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Sisters Cafe Operation Hours CHANGE beginning Tuesday, March 17th
March 2015 E-News by Shannon Cogan, Jesuit Volunteer
Beginning the week of March 17th, Sisters will be changing hours of operation for a two-month trial period of Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm. During the 10 week trial period, we will be closed on Mondays and open on Saturdays. Our community believes that there is a need for a hot, delicious meal from Sisters on Saturdays and that we will see more families with children in the cafe on Saturdays.
Since Sisters opened 35 years ago, we have prioritized making a safe place for women and children, but we are simply not seeing as many as we would like during the week. One theory we will be testing through the trial period is whether or not being open on Saturdays is a bridge to making our cafe a more welcoming environment for working families.
The community organized through our Food for Thought Forums, surveyed over 250 people, researched availability of hospitality meals on other days of the week, and brought a proposal to Sisters staff to change the cafe hours. We will be tracking any changes in the number of people coming in, as well as surveying our community to find out how people feel about it.
We are very excited about supporting and learning from this community-driven change!
March 11th is the Housing Alliance Lobby Day!
March 2015 E-News by Lindsay Goes Behind, Volunteer & Outreach Co-Manager
The Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign/Right To Rest Bill Coalition will be joining the Housing Alliance caravan to Salem on Wednesday, March 11th for the Housing Alliance annual lobby day. This year, the Housing Alliance, a coalition of over 55 organizations in Oregon (including Sisters) who work to bring awareness to the impact of a lack of affordable housing on individuals and families across the state as well as advocate at the legislative level to increasing funding and access to housing to Oregon residents, has listed the SB 629/Right to Rest Bill as one of the supported measures on their legislative agenda.
Together, groups from the Portland area will travel to Salem, unite with groups from around the state, and advocate with one voice for the need for protection, support, and accessibility in the areas of housing and civil rights for all people in Oregon, regardless of housing status.
This year’s anchoring theme is the 20,000 socks campaign led by Neighborhood Partnerships. This campaign brings attention to the 20,000 kids who are unhoused in the state of Oregon advocates that the Oregon State legislature approve $20 million in funding for emergency rental assistance. Housing Opportunity Day will offer the chance for us to speak to our legislators directly in support of the Right To Rest Bill, sponsored items on the Housing Alliance legislative agenda, and meet with members of the committees which will be hearing our Bill the next day, Thursday, March 12th.
We will be gathering at the First United Methodist Church of Portland, 1838 SW Jefferson, and at 8:15am on Wednesday, March 11th, and the caravan will be leaving for Salem at 8:30am sharp! The Housing Opportunity Day events will last from 10am-3:30 including a rally on the Capital steps from 12:00pm-1:00pm, legislative meetings, and workshops including Without Housing with WRAP’s Paul Boden. This is an absolute “don’t miss talk” regarding the history of the epidemic of houselessness, the decrease in affordable housing, and how we can do help move this legislation forward.
If you are interested in attending the Housing Opportunity Day and being included in constituent appointments with your legislator to speak in support of the Right To Rest Bill and Housing Alliance’s legislative agenda, please register for the Housing Alliance today using the link below!
For more information on the Housing Alliance Legislative Agenda click the link below:
20K Socks! And for more information or to donate to the 20,000 socks campaign click here:
Please come out and show your support for our community and for the rights of all people to have safe, stable, and sustainable housing!
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