Stop 13

Stop 13: MLK & Hawthorne

Transition Projects, at 1431 SE MLK, provides people with the resources and tools they need to end their homelessness and maintain housing.

The Clark Center is a 90-bed short-term residential program for men that provides the supports needed to move out of homelessness with a computer lab, mental health counseling and case management. Stays are up to four months. The Day Center provides showers, clothing, laundry, access to residential program waiting lists, information and referral.

Mark Newman Designs in Wood is a woodcrafing shop with their studio and shop next to the Hawthorne bridge. Five-thousand square feet of machinery, tools, benches, and people making things. It smells like wood, and one wall is covered with mysterious jigs and patterns.

Portland Indoor Soccer at 418 SE Main, is home to the best indoor soccer facility. It hosts hundreds of men’s, women’s and coed teams each year. Since 1985, when they opened the doors in the historic Imperial Skating Rink building on Portland’s industrial east side, thousands of men, women and children who love socer have made this pitch their home.

Down the road towards the river is a four-story Art Deco building next to the Hawthorne Bridge. It had been long ignored, and the FBI used it to practice drug raids. Today that space houses has been refurbished into The Portland Boathouse.

The mission of the Portland Boathouse is to provide access to the Willamette River to people of all ages and abilities so that they may participate in safe recreational and competitive rowing and paddle sports in an atmosphere of mutual respect and camaraderie, while promoting stewardship of the river.

Several non-profit organizations have offices on the upper floors, and Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak provides rental boats and instruction. It contains dozens of canoes, kayaks, and high-end rowing shells.

Willamette River Keepers headquartered in the Boathouse. They are a non-profit whose sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River.

The Boathouse also contains sporting goods store Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe or have a cup of Joe. Water Avenue Coffee factory creates handcrafted coffees in Portland’s Southeast Industrial district.

The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is a 1.5 mile bike/pedestrian path, along the river, from OMSI to the Steel Bridge.

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