Thank You For Joining Us & Author Cheryl Strayed

Thank you for joining us for an unforgettable morning at the HopeBuilder Breakfast, featuring author Cheryl Strayed. We will post videos and photos, shortly. If you couldn’t make it, it’s not too late to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. Funds raised will be used to build and repair homes for local families and individuals in need of decent, affordable places to call home.


Where & When

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
7:30 am – 8:45 am
Doors open at 6:45am

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

2019 Program

Cheryl Strayed

Keynote Speaker

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH. Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of WILD stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, and elsewhere. Strayed was the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugars Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Steve Messinetti


Steve began his 25-year Habitat for Humanity career working at Habitat’s International headquarters in Georgia. Since taking the helm at Habitat in Portland 15 years ago, the organization has tripled the number of people served annually, and currently has plans to triple this number again over the next three years. Under Steve’s leadership, Habitat has been recognized as the Green Home Builder of the Year by Earth Advantage, one of Portland Business Journal’s Most Admired Nonprofits, and received the Rotary Oregon Ethics in Business Award. Steve currently serves as vice chair of the US Council of Habitat International and is an active member of numerous local housing committees.

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