Villager Voices: Healing from Houselessness

Holly’s Story

It’s not every day you come across stories that exemplify the incredible resilience and strength of the human spirit. At WeShine’s Parkrose Community Village, we witness these transformative journeys every day. Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Holly – a story of redemption, resilience, and rebuilding.

Just nine months ago, Holly arrived at our doorstep with her faithful companion, Charlie the dog. Like many of our villagers, she bore the scars of past challenges – a once flourishing career overshadowed by the darkness of addiction and the struggles of a toxic relationship. But when she joined our community, she was not the person she had once been. Holly was in recovery, determined, and had a fierce desire to carve a new path for herself.


Holly’s strengths were immediately apparent. Blending emotional intelligence with a knack for hands-on work, she quickly became our part-time Village Support Specialist. From taking on maintenance tasks to proposing and building a dog run for village pets like Charlie, her commitment to improving our community has been awe-inspiring.

But her contributions go beyond the boundaries of our village. Recently, Holly showcased her courage and quick thinking when an unhoused individual set a dangerous fire in a neighboring parking lot. Without hesitation, she stepped in to douse the flames and worked diligently with local authorities to ensure safety was restored.


Today, in addition to her indispensable role at WeShine,Holly juggles another part-time position with a fellow non-profit. With eyes set on the future, she’s laying the groundwork to purchase a car, become a Certified Recovery Mentor,  and transition into permanent housing. Stories like Holly’s are a testament to what can be achieved when given the right support and community. It is a reminder that behind every face there lies a tale of strength waiting to be unearthed.


Your unwavering support has allowed individuals like Holly to redefine their narratives. As we look ahead, we humbly ask for your continued partnership. Let’s work together to ensure that every villager gets the chance to write their own story of redemption and resilience.


Together, we can ignite change, one story at a time.