Save First Closes Doors at Catholic Charities of Oregon


To Our Community,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Save First Financial Wellness will be closing our doors at Catholic Charities of Oregon after a fruitful 13 years of serving over 20,000 members of the Portland metro and beyond.

Our final day with Catholic Charities of Oregon will be in the middle of June, but our hope is to find a new home for our program so our services can continue to be available. We are currently exploring options with community partners that should lead to a continuation of our services later in 2023, so please continue to check back for updates on how this is progressing.

Starting on April 25th, 2023, Save First will no longer have capacity to take general clients from the community as our remaining staff focus on closing out our current contract and grant responsibilities. For community members seeking help, here are alternative services that may be available to you:

  1. If you are interested in an IDA, please visit and contact one of the IDA providers on that website

  2. If you are interested in Financial Coaching, please visit

  3. If you are looking for other general services at Catholic Charities of Oregon, please get in touch with Luz Nicolas (503.688.2502, for further assistance.

  4. If you are facing an eviction, please contact the following:

Multnomah County:

Bienestar de la familia 503-988-3509


Oregon Eviction Defense Project

Clark County:

Council for the Homeless

          Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program

Clackamas County:

Community Action

         Clackamas Housing Authority

         Clackamas County Coordinated Housing Access

Washington County:

         Community Action

Our sincerest thank you to everyone who has made our work possible -- more updates to come!

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