Portland, May 6th, 2015. Central City Concern’s annual “We are Family” event raised approximately $70,000 to help local women and children. The funds are earmarked for Central City Concern’s Letty Owings Center and Family Housing programs. Whisper and her mother (and successful client of Central City Concern programs) Ginger Mondrut were a hit at the benefit. The featured speaker was Portland’s “Bridge Lady” Sharon Wood-Wortman who spoke about bridges as a metaphor for life’s transitions.  (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

“Bridge Lady” Sharon Wood-Wortman

“Bridge Lady” Sharon Wood-Wortman displayed several colorful models. 

CCC Executive Director Ed Blackburn enjoyed the festivities.

CCC Executive Director Ed Blackburn enjoyed the festivities.

We are Family committee member, Julie Sheppard;  Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum  and Central City Concern Art Task Force member Pam Baker

We are Family committee member, Julie Sheppard; Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum and Central City Concern Art Task Force member Pam Baker

Portland Jazz favorite Shirley Nanette has donated her musical talents to the We Are Family event for the past three years!

Portland Jazz favorite Shirley Nanette has donated her musical talents to the “We Are Family” event for the past three years.

“Bridge Lady” Sharon Wood-Wortman with co-founder of Central City Concern’s Letty Owings Center Nancy Anderson.

“Bridge Lady” Sharon Wood-Wortman with co-founder of Central City Concern’s Letty Owings Center Nancy Anderson.

From Central City Concern

We meet our mission through innovative outcome based strategies which support personal and community transformation. 

  • Direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change.
  • Integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems.
  • The development of peer relationships that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery.
  • Attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits
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