This project is my love letter to the women of Portland experiencing houselessness. I think that these women are the most resilient, creative, and insightful humans I have ever met. I wholeheartedly believe that our community would be better if more people had the opportunity to learn from these women in the way that I have. At their urging, and after years of being given incredible writings, photos and paintings- I began compiling the works of these women into a zine and facilitating zine workshops at homeless service centers and shelters.
I soon realized that the zine was more than opportunity to share the insight and experiences of my admired friends, but potentially a chance to facilitate a financial empowerment opportunity. I’ve been able to cover the cost of the printing zines for the past two years, as a result contributors have been given multiple copies of the zines to sell and keeping 100% of the profits.
The zine has generated a great deal of interest over the past year and we are at a place now where we could enter into some exciting retail partnerships, begin selling zines online, and potentially add some advocacy services onto our workshops.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about the project, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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