Our company is guided by the following quote from Michael Wilson Becceril, board of directors at Our Climate……
“Only when society values black lives can we truly confront the current system of economic and environmental exploitation that is deeply rooted in racism, sexism and colonialism. Only when society values characteristics gendered as feminine such as nurturing, sharing and caring for each other- instead of traits viewed as masculine such as aggression, accumulation and competition can we finally develop the social structures needed to preserve life on Earth, including an economy based on social needs and not individual greed”
Before the opening of Simple Sundries, Mandy worked for 12 years at IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) as the SUN Community School Site Manager at Gilbert Park Elementary in the David Douglas School District. For five of those years she also managed the IRCO Hunger Relief Program which operates school and community food pantries in East Portland. In early 2018, she and her husband bought a home in East Portland.
Discouraged by the limitations that come with non-profit funding, Mandy felt she could better serve the community as a small business owner who is dedicated to the revitalization of our neighborhood and community.
Also pictured: Jay Gerwe, who does most of the heavy lifting. And Dillon the pickle because GO PICKLES!