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Episode 32 – Andrea Matthews, Homeless Shelter in Portland

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Katy sat down with her old friend Andrea Matthews, who is currently working as a Shelter Project Manager with the Joint Office of Homeless Services in Portland, OR. The agency is a joint collaboration between the city of Portland and the surrounding Multnoma County created to address the growing homeless situation in the greater Portland metro area. Andrea’s particular project is located in her neighborhood where she is chair of the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood association board. You can see more about the project at the links below.

In addition to learning more about homeless services in Portland, we took a deeper dive into homelessness, and the spiritual roots of both looking away from uncomfortable problems and the hope in leaning in to embrace them as part of our love and responsibility for ourselves and each other.


The Joint Office of Homeless Services https://www.multco.us/joint-office-homeless-services

Lombard Shelter (Andrea’s project) https://ahomeforeveryone.net/arborlodge

Arbor Lodge Neighborhood http://www.arborlodgeneighborhood.com/

Scott Edwards Architecture https://www.seallp.com/

Home Builders Foundation/HomeAid Portland https://buildhopepdx.org/

Chris McDowell of Home Builders Foundation https://buildhopepdx.org/author/chrism

Next Door app https://nextdoor.com/

Kenton’s Women’s Village https://www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org/services/homeless-services/kenton-womens-village/

Theme Music Credits

Track: Travel With Us — Vendredi [Audio Library Release], Music provided by Audio Library Plus, Watch: https://youtu.be/o-rpKzt4KSY, Free Download / Stream: https://alplus.io/travel-us


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