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New leader for "Transition Projects":

New Transition Projects President and CEO Joy M. Jones. The nonprofit chosen by Multnomah County to run its special homeless shelters to assist women and veterans who are homeless into homes and jobs, Transition Projects, has chosen Joy M. Jones, MSW, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. She assumed the position on August 1. Ms. Jones relocated from California to assume the position. In her role as Vice President of Programs at "Abode Services" in Northern California she led Permanent Supportive Housing and other housing services in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties. Prior to Ms. Jones' tenure at Abode Services, she was a federal consultant for ICF, a global consultant and technology services firm based in Virginia. At ICF, she worked with state human service agencies around the country to build capacity. Stacy Borke, Transition Projects' Senior Director of Programs and Tony Bernal, Senior Director of Public Policy & Funding were interim Co-Executive Directors through July 31. Transition Projects has been running shelters for the county in Westmoreland and Foster-Powell in Inner Southeast Portland.

Woodstock Mexican restaurant closes: On Saturday, July 23rd, the owner of El Gallo Taqueria in Woodstock, Jake Brown, issued a press release announcing that the restaurant would be closed immediately, and indefinitely. In his statement, he said, "Having the privilege to cook and serve the Woodstock Community for the past 13 years has been an honor, and I want to truly thank all our loyal customers who have supported El Gallo Taqueria since our inception. Owning and operating a small business in the City of Portland has become increasingly challenging; the growth, demand, economic challenges, and supply chain issues have impeded our ability to continue providing the best possible customer service while still serving some of the finest Mexican food in the city. My decision to close the business was by far the most difficult I have experienced in my professional career in the food industry. . . Enjoy exploring all the fantastic restaurants in our fine city in your search for your new favorite taqueria!" Westmoreland's "Fat Albert's Breakfast Café" made a similar announcement a month before. Both hold out some hope that they may be able to reopen at some point.

Former Westmoreland resident publishes benefit cookbook: When the 2020 pandemic brought upheaval to everyone on the planet, Oregon grandmother, home chef, food writer, and former Westmoreland resident Judi Berman-Yamada set to work writing her bucket list cookbook — "Thrifty Comfort Cooking for Challenging Times" — to benefit the Oregon Food Bank, and thus those experiencing food insecurity. While creating her cookbook at her new home in Rockaway Beach, Yamada says, she began eating better (she lost forty pounds), moving more, and improved her own health. All author royalties for retail and online sales will be sent by her publisher, Gatekeeper Press, to the Oregon Food Bank (OFB). It's available from any bookstore, online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or from links at the author's website —

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