Welcome Brenna Bailey!
We have recently hired a Community Organizer for Housing Stability to begin work in the Cully Neighborhood in partnership with St. Charles Church. We welcome Brenna Bailey thanks to a generous grant from Care Oregon. Brenna will be engaging Cully residents in housing advocacy and working from the parish office.
A word from Brenna Bailey-
My name is Brenna Bailey, and I have recently joined the St. Charles community as a housing advocacy and stability organizer. I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, a city that I love, but wanted a change of scenery after high school. I headed to the Pacific Northwest for college, fell in love with this region, and decided to stay. My interest in community organizing, tenants’ rights, and anti-displacement work was sparked this summer in Chicago, where I worked and learned alongside some amazing activists in Albany Park, Chicago.
As a community organizer based out of St. Charles I will be working closely with Pastoral Associate and Youth Coordinator, Gabe Triplett, and Cameron Herrington from Living Cully. My first priority is to get to know this community and the broader Cully neighborhood, which I had the opportunity to do last summer while working with Hacienda CDC’s youth programming. In the coming weeks and months, you will probably see me emailing, calling, and going door-to-door—using every mode of communication to reach out, earn your trust, listen to your needs and concerns, and learn from your experiences as residents, tenants, and neighbors of Cully. Working alongside Gabe, Cameron, and all of you, we aim to improve material living conditions through healthy home assessments and working with neighborhood volunteers to make home repairs, particularly for mobile home residents.
My office is located in St. Charles Church, and I will be doing this work part-time. When I am not in the office or knocking on doors, you can find me at Rigler Elementary coordinating the after-school SUN program. I have been there for several weeks, and have loved getting to know the kids of this community that are running through those halls.
Please feel free to email or call me if you have questions, concerns, or just want to introduce yourself. I am always happy to set up a meeting to chat about St. Charles, Cully, and how we can work together in the future.
Peace and Solidarity,
A big welcome to Brenna Bailey as part of the St Charles and Living Cully Team!