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12/10/17 Portland Oregon
Dear Friends and Family,
I apologize in advance for not making this note more personal. I continue
to be grateful for you in my life. I am reaching out to you today because
it's cold and rainy and my street friends are on my mind more than ever.
It's been a good year and a hard year. I've learned a lot and remain
grateful for the acts of kindness I see everywhere. Please read my attached
letter. If you can help in any way, please know I send bouquets of
gratitude your way. Feel free to pass the letter on if you know others
might be willing to help.
May this season begin and end with our caring for others less fortunate than
Sunnyside Community House
It's been a busy year at Sunnyside Community House. Our relationships with
our friends who live outside continue to grow stronger. And our
conversations are going deeper.
Their needs are basic. They need food, shelter, clothes and a sense of
being known and cared about. One of our volunteers was surprised when she
noticed one of our homeless guests reading a book that she had on her own
shelf at home. It was just one of those little reminders that we really
aren't so different from each other.
Another volunteer reported a conversation with a neighbor who , frustrated
by a camp near his house, decided to go talk with the campers and ask what
they needed. The campers didn't ask for beer, drugs, or money. They said
they needed a place to go to the bathroom, somewhere to take a shower, and
place to discard their garbage.
These homeless people see themselves as family, taking care of each other.
So dispersing them to different parts of the city isn't necessarily in their
best interest. They, like us, need their "tribe" when we are struggling.
Most of them, when I ask where they are from, tell me "Portland." For some
this city has always been their home, the place where they were born, raised
and went to school. They are our neighbors.
We have increased the number of times we make our space available for
showers. We now have as many as 150 persons /month (and a few dogs!)
taking showers. We're hoping by the end of the year to have our second
shower stall available for use. We make sure our friends get a clean pair of
socks, underwear and clothes after their shower. At least 250 pairs of
socks a month are handed out. We encourage recipients to wear two pair at a
time since many of the socks are pretty thin. Last year we had to transport
four people to the hospital because of foot problems caused from their feet
being constantly wet. We try to keep a supply of dry shoes on hand too.
It is clear that the problem of homelessness is not going away soon. We are
trying to do our part to give our friends as much as we can of what they
need to survive. Our time, and energy and money is not wasted.
But we need your help. We thank you in advance for any way you can help.
Below is a list of supplies we constantly need.
Here then is an opportunity to consider as you think about your year-end
The houseless and other low income people we serve need the following:
Also, we are in need of funds to help pay for our increasing water bill, to
install the second shower and to purchase an additional commercial washer
If you are able to donate any of these items they can be dropped off at the
Peace House, 2116 NE 18th Ave., or at Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE
Yamhill Portland, OR 97214. Call me first (503-706-6583) to let me know you
are coming or if you have questions.
If you wish to make a tax deductible donation you can do so by writing your
check to Metanoia Peace Community UMC and in the memo line write Hard Times
Supper Ministry. It can be mailed to Metanoia Peace Community 2116 NE 18th
Ave. Portland, OR 97212.
You can also make an online donation through Metanoia Peace Community using
your credit card by going to
We thank you in advance for holding us in your thoughts and prayers.