WeShine Initiative is a nonprofit corporation formed by a grass roots group of neighbors from several northeast and southeast neighborhoods working together to help find better solutions for people experiencing houselessness in Portland. Our goal is to site transitional micro-villages in participating neighborhoods, with start-up and operational funding from the Joint Office of Homeless Services, as well as other grants and donations.
WeShine stands for Welcoming, Empowering, Safe Habitation Initiative with Neighborhood Engagement.
We were mobilized by the need for neighborhoods to engage in positive productive action to be part of the solution to houselessness—to offer hospitality rather than hostility– as well as a supportive pathway to affordable permanent housing.
WeShine is working to find solutions to the homelessness crisis by building new models, such as supported micro-villages and working to distribute them throughout all neighborhoods – starting with our own.
WE SHINE was particularly motivated to organize in response to the Joint Office Of Homeless Services Request for Programmatic Qualifications in February of 2021.
Here are some of the people that make up WeShine. If you would like to join forces with us please contact us and see how you can fit in!
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JoAnn is a 28 year resident of the Laurelhurst neighborhood. Recently retired, her background is in urban planning, project management and advocacy for older adults.
Chris is a retired nurse and community activist. She has lived in Sullivan’s Gulch with her partner for over 30 years.
Daniel “DJ” Heffernan is a retired land use planner and management consultant. He chairs the Sullivan’s Gulch Land Use and Transportation Committee and authored the neighborhood plan. DJ is an avid cyclist, cross country skier, and fly fisherman.
Dave is the vice chair of the Kerns Neighborhood Association and is on the board of SE Uplift as the Kerns representative. He runs a small web agency that builds websites and digital resources for nonprofits and small businesses.
Jan is a retired social worker with many years of experience working with seniors, adults with disabilities and in developing permanent affordable housing to serve those with long term care needs. She is on the Board of the Laurelhurst neighborhood association and is a grandmother who has lived in Laurelhurst since 1987 with her wife of 33 years.
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Director of the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT) and Director of Research and Evaluation, Options for Southern Oregon
Retired real estate banker and business consultant, member of Social Venture Partners, instrumental in the development of CASHOregon, a free tax-preparation program for low-income Oregonians. Bruce has a interest in providing administrative support to WeShine in the area of contract management.
Retired attorney, Cindy literally co-wrote the book on forming and operating nonprofit organizations in Oregon, “The Oregon Nonprofit Corporation”. She is also a board member of the First Unitarian Church of Portland.
Retired real estate banker, member of Social Venture Partners and 99 Girlfriends, with an interest in providing administrative support to WeShine, particularly in the area of construction management.
Raven moved to Portland in December of 2019 and went to work with Street Roots as a vendor. In March 2020,she developed and ran their coronavirus action team. After writing the C3PO camp proposal with Kaia Sands, she became the camp’s medical program coordinator in its first few months of operation. She returned to Street Roots in September 2020 to develop the Ambassador Program. Raven spends most of her free time writing and planning new ways to advocate for those living out on the streets. As someone who lived through houselessness herself, she holds a passion for this work.
Martha is a long time resident and business owner in inner eastside Portland. She is a retired architect and is the co-owner of Ardea Corner, a small commercial development in Kerns.
Dave Brook is a retired transportation consultant, responsible for bringing carsharing to the US from Europe in 1998. Since moving to NE Portland in the 1990s he has been active in the affordable housing, low income energy and neighborhood associations. He is a long time Board member and is Chair of the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association. He is also a member of the NE Coalition of Neighborhoods Board of Directors