Sisters of the Road

BIPOC-Led Organization


We build authentic relationships and alleviate the hunger of isolation in an atmosphere of nonviolence and gentle personalism that nurtures the whole individual, while seeking systemic solutions that reach the roots of homelessness and poverty in order to end them forever.

Bottom Line for Portland

Founded in 1979, Sisters of the Road has always been more than a cafe. We have been a test kitchen for ideas, systems, and programs that work to alleviate both the material and emotional challenges faced in the day-to-day life of people experiencing the violence of poverty. 

Over the years, we’ve used food as a way of not only nurturing individuals’ bodies but also to create space for conversation and the building of community–a community that has always helped direct the work of our organization. While our cafe is currently closed, we are regrounding ourselves in our roots and history in order to return stronger than ever. Your donation will help support us in writing this next chapter for Sisters as we work to secure a permanent home for our cafe by purchasing a building in the Old Town neighborhood.


 “Sisters Of The Road Cafe is about many things. We are about good food at little cost and dignity to all persons. We are about small beginnings and radical (go to the roots) change. In a world intoxicated with death we are about life. In a neighborhood where the will to survive is so strong we are about hope.” – Genny Nelson, co-founder (1951-2020)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Sisters of the Road strives to uproot systemic, institutional, cultural, and personal oppressions in our broader community. We believe that this work must be meaningfully guided by people and groups directly experiencing oppressions. We exist to challenge oppression and support our community with the guidance of our organizational philosophies. We also exist to respond to the ongoing and evolving need to push our organization forward to advance our mission.


First 200 donors who give $36 or more will receive a $5 gift card from Fifty Licks Ice Cream.

$25 gift card to Addy's Sandwich Bar to the first ten donors aged 35 and under.

Everyone who donates will receive a sticker from Sisters of the Road.

The Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust has generously offered to match up to $12,000 for donors who give less than $100 in order to recognize the importance and collective impact of grassroots donors.

Business Partner(s)

Fifty Licks Ice Cream
A Portland favorite-- legend-dairy and legend-non-dairy ice cream, from scratch.

Addy's Sandwich Bar
Addy’s Sandwich Bar uses simple ingredients, consciously raised meat and artisan bread to prepare creative combinations at fair prices for busy downtown lunchers. 

$63,023 raised of $60,000 goal
600 donations
105% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1979

Tax ID: 930748169

Sisters of the Road is in the Civil & Human Rights category which is sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine

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