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421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204
Debriana says: “I find it encouraging to say this is where I live.”
The foundation of a healthy family is a stable home. Five years ago, Debriana, 23, was homeless. She worked in a fast food restaurant, but couldn’t cover her basic needs. Her life changed when she moved into Upshur House two years ago with her son, Ronald. Now they live within walking distance of Head Start and Ronald can play in the children’s area. “I used to be very shy,” says the vivacious young mom and recent graduate of a medical assisting program. “This has allowed me to mature and given me the chance to reflect. I’m definitely going to conquer life. My son is going to have a more fulfilling life, too.”
Click here to listen to Debriana in her own words.
Click below to read the stories of other residents living in homes preserved through the 11X13 Campaign.
Photo by Cathleen Arnerich