“Scrappy Flock of Sheep, The Cost of Loving Your Neighbor.”

On the days I make my way to Parkrose Community UCC – where I’m the intentional interim pastor, I pass the Parkrose micro-village on our church campus. I have an urge to pinch myself as I pull into the church parking lot. I do this to make sure that the amazement of having a micro village […]

New tiny-home village in NE Portland offers low-barrier housing for homeless people

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/parkrose-tiny-home-homeless-shelter-northeast-portland/283-45c0a1df-756e-42c3-ae63-b89031cac7a1 The micro-village is on private church property which the nonprofit WeShine leases for $1,200 a month. PORTLAND, Ore. — Construction crews recently put the finishing touches on a new tiny-home village for those experiencing homelessness that opened in Northeast Portland last week. The Parkrose Community Village is run by a nonprofit called WeShine and takes a slightly different approach […]

WeShine nonprofit opens its first micro-village in Portland

Broadcast: Friday, Aug. 26 https://www.opb.org/article/2022/08/26/weshine-nonprofit-opens-its-first-micro-village-in-portland/ By Allison Frost (OPB) If you want to know about the nonprofit behind the city’s newest micro-village, you just need to look at the letters in its name. WeShine stands for Welcoming, Empowering, Safe Habitation Initiative with Neighborhood Engagement. People are starting to move into its Parkrose Community Village in Northeast Portland, where they’ll […]

A New Tiny-Home Village for the Houseless Is Opening Soon in Portland

But it’s not run by the city. https://www.pdxmonthly.com/news-and-city-life/2022/08/tiny-home-village-houseless-homeless-portland By Julia Silverman  August 15, 2022 Jan McManus and a staff member talk at the new WeShine Village, a few weeks before residents are due to move in.IMAGE: JULIA SILVERMAN Getting Portland’s six Safe Rest Villages—intended to provide secure sleeping pods and communal support services for formerly houseless people—up and running […]

Some of Portland’s homeless villages struggle to reach full capacity. Here’s why

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/portlands-homeless-shelters-arent-always-at-capacity/283-1b3dcb88-6742-45ba-9111-98eb2f76b17d The number of people living on the streets far exceeds shelter bed capacity, yet some homeless villages consistently have empty beds. Author: Blair BestPublished: 6:59 PM PDT August 1, 2022Updated: 7:23 PM PDT August 1, 2022   PORTLAND, Ore. — Thousands of people live on the streets of Portland, yet some of the city’s homeless villages consistently […]

Letter to Willamette Week Editor from WeShine, July 18, 2022

Letter to Willamette Week Editor from WeShine, July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 To the Willamette Week Editor: As chair of the WeShine Board of Directors I’d like to offer a bit of clarification for the two recent WW articles (6/22 & 7/15/22) describing WeShine’s development of “Tiny House Villages”. “Young” Nonprofit.  Although WeShine was […]

‘Micro-village’ opening in Northeast Portland draws backlash from business owners

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/new-approach-housing-homeless-faces-backlash/283-555c6fc6-b3b4-43f5-b07d-0d561c579213 A Portland nonprofit is looking to private landowners for spaces to build small homeless villages. Its first one is expected to open next month. Author: Blair BestPublished: 7:23 PM PDT June 27, 2022Updated: 2:16 PM PDT June 28, 2022  PORTLAND, Ore. — As Safe Rest Villages open across the city, a Portland nonprofit is taking a different approach to […]

Willamette Week: In Search of Land to Place Tiny House Villages, a Nonprofit Is Taking a Different Tack Than the City of Portland: It’s Looking to Private Land

https://www.wweek.com/news/2022/06/22/in-search-of-land-to-place-tiny-house-villages-a-nonprofit-is-taking-a-different-tack-than-the-city-of-portland-its-looking-to-private-land/ Its goal: Build 10 tiny villages in 10 different neighborhoods. By Sophie Peel June 22, 2022 at 5:32 am PDT It’s been 13 months since City Commissioner Dan Ryan pledged to open six “safe rest villages” across the city as an alternative to street camping. Last week, Portland officials opened the second of those villages, […]

Our donors put us over the finish line!

Our GoFundMe and other fundraising efforts netted $38,516. Those funds enabled us to purchase everything needed to build the sleeping pods, to buy insurance for volunteers, and to contract with a fabulous accounting firm. Importantly, having completed the off-site building, and having a solid foundation as a non-profit, made it quite clear to JOHS that we are […]