From the 2017 Portland Stands with Immigrants and Refugees event held by the City of Portland Parks for New Portlanders program

From the 2017 Portland Stands with Immigrants and Refugees event held by the City of Portland Parks for New Portlanders program

Upcoming & Ongoing Local Events

Portland and the surrounding area have a very active social calendar highlighting various aspects of refugee involvement. From protests to fundraisers, cultural celebrations to faith-filled introspection, we plan to keep this calendar below active with local events. If you know of something not listed, please let us know what should be added.

If you are in Salem, contact Salem for Refugee: Anya and Doug Holcomb (, anya@salemforrefugees). They can add you to their email update list for local events and news.

Past Events

Want to relive an event you attended? Or maybe see what's going on locally? We'll list past events here and include the best photos and videos we can drum up. Please send us anything that should be added and we'll do our best to get it posted.

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 From New Year in the Park event

From New Year in the Park event


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Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) Immigration Legal Services

7931 NE Halsey Street, Suite 302, Portland, OR 97213 | 503-384-2482
862 SE Oak Street, Suite 3A, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 | | 503-384-2482 (ext. 200)

To become a client, attend one of the walk-in clinics. $50 consultation fee. Services include: Applications for U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card), Family-based Visas, Asylum Counseling, Temporary Protected Status, Violence Against Women (VAWA), U-Visa, Employment Authorization

  • First Tuesday of every month at Hillsboro United Methodist Church from 9AM to 4PM (168 NE 8th Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97214)

  • Every Tuesday at Hillsboro office from 9:00AM-4:00PM. Consultations are first come, first serve. $50 fee. (862 SE Oak Street, Suite 3A, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123)

  • First Wednesday of every month at Muslim Educational Trust (MET) from 4PM to 8PM (10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223)

  • Second Thursday of every month at Rosewood Community Center from 10AM to 4PM (16126 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233)

  • Third Thursday of every month at Bridgeport Community United Church of Christ from 9AM to 4PM (621 NE 76th Ave., Portland, OR 97213)

Health Careers Northwest

IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR | 971-271-6557 or 971-271-6452
Contact to see if you meet the eligibility requirements which helps you build your career in one of seven health careers.
Meets every Wednesday at 3:30PM at IRCO.                                                                      

Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE)

Monthly meeting where refugees considering applying for disability can have an appointment with Cheryl Coon. Contact Tom Kinzie to schedule an appointment.
Meets every third Wednesday of the month.

Swahili Speaking Women's group

East County Health Clinic, 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham, Oregon 97030
Twice monthly meeting that often focuses on Mental Health & Trauma, Effects of Stress, Cooking & Nutrition, Family, Sewing, Parent & Child Wellness, Zumba/Dance, Yoga, Gardening, Budget & Finances, Life Skills, Acculturation. Call Therese Lugano to register at 971-988-9314.
Meets every other Friday through August 3rd from 10AM-1PM

Free Citizenship Class from SOAR Immigration Legal Services

Multnomah County Library- Rockwood, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
Study English reading, writing, speaking, and U.S. history for the USCIS naturalization exam and interview. Receive free study materials. Learn important skills for your interview. Lessons are self contained and learners are welcome to join at any time. Prepare to become a U.S. citizen. Please bring a pencil and your green card. All are welcome!
Meets every Sunday from July 1st to September 30th from 12:30-3:30PM.

ESL classes with Russian speaking teaching assistant from SOAR immigration legal services

Help for adult immigrants and refugees to build the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to gain US citizenship! For more information contact Angie Kelly at or call 503-384-2482.
(Midland Library in East Portland).  

Reduced Fares for Low Income

Get help with your transportation costs. Introducing TriMet’s reduced fare for low-income riders. You may be able to ride TriMet for less. Riders with qualifying incomes are eligible for half price fares.
Who qualifies: To be eligible for our reduced fare for low-income riders, you need to be 18 or older, a resident of Oregon and have an annual income less than double the federal poverty level. Follow the following link to apply. It will issue you a personlaized Hop card that lets you ride buses, MAX, WES, Portland Street Car and C-TRAN for 50% off a single ride or day pass, or 72% off a month pass. Link:


Tuesday Sept 11

  • Business Plan Workshop· Hosted by Mercy Corps Northwest| When: 5.15 PM| Where:

    Mercy Corps Northwest 43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, Oregon 97204| A business plan is your roadmap. Putting pen to paper will help make sure that you have thought through the details before you invest your time and money into a business. You need to know that your business can cover its’ costs and pay you for your time, otherwise, why do it? In this workshop, you will have the support of your peers and a professional business coach to guide you through the process of writing your own business plan| Source::

Sunday Sept 16


Friday Sept 21

  • Our Community, Our Stories. Hosted by The Immigrant Story. When: 4 PM – 6 PM| Where: Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, Oregon 97005| We're back! And this time, The Immigrant Story (TIS) will be joining the City of Beaverton during Beaverton Welcoming Week! We invite you to join us for an event to show support to newcomers in our community and say “we all belong here.” Celebrating the spirit of Beaverton Welcoming Week, TIS we will be joined by the Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle on September 21, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Beaverton City Hall (in the Beaverton Building). This will be a special opportunity to hear two of our participants, Ivan and Wafa, share their stories in person, to ask them questions about their experiences as recent immigrants and to hear more about the work and mission of The Immigrant Story. Mayor Doyle will speak about Beaverton’s efforts around inclusion and the city’s collaboration with TIS to help make sure everyone in our community feels welcome.
    Bring your family! We hope to see you there!

Sunday Sept 30

  • Who We Are Photo Exhibit. When: 3:00 PM-Monday, October 1, 2018 6:00 PM| Where: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 724 Northwest Davis Street Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map) | Who We Are is a response to honor those affected by the horrific violence that took place aboard a Portland MAX train on May 26, 2017. It is a visual narrative of six muslim women who wear Hijabs.
    The Immigrant Story is proud to be a platform for all underrepresented immigrant voices in our community. Our hope is that this display will provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the emotions of this particular community, which continues to bear the brunt of hate speech in the United States. Please consider supporting and attending this event to honor the victims of the MAX incident. This traveling exhibit is currently showing at The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) featuring three of the original six stories and will be on display from June 7th, 2018 - September 30, 2018. OJMCHE is located at 724 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209. For more information, please visit