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May 19, 2011

NWPM Receives EOM Service Award!

Northwest Portland Ministries was honored with an “Ecumenical Service Award” on May 12, 2011, at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner.

The Annual Dinner is the only time during the year that EMO’s 140 member congregations and organizations gather as one, drawing together members and friends of congregations, mosques, faith based organizations and synagogues from around Oregon. Learn more about EMO here:

April 16, 2011

Container Gardening Class & Spaghetti Lunch

Neighbors and friend enjoyed a class on Container Garedning on April 9th. The class was given by volunteer, Starr Yurkewycz, who also happens to work a the Oregon Food Bank.

Among the things shared:
  • Use fresh potting soil in well drained containers
  • Fertilize often
  • Choose the right size plant for the right size pot
  • Focusing on varieties and plants that are suited for container gardening will help you get the most out of your container garden
Following the class, we ventured outside with Kelly Caldwell to collect containers, soil and seeds!

The event was augmented with a complimentary spaghetti lunch prepared by Dan Curin.

January 17, 2011

NW Community Corner Garden Project Proposal

Northwest Portland Ministries(NWPM) is raising funds to develop the corner of NW 18th and Irving (map) into a community space and herb garden. This corner is the site of the Rose Haven Women’s Resource Center, our emergency food pantry, and our senior lunch program. Using sustainable methods and materials, our goal is to create a garden space to solidify and sustain the sense of community for patrons of our services and our neighbors, AND to engage the larger Portland community through free events, volunteer opportunities, and education.
Each stage of this project provides a valuable opportunity for interpersonal dialogue and networking among NWPM staff, volunteers, service recipients, neighbors of various incomes, other organizations and the rest of the local community. In the process of beautifying the space and addressing its privacy and drainage issues, we hope to build community with public events held at the site. Through a combination of volunteer and paid labor, we expect the space to be transformed from a blank corner into an aesthetically pleasing and functional community space that will continue to inspire and promote community involvement for years to come!

Here is our first official community meeting for the site:

Community Corner Planning Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 15th 12:30-1:30 PM

at 1808 NW Irving (in the Lounge)

First Immanuel Lutheran Church

Here is the proposed site as it currently looks:

And here is a concept drawing of how the site could look (please note, the actual plan would be developed with the input of stakeholders and neighbors):

NW 18th & Irving Community Corner Partners List

Property owner and hosting organization: First Immanuel Lutheran Church
1816 NW Irving St. Portland, OR 97209-1295

Coordinating Organization: Northwest Portland Ministries
2701 NW Vaughn, Suite 102, Portland OR 97210
(503) 221-1224
* Dan Currin, Project leader
* Kelly Caldwell, Outreach and oversight
503-221-1224 x 105

Contributing Partners:
Mark Lakeman, of City Repair/Communitecture

Tim Lanfri of Community Garden Creators

Dan Heims, Owner Terra Nova Nurseries

John Kallas owner of Wild Food Adventures

Bennett Stein, Marketing & graphic design professional

Rebeca Siplak, Oregon Food Bank Learning Gardens Program Coordinator

Erica Stokes, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Yveline Wilnau, Living Gardens

January 16, 2011

Warhouse Tour and Appeal for Milk

Shelf-stable milk is one of the items on our list of needs. Visit to learn more about our programs!