Our mission is to initiate community change, transform neighborhoods, and empower people to live self-sufficient lives. We'd also like to see families heal, instill community values, and restore our neighborhoods to a safe and healthy community.
POPA was founded on the principles of being our brother's keeper, and realizing that we are all brothers. POPA is the vision of founder Larry Collins. Mr. Collins is himself a product of the same community that he works tirelessly to improve. He has personal experience battling some of the same challenges that have consumed others in his community, and uses his expertise and strategies of overcoming and helping others to create the community that we all envision. His motto is "Stop pointing a finger and lend a hand" and clearly promotes his vision of those who have won the battles returning to fight along side of those who still struggle.
People of Purpose and Associates is offering a business that will be sustainable and benefit the whole communities regarding houseless camps. We would like folks who are living in the camps to be a part of participating in their own wellness, helping to alleviate some of the burden for city and community responsibilities by providing this service. Cleaning and protecting our environment are a concern to all.
Children are precious gifts from God and our organization has worked for nearly 2 decades to ensure they have a voice in Portland and beyond. POPA PDX remains committed to the unfinished work while remaining focused on the advancement, wellness, and support of every child. Our newest program ( ROC Study ) comes out of a response to the global pandemic that left so many black and brown children with little support and even fewer resources.
ROC Study: rescue our children from crime-- stronger talented unique devoted youth
Black and Brown children have been disproportionately affected by the sudden losses of family, community, and the hope of a more collective belonging. This peer-to-peer mentorship project seeks to highlight our youth's creativity, ingenuity, and natural gifts by connecting them with others.