By J. Michael Schultz, Chair, 211info Board of Directors
I have some exciting news!
After a five-month, nationwide candidate search, the 211info Board of Directors has selected Dan Herman as the new CEO of 211info.
Dan’s peers and supervisors describe him as an inspirational leader. And the 211info board and staff were equally inspired by Dan’s vision for leading our growing organization to new opportunities and a bright future.
A couple years ago two ambitious and socially conscious filmmakers had the idea of shooting a documentary film that shines a light on the dramatic personal stories behind the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. They turned to 211info in Portland as the entry point for capturing the story.
For about an hour 80 people mingled around the joint offices of 211info and JOIN. They made connections, listened to some sample calls and learned more about a documentary film being shot here. Around 6:15 it was time to gather for the big announcement.
The Ford Family Foundation has funded a $366,000 grant to help bring 211 statewide!
That was the headline news CEO Liesl Wendt announced on Friday, Feb. 10, during our the annual event.
The second candidates forum on housing at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel was a huge success. Those jockeying to be the next Portland city commissioner enaged in a thoughtful and passionate debate.
Check out their written remarks about the critical housing issues facing our fine city. You can also check out the housing tweets from the event below. Or read the Street Roots article.
Open our eyes and open our ears. That was the first call to action issued by Paul Schroeder of the New City Initiative at JOIN during the second annual Day of Homelessness Awareness on Tuesday.
As a large group of people walked in partial silence through the streets of downtown Portland, my eyes and ears were open to the stark contrast between this event and the headline-stealing Occupy Portland movement. And although this walk will receive a fraction of the news coverage, I’m reminded that still waters run deep.
Portland, OR - This morning it was announced at a press conference that the public may contact 211info if they are seeking shelter or other resources. We are handling those phone calls and coordinating information with our partners at the Portland Housing Bureau.
Street Roots recently outlined the dire poverty figures that show the recession is far from past us. The poverty rate is the highest it has been since 1993. Our CEO Liesl Wendt had this to say in the article: