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Those Who Serve: My Father's House

A woman who was once afraid of homeless people now embraces them as people and family. Her shelter in Gresham has moved 1,800 families into stable housing.

Pat Dooris

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In Gresham, a shelter that helps homeless families is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It’s a remarkable accomplishment led by a passionate founder.

In the beginning, Cathe Wiese reacted to homeless people with fear.

“I think I was like most people – I was a little bit afraid of homeless people. Didn’t know what to expect. Didn’t know if it was all mental illness and drugs and alcohol,” she said.

Over the years she learned to love those living on the streets. She also built a program that moved 1,800 homeless families out of homelessness and into stable housing.

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Cathe Wiese