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.

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.


 “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.

Business Partner(s)

The Rose E. Tucker Foundation has donated $12,000 to match all donations under $100 in order to amplify the impact and voice of grassroots donors.

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Year Founded: 1979

Tax ID: 930748169

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