Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Cole Merkel

Cole Merkel
Position: 
Vendor Program Director
Relationship to Street Roots: 

Cole Merkel moved to Portland in 2010 to be a Jesuit Volunteer, first at Operation Nightwatch, then at Street Roots. He was hired by SR the day his JV term ended and now oversees all aspect of the vendor program as Vendor Program Director. A native of the Great Lakes State, Cole holds a Bachelor's Degree in History and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

 cole [at] streetroots [dot] org  |  @colemerkel

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon