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You’re Invited “Inside the Mission” 2024

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Central City Concern (CCC) is proud to present our second year of Inside the Mission!

Inside the Mission is a three-part series of engaging conversations with CCC’s leaders alongside experts in the field. During these events, we dig into the most difficult issues impacting homelessness in our region.

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This year, we’re exploring: 

  • How employment and income can tangibly boost someone out of homelessness;  
  • Our “silver tsunami” (are we ready?) and; 
  • Meeting people where they are – how to go from offering bricks and mortar service to launching street-based medicine and mobile medical care.

Inside the Mission shines a light on the ways CCC makes a tangible difference. These conversations gather supporters for dynamic discussions with a balance between systems-level and on-the-ground perspectives. We know our community has questions about homelessness and Inside the Mission is a hopeful place to find answers.

Click below to learn more and reserve your free ticket.

Inside the Mission: More Than A Paycheck – March 7 maroon arrow pointing right

Inside the Mission: More Than A Paycheck – March 7

March 7, 2024 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

SERA Architects 

600 Southwest 10th Avenue, #500 

Portland, OR, 97205

What role does employment play in recovery and housing stability? What are some of the challenges of getting a job after experiencing homelessness? How can more employers become “Second Chance” employers? These are some of the questions we’ll address with our panel of CCC staff and employers as we explore the connections between homelessness, employment and housing.


Sean Hubert, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Central City Concern. Sean joined CCC in 2007 and is responsible for collaboratively developing, communicating, executing and sustaining CCC’s strategic initiatives. He also supports CCC’s communication, policy and advocacy work to improve overall systems alignment for comprehensive and effective housing, health, recovery and employment approaches.

Angelo Polvorosa, Employment Supervisor, Central City Concern. Angelo joined CCC in 2018 and oversees programs connecting clients to trade careers, with an emphasis on working with women and BIPOC clients. They also oversee programs for CCC’s Family Alcohol and Drug Free Housing Network and first connected to CCC through their treatment at Hooper Detox. They credit their CCC work and lived experience which allows them to relate to clients on both a personal and professional level.

Andrea Sepulveda, Branch Manager, Integrity Traffic Oregon. Andrea has been with Integrity Traffic Oregon for six years and in the traffic control and safety industry for ten. Offering full-service traffic control, infrastructure and equipment services, Integrity Traffic has been a trusted employer partner of CCC’s since 2023. They’re also a committed Second Chance Employer and have offered a significant number of training and flagging positions to CCC clients in the past year.

Here’s the conversation recap!

Inside the Mission: Addressing the Silver Tsunami – May 2 maroon arrow pointing right

Inside the Mission: Addressing the Silver Tsunami – May 2

May 2, 2024 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

The Loft at 8th Avenue

2010 SE 8th Ave 

Portland, OR, 97214 

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Being over the age of 50 is now one of the leading factors contributing to homelessness in the United States. There are myriad reasonsover 30% of baby boomers are retiring with no savings, two major recessions, rises in the cost of living, and Social Security not keeping pace with inflation. Combine this with a severe lack of affordable housing and healthcare and we’re looking at a worsening crisis. We’ll talk about the gap in the services organizations like CCC can provide and what’s needed to help address the silver tsunami.


Dr. Andy Mendenhall M.D. serves as President and CEO of Central City Concern, driving transformative initiatives since 2017. With a background in addiction and family medicine, Andy elevates CCC’s services to meet diverse client needs amid challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. He initially joined as Senior Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder Services (SUDS) and later became Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in 2018. Andy’s leadership diversifies CCC’s services, providing oversight, setting strategic direction, and guiding the agency through crises. Passionate about serving vulnerable communities, he brings extensive healthcare leadership experience to CCC, supporting its mission to provide high-quality care and support. Andy assumed the role of President and CEO in July 2022.

Dr. Keren Brown Wilson’s career spans a broad range of academic and professional activities in aging and long-term care, including teaching, research, program design and implementation. She is widely known as the architect of the ‘Oregon Model’ of assisted living and her work with affordable housing with services. Currently, she serves as Board Chair of the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation (JFRF) and the Oregon-based non-profit AGE+, both of which she founded. Both organizations focus on underserved older adults in resource constrained communities using asset-based community development techniques.

Laura Golino de Lovato is the Executive Director of Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP), a nonprofit aiding low-income seniors in Multnomah County with housing and rent assistance. With over 35 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, she holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston. Laura serves on the boards of Here Together and PDX Jazz/Portland Jazz Festival, while also holding key roles such as Co-Chair of the Multnomah County Continuum of Care Board and Commissioner on the City of Portland’s Rental Services Commission. Passionate about social justice, inclusive communities, and animal welfare, Laura actively volunteers to uphold these values in her community.

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Inside the Mission: Meeting People Where They Are – Cancelled maroon arrow pointing right

Inside the Mission: Meeting People Where They Are – Cancelled

Cancelled – Hoping to reschedule in the future!

People experiencing homelessness are constantly on the move. This can make traditional location-based service delivery challenging. At CCC, we’re evolving our model to meet people in more diverse settings and locations. Our care system needs to support both traditional (“bricks and mortar”) and non-traditional shelter and service pathways. Learn how we’re piloting a Mobile Health program and expanding our community outreach to creatively address Portland’s homelessness crisis.


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