We grieve together the loss of life that stems from a racialized society and long history of segregation.
We lament the reality that our differences too often become the source of aggression, division, judgment and fear.
We are compelled by the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, who seeks justice for all people.
We love and stand with our children, our families, our mentors and our neighbors, particularly people of color who have been and continue to be victims of racial discrimination and systemic oppression. We are committed to nurture these enduring relationships as ones marked by mutuality and interdependence.
We seek to partner with all people to change structures of inequity both personally and corporately, pursuing the Gospel of reconciliation that the Church has been entrusted with.
We pursue peace with a posture of humility: listening to, learning from and linking arms with our entire community confident that together we can forge a more just future for our children.
Mentoring through Covid-19 has been no easy task for our mentors. With schools and activities being closed for kids, our families that we serve are facing challenges they have never had to face before.
Thankfully we have a group of amazing mentors that are willing to adapt when life gets crazy! Here is a picture of our Mentor Audrey delivering pizza to her mentee. From delivering pizza, to celebrating a birthday social distance style, to setting up a treasure hunt over zoom; our mentors have really stepped up their game to be there for their mentees.
Because of the diligence of our mentors even a pandemic cannot prevent us from supporting the children and families that we serve.
Bill Russell Receives Portland’s First Citizen Award
Aril 26, 2018
In our Mentor Spotlight we a want to congratulate and honor Bill Russell who received Portland’s first citizen award. Bill and his wife Tamara have been working with Portland’s most vulnerable communities for over 30 years. Their hearts for serving others has brought so much change to the Northwest.
We have been so blessed to have Bill and Tamara as a part of Faithful Friends over the past three years. When they came to training, they wanted to do something that takes a preventive approach and saw Faithful Friends was an opportunity to do so. They where matched with an awesome young man from the Rockwood area. With weekly outings, they began to build a strong bond with their mentee and his family. They have been a rock through the ups and downs in this young man’s life. They have traveled from Gresham to Beaverton to make sure they get quality time with their mentee. They have explored the city together, cooked together, learned how to play music together, and most importantly, they have shown up in this child’s life over and over again. When you see Bill and Tamara on an outing with their mentee you can almost feel the strong connection that they have with one another.
We want to congratulate Bill on this amazing and well-deserved award. We believe no one is more deserving. We want to highlight and thank Bill and Tamara for everything they have put into Faithful Friends and our community. Please check out some cool photos and video of this amazing match we have.
For more information on the other great work Bill is doing as the Executive Director at the Union Gospel Mission please visit: ugmportland.org