown and on the eastside. We will organize field trips and provide bus tickets and support to our community so that everyone feels comfortable navigating through a bustling farmers market. 

We hope to see over 250 visits to the Portland Farmers Market over the summer by Sisters Of The Road community members. Our customers have the opportunity to increase their monthly grocery bill by $90 by using barter cards at these markets. We hope that many of our customers, who have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables will participate in the farmers markets and have the opportunity to make healthier choices for themselves and their loved ones

The Last Farmers Market Field Trip! Thursday, September 11th to Northwest Portland

Meet at the cafe at 2:00pm and join the Farmers Market field trip! This time to Northwest Portland! at the corner of NW 19th Avenue and NW Everett Street

More about the new Sisters Of The Road/Portland Farmers Market partnership

Sisters has always been at the forefront of challenging a food system that does not prioritize the right to “good food” to those experiencing homelessness and poverty.  This summer, Sisters is initiating a pilot project in partnership with New Seasons Market and Portland Famers Market that will once again show there is a way for healthy food to be truly accessible for all of us.

While our customers can count on salad, sides of fruits, and vegetable-based meals in our Cafe, outside of Sisters these types of choices can be out of reach for so many in our community. Sisters pilot project with New Seasons Market and Portland Farmers Market will increase our customers’ access to healthy food, even after they leave the hospitality of our Cafe.  Currently, approximately 54% of what we serve are purchased by customers who trade work for their meals.  Many of the folks serving our food and drinks, bussing tables, and hosting our timeslot system or bathrooms are paid in “punch cards”.  A half hour of work is worth $3.00 in punch cards, which is enough to buy a meal and a drink for two.  This summer, our customers also will be able to redeem these punch cards at area farmers markets.  With a grant from New Seasons Market, our customers will be able to shop at a number of markets downtown and on the eastside. We will organize field trips and provide bus tickets and support to our community so that everyone feels comfortable navigating through a bustling farmers market. 

We hope to see over 250 visits to the Portland Farmers Market over the summer by Sisters Of The Road community members. Our customers have the opportunity to increase their monthly grocery bill by $90 by using barter cards at these markets. We hope that many of our customers, who have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables will participate in the farmers markets and have the opportunity to make healthier choices for themselves and their loved ones

Recurring: Volunteer Training

Donald's plate is full of awesomeVolunteering at Sisters can be wonderfully rewarding. Space is limited so pre-registration and an application form are required.  To learn more contact our Volunteer Coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 503-222-5694 ext. 143.