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Downtown parish to launch $2.1 million campaign
St. André Bessette Church photo
Hospitality is given to all who visit St. André Bessette Church.
St. André Bessette Church photo
Hospitality is given to all who visit St. André Bessette Church.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, St. André Bessette Church will celebrate the public launch of “The Open Doors Campaign.” The $2.1 million endeavor will allow the community to further expand and strengthen the services that offer hospitality, healing and hope to people who live without homes and struggle with poverty in Old Town, Chinatown and Downtown Portland.

Members of the community and their guests are invited to learn more about the organization, its mission, and its campaign goals.

“Every day we welcome people at our red doors,” said Jessica Aleksy, development coordinator. “Our guests struggle with homelessness, poverty, serious mental illness and addictions, and with the isolation that occurs from living on the margins of society. I am thrilled at the possibility of expanding our programs, improving our facilities and service spaces, and continuing to grow our vision of a better community for those most in need in Old Town, Chinatown and Downtown Portland.”

The event runs from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Backspace Café (115 NW Fifth Ave.). Complimentary food and beverages will be provided and attendees will have a chance to view photography and community stories from the church’s programs and speak with staff, volunteers, and guests about the work of St. André Bessette Church and the role of “The Open Doors Campaign” for its future success.

This free event is open to the public. For more information, log on to campaign.saintandrechurch.org.

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