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Apr 7
Free Self-Defense Class for Women/ Safer Streets
Sisters of the Road Cafe

Free self-defense class for women experiencing homelessness, poverty, mental health or addiction issues, for sex workers, and for survivors of violence or abuse.

Queer and trans friendly All ages/ abilities

We welcome folks with disabilities, including those who use mobility aids.

Class size is limited- it is "first come/ first serve" No RSVP necessary

Space for approximately 30 individuals (per fire marshall code for the space being used & the space needed for individuals to move freely).

We will have a liability waiver for attending folks to read/ sign prior to class start. If you would like a copy of the waiver to review beforehand, send us a request via email, and we'll send you a copy.

This class is free, but donations are always appreciated.

Any questions, feel free to email us at:

May 27
Upstanders Festival (FREE)
Portland Art Museum

It’s time to amplify voices and activate caring to make our city a better place. Join the Museum of Impact, Don’t Shoot Portland, and the Portland Art Museum as we turn a listening ear to witness unmet needs and unheard voices in PDX.

Enjoy a ‘woke’ & fun-filled day of spoken word, restorative justice, music and media, interactive workshops, art zines, and poster making in support of Black Lives Matter, houselessness, and building tolerance for immigrants. Build an awareness for social justice alongside neighbors, artists, changemakers, and future friends. Channel your inner Upstander—stand up, speak up, and act up—as we build community together!

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, on view through June 18. Special thanks to the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Marylhurst University for their participation and support.

Upstanders Festival is a social justice extravaganza, shining a light on the bravery and brilliance of activism and changemakers in our midst. Produced by the Museum of Impact, this event series transforms audiences from bystanders to Upstanders through a variety of activities to enhance equity and creative expression.

Make art and build power with like-minded locals. Articulate hopes and dreams for our future. Discover the intersectional role you play in Being the Change!

The festival activities and events are free.

Rose Haven womens homeless shelter fundraiser
The Ship Tavern

On Saturday night May 27th we will be fundraising for the Rose Haven Womens Homeless Shelter. Come down and enjoy some food, drinks, and great times while we raise money with a silent auctin, raffle prizes, and Jello Shots! Please bring donation items between now and then and drop off in the donation box. They are in need of toiletry items, blankets, pillows, clothing and Hygiene products. Thank you for your support of this great event!

Jun 5
Village Building Convergence 17: Kenton Women's Village
through Kenton Women's Village

As part of Village Building Convergence 2017, join Kenton Neighborhood, City Repair, PSU's Center for Public Interest Design, and friends as we work on the site of Portland's first sleeping pod village! We will be building berms, planters, stairs, and a fence (description of tasks below). The site is located on the lot just north of Kenton Park on Argyle St.


  • Monday, June 5th - 9 am to 5 pm
  • Wednesday, June 7th - 9 am to 5 pm

More about Sleeping Pods and Kenton Women's Village


  1. Berm: Building a berm to bring additional green space and community space into the Kenton Women's Village. Activities will include: moving and lifting timber and/or concrete; using soil to construct the berm; laying sod; placing trees in the village.
  2. Planters: Building portable planters made from wood pallets and dimensional lumber. Activities will include: cutting, lifting, and drilling lumber; filling planters with soil; planting fruits, vegetables, and trees; and moving built planters around the site.
  3. Stairs: Building stairs from dimensional lumber that lead from street level to a public gathering space. Activities will include: excavating soil; cleaning the area of debris; cutting, lifting, and drilling lumber; and possibly planting in the hillside.
  4. Fence: Creating an installation of horizontal or vertical wooden slats that will overlay the existing chain link fence. Activities will include: cutting and lifting dimensional lumber; securing hardware to the slats; and arranging the components in a pattern.

NOTE: Times and events may be subject to some slight changes. Check back on this page for updates!

Jun 10
Drive In - Sleep Out to Put the Brakes on Homelessness in Beaverton! (Family Promise of Beaverton)
through Beaverton Fountain Park

Join Family Promise of Beaverton by Putting the Brakes on Homelessness in Beaverton!

For one night only, come Drive In - Sleep Out with us June 10th at the Beaverton Fountain Park.

You can participate in one of two ways. Commit to spend the night in your car, as a Driver, to raise awareness and money to help end family homelessness in Beaverton. We understand that not everyone is able to sleep in their car overnight, no worries! The second option is to become a Backseat Driver and participate in the event with the option of going home when we turn in for the night.

Please ask friends, family, and others in the community to pledge a flat amount to support you, the Driver, and Family Promise of Beaverton. Drivers can have passengers come along for the ride and help raise funds too. Register your car for just $25. We encourage Driver's and their team of passengers to raise $100 in pledges, however we'd get really revved up if your car brings in more than that. Prizes will be given for the cars that raise the most money. Food, games, music and a movie in the park will kick your fun into overdrive! Funds raised will go to support Family Promise of Beaverton.

Last year, over 1,600 students in the Beaverton School District were affected by housing instability or found themselves without any shelter at all. Please help families take a U-Turn toward success in an effort to make sure every student has the stability they need.

Family Promise of Beaverton is a Social Services agency in Beaverton, Oregon. "We are a united community helping stabilize and transform children and their families experiencing homelessness in Beaverton."

VBC 17 Presents: Hearing the Houseless - Reweaving Loose Threads

Join us in welcoming our partner, The Village Coalition (VC), for an interactive evening of listening, learning, and being led by community members experiencing houselessness on the streets of Portland. The VC Speakers Bureau will take you on their journeys from housing vulnerability, through their uncertain lives of accumulating the burdens of displacement, and into the realities of living outside and unsheltered in Portland. As experts of their lived experiences, the VC Speakers Bureau will share their observations about the impacts of houselessness upon their connections to place and people, and their implications for community in the future.

No one turned away for lack of funds and a $10-$20 sliding scale optional donation is suggested to help cover costs. (Tasty) food will be provided!

This event is part of “Making a Place for Everyone: A Series of Community Conversations about Place, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability” a program partially funded by the Oregon Humanities.

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Jun 21
Severe Weather Crisis Planning (Concerned Humans Against Poverty & Council for the Homeless)
Clark County Genealogical Society

CHAP and CFTH hosts a meeting to create a Severe Weather Crisis Plan for our Homeless Neighbors. This meeting will be for Community-Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, and Governmental Organizations. Help us build a comprehensive plan. Must RSVP to attend.

Jun 25
June Meal--Human Solutions Homeless Family Shelter
Human Solutions Family Center

IF YOU ARE INTERSESTED IN PARTICIPATING PLEASE EMAIL CHERYL or DEBBIE as space is limited for this ongoing outreach. Donations are always gladly accepted. or Debbie Gordon

Food servers and donations needed for this ongoing outreach. Servers need to be at the center around 5:30 pm.

If you are able to participate with cooking let Cheryl and Debbie know ASAP! Will you donate cash and someone else will put the food together, or will you provide the food item??

Also, if you are able to serve the meal, let them know. ASAP. We have limited space so please be very specific as to who will be volunteering. There will be some volunteers actually serving the food, two or three to help the mom's that have more than two plates to manage and 3 or 4 in the kitchen to keep warm food coming out and to rinse dishes that go into the dishwasher.

We don't take pictures that include the residents. We are there to deliver as much dignity as we can along with a nutritious meal. And we are appreciated by the residents!

The meal will be served on Sunday, June 25th. Food and Volunteers are asked to be at the center by 5:30 pm. We begin to serve around 6:15 pm. We need a total of 12 volunteers. A couple in the kitchen to bring out warm food, a couple to deal with dishes, and the rest out in front serving or helping a parent that has more than one child maneuver through the line.

MENU: Meat Sauce for 50 (recipe available) Meat Sauce for 50 (recipe available) Meat Sauce for 50 (recipe available) Meat Sauce for 50 (recipe available)

Spaghetti Noodles 25 lbs (large pots at Center's kitchen if you want to cook there)

Tossed Salad--greens and veggies--10 lbs of greens plus veggies Tossed Salad--greens and veggies--10 lbs of greens plus veggies

Salad Dressing--Ranch (15 cups) Salad Dressing--Vinaigrette (6 cups)

Costco Rolls--6 Bags

Softened Butter--2 lbs

Cupcakes for 200 (let Debbie or Cheryl know how many you will donate or cash amount)

Milk--4 gallons Juice--4 gallons

Multnomah County Democrats -

Jun 26
Patricia Kullberg reads On the Ragged Edge of Medicine at Powell's
Powell's Books

Patricia Kullberg will read from and sign copies of her new book, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine, at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine offers a unique and personal glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland, Oregon. Told through fifteen patient vignettes and drawn from the author’s decades of experience on the front lines, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Kullberg’s stories show the direct and sometimes devastating effects of poverty on personal health, poignantly demonstrating that medicine is as much a social enterprise as a scientific one.

This collection of narratives is filled with questions about the realities people face in their everyday lives and the inadequacies of medicine to remedy them. A life-saving procedure is refused without explanation; an agoraphobic woman suffers silently and fails to cope; an accidental overdose takes another life. Delving into her daily interactions with patients, Kullberg muses on the impact of scarce resources, the ways she managed to succeed, the fall-out of her own mistakes, and the strategies she used to keep her sanity.

Written for anyone interested in the limits and possibilities of medicine within a context of social inequity, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine draws the reader into the big tragedies, small victories, and everyday mishaps of medicine when ministering to the destitute.

Oregon State University Press - publishes books on the history, natural history, cultures, and literature of the Pacific Northwest.

Jun 27
Council for the Homeless June Series - The role of housing assistance
Vancouver Housing Authority

Learn the types of housing assistance (beyond shelter) that are part of our crisis response system.

Council for the Homeless - The Council for the Homeless leads a communitywide response to prevent and end homelessness in Clark County, Washington

Jul 15
Community Service and Feed - In
Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church

On the 3rd Saturday of every month the members of Hughes Memorial Church host a community meal. This year we have been joining in to help! Not everyone has access to food regularly and this is one way to help distribute and collect resources.

We have collaborated with Hughes Memorial to host an ongoing clothing and hospitality kits donation drop point while using Saturday's for neighborhood supported prep and distribution of warm meals!! On 3rd Saturdays we take to the streets #NVDA to deliver food to the houseless community. In APRIL we began gardening so that we can continue to distribute fresh food to those in need!! Join Us!! As we watch our seeds grow in the community!

Please join us on July 15th at 10:00 am to volunteer, donate, learn more! Hughes is hosting a special festival the same day so bring family and neighbors to enjoy time #BuildingFriendships with Community :

#PersonalSafetyMatters #HandsUpForHouseless #ShelterIsLife #GardeningIsHealthy

Dont Shoot Portland - In August 2014 we agreed to take political action and organize at Dawson Park to be in solidarity with the growing response from Ferguson, MO #MikeBrown