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The Studio Northwest

The Studio Northwest, home to Acting for Kids & Teens, Celebrates Their New Home at Grand Opening WORDS Rebecca L. Shapiro | PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Alyse The Studio Northwest launched last night to a full house of TV and film Industry insiders, acting students and their families. Owner and actress (Portlandia and Netflix Everything Sucks), Katie […]

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Rebekah Albert – Rose Haven

Daily Joys WORDS Merlin Varaday | PHOTOGRAPHY Tim Sugden Rebekah Albert says she experiences joy on a daily basis as the Executive Director of Rose Haven (627 NW 18th Ave.), a welcoming day shelter for women and their children who have experienced a traumatic life event, such as abuse or homelessness. There is a distinctly […]

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Power of the Purse Gala

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest Celebrates its 10th Power of the Purse Gala in 2015 Presented by LifeMap, the Power of the Purse gala will take place Friday, March 6 at the Portland Hilton. Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest invites local women and men to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Power of the […]

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Stan Patyrak: Living Water International

Photos line the walls and desk in Stan Patyrak’s office in Southeast Portland, and each photo has a human story behind it. There are photos of children in El Salvador, India, Uganda and other countries from around the world with arms outstretched, receiving clean water as it pours over their hands like the blessing of life itself.

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Huy Nguyen: Bellman of Hope and Dreams

Huy Nguyen’s mother escaped Vietnam on the last day of the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Her own mother sent her back into the city from Saigon Port on a bicycle to find her 3 remaining family members—her father and two brothers. Evading North Vietnamese patrols both ways, she returned with her younger brother atop her handlebars. She was just 17. Later that evening with several of her immediate family members still missing, Tu-Anh Phan, along with 150 other refugees, set themselves adrift into the black of the South China Sea…

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Bear and the Story of Iron Tribe

Do we throw people away in our prisons? Do our prisons make it impossible for inmates to recover and reenter society? These questions bothered me after I saw a disturbing photo exhibit of inmates across our country at Pacific Northwest College of Art in the Pearl last fall. The eyes of those men and women haunted me, exuding defiance, tragedy, or perhaps a less-than-human soul. Harold Cubbedge, known as “Bear,” the Executive Director of Iron Tribe and an advocate of criminal reform. Under his guidance, the recovering human souls of Iron Tribe are living solutions and are creating a first-of-its-kind humanizing community that is giving back right here in our midst.

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