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

In the face of Portland's affordability crisis, we strive to mobilize a grassroots community around violent policies impacting our unsheltered neighbors. We've successfully influenced Portland City Council to reduce mass encampment size limits and change its plans regarding ShotSpotter. Additionally, our joint campaign, "Save Portland Street Response," in coalition with numerous local organizations, has garnered over 10,000 signatures.


 ““We cannot afford to let people who are afraid of the homeless be the ones exclusively responsible for making policy about their lives. “

– Genny Nelson, co-founder (1951-2020)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion is fundamental to our entire organization. Being houseless is a direct result of systemic oppression that marginalizes groups of people. Every time we are in a position to advocate, we are doing so for the equity of those experiencing the violence of poverty. 


The first 20 new donors to give $120+ will receive a $20 gift card to Fermenter.

The first 10 donors to give at least $10 and share their story on our Memory Fox  profile will receive a complimentary bag of Cup of Joe special Sisters blend coffee.

The first 15 donors under 35 to give at least $35+ will get a digital $10 gift card to Scottie’s Pizza Parlor.

$58,365 raised of $55,000 goal
548 donations
106% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1979

Tax ID: 930748169

Sisters of the Road is in the Community category which is sponsored by Willamette Week.

They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Multnomah Co.

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