PDX Development Roundtable photo An art exhibit at the 'Art with Heart Walk.'
PDX Development Roundtable photo
An art exhibit at the 'Art with Heart Walk.'
Nonprofits addressing issues of homelessness and poverty will showcase the artwork of their clients, guests, partners and supporters to advocate for the dignity of people living in poverty or on the streets.

The Art with Heart Walk runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, coinciding with the Pearl District’s First Thursday event.

St. André Bessette Church, Macdonald Center and Sisters of the Road are among the stops on a map, which directs people to each of the stops on the map.

Participating organizations serve at-risk adults, families, and youth who struggle with extreme poverty, homelessness, mental illness and addiction. Through artistic expression, people who struggle may find some peace in times of difficulty, and chronic hardship, said Sam Haffey, volunteer coordinator for Transition Projects Inc. “The opportunity to create art is a tremendous outlet for our clients, most of whom are coming from situations of instability or chaos,” Haffey said. “It is amazing how therapeutic the process can be in fighting depression, anger and hopelessness, all of which is crucial to our clients’ success.”

 The walk will be followed by a reception at Backspace (115 NW Fifth Ave.), where attendees will meet organization leaders and fellow participants, hear from authors and artists about local advocacy, and enter to win raffle prizes.

Participating organizations are: Transition Projects Inc. with p:ear & PNCA (NW Sixth and Irving), Sisters of the Road (NW Sixth and Davis), Macdonald Center (NW Sixth and Couch), St. Andre Bessette with Luke Dorf & De Paul Treatment Centers (NW Sixth and Burnside), Central City Concern with Street Roots (NW Broadway and Burnside), and Albina Community Bank (NW 10th and Glisan). Maps are available at any of those locations.

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