Community Healing Initiative (CHI)Determine your Path to Success
The Community Healing Initiative (CHI) program is an ongoing collaboration between Multnomah County and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center. The CHI program works with African American youth and their families involved in the juvenile justice system, with a focus on Early Intervention, Parent Education and Mentoring.
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) is a non-profit education management organization, established for 45 years in North Portland, serving over 600 students and work trainees annually.
Our mission is to reconnect alienated at-risk youth affected by poverty, family instability and homelessness, with high school education and career training as key program features.
We currently manage three alternative high schools in North Portland and East County/Gresham, a Work Opportunity Training and Transitions program that mentors students through high school graduation to the age of 25, and the Community Healing Initiative working with youth in the justice system. POIC specializes in serving African American youth and families.
Kim Filla, LCSW - Director of Family Outreach & Community Programs
Kim Filla was born and raised in Portland, Oregon as a first generation Chinese-American.
Kim has over 19 years of non-profit social work experience in mental health, youth development, mentoring, family engagement, child welfare, juvenile justice, and program development. Kim has worked for POIC for the past 13 years.
Kim earned her Master of Social Degree from Portland State University in 2003 and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2008.
She has been a Field Instructor for PSU’s School of Social Work Program for 12 years and serves on MIKE Program’s Advisory Board.
Kim is fueled by her desire to empower youth and families to thrive through connection and stability, and to ensure communities of color are represented for systemic change.
Kim enjoys spending time with her family, beach trips, jogging with her dog, and creating art.
FAV QUOTE: “You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”- Oprah Winfrey
CHI Community Events
There are a variety of community events put on through the CHI program.
*Movie Day on 10/14 and Pumpkin Patch on 10/22 are RSVP-
For more information about these events please contact your CHI Community Care Manager.
***All parent groups and activities are exclusively for CHI parents only.***
1) Monday, October 3: Parent Group from 5-7pm with Dontae and Annette @ 99East office
2) Monday, October 10: Parent Group from 5-7pm with Dontae and Annette @ 99East office
3) Tuesday, October 11: Boys to Men Mentor Group, 4-6pm with Randal, Russell, and Babak –
Boys to Men Group on 11th will be held at RAHS NORTH
4) Friday, October 14: MOVIE DAY/CHI Activity-Birth of a Nation @ Lloyd Cinema RSVP
5) Beginning Feb. 16th: Spring Nurturing Parenting Class Location TBD. Families can contact Meghanne Darne for more information at email@example.com
6) Monday, October 17: Parent FOCUS GROUP from 5-7pm with Dontae and Annette @ DCJ
7) Tuesday, October 18: Parent Group day trip to Lincoln City
8) Saturday, Oct. 22: Pumpkin Patch, 9am-2pm: RAHS North @ 9am for transportation RSVP
9) Monday, Oct. 24: Parent Group-Virtues, 5-7pm with Dontae and Annette @ 99east office
10) Tuesday, October 25: Boys to Men Mentor Group, 4-6pm with Randal, Russell, and Babak
-Boys to Men Group on 25th will be held at RAHS EAST.
WarmlinePeople just want to be heard
Your voice matters. That is why CHI has partnered with Parents United for Successful Homes (PUSH).
Anyone needing support may call our Warmline to speak to a trained peer.
- Staffed by Parent Mentors & Parent Advocates with various life experience.
- WARMLINE Hours: Monday - Friday 9am- 5pm
- Saturday & Sunday: Calls will be answered within 48hrs
- 24/7 Availability to leave a message and your call will be responded promptly by a Peer Support Specialist.
Family CoordinatorsOur organization assigns youth a coordinator who works with families
- Provide personal and culturally affirming services
- Design a customized Personal Success Plan to identify and achieve goals
- Helps you build access to links and services that will stabilize your family situations
- Stays connected to your family for the duration of the program
- With Access to:
- A dedicated coordinator
- A parent advocate
- Parenting support groups
- Community involvement and activities
- Youth skill-building groups
- Family activities
Connecting Families with Resources
- Research shows that youth who are connected to positive adults outside of their family and who are involved in pro-social activities, are less likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system. Through our program, we provide these opportunities, and more!
- CHI - EL can help connect to:
- Emergency assistance programs
- Mental health, alcohol, and drug treatment resources
- Housing resources
- Education opportunites
- Youth and parent development activities
- Assistance with public benefits
- Other resources as identified