On Friday, 9/18/20, all CCC departments and programs are operating on a normal schedule. Clean & Safe/Clean Start Program and outreach services on stand-by as we continue to monitor the air quality situation.

Central City Concern

Providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. Based in Portland, Ore. since 1979.

Celebrating Recovery, Piece by Piece

Aug 31, 2020

Ricardo Verdeguez, an alcohol and drug counselor at Puentes, knows the power of strong community support for people in recovery. He helped kickstart online Spanish-language recovery meetings for Puentes clients after the COVID-19 pandemic halted group gatherings.

September is National Recovery Month, a time to raise awareness about substance use and celebrate those in recovery. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” From sports figures and celebrities to our co-workers, neighbors, friends and family members, we have all experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small. But with strength, support and hope from the people we love, we are resilient.

Throughout the month, we’ll share stories of individuals in recovery, including Central City Concern employees and clients – their triumphs, their challenges, and what has helped them along the way.

Ricardo Verdeguez, an alcohol and drug counselor at Puentes, writes:

“Life is like a whole pie.
The same way addictions broke my life piece by piece,
Recovery has helped me to build a new life piece by piece,
Mentally, Physically and Spiritually.
And I am still building the pie.“

La vida es como un pie
Del mismo modo que la adicción me la destruyo pedazos
La Recuperación me ayuda a construirla por partes
(Física, Mental y Espiritual)
Y sigo construyendo mi Pie.”

We know the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges for individuals in recovery, including changes to routines, increased isolation and reduced access to group support meetings and other services. We want our community to know that CCC is still here, serving and supporting you as you continue your recovery journey. Together, we can build resilience – piece by piece.

It's easy to join the CCC Recovery Family and get a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals. We offer inpatient and outpatient treatment, one-on-one counseling, support groups and 12-step programs, recovery mentors, medications that treat addiction (such as Suboxone), and more.

Ready to get on the path toward recovery? Call us at 971-361-7888 or walk in at Blackburn Center (12121 E Burnside) or Old Town Clinic (727 W Burnside) to get started.

It's Time for a More Humane Approach

Aug 25, 2020

This November, Oregonians are being asked to vote for a more humane, effective approach to substance use disorder. Instead of addressing addiction as a health issue, we continue to arrest and punish people for drugs. It's time for this to change.

From our forty years of experience, Central City Concern (CCC) knows treatment paired with recovery support works. We have helped tens of thousands of people on their road to recovery by pairing treatment with supportive housing, peer support and employment. Unfortunately, we have been operating in a system that has not valued or invested in robust treatment and recovery.

“Despite our intensive discharge care coordination efforts that leverage long-standing collaborative referral pathways with more than a dozen supportive housing and residential treatment programs across the region, we fail to secure supportive housing or residential treatment for 40 out of every 100 people who are experiencing homelessness when they are admitted to Hooper,” says Dr. David Lawrence, Associate Medical Director at CCC’s Hooper Detox Center.

It’s time we make big moves and big investments to correct these gaps.

The Drug Addiction Treatment & Recovery Act, or Measure 110, is a statewide initiative appearing on this November’s ballot. The idea is straightforward: instead of arresting and jailing people for possession of drugs, we would use a portion of existing marijuana tax money to pay for expanded addiction and recovery services, including:

  • Peer support and recovery services so people are able to remain clean and sober;
  • Housing (stabilizing and permanent) for persons with substance use disorder;
  • Harm reduction interventions, including overdose prevention education, access to naloxone hydrochloride and other drug education and outreach.

“People incarcerated for possession offenses are more likely to lose protective factors such as housing, employment and supportive community relationships,” says Dr. Andy Seaman of CCC’s Old Town Clinic. “We now have decades of evidence demonstrating the ineffectiveness of this approach to addiction. It’s time to replace criminalization with care and access to treatment for addiction.”

Our drug laws are deeply inequitable, disproportionately targeting and impacting people of color and in poverty. Regardless of the color of their skin, Oregonians use drugs at similar rates. However, people of color are much more likely to be arrested, charged and convicted of drug crimes. People of color are also sentenced more harshly and pay higher fines. The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission has reported Measure 110 would reduce convictions of Black and Indigenous people by over ninety percent.

CCC supports Measure 110, along with more than seventy organizations and individuals across the state. The Act would shift Oregon toward a health response to addiction, rather than a criminal one, while also removing drugs as an excuse to stop and detain people of color.

Together we can get this important measure over the finish line, but it’s going to take all of us! Here are three things you do TODAY to help:
  1. Has addiction touched your life, or the life of someone you love? Are you fed up with our current criminal justice system? Share your story with the campaign.
  2. Add your name to the Wall of Supporters.
  3. Sign up to volunteer.

Supporter Highlight: Hanes

Aug 18, 2020


Central City Concern (CCC) is grateful to Hanes for supporting our COVID-19 response efforts. In August, CCC received a donation of 3,000 dual piled cotton masks to support our personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution efforts.

All CCC’s programs have remained open to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we have adapted our clinic operations to protect patients and providers alike, restocking critical supplies through normal channels has been a challenge. Which is why we greatly appreciate partners like Hanes.

Hanes has been a long-time supporter of CCC. Since 2017, CCC has been selected by Hanes to partner on their annual Hanes Sock Drive. Every November, Hanes donates 3,000 pairs of socks, which we then distributamong our clients, patients and residents.

This year, to ensure those in need have access to face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanes is donating one million face masks to nonprofit organizations across the country supporting those experiencing homelessness. Working with long-standing partner Mark Horvath, founder of nonprofit Invisible People, which is dedicated to educating the public about homelessness, Hanes is supporting local homeless assistance organizations in all 50 states, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

These masks will be distributed throughout all CCC operations. They underlie one of the key messages CCC has been amplifying to our staff, patients, residents and clients: we wear face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you, Hanes, for your continued support of Central City Concern and our staff, patients, residents and clients— let’s all stay safe!

“Hanes is thrilled to partner once again with Central City Concern, and applaud their important work, now more than ever, in changing lives every day by reaching out to the homeless community with help, hope and safety.”
Jamie Wallis, Hanes Brand Team


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