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Mother and Son For many in the Portland area, Fish Emergency Service is their last resort. We see the need in their eyes and hear desperation in their voices. Some are single parents trying to feed hungry children. Many are elderly, unsure of what to do to make ends meet.

These are our neighbors: people who have just lost a job, have illness in the family or have other circumstances that make them unable to provide for themselves or their family.

For 41 years, Fish has been there to help.


Fish Emergency ServicE
has hireD a new Executive Director!

Please come by and welcome Gabrielle M. Bolivar. Ms. Bolivar recently served as the Executive Director of OrFIRST, a special education nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. She also served as Branch Manager of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and as Executive Director of a Qualified Rehabilitation Facility providing vocational training, job coaching and supported employment to adults experiencing a disability. Ms. Bolivar was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is an alum of Portland State University. She is excited for her new role serving our Fish community and is eager to expand services and increase capacity. We are pleased to have Ms. Bolivar join our Fish Emergency Service team and the opportunities we have to expand our program services, community outreach to families and children, and strengthening our partnerships with others.

Fish Emergency Service, Inc. 1335 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214-3615 • 503-233-5533

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