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Summit will address poverty in East County

A poverty summit, sponsored by Caring in East County Begins With You, is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at Anawim Christian Community Campus, 19626 N.E. Glisan St.

This year's theme is 'We Want Change,' and focuses on the plight of the homeless - specifically the need for cities to change recommendations on when emergency shelters can open in East Multnomah County. Gresham uses the same standards as Portland, but temperatures in East County can be more severe with the east wind roaring through the gorge.

'Last winter, two individuals that I am aware of were in ICU for more than a month due to hypothermia and its complications,' said Anawim Pastor Steve Kimes. 'This is totally preventable with churches willing to open their doors to house those in need of shelter. We have, however, run into some roadblocks with the city.'

Representatives from Multnomah County will present this year's report on homelessness. Guest speakers include Kevin Palau, Dr. Bob Sayson of The Good News Clinic and Jean DeMaster, executive director of Human Solutions.

Canned food for local food pantries and packaged socks for the homeless also will be collected at the summit.

Caring in East County Begins With You (KEY) formed four years ago as a way for local churches and citizens to address social problems in East Multnomah County. For details on the group or the event, contact Kimes at 503-888-4453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..