A collection of immigration stories from our B Corp Family: Their journeys, experiences, and reflections on home.

This book of profiles and interviews highlights our commonalities, while honoring our unique experiences. We seek to embrace our community and create a space that respects and values both our new and long-standing international partners. It is our hope that this book leads to a deeper dialog and broader understanding of the world as an interconnected community.

This is a project that has morphed and evolved—it has taken shape, driven by the need for personal connection and the desire to recognize ourselves in each other. The result is a collection of stories that feature the paths by which members of our B Local community, originating from all over the world, came to reside in Portland, Oregon. These volunteers were asked to share their personal experiences in the effort to foster a bigger conversation about immigration.

The development of this book and process is a project of B Local PDX, a group of certified B Corporations from Oregon and SW Washington working to foster an deepen connections among organization in our region who share our purpose and passion for using business as a force for good.

All profits from the sales of this book will be donated to Oregon Healthcare Interpreters Association.

We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of members of B Local PDX and an amazing group from the Portland creative community who brought this project to fruition entirely on volunteer time. These include Neil KellyA to Z WineworksNossa FamiliaMMercer ConsultingBamboo Sushi, and The Joinery's own Kelsey Moody; photographers Kim Oanh NguyenMeghan Paddock Farrell, and Nino Ortiz; Lacy Cagle of the NW Earth InstituteTré Seals of Vocal Type, and Kristin Howe Wilson, and Scout Book’s Equity Alliance which donated printing for the first round of books.

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