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 Sep 12, 2019 : EECRC with the support of the city of Portland, organised a community forum on the idea of raising urban backyard animals. 

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Immunize Oregon


Community Outreach and Health Education

EECRC in collaboration with Immunize Oregon conducted culturally specific community forum and created awareness and expand knowledge about immunization and Vaccines.

Immunize The Horn 2019 Event

One of the main goals we set for this events was to introduce the organization and provide safe space to hold an open dialogue about deep seated fear regarding vaccines. The events proved to be success attracting about 100 participants who actively engaged and shared the knowledge.

Survey on Community Vaccine Awareness

The questions in this survey are designed to get the pulse of the community's understanding of and attitude towards vaccination. Your responses are completely anonymous and confidential - we won't know who they are from, so feel free to answer honestly! The surveys take about 4 minutes to complete and are provided in 3 languages: English, Amharic and Tigrinya.

Your participation will really help us best serve you and your family and we thank you in advance for your time and cooperation. 

FEAST : Community Conversation on food security



FEAST is a project designed by Oregon Food Bank for community to engage in conversation about Food Security.

"Food Security is a condition in which community residents obtained a safe culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self reliance, social justice and democratic decision making. " [Mike Hamm and Anne Bellows].

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
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Community Health

EECRC Works For A 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

Community Adjustment support

Community members meeting regularly and share life.


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.

Mentoring and Tutoring





First Graduates

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 EECRC has partnered with Mercy Corps’ Community Investment Trust to coordinate and co-facilitate a financial education class  "Owing to Owning". 

This class promotes financial education and provides the opportunity to invest in commercial real estate for East Portland residents. The Community Investment Trust is a great opportunity for the immigrant community to start investing wisely. 


Community Participation


The EECRC participated in the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) annual conferences in 2017 and 2018. Community members learned about their rights and responsibilities as tenants. 

CAT educates and advocates for lower income and minority communities, 

Empowering tenants to demand same, stable, and affordable homes. 

Community Kitchen


In partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, the EECRC offered a 6-week cooking class. This class taught community members many useful skills, such as building a healthy plate and cooking from provided curriculum.