Lowenstein Trust

Past Recipients

Past Recipients of the Lowenstein Trust Award



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2019 Awardee Billy Anfield
For over 30 years, in his employment and volunteer activism, Billy Anfield has been a creative advocate for helping the severely disadvantaged build a lasting sense of self worth, develop life skills, and create a supportive community.


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2018 Awardee Adrienne Livingston
For her role as the Anti-Sex Trafficking Director for WorldVenture in Portland, recognizing her commitment to deter sex trafficking in our community by raising awareness, providing preventive education and training, and connecting victims with support services to aid their recovery.


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2017 Awardees Pastors T. Allen Bethel and LeRoy Haynes (foreground)
Have actively initiated and supported local efforts to address community needs. As committed social justice and social change advocates, both have inspired others to collaboratively create a more equitable society - one march, one meeting, one food basket, on prison visit, one decent pair of shoes at a time.


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2016 Awardees Aasha Benton, Leigh Bohannon, and Dr. Keisha Thomas, of Delta Sigma Theta
For their work with African-American young women in the City of Portland.


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2015 Awardee Paul Schroeder
The Lowenstein Trust proudly recognized Paul Schroeder, of New City Initiative, for his many years of service, advocacy, and action in support of the homeless in the City of Portland. Paul has done particularly noteworthy work in building partnerships within the faith community to help meet the needs of homeless families.

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2014 Awardee Ignacio Paramo
Having worked as a day laborer in California and Oregon for several years, Ignacio Paramo eventually made his way to Portland where for the last 15 years he has dedicated himself to helping others with similar life stories become stable, self-sufficient, and prepared to compete for full time opportunities in the workforce.


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2013 Awardee Sandra Guyot
Sandra has worked tirelessly to create and maintain a basic needs - fresh food and clothing - resource for families with very limited resources through her work with Golden Harvester Inc. in North Portland.


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2012 Awardee William "Bill" West
Bill has dedicated over 30 years of his life to advocating for and assisting Portland, Multnomah County, and Clackamas County community members who are working through the challenges presented by developmental disabilities.


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2011 Awardee Pat Wagner (center)
For her work in resurrecting the Linnton Community Center, and with fellow volunteers, making the LCC a place that enriches life for all persons who live or work in the Linnton community.


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2010 Awardee Bobby Fouther (center)
For his work as a Community Artist, helping young people find safe, positive, avenues for personal growth and creative self-expression.


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2009 Awardee Kayse Jama
Kayse Jama was determined to help those new to America to find their common interests and needs despite dizzying array of ethnic, national and religious origins. He, in partnership with all those who are part of the CIO (Center for Intercultural Organizing), has helped strangers in a strange land become friends and family in Portland.


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2008 Awardee Marc Jolin
As Director of JOIN, Marc and other volunteers have devoted themselves to helping homeless families make the transition into long term housing.


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2007 Awardee Diane Sherwin
For her extensive volunteer work with community non-profit Human Solutions serving low-income and homeless families.


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2006 Awardee Beth Burns
Founder of p:ear, an organization serving homeless youth of Portland, builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.


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2005 Awardee Joanne Zuhl
Managing editor of Street Roots, Portland's only street newspaper which provides homeless and nearly homeless people with flexible employment and the hope to improve their situations.


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2004 Awardee Mariah Taylor
Pediatric nurse practitioner who has provided healthcare for 24 years for thousands of children who have no healthcare coverage.


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2003 Awardee Tonya Dickens
Program manager for the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Youth Gangs Outreach Program.


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2002 Awardee Carole Anne Best
A volunteer with Human Solutions' Closet providing baby layettes to poor and often homeless mothers.


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2001 Awardee Sean Cox
Founder of For Us Northwest, providing services for youth diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.


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2000 Awardee Casandra Garrison
Worker for the Oregon Food Bank and an advocate and activist for low-income citizens.


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1999 Awardee Kevin Fuller
For his work with The Bridge Builders Youth Program


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1998 Awardee Ronnye Harrison
For his work with young musicians in the Accelerated Music Program in NE Portland.


1997 Awardee Crystal Richer and Connie Nelson
For their work in establishing the Kelly House in the Lents neighborhood.


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1996 Awardee Jeri Sundvall
For her success in improving wages and conditions for low-income workers.


1995 Awardee Odalis Perez
For her advocacy of low income Hispanic families.


1994 Awardee Alberta Phillips
For her counseling and tutoring of school drop-outs and teen mothers.


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1993 Awardee Genny Nelson
For her many years of support, advocacy, and service to the homeless.


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1992 Awardee Dapo Sobomehin
For his counseling and mentoring work with at-risk youth.