Loretta expanded the SummerWorks program, a paid internship program that has provided intensive academic support and career and college experiences to thousands of local high school students – mostly from undeserved communities – to put them on a path to success. Loretta has succeeded in growing the program from 50 jobs the first year to 650 jobs in the summer of 2017. To date, over 4,500 Portland young people have participated in the program and now have better opportunities to grow and succeed.
Ensuring Older Portlanders Can Stay in Their Homes
hen the state cut funding for a critical program, Project Independence, that provides the support to help seniors stay living in their homes and ‘age in place’, Loretta stepped in to ensure the County found the money to keep the program going and get people of the program’s waiting list.
Project Independence, by providing help with as housekeeping, personal care, grocery shopping, and adult respite services, lets Portland seniors remain in their home and maintain their quality of life. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, it would cost nine times as much to provide for these seniors in a Medicaid-funded retirement facility.
Extending Opportunity to All in Portland’s Thriving Technology Sector
s our City has become a hub for technology jobs, Loretta has focused on ensuring these opportunities extend to women and innovators of color. Too often, these emerging entrepreneurs are not able to access the startup funds and support to pursue a dream. That is why Loretta worked with partners across the community to establish the Portland Inclusive Startup Fund and help new small technology businesses succeed.