Self Enhancement, Inc. Raising a Voice for Those Suffering


Self Enhancement, Inc. Aims to Honor Survivors and Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence in this Community

Tony Hopson, Sr. at  The Purple Mile Walk 2018

Tony Hopson, Sr. at The Purple Mile Walk 2018

(Portland, Ore. Sept. 30, 2019) – On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) will host their 5th annual Purple Mile Walk. SEI’s goal with The Purple Mile Walk is to raise awareness on the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in the community.

"People of color are four times as likely to experience domestic violence as their white counterparts, and African American women are three times more likely to be killed," says Sarina Simpson, SEI’s DV Lead Advocate. “This is why we walk.” In a report from the DHS Child Safety Unit, it was stated that, a total of 128,786 calls for help were answered by sexual and domestic violence programs in Oregon last year. According to the NCADV, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner on average in the United States. In the last year alone, SEI has served nearly 1,200 children and adults through it’s Domestic Violence program.

The Purple Mile Walk 2018

The Purple Mile Walk 2018

Check-in for The Purple Mile Walk will open at 9AM at The Center for Self Enhancement located at 3920 N. Kerby Ave., with the walk commencing at 10am. Participants who pre- register ( will receive a free Purple Mile t-shirt. The walk will conclude with a post-walk celebration at The Center for Self Enhancement, where all participants will receive a free lunch and gift bag (while supplies last).

About Self Enhancement, Inc.

For over 39 years, SEI has been a change agent in the City of Portland, striving to meet the complex needs of youth and their families by helping them to overcome cultural, educational and economic barriers. SEI is the second largest minority-owned organization in the state of Oregon and serves over 16,000 youth and families annually. SEI’s mission is to guide underserved youth to realize their full potential. SEI works with schools, families, and partner community organizations to provide support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve personal and academic success. SEI brings hope to individual young people and enhances the quality of community life.