"Here’s the basic reality: with food, nothing happens, except on paper, until people engage…People in the community are the only ones who can make this project work. So they have to make a decision for themselves. They have to claim their own agency. And they need to know that if they do make a move, they will be supported by others in the community…” 

Community Garden

East Portland African Refugee and Immigrants Food Forest


Our Community Garden was created by incorporating permaculture concepts into a food forest model. It is designed to include a diverse abundance of fruits, trees, and edible berry shrubs to help native habitat rehabilitation for local wildlife.

The garden consists of many shared plots, which encourages community engagement and interaction within the African refugee and immigrant communities. Members are able to learn the skills that come along with growing culturally specific vegetables right here in Portland, as well as how to overcome issues related to gardening in a new climate.

Involvement in the Community Garden also provides an opportunity to build relationships and strengthen community connections.

The Garden is located at 8500 NE Siskiyou St., Portland OR.

Oregon Food Bank

Thank you for our sponsers

  • East Portland Community Office
  • East Multinomah Soil and water conservation district
  • Zen Garden


EECRC works for healthy community.

To promote the health and wellness of our growing immigrant community, we offer the following services free of charge:

  • Health insurance enrollment
  • Patient navigation
  • Follow-up education
  • Patient advocacy.

Upon request, we are able to connect you with  Certified Community Health Workers, Certified OHP Application Assisters and Certified Application Counselors.

For more information and assistance, please call (503)642-9806 or email us at yonask@eecrc.org.

Community Adjustment support


In collaboration with Lutheran Community Services Northwest, the EECRC has coordinated and facilitated a community adjustment support group.

This past year, we offered an 8-week course teaching emotional wellness and successful integration techniques in a new environment. This course covered topics such as, understanding mental health in the USA, overcoming culture shock, and the importance of self-care.

Twenty Nine Ethiopian and Eritrean refugee and recently immigrated community members provided this course from December 11, 2017 to March 5 , 2018 and graduated.

 Upon completing the course, the graduates formed a group called Kisanet (meaning “I got relief/peace” in the Tigrigna language) and continue to stay in contact and support one another. Kisanet meets regularly and support each other.

Community Child Care

East African Community Child Care Initiative


The EECRC  with the East Portland African Child care initiative  provides  assistance to at least ten women in obtaining a Registered Family Child Care license. 

This helps to provide childcare options that cater to specific cultural needs, while creating new opportunities for economic empowerment.

Thank you to  East Portland community office for the Sponsorship.