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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing

Mission: Our mission is partly charitable, partly educational, to improve the quality of the lives of the poor in Portland and to create a model for other cities. We presently are negotiating our permasite in terms of purchasing land, our Web site http://dignityvillage.org will be capable of directing donations through the service you provide into out land acquisition and operational costs account.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

Having lived there myself for 4 years, I found Dignity Village to be a blessing. I can't speak for everyone that lives there as people come and go as they better there lives, and move on with it. I can speak from my own words, and feeling , I could of lived on the streets, with no shelter, in the rain, cold , and been wet, dirty, hungry, or Have a roof over my head, been dry, warm, and was able to shower , and have clean closes to wear everyday, What would you do? giving these opportunity. Not everyone is perfect, some need help, which isn't all ways available to people on the streets. People at the village help each other, some do fall back wards , but all you can do is help them forward again . I know as a rule , Controlling interest in a human life is a had task. You give the best , in hopes that with guidance they will change. I personally seen many homeless people come to dignity village and better there own lives. Its not an easy road , as some have said, but without the village many of the people who have changed there lives , may of not gotten the chance, that Dignity Village offers the homeless that come in off from the streets. Yes these are people that have had no place to go for the help they need to turn there own lives around . I am blessed Dignity Village was there for me when I need a place to go to.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

There is more drugs (meth), theft, prosatution there than any were else in the Nortneast Portland and the city is doing nothing about it. I would like to get it cleaned up , By removing the board also the admin with certafied persons. johneasom@msn.com thank you very much

Review from Guidestar


Former staff

Rating: 5

I am a current member here at Dignity Village. I have lived here for almost 3 years now and if it weren't for the homeless encampment, I would have been on the streets here in Portland, Oregon. We are a self Goverened Community, membership ran, ran by the homeless community for the homeless citizens of our communities. I have held various positions during my stay here at the village. The following positions are: Office Manager, Secretary of the Board, Village Intake Committee (VIC): Secretary & current Chairman. The village houses 60 homeless individuals on a daily basis, we are self sufficient and self supporting. We give the homeless a safe place to call home and the ability to take the steps they need to become a productive citizen in our society. We have 3 micro business's currently operating to assist/support the village and the residents with job skills and experience, self confidence, etc. I could go on about how the vilage has inspired me, as a homeless citizen, to regain myself esteem within society I also have my own micro business at the Saturday Market, setting up about 12 venders there and I also employ a couple of the villagers. Without the villager's generosity,I wouldn't be where I am at now in life. Please feel fre to come and visit us at 9401 NE Sunderland Ave., Portland,Or. or www.dignityvillage.org