Portland, OR. 350 supporters gathered for a benefit called Kaleidoscope to celebration the hope, help, and change that Community Action brings to low-income families throughout Washington County. The benefit on April 13th at NW Events & Environments in Hillsboro, featured inspirational stories about small changes that make a big impact. Executive Director of Community Action, Reneè Bruce thanked Lisette Acosta, a former client, for sharing her journey. Kaleidoscope is Community Action’s annual celebration and biggest fundraiser of the year; this year it raised over $228,000. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Carolyn Ortman, Kaiser Permanente; Mayor Steve Calloway, City of Hillsboro; Representative Margaret Doherty, Oregon Legislature

Robyn Shuey, The Standard

Leda Garside, Tuality Healthcare; Cece Clitheroe, Tuality Healthcare; Cam Clitheroe

Reneè Bruce, Community Action Executive Director; Bruce Whiting, Key Bank

Lisette Acosta, shared her story of being homeless with her 12 year old son. Her biggest fear during that time was losing her son, because she could not provide a safe place for him. She finally found that safe place at Community Action’s Family Shelter. Once there, she got the support she needed to find permanent housing.

She told the crowd of 350 people how grateful she is to have a home. She said, “What this means is that I now have my dignity back. I can be the parent my son deserves – a mom whose primary concern is for how to make his life better instead of how to find a safe place to sleep every night.” The crowd was so inspired by her story, they rose to their feet in a standing ovation show of support. And then they gave generously to help other families facing homelessness. 

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