Free Me from This Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Pain


Wednesday, November 7


2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.


Nike Greene


Exploring the 2-way connection between Mental Health and Poverty and its impact on Families, Communities and Service providers.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “I am sick and tiredof being sick and tired…”? We often use this language to describe a moment of hopelessness, to dismiss or explain certain behaviors, symptoms or attitudes about our current state of being. Individuals and family members make this statement when they have exhausted all resources; tried diets; tried medication; treatment, and still experience pain. We all face the challenge of supporting our own mental health, however when it is coupled with poverty; the battle can seem like an uphill journey with hundreds of pounds on your back.This workshop examines the importance of focusing on mental health care and the need for accessible, affordable, and appropriate mental health care for all populations.

Learning Outcomes

We will examine:

  1.  The connections between mental health and poverty, compromised education, vulnerability, difficulty accessing housing, health care, employment, and community public services;
  2. How family and societal norms influence our mental health and impoverished lifestyles;
  3. Keys to accessing and targeting mental health treatment and not Band-Aids of relief.

Throughout the workshop, participants will develop strategies to use the strengths and resilience embedded within individuals, families and communities to address mental health, poverty and wellness needs.

Presentation Materials

Presenter Bio(s)

Nike Greene

Nike Greene, MA LMFT, was born in, Portland Oregon. As a wife and mother of four, family is her primary value. Nike believes every day is a direct reflection of keeping her family and faith as the priority.

Nike is a Graduate of George Fox University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her education includes, Warner Pacific College with a BA Degree in Religion and Christian Ministries. Also, North Portland Bible College with Her ACM Degree, Certificate in Lay Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Teaching, and more. Nike has also completed the DeVos Urban Initiative Leadership Program. Nike is currently a Licensed Marriage & Family therapist, and Ministers alongside of her husband Pastor Herman Greene at Abundant Life PDX Church in North Portland.

She has traveled throughout the US, Speaking and teaching to diverse audiences. Nike’s gifts have been utilized and extend beyond US borders in Uganda, Mexico, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Congo. She is dedicated to serving in missions for the last 5 years in Uganda and Rwanda.

Nike’s mission is to bring healing, inspiration, and a message of hope. She helps serve families throughout the year in a specific north Portland housing community. She believes that the more we reach out to others, the more others will gravitate towards us, and that when we remove our masks of fear we will find trusting relationships that will prove valuable in our life. No one is an island unto themselves. Her mission is to stand committed to her faith, to live a healthy and balanced life which directly affects her husband, children, physical health, and everyday interaction with people and lastly to use her gifts to help build people up daily.

Nike currently ministers in Coffee Creek Correctional Institute. These facilities house Women and Men who need support, hope and direction. Her fiery speaking lights the flame in lives of people and encourages them to go to the next level with joy and empowerment. Her missionary Journeys bring hope to those ministered to and compassion to those who help send her.

She is the Director of Education & Community Engagement for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Nike’s endeavors remain connected to her passion around collaborative communities, education, engaged families and celebrating diversity. As a therapist, she believes that healing and unity can build stronger communities. She is known for her vibrant personality, experiences within school and correctional systems, community leadership and her stand for social justice.