Robert Delgado Memorial One Year Later: From Graves to Gardens

Photo of Robert Delgado in black and white with the pink and green letters that spell out LOVE In the backgroundCommunity Painting Days

April 16, 2022 will mark one year since Robert Delgado was shot and killed by Portland Police at Lents Park. Robert was houseless at the time, living in the Lents area, and experiencing a mental health crisis.

Please join us at Lents Park (east side) for community healing through art and gathering days, as well as a memorial and vigil, in Robert’s honor:

🎨Painting days:
Fridays, April 1, 8, 15, 5-7 p.m.

🕯 Memorial and vigil:
Saturday, April 16, 5 p.m.

Over the course of the next three Fridays, starting tomorrow, we will work together to create art in Robert’s honor, and we well unveil the finished art at the one-year memorial in Robert’s honor.

Paint supplies and refreshments will be provided. These gatherings will be for all people, housed or unhoused, of all ages and abilities. Please share to help us spread the word!

Living in this community, we have seen first hand that Robert’s death brought on a grief that felt almost unbearable to many vulnerable Lents community members, and we want to work together to transform our collective grief into healing, hope, resilience, and solidarity.

Organized by East PDX CollectivePDX Saints Love, and Don’t Shoot PDX, and supported by the City of Portland Arts Program and Robert’s family. ❤️‍🩹

Celebrating the Birthday of Robert Delgado

Square flyer with pink flowers that reads Please join us on Monday, Dec.13, at 12pm, at the site of the memorial on the upper east side of Lents Park, to celebrate the birthday of Robert Delgado. Robert would have been 47 years old on this December 13.

✨Save the date✨Please join us on Monday, Dec.13, at 12pm, at the site of the memorial on the upper east side of Lents Park, to celebrate the birthday of Robert Delgado.

Robert would have been 47 years old on this December 13.

Earlier this year, on April 16, police shot and killed Robert, who was houseless at the time, living in the Lents area, and experiencing a mental health crisis.

Since then, the site where Robert tragically lost his life has turned into a memorial that the community has kept alive with flowers, candles, words, art, and more. Community members gather here regularly to grieve, mourn, process, pray, or meditate.

In addition to being a celebration of Robert’s life, this event is a first step at bringing our community together, housed and unhoused folks alike, to process and heal together, as well as to envision together what a more permanent memorial at this site would look like if we were to turn it into a place of healing.

Robert’s family would like to share a few words with the community at the start of the event, and Teressa Raiford with Don’t Shoot PDX  and Kristle Delihanty with PDX Saints Love will help guide our community conversation and healing work. 🤍

We would love to hear from you. Please give us your thoughts on what you think are important elements for this community art project to aid in our grieving, mourning and healing as a community here in Lents:

More details coming soon! For now, please save the date and honor us with your presence on Monday (a week from today) at 12pm, at Lents Park. 🤍

This event is partially funded by the City of Portland

Let’s Make Mini-Wreaths 2021

Photos of wreath making with text for the community hordiculture

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Lents neighborhood (you’ll receive the address in your email if your application is accepted)

Please join us on Sunday, December 12, 2021 for our third annual community-based therapeutic horticulture winter activity in partnership with Larkspur Portland: making foraged mini-evergreen wreaths!

This activity will be a fun and accessible way to engage your senses in wintertime nature and connect with your neighbors.

All materials and tools will be provided, and you are welcome to also bring your own foraged materials if you’d like to include them in the project. If you have wire-cutters and/or a pair of pruners, please bring them for your personal use. We will be working with a variety of evergreen boughs, branches, winter-hardy herbs, dried plants, feathers, mosses, lichens, etc..

If you are physically able to, you are encouraged to also take a nature walk and forage for materials to include in your project, as an additional way to connect with nature and engage your senses.

This activity will be appropriate for all ages. Children younger than 9 will need assistance to complete the project.

If you are interested, please fill out this registration form and we will follow up with you as soon as we can. Space is limited to 12 people. We encourage everyone interested to apply. Our organization is especially devoted to increasing accessibility to BIPOC & LGBTQ+ folks.

This class will be led by Kasia Terra (Larkspur Portland), a horticultural therapist living in East Portland.

Start by filling out the application HERE.

Questions? Feel free to contact us HERE!

Land Back Meal: Generosity Teachings with Local Native American Community

graphic of cooked turkey and two pies with citris garneshes in organge and brown tones and Fall leaves surrounding them

On Thursday 11/25, at 12PM, all who are hungry or who simply wish to connect with their community, are invited to join us in the east parking lot at Lents Park for hot food and community conversations, “Land Back Meal: Generosity Teachings with Local Native American Community!”*

This is an event by the community, for the community, and we could use more support to make it happen! We are still coordinating food/cooking/warm beverages, as well as working to get the word out to folks who might not be on social media or who live outside, so if you’d like to help with either food, volunteering, or promotion, please contact us so we can coordinate!

We’ll also have available free pet food, personal hygiene supplies, warmth/safety supplies, and more. If you’d like to donate anything like socks, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, or other supplies, please DM/contact us so we can coordinate — or just show up!

Still needed::
-tea bags
-hot cocoa packets
-apple cider packets
-bottled water / seltzer water

-Side dishes — if you wish to contribute a side dish, please DM us on Instagram @eastpdxcollective or contact us HERE, ASAP
-Non-perishable items (like energy bars, nuts, cereal, crackers)
-citrus fruit

-warm socks
-sleeping bags
-hand warmers
-bags (plastic or paper)

Pet Supplies
-Cat and dog food is always appreciated
-Dog coats/sweaters
-Leashes, collars, harnesses

Come connect, share, learn, reflect, eat with your community, and help us reach more folks who could use some community support right now.❤️‍🩹

Please note: this event is part of the weekly Lents Community Care Fair that takes place every Thursday at Lents Park, with support from Portland Street Response. However, our regular partners won’t be there this week. This means that services/goods like Covid shots/boosters, haircuts, groceries, OHP/SNAP application assistance, books, etc. will resume on Dec. 02!