Food Cart Owner Pays it Forward

Jimmy Wilson

Pay it forward.  This is a well-known phrase that is easy to understand and possible to enact but rarely a lifelong philosophy that continually directs your life.  One Eliot businessman has dedicated his life to paying it forward and it has had a positive effect on his life and the life of others. You might have been to the food cart pod on Vancouver and Fremont or maybe you’re new to the Eliot neighborhood and are looking for some convenient and delicious dinner options. Jimmy Wilson owns the food carts at this location and the story about how they came to be located here is one of dedication and generosity.

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Seth Prickett: The Waypost Owner and Philanthropist

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Seth Prickett

Thirteen years ago, Seth Prickett’s life was changed by a decision participate in a study abroad program while attending Linfield College. He was the fifth-generation to be born and raised in Washington County, and he was eager to go somewhere far away and culturally different. The class offered in Ghana, Africa seemed to fit both of those desires. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan colony to gain its independence in 1957. Ghana hosts a diverse population and is an example of democratic success. Prickett was a political science major and was also active in student government at Linfield. The history course he took that January was “Emergence of Modern Ghana,” and his project looked at the political structure of the country and how it manifested from 1957 to today. What started as just a curiosity about Ghana’s culture and history became a humanitarian and philanthropic venture that has helped to shape the future of Ghanaian children for years to come.

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Eliot Neighborhood through the Lens of Ricardo Nagaoka

Ricardo Nagaoka is new to the Eliot Neighborhood. He hasn’t borne full witness to its creeping gentrification over the past few decades, but he arrived at a critical time in its history. Neighborhoods are always undergoing flux, but Eliot is currently changing at an extremely fast pace. This rapid transformation is the inspiration for his latest project, a book of collected portraits of long-time local residents.

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Just Call Me Darcelle

Darcell and Sue
Darcelle and Sue Stringer at the Darcelle XV 86th birthday bash

“Just call me Darcelle,” says the new Guinness Book of World Records holder as we get started with our interview. Darcelle, born Walter Cole, has brought fame to our Eliot neighborhood and the city of Portland in the form of a world record for being the world’s oldest, still performing Drag Queen. However, before he was Darcelle XV, Cole was an entrepreneur. His business ventures survived urban renewal multiple times in rapidly changing city.

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Rev. Dr. John W. Garlington Jr

Rev Garlington
Rev. Dr. John W. Garlington Jr.

Back in 2006 Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare moved the Garlington Center into Eliot Neighborhood at 3034 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  Soon they hope to transform the property with a new mixed use building that will include existing services as well as affordable housing.  

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Neighbors in Recovery Give Back

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VOA MRC Building

I don’t want to be selfish and want to be the best person I can be”.  This is a quote from a new neighbor you may not have met yet. You also may not be familiar with at least 50 other new neighbors who want you to know how much they appreciate being in this neighborhood.  They reside in the building at MLK and NE Sacramento, which is the home of the Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Center.  It is the place that 52 men call home for 6 months while overcoming addiction and working on recovery.  They are our neighbors and they would like Eliot to know a little more about them, how they are helping our neighborhood and the program that they are going to be graduating from.

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Know your board: Kristen Yates

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Kristin Yates
Kristin Yates

Kristen Yates grew up in Hood River and moved to Portland eight years ago. Her favorite place in Eliot is the Lillis-Albina Park because she thinks it is beautiful to look at the city from the Eastern vantage point. Yates has been on the board for the past 4 and a half years and has held the position of Recorder since 2012. She diligently writes up the minutes from each board meeting so that neighbors can read them on our website, eliotneighborhood.org, and keep all residents informed of what’s happening in the neighborhood.

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Know your board: Becca Pollard

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Becca Pollard
Becca Pollard

Becca Pollard moved from Columbus, Ohio to Portland in 2004 and has lived in Eliot for a year.  She loves that Eliot is in close proximity to so many things and is so bike and pedestrian friendly making it pretty comfortable to live here without a car.  In her free time she likes to see live music, have drinks with friends or get out of the city and go hiking or camping.  Pollard is a Brand Ambassador for the Curb app and also does freelance social media and videography.  She also runs an online vintage shop, Helen May Vintage, with her aunt.

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Know your board: Jeri Bee

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jeri Stein "Bee"
Jeri Stein “Bee”

Jeri Stein “Bee” has lived in Portland since 2001 but has been an Eliot resident for the last six years.  She loves the people who live in Eliot, the access to public transportation, downtown and parks but mostly the many newly formed friendships.

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Know your board: Jim Hlava

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jim Hlava
Jim Hlava

Jim Hlava, a Portland resident for the last 32 years, has lived in the Hollywood District for 25 years. His connection to the Eliot neighborhood is through his employment as a social worker with Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare, Inc .  Cascadia owns the building at 3034 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, which is the home of the Garlington Center, which is one of three of their outpatient mental health and addiction treatment programs in Multnomah County.  He has worked for Cascadia for 28 years and currently is the VP of Housing.

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Know your board: Allan Rudwick

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Allan Rudwick
Allan Rudwick

Allan Rudwick has lived in Eliot for the last 7 of  his 8 years living in Portland. He spends his days working for a tech company on the Westside and likes that Eliot has such easy access to the I-405 freeway. Also convenient are the Matt Dishman Community Center, the newly renovated Dawson Park and Irving Park.

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Know your board: Patricia Montgomery

“Know your board” is a series of articles to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Patricia Montgomery
Patricia Montgomery

Patricia Montgomery is a native Oregonian and has lived in Eliot for 26 years.  Her favorite things about the neighborhood are the accessibility to the city, the diversity of the neighborhood and the sense of a caring community.

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