2nd Annual Portland Roots Festival

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Date: 
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm
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PCRI is proud to present the 2nd Annual Portland Roots Festival. Once again, we are coming together to promote healthy living through nutrition and exercise by tapping into the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people.

We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these cultures took through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.

The celebration will feature some of Portland's tastiest Afro-food vendors, a variety of fun and educational health-related activities for the whole family, and plentiful information from local health based organizations. Our residents will be there to share their healthy food access journey through community gardening, nutrition education, senior food bank, and youth summer health camp.

The event will feature local artists and performers, a key-note speaker, African, African-American, Afro- Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, local non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. This event is free and family friendly and we invite you to be a part of it.

Portland Community Reinvestments Initiatives Inc., PCRI is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1991 in response to a local housing crisis in inner North and Northeast Portland.  Years of redlining by financial institutions had left families in those neighborhoods unable to secure conventional mortgages, leading to widespread neglect and abandonment of properties. As property values plummeted, a mortgage firm stepped in and scammed hundreds of unsuspecting families.  In 1990 The Oregonian exposed these practices and resulting tragedies in an article, which lead to the conviction of the firm for racketeering and fraud.  In the wake of the conviction, PCRI was formed to acquire the endangered homes, help families secure conventional mortgages to buy them back, and retain other properties as long-term affordable rentals. Since its founding, PCRI has acquired, preserved, renovated, managed and maintained more than 700 affordable rental housing units.

PCRI provides more than just housing; we also provide holistic programs that are designed to enhance the quality of life for our residents. Our programs and resident services include Homeownership Education and Counseling,  Senior Homeownership Retention and Preservation, Financial Education & Individual Development Accounts, Healthy Eating and Active Living, Career Development, and Youth Development Programs.

For more information on PCRI, visit: http://www.pcrihome.org
Location: 
Pioneer Courthouse Square<br /> 701 SW 6th Avenue<br /> Portland, OR 97204
Contact name: 
Melody Padilla; Director of Programs
Email: 
melody@pcrihome.org
Phone: 
503.288.2923

 

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