Meet p:ear – Supporting Portland Youth Towards Healthy, Bright Futures

Try to find a duo that’s more passionate about Portland and its community members than us…

 

No, really! We’ll wait…

 

Patrik, here! ½ of the Piece of PDX duo. For myself especially, being passionate about my community isn’t limited to my favorite local spots, hyping up creative community members, and talking about Portland’s history. When you love something, you protect it and care for it! 
 
Say you inherited your grandmother’s porcelain teapot. This simple teapot represents the love and bond you and your grandmother shared. You wouldn’t hide the teapot in a dusty cupboard… You would display it! Polish it! Repair any chips and cracks. 
 
This is how I value my beloved city – polishing Portland through volunteer work, financial support, and uplifting awesome organizations through word of mouth. 
 
On that note, allow me to adjust the spotlight to p:ear – a local organization we have supported for years. p:ear tirelessly works to support houseless youth of Portland through education, art, recreation, and job training, all the while affirming personal worth and development. 

 

The youth of Portland deserve to live healthy, fruitful lives, despite any difficult circumstances they may face. We are ecstatic to showcase p:ear, their approach to skill building, and hope that each of you will be called to their mission!

 

 

The p:ear Purpose

 

Every person that walks through p:ear’s front door is a dynamic individual — treated with dignity and respect. Portland is ranked #25 of all U.S. cities, based on 2021 federal data of homelessness. Of the staggering 12,000 people experiencing homelessness in Portland, 60% are unsheltered and many are under the age of 25. p:ear offers a safe space, free of the judgment these individuals regularly experience.

 

As of January 2022, p:ear is celebrating their 20-year anniversary! Their namesake stands for project: education, art, recreation, reflecting just a few ways the organization supports homeless youth. Pippa Arend, one of the  (now retired) co-founders explain that since its inception, p:ear has refrained entirely from government funding, so they may serve youth based on individual needs, not documented outcomes. Now, an average of 50 youths and young adults occupy the p:ear communal space, off NW 6th Avenue and Flanders, at any given time. 

 

Annually, they serve 800 people between 15-25 years old, through:

 

  • Mental health counseling 
  • Sobriety support and addiction recovery
  • Pregnancy and parenting support
  • Temporary shelter and housing
  • Mentorship
  • Supplying filling, delicious meals
  • Artistic and creative opportunities
  • Recreational activities
  • Education
  • And overarching resources to help young people plan for prosperous futures. 

 

These services alone are outstanding, but keep reading to find out how the p:ear team’s approach to their services command a lasting impact on Portland youth!