Community Healing Initiative

Community Healing Initiative (CHI)

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The Community Healing Initiative (CHI) program is an ongoing collaboration between Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice 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.

Program Director

Kim Filla, LCSW

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.

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CHI Community Events


***All parent groups and activities are exclusively for CHI parents only.*** 

For more information about these events please contact your CHI Community Care Manager.

July Events

Every Monday:

  • POWERFITPDX Workout - 9:30 am at Glendoveer Golf. Contact Annette for more information
  • ART Orientation - 1:00 - 2:00 pm at 99East CHI Office. Contact Kim for more information

Every Tuesday:

  • ART - 1:00 - 3:00 pm at 99East CHI Office. Contact Babak for more information
  • Summer Fitness - 5:00 pm at Marshall HS Track. Contact Russell for more information

Every Wednesday:

  • Parent Drop - In Support - 3:00 - 5:00 pm at 99East. Contact Dontae for more information.

Every Thursday:

  • Summer Fitness - 5:00 pm at Marshall HS Track. Contact Russell for more information

Every Friday:

  • Summer Hoop - 1:00 pm at Laurelhurst Park. Contact Babak for more information.

Other Events:

  • July 20 - Telling Your Story Group - 1:00 - 3:00 pm at 99E. Contact Annette for more information.

  • July 21 - Girls Group Movies. Contact Mindy and Laina for details.

  • July 28 - Parent Support Group - Noon. Location TBD. Contact Annette for details.

  • July 31 - Parent Partnership Lunch - Noon - 2:00 pm at Latino Network East.

Parent Outreach Contacts

Meghann and Annette @ 99East office



People 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.
  • 971.352.6822

Program Goals

  • Keep youth out of formal Juvenile Justice System
  • Partner with parents to restore authentic, positive family growth
  • Build youth and family skills and resources
  • Reduce the number of referrals for youth of color to the juvenile justice system

Family Care Managers

Our organization assigns youth a care manager 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 - EI 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