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What’s Happening Now at Sisters Of The Road

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Volunteer Appreciation Day Friday, Sept. 5th!

The annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ will be Friday, September 5th from 10:00-1:00pm in the cafe! There will be live music, a special BBQ lunch, face painting, carnival treats, and a special gift! This is Sisters’ way of saying thank you for the love, dedication, hard work our volunteers give us every day!  We can’t thank you enough for everything you do for Sisters! Come celebrate this amazing community with us!

“Innovation” Benefit Dinner at The Art Institute of Portland Tues. 9/16

by Brenda Morgan, Special Events Co-Manager

On Tuesday, September 16th, The Art Institute of Portland’s International Culinary School is hosting another special culinary event to benefit Sisters Of The Road.  Last year’s focus was salt block cooking and the food was amazing! The entertainment was lively and interesting as you watched it being prepared by Chef Cory Schreiber and students at the school.

2013 AI Benefit Dinner - Eating in the kitchen!

This year, the theme is INNOVATION as students showcase their own unique, tasty recipes using fresh, seasonal foods grown locally.  I hear there are some marvelous surprises, too. This is their final term project, so - like last year -  they will do their utmost to please and inspire you. You won’t want the evening to end!

With 100% of the ticket sales benefiting Sisters, this is a feel-good, eat-good, do-good evening.  Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, September 16th at Sharp Restaurant (The Art Institute of Portland’s International Culinary School)
Where: 34 NW 8th (Corner of NW Couch & NW 8th Ave)
When: 6:00-9:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include food and beverage.
Purchase Tickets: Please contact Brenda at (503) 222-5694 ext 114 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to purchase tickets. Seating is limited.

At Sisters, we believe it’s everyone’s right to dine with dignity. Your support by attending this dinner helps ensure that this right is met each week in our cafe as we work to make it a reality.

*Please contact us today to reserve your spot at Sharp Restaurant ~ *seating is limited.*

We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends again this year at Sharp Restaurant for the best meal, (outside of Sisters)!

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.