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Shelter for houseless families hosts 'In Other Words,' a June 16 virtual event set, which features three keynote speakers.

"PMG FILE PHOTO - Traci Miller, a staff member at the Good Neighbor Center, sorts through food that was donated to the Tigard homeless shelter last year. Tigards Good Neighbor Center hosts its annual fundraising event, In Other Words, on June 16. In Other Words," a virtual fundraiser for Tigard Good Neighbor Center, will be held June 16, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Nicole DeCosta, an on-air personality at KOIN 6 News and the Portland CW, will emcee the event.

"The 'In Other Words' annual event is our signature event," said Renee Brouse, executive director of the Good Neighbor Center. "It's an opportunity to tell the GNC story while celebrating past success, our volunteers and supporters. We are blessed to serve and impact the lives of families who need us most. We are successful because of the support of our community."

The Good Neighbor Center shelters homeless families and works to find suitable housing for them.

Although the online event is free to view, raffle tickets for the event can be purchased with prizes that include a chance to win a seven-night getaway to Mexico for two, a $500 Amazon gift card, and a case of pinot noir of Wine by Joe.

A citrus fresh herb stuffed chicken breast or salmon dinner can be pre-purchased from DeAngelo's Catering.

This year's guest speakers for the vent include Kevin Bates, Annette Mercer and Wilson Parrish.

Bates is owner of the Symposium Coffee shops in Tigard and Sherwood. He and his wife Amanda also are pastors at Sherwood's Resonate Christian Church.

Parrish works for the Public Safety Chaplaincy, a nonprofit organization based in Beaverton. He serves as a chaplain for the Sherwood and King City police departments as well as Washington County 9-1-1. In addition, he is one of five chaplains serving with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

Mercer was a stay-at-home mom in Arizona before life "suddenly threw her a curveball." Relocating to Portland, she and her family experienced homelessness and everything that went with it. However, in 2012, she began working with non-profit transitional housing programs in Washington County. The partner of a U.S. military veteran, she is stepmother to seven girls.

Visit goodneighborcenter.org for all details.


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