You too can help Dignity Village out by donating some of your time. They always have some kind of stuff going on. Just give them a call at the number below.
You may donate clothes, and personal hygiene stuff for men, and women.
You can donate cat food, dog food, blankets and sheets, Even caned food.
There will be a list in the menu in the coming weeks as we post things on the website. Feel free to stop by if in the area. You can also call us at
Our snail mail is here in case you would love to mail your support.
9401 N.E. Sunderland ave.
Portland Or. 97211
Or you can just stop by and visit the village for a tour.
The village runs on about 3000.00 a month in bills.
It pays for propane to heat water for hot showers
60 plus people use it daily .
It pays for Electricity, so they can have computer access, for job hunting.
There is also a TV in the commons so they can feel a little normal, and socialize with others.
Living on the streets for weeks and months, and for some years.
It also pays for the port-o-lets that 60 plus people use Daily.
It pays for insurance to live there, and water that they use.
Any small or large donation is much needed.
People and there pets
While out and about on my daily outings to and from home, I would often find Homeless people, sitting, or standing, just waiting around. Maybe hopping to make a few dollars, or just pasting the time away resting. They often asked for spare change. Being homeless my self I sometimes pitch a small amout of change , if I had it to spare.
One of the most things you may see, when you see homeless people in your towns or citys are there belongings. Offen they will have a pet with them if there just passing through.
Being new to the area, they may just sit and just wait to see the response from passerbys or simply move on. Many move on becase they know that there pet isn't welcome at the shelters and they are not willing to let a life long love of there pet, disappear.
The shelters don't allow pets,and neither do most eating places unless it is a service dog or stores. People often think why do they have a pet when they can't take care of themselves. Most have had a pet before being homeless, and just can't depart from them. There pets take the loneliness out of being homeless at times. It keeps them going through tuff times, when trying to stay warm and dry is often a real challenge. Often they would share what they eat with there pets.
Dignity Village offers them a place in which there pets are welcome. Yes there can be a good number of pets there from time to time, and offen there pets may need medical care.
Paw Team offers vet care for people in poverty and has come out to the village to help out.
Pets are sometimes the only things people hold dear, when everything else has failed them in life.
Welcome to Dignity Village,
We are happy to have a working website again.
The one question most readers have is, what is dignity village?
I would often tell them , it is a stepping stone in life.
When people find there selves living on the streets, either in doorways, or under bridges, or the wooded area's along roads. There comes a time when it take's it's toll on them. They start standing out, instead of blending in. Trying to maintain that blend is lost. The best they can do is survive.
Getting back to a standard normal way of life, is simply a dream now. Someday I will have this and that. Reality of the real world brings them back to disappointment.
This is where Dignity Village comes in. The village offers many ways for people to get back on there feet again. The standard shelters systems just can't provide all the things one needs to get back up on there feet again all in one place. It is to broken up and spread out. Sometimes you have stand in a line half the day to get a shower and the other half of the day to get a bed to sleep on. You pretty much wait in line for everything. It don't leave you any time to go out and find a job.
Dignity Village provides all these needs and offers services like computers for online job search, and a phone center, where employers can reach them 24/7 for work.
Dignity village was built by homeless people that simply wanted change . They wanted there Dignity and self respect back.
Dignity Village started in the year 2000. They went from tents, and tarp covered two by four huts, to small houses, which you can see today.
Dignity Village is one place that takes people off the streets and gives them a place to rebuild there lives. Some people need short term help, others may need a life time. They took what they had and combined there efforts to helping each other, with support without shame.