Why we do what we do
Our Hygiene Program offers night and early morning access to two port-o-potties and a hand-washing station for all Portlanders. Attendants ensure they are cleaned after each use. We also enhance community health by providing an exchange of soiled bedding for clean; a clothing swap; and an offering of personal and menstrual/moontime hygiene kits.
Our Safety Program includes two attendants (with experience living unsheltered) on-site daily from 365 days a year. They maintain a welcoming environment, offering basic first aid and a listening ear. They are trained in first aid, trauma reduction, and de-escalation. We are partnering with Portland Street Medicine, Sisters of the Road, & Whitebird/Cahoots to develop site specific training.
Our Hospitality Program offers coffee, tea, books, and attendants charged with nurturing community connection, gentle personalism, conversation, comfort, and advice. We will be partnering with Portland Street Books to provide a small on site borrowing library.
Our Sanitation Program provides garbage bags, trash drop-off, and limited nearby garbage collection & recycling. We additionally offer SHARPS collection; pet waste bags. We will be partnering with Groundscore to offer opportunities for additional waste related work for attendants.