Mercy Corps Northwest trains and finances local businesses, supports formerly incarcerated individuals as they rebuild their lives, and prepares incarcerated women for successful re-entry; its Action Center in downtown Portland brings Mercy Corps’ international work to life through interactive experiences.
Bottom Line for Portland
Last year, 15,000 people accessed Mercy Corps’ reentry and business education services. Today, its reentry programs save the public safety system more than $8 million, and 5,000 lbs. of produce were grown at the women’s prison, introducing fresh ingredients for meals.
“I felt like the world would only ever see me as a felon… Mercy Corps Northwest’s programs gave me concrete, useful skills, knowledge, and a firm direction to start my business. Mercy Corps Northwest truly saved my life.”
—Shannon, 30-year-old small-business owner