Life in Portland

We Are Family: Central City Concern

Karen Sjolund, Urban Nest Agent Tina Schafer, P.C., and Urban Nest Agent Lindsay Robbins

Karen Sjolund, Urban Nest Agent Tina Schafer, P.C., and Urban Nest Agent Lindsay Robbins

Central City Concern is no stranger to the Urban Nest blog. Thanks to our lovely Agent, Lindsay Robbins, who is an avid and active supporter of their work, we have been inspired in the past to contribute Move-In Kits and organize a Holiday Clothing Drive. Last month several Urban Nesters had the pleasure of attending Central City Concern's "We Are Family", the major annual fundraising event for their Family Programs, including the Letty Owings Center and their Family Housing program.

The event featured an appearance by Portland's "Bridge Lady", Sharon Wood Wortman, who spoke of her own experience of the impact of addiction on family and the importance of working together to support individuals when they are in need of a bridge from a place of addiction and struggle, to one of healing and strength. 

The giant Thank You card from many CCC clients

The giant Thank You card from many CCC clients

CCC's Family Programs are unique in that they support the recovery and healing of their clients and their families. Women that are mothers (or pregnant) and are in need of recovery, require services and housing that provide a safe and stable environment for them and their children while they recover. The Letty Owings Center was the first of its kind to provide such a setting back in 1989.

This year's event exceeded their goal of $70,000 and was unique from previous years in the decision to be alcohol-free, in solidarity with their families in recovery, and instead offered two signature mocktails for attendees to enjoy while mingling, perusing raffle prizes, and enjoying the heartfelt Thank You card from many of CCC's clients, which was on display.

Urban Nest Agent Lindsay Robbins having buckets of fun with a young event-goer

Urban Nest Agent Lindsay Robbins having buckets of fun with a young event-goer

It was an inspiring and touching celebration of the women and families that have experienced positive change, and an honor to support an organization that helps members of our community when they need it most.

*If you're looking for a delicious way to support CCC look no further than Central City Coffee. It was served after the meal and was a very tasty cup!