September Newsletter – Division Midway Alliance

  • DMA Updates
    • New DMA Program - Youth Environmental Mentor Program
    • Meet DMA New Staff
    • Storefront Grants Update
    • DMA Community Outreach
  • Resources
    • DMA Community Hours
    • Trimet Low Income Fare (LIF) Program
    • Livelihood
    • SE Works
    • Thriving Small Business Loan Program
  • Events
    • Festival of Nations
    • Midway Mixture
    • Bookkeeping Workshop 

Youth Environmental Program
DMA has partnered with the City of Portland in creating the new Youth Environmental leadership program starting this Fall! We are currently accepting application for Youth Mentors. We are looking for Youth Mentors who are part of the Latino/Hispanic, Somali, Tongan, Asian-Pacific Islander, Bhutanese, and Burmese communities. Youth Mentors will be strengthening both their knowledge in Environmental conservation and leadership skills. Select youth will receive a stipend for upon successful participation and completion of the program. Applications are Due Wednesday September 18th.
For more information contact the Elizabeth Lopez, DMA Program Coordinator

Click here to apply

New Staff

Meet DMA Operations and Communications Coordinator - Joy Sadi

Joy Sadi graduated from Warner Pacific University in 2019, where she majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She plans to continue her education and get her Master’s in Business Administration as well as her CPA. Joy has volunteered throughout various nonprofits like the Giving Closet and throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. She previously worked with elderly people at Courtyard Mt. Tabor retirement home. In her free time, Joy has various activities she participates in like singing, dancing, making videos, learning new languages, and new musical instruments. Joy loves to travel and plans to visit all 50 states. So far, South Korea is one of her favorite places! She is fluent in Swahili and Kibembe.    

Meet DMA Program Coordinator - Elizabeth Lopez-Hernandez  
Elizabeth Lopez graduated from Portland State University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science with a French Minor. During her time at PSU, she was able to study abroad in Southern France, where she developed a passion for travelling, trying new foods, and strengthen her interest to learn about different cultures, people and languages. At PSU, she worked as Resident Academic Mentor, where she worked closely with her residential community and Campus resources to better serve her community. She has worked as a facilitator for various nonprofits in the Portland area focusing on youth empowerment and leadership such as Girls Inc. of Pacific NorthWest. She is passionate about women empowerment and making sure that the immigrant and refugee communities have the necessary resources to succeed. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her cousins and her dog and photographing. She’s fluent in Spanish and French. 

Division Midway Alliance Storefront Grant
We are excited to share that businesses Pizzayaki, Cayes Pets, and  Anthony Kondos State Farm Insurance have successfully completed their storefront grant improvements project. With the help of Division Midway Alliance Storefront Improvement Grants, the businesses completed the following projects-- 

Pizzayaki - Signage and painting improvements 

BEFORE                                                                  AFTER

Cayes Pets - Siding, lighting, and painting improvements 

 BEFORE                                                                               AFTER 

State Farm - Anthony Kondos - Lighting, painting, and canopy improvements 

BEFORE                                                                                    AFTER 

DMA Community Outreach 
Division Midway Alliance partnered up with Tonga American Resource Network for the 3rd Annual Tonga Day which took place on August 17, 2019. Tonga Day was a beautiful event that brought the community together to celebrate cultural diversity of heritage. 



DMA Community Hours

Pacific Islander Community Hours - Thursday  10 am - 3 pm
Karen/Burmese Community Hours - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Congolese Community Hours - Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Hispanic/Latino Community  Hours - Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 12 pm. 

Trimet LIF Program

We are excited to be a partner site for TriMet Low Income Fare Program. Visit our office to know more about the program. We can help you to identify your eligibility and assist you enroll in the program. We can serve in 7 different languages- Karen, Burmese, Spanish, Swahili, Nepali, Tongan, English. If you know anyone that can benefit from this program, please refer them to us. We are located in 11721 SE Division St

Language support is available:
English Monday-Friday 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm
Karen Friday 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm 
Tongan Thursday 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm
Spanish/French Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 12 pm

For more information about the LIF Program click here.

Livelihood NW

The Business Outreach Program has a new name, Livelihood NW! Livelihood NW still offers drop-in office hours at DMA 9 am to noon every Wednesday. For more information visit their website at or email a business advisor.

New emails

Email has changed for the Business advisors:

SE Works (Workforce navigator DMA office hours) 

Are you looking for a job? Do you know someone who needs assistance in finding a job? At DMA our Community liaisons can help. Community liaisons provide information to our SE workforce navigator, Nathaly Pretell, and she gets in contact with the community member and the community liaisons. She has office hours at DMA every Friday from 10 am - 12 pm.  If you need translation in Karen, Tongan, and Spanish let a Community liaison know, and we can help!

Thriving Small Business Loan Program

We know that Traditional financing and loan guidelines don’t always work for small businesses. So Prosper Portland is launching the Thriving Small Business loan program, which has been structured to address access-to-capital issues faced by underrepresented populations, including businesses in low-income areas and those owned by women and people of color. Thriving Small Business will also connect entrepreneurs with targeted technical assistance. The initiative provides flexible financing and rewards startup and early phase companies that engage in technical assistance programs. Learn more at http://

September 7, 2019, at 14410 SE Division St. Portland, OR 9723
The annual Festival of Nations by the Division Midway Alliance is back! We'd like to invite you, our neighbors, community members, family, and friends to celebrate our wonderful community as a whole. We're proud to be Portland’s largest multicultural event east of I-205 featuring local performers and ethnic foods! Festival of Nation will take place on September 7, 2019, at 14410 SE Division St. Portland, OR 9723, parking lot of Extended Home LLC.

Midway Mixture, Tuesday September 10th
Please join Midway Mixture on Tuesday, September 10th from noon-1:30 at Whelan'S Irish Pub. We will have guest speakers Martin Golden from Small Business Administration and Micheil Wallace, Small Business Liaison from Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. 

Bookkeeping Workshop
October 8, 2019, at 11721 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97266

There are two East Portland workshops coming up. 

The information for the Bookkeeping workshop is below.
Date: October 8, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Division Midway Alliance - 11721 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97266

Register and Learn More :

Does your business accounting system consist of a shoebox of receipts? Are you ready to face the Accounting side of your business? Join Livelihood NW at our Intro to Small Business Bookkeeping Workshop!

Session Includes:

  1. 6:00 - 6:50pm: How Bookkeeping will help your business
  2. 6:50 - 7:30pm: Intro to Bookkeeping and Accounting Terminology
  3. 7:40 – 8:30pm: Selecting an Accounting System (If you have purchased accounting software you can skip this portion of the workshop)

Questions: Contact us at or 503-990-8255

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