Our Language & Life Skills Programs have helped the following partners build bridges and create language & culture access in their communities:

Multnomah County SUN Community Schools:  SUN (Multnomah Co) aims to turn schools into community centers in low income areas, providing after school and parent education services. PPT operates several programs in the system with various social services agencies. Some sites feature paid teachers, at other sites, we train Ampersand students to become better teachers and community members.

Also listed below are similar in-school programs for outreach to immigrant/refugee/Limited English Proficient parents of children in the public school system (such as MFS “CAFE” program and Impact NW “SHINE” program).

Metropolitan Family Service:  MFS strengthens families and individuals while enhancing their participation in community life.

Gresham HS SUN – 1200 North Main Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes

Shaver Elementary SUN – 3701 NE 131st Place, Portland, OR 97230

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes

David Douglas HS SUN – 1001 SE 135th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes

Clackamas Elementary CAFE Volunteer Training Site – 15301 Southeast 92nd Avenue, Clackamas OR 97015

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes (October 2010 to May 2011)

Oak Grove Elementary CAFE Volunteer Training Site/Adult Dual Immersion – 2150 SE Torbank Avenue, Milwaukie OR 97222

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes (January 2011 to May 2011)

Lot Whitcomb Elementary School CAFE – 7400 SE Thompson Road, Milwaukie, OR, 97222-3999

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes (Jan 2010 to Summer 2010)

Rowe Middle School CAFE – 3606 Southeast Lake Road Milwaukie, OR 97222-6949

Voz Alta Life & Language Classes (April 2010 to June 2010)

Neighborhood House:  Neighborhood House delivers innovative and life-changing programs for low-income people of all ages.

Cesar Chavez Elementary SUN – 5103 N Willis Portland, Oregon 97203

Voz Alta Language & Life Classes (January 2011 to June 2011)

Ampersand Experiential Training for Language Teachers – Ariana Chandler

Lifeworks, NW

James John Elementary SUN Volunteer Training Site – 7439 North Charleston Avenue, Portland, OR 97203

Voz Alta Language & Life Classes (January 2011 to May 2011)

Impact NW

Barnes Elementary SHINE Volunteer Training Site – 13730 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Voz Alta Language & Life Classes

Portland Parks & Rec

Parkrose HS SUN – 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220

ESL and Citizenship Pilot Program (Summer 2011)

People-Places-Things Partner Projects

Hacienda CDC – Voz Alta ESOL classes for adults

Hacienda CDC develops affordable housing and builds thriving communities in support of working Latino families and others in Oregon by promoting healthy living and economic advancement.

Salon Comunal – 6856 NE Killingsworth Portland, OR 97218

Miraflores – 8901 N. Newell, Portland, OR 97203

High Context Curriculum for Tamale Vendors – 2011

Hacienda CDC Contracted with P-P-T to analyze the language & culture needs for tamale vendors in their Micromercantes program.

Mt Hood Community College

Volunteer Literacy Tutors (VLT)

The Mt. Hood Community College Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program provides individualized instruction in reading, English as a Second Language and GED preparation. Our tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students who, for one reason or another, cannot attend classes at one of our main campuses.

PPT is working with Mt Hood VLT to provide training and program support at several sites

Rockwood Library: 17917 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

HB Lee Middle School SUN Program: 1121 Northeast 172nd Avenue Portland, OR 97230

Rockwood Station 17805 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97233

Snow-Cap Community Charities 17805 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97233

–>Anne Weiss, VLT Coordinator:503-988-5270

VOZ Worker’s Rights Center – MLK Worker Hire Site

VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project is a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions.

Voz Alta ESOL for Workers

Along with Reed College’s SEEDS service learning program (, we bring multilevel drop-in English classes 6 days a week to the Center, and several drop in writing labs per week

Monday through Saturday, 1030am to noon

240 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 97232

–>Allie Beck , VOZ Volunteer Coordinator:

–>Lily Garcia, SEEDS Writing Lab Coordinator:

Empowering Workers through Education and Increased Employability

PPT is working with VOZ and community partners to design Vocational ESOL curricula to provide intensive mini-certifications for workers at the hire site to improve their self-sufficiency and employability. 8 trainings will be held in 2011, and VOZ is currently compiling a list of community partners with marketable vocational skills.

–>To inquire further, contact VOZ Staff Organizer, Paul Riek:

Home Forward – Voz Alta ESOL classes for adults

Home Forward’s mission is to ensure that people of the community are sheltered, with a special responsibility to those who encounter barriers to housing because of income, disability, or special need.

Stark Manor 634 SE 217th Gresham, OR 97030

Fairview Oaks 22701 NE Halsey Street, Fairview, OR 97204

Human Solutions – Voz Alta ESOL classes for adults

Human Solutions envisions a vibrant, prosperous, and healthy Mid- and East Multnomah County – free of homelessness and poverty.

Rockwood Station – 17805 SE Start St., Portland, OR 97233

Immigrant and Refugee Community of Oregon (IRCO)

IRCO promotes the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. PPT has worked on a number of Culture and Language Bridge projects, including:

Africa House – Voz Alta ESOL for East African Seniors

631 NE 102nd Ave Portland, Oregon 97230

PPT as Bridge of Language provided consultation, teacher training, and language skills development services from October 2009 to April 2010

–>Karley Schneider, Program Coordinator

Asian Family Center – Voz Alta ESOL classes for Burmese Families

4424 Northeast Glisan Street Portland, OR 97213

In April 2010, PPT as Bridge of Language staffed a volunteer ESOL class for newly arrived Burmese families

IRCO Employment Services – Computer and ESOL skills

In April 2010, PPT as Bridge of Language provided volunteer consulting services for a daily lunchtime computer and job skills training clinic

Madison HS SUN – Volunteer Training Site

2735 Northeast 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97213

From January 2010 to June 2010, PPT as Bridge of Language provided ESOL classes and a Spanish-English Dual-Immersion class

–>Gwen White, Site Manager:

Adelante Mujeres

2420 19th Ave.Forest Grove, OR 97116
Adelante Mujeres works for the holistic education and empowerment of low income Latina women and their families.

Adelante Empresas– Bilingual Encuentros

Throughout Forest Grove, pairs of Spanish speakers from Adelante Empresas and English speakers from Pacific University met for small group language exchanges. PPT advised on how to form the groups and keep them successful
–>Ali at

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives- Voz Alta ESOL classes for Residents

PCRI preserves, expands, and manages affordable housing in Portland and provides advocacy services for its residents.

Margaret Carter Apartments

Neighborhood Network Center – 626 NE Brazee St, Portland, OR 97212


–>Lisa Williams, Resident Services Coordinator:

Tuesdays, 1 to 230 pm

Maya Angelou Apartments

Maya Angelou Community Center – 4012 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR 97227

–>Catherine Mehta, Resident Services Coordinator:

Mondays and Tuesdays, 4 to 530 pm (September 2010 to March 2011)

Plaza Comunitaria at MHCC – Voz Alta ESOL Classes for the Community

The Plazas Comunitarias provide 6th, 9th, and 12thgrade education for Spanish speakers, accredited by the Mexican Government.

People-Places-Things provided intermediate level ESOL classes from Summer 2009 to Summer 2010

–>Rosetta Pettijohn, Plaza Comunitaria Program Coordinator:

Los Ninos Cuentan

–>Lorena Connelly, Executive Director – 503 974 9882

Los Ninos Cuentan provides services to Spanish-speaking families affected by Domestic Violence. We work together to coordinate a small team of Spanish-English medical interpreters, and a number of other Culture Bridging projects

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church – Voz Alta ESOL classes for the Community

9800 Southeast 92nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086

From January to June 2009, Los Ninos Cuentan, PPT (as Bridge of Language) and Beautiful Savior held weekly ESOL classes, and piloted a dual-immersion class for English speakers and Spanish speakers

Gracepointe Community Church – Dual- Immersion English and Spanish Classes

10750 SE 42nd Avenue.Milwaukie,OR 97222

In the Spring of 2010, Los Ninos Cuentan and PPT held Dual-immersion English Spanish classes at Gracepointe with the Spanish language church El Nuevo Reino

Laughing Horse Books – Working People’s Spanish

Working People’s Spanish brings Spanish language skills to working people – open entry, multilevel, donation-based classes facilitated by native speakers with dynamic methods

–>Patrik McDade, Program Director

Classes are held at Laughing Horse Books 12 NE 10th 2011 classes begin the first week of February

Compassion North Clackamas – Volunteer Interpreter Training and Coordination, April 2010
The purpose of Compassion North Clackamas is to come together in unity to address primarily the medical needs of those in our community who are uninsured, under insured, or unable to obtain medical/ dental treatment