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Hard Times Supper needs a new home

Hard Times Supper needs a new home

Community 97214
$57,141.00 Of $500,000.00 Goal
Raised by 41 kind people
11% Complete (success)
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  • Started September 10, 2019

    Created by John Mayer

    438 Facebook Friends.
  • Funds will go to

    Metanoia Peace Community

Most Recent Donations

  • $500.00

    Anonymous

    10/26/2019

    I appreciate the heart and tenderness you give to this work.

  • $30.00

    Angel Swanson

    10/21/2019

    We are with you and your team, John. You are doing such important work for our community.

  • $50.00

    Eric A Smith

    10/16/2019
  • $200.00

    Corey Resnick

    10/15/2019
  • $36.00

    Anonymous

    10/08/2019
  • $20.00

    Teressa Barsotti

    10/07/2019
  • $1,000.00

    Anonymous

    10/06/2019

    This is what loving thy neighbor and investing in one's community looks like. Thank you for providing connection and care; this saves lives.

  • $20.00

    Karen Keating

    10/05/2019

    Hoping a new home is found soon. Thank you for the important work you do and for the incredible difference you are making in people's lives.

  • $50,000.00

    Anonymous

    10/01/2019

    Do not give up.

  • $50.00

    Julia Peattie

    10/01/2019
  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    09/26/2019
  • $575.00

    Catherine Davila

    09/25/2019
  • $100.00

    Not provided

    09/25/2019

    In a world where people say NO before you even ask, I choose to say YES. Friends, this is a cause I believe in. Homelessness may not be solved in our lifetime but we can create relief for victims of homelessness. Please consider a donation

  • $25.00

    Anonymous

    09/25/2019
  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    09/24/2019
  • $100.00

    Anonymous

    09/24/2019

    In honor of my friend R, who inspires me through her continuous acts of kindness to those who so often go “unseen.”

  • $50.00

    Heather A Beckett

    09/23/2019
  • $50.00

    Jessica Raddatz

    09/23/2019

    I believe this is important work for our community to continue to support and fund! Thank you for all you do.

  • $50.00

    Jessica Taylor Foster

    09/23/2019

    Very best wishes!

  • $100.00

    Robin Cash

    09/22/2019

    This ia a campaign that I know and trust with all I have.

  • $25.00

    Yosef Trachtenberg

    09/22/2019

    I hadn't heard of your group before, but I was heartbroken after reading the article about your closure in the Streetroots article. I hope you're able to continue your amazing acts of service.

  • $25.00

    NAOMI BLOOM

    09/22/2019

    While Immeasurable loss to Sunnyside community cannot be made whole by our small contribution, Ron Bloom and I glad to support future life of Hard Times suppers.

  • $50.00

    Maran Sheils

    09/22/2019
  • $5.00

    Zachary C Hazen

    09/22/2019
  • $100.00

    Rachel G Coben

    09/22/2019

    In honor of Reyni Racklin

  • $100.00

    Leah G. Hollingshead

    09/21/2019
  • $100.00

    Anonymous

    09/21/2019
  • $20.00

    Carolanne L Fry

    09/21/2019

    Thank you for your service and dedication to the community

  • $100.00

    Greg Frazer

    09/21/2019

    Good luck!

  • $50.00

    Alan C Bedell

    09/18/2019
  • $15.00

    Zachary D Forster

    09/18/2019

    What a shame to evict this org. Community-driven support in assisting our neighbors experiencing homelessness is so vital! They are people, too, and deserve respect and dignity.

  • $100.00

    Yasodha Gopal

    09/17/2019
  • $100.00

    Carolyn Sanders-Kull

    09/17/2019

    Thank you for all you do, & thank you for drawing my attention more directly to the need.

  • $100.00

    Maureen Porter

    09/16/2019
  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    09/16/2019

    I have helped prepare meals here and have seen closeup the good work being done. We need this resource to stay in our community.

  • $250.00

    Eddie Bernhardt

    09/16/2019

    10 years ago we lived nearby and now we have a kid at Sunnyside. We saw first hand the good work of this group and are sad to see it go.

  • $2,480.00

    Anonymous

    09/16/2019

    We are shocked and saddened that this critical community organization has, like those it serves, been thrown out in the street. We hope you find a suitable replacement facility soon.

  • $25.00

    Anonymous

    09/16/2019
  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    09/15/2019
  • $200.00

    Anonymous

    09/15/2019
  • $200.00

    Deborah Maria

    09/12/2019

    Pat and volunteers have provided a terrific service of hospitality and good food to people in Portland for nearly 4 decades. I was grateful to be on the serving end at Sunnyside for many years and will continue to support. Will you?

Hard Times Supper needs a new home
Hard Times Supper needs a new home

For 38 years Pat Schweibert has facilitated an army of volunteers and marshalled the resources to feed and serve SE Portland’s homeless and marginalized communities. This has been possible through the generous support of individuals and neighbors as well as deep partnership with churches like Bridgeport UCC, Unity Church, Lake Oswego United Methodist, Hope Korean Presbyterian and Oregon Food Bank. And, certainly Metanoia Peace Community United Methodist Church has been at the helm of structuring this work and will continue to be the lead fiscal sponsor. These partnerships are deepening and growing as we find those that want to partner with our work. It is not an overstatement to say that the consistency of these offerings and willingness to always do more has touched generations of Portlanders. 38 years.

In June 2019, after holding space in the Sunnyside Methodist Church at 35th and Yamhill for years, our vital services were given 90 days to vacate the space. The “why” is a long story that ends with a situation familiar to the people we often serve...being told to find some place else to be..

This work needs a new home. And in the meantime, we’re not done. Will you help us?

It is clear that the work is not done and we are not done with the work.

As we move out, our ongoing work with homeless and marginalized folks will be known as Beacon PDX. We are a project within the Metanoia Peace Community work and are committed to fostering connections with the friends we already know. The heart of our work has always been the individuals we support. It’s Dondee that desperately needed a shower today when the park closed theirs for the season. It’s Lorrie who works the midnight shift at Freddies and needs a place to lay his head during the day time. It’s Val who lives in a tent near 205 who needs a meal. It’s Leroy who had an infection in his eye before we got him to a doctor. This we can do without a roof over our head. This we can do with creativity and dedication. This, we can do with your support.

A core team of volunteers made up of individuals from across the city and from each of our partner congregations will each be taking a few friends into our ‘family’. We will:

  • Offer supportive relationships
  • Commit to regular meeting
  • Help in making and keeping appointments
  • Aid in filling out paper work
  • Help navigating city services
  • Connect people with needed health care
  • Provide an address for mail and obtaining IDs
  • Host regular support group meetings
  • Support in goal-setting and making plans
  • Meet people where they are without judgement.

We will start with a number folks who we have already been supporting outside the walls of Sunnyside. We will be advocates and informal case managers without any of the bureaucracy that so often gets in the way. We will give hugs when needed, provide transportation without trouble, and a listening ear without judgement.

Additionally we will find our way into parks and community centers for pop-up meals and offerings to a larger community. This will continue to be a way for our friends to come say hi and get a meal, to touch in and ask for help if needed. Over time we will take on more family members as our trainings and volunteer pool increases and our ability to help folks gets increasingly streamlined.

But what we really want, is a home--a stable place where we can tell people, ‘You are supposed to be here’. Where we can meet them where they are and help folks find a new sense of stability and possibility.

Why should you support? Why should you spread the word? What do we do?

Portland is in crisis and more Portlanders are forced to live in crisis because of it. A recent report estimated that there are at least 38,000 people living on the streets in our area last year. On any given night there are upwards of 4,000 people sleeping outside in our city. There are not enough beds, not enough shelters open, not enough supportive services, and nowhere near what we need in terms of mental health care for people living on the margins.

The primary experiences for folks living on Portland’s streets, on sidewalks, in parks, in cars, and on friends couches is one of displacement and impermanence. We work to counter that experience by offering a consistent place of connection and community where all are welcome and our goal is to meet the basic needs of our neighbors in need.

We know we can’t solve homelessness, but we do what we can to meet the needs of those we know; always with our attention on affirming the humanity of our friends and neighbors.

Will you help us continue? We need $30,000 to do what we want in the short term (at least a year). But we will always dream big. We have a dream of a permanent home for which we need 1.5 million. Can you help us? Every dollar counts...give what you can. Throw a party with your friends, commit to helping find 10 or 20 or 50 thousand in your network. Ask your neighbors if they will match your donation. Spread the word! The work is essential so we need to keep doing it. How can you help?

When we can reach $500,000 from around the city and the country, we will know that the support is there to go and find the home to call our own. And we will pursue making our big dream manifest. In the meantime, the work is not done and we are not done with the work.

With a home we will expand upon the good work we know how to do so well...showers, food, clothing, medicine first; next support groups, counselling, and goal setting with those that are ready. Eventually helping people to attain a version of stability that makes sense to their context, whether that be housing, a job, social security payments, or treatment for an ailment untended. This is the work we have been doing at Sunnyside and the work we desperately know we need to continue. We know that consistentcy matters

Details:

Checks should be made out to Metanoia Peace Community UMC and can be mailed to 2116 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97212. You may direct any questions to John Mayer (503 382 9607; johnemayer@gmail.com) or Pat Schwiebert (503 706 6583; pat@tearsoup.com). If you or somebody you know is able to support us in a large-dollar amount and would like to give directly to us, please be in touch. All donations are tax deductible.

We would also love ‘pledge donations’ wherein you give us assurance that if we reach our goal, you are in. For instance, a friend told me, “I want to give you $10,000 but only if it means you can get that permanent home.” So I can count on my friend to be a part of the total goal, but if we don’t make it, he can spend his money another way. If you are interested in this, please give one of us a call.

Online donation option:

https://kind.fund/campaign/hard-times-supper-needs-a-new-home

Our website (in development, check back often)

www.beaconpdx.org



  • $500.00

    Anonymous

    10/26/2019

    I appreciate the heart and tenderness you give to this work.

  • $30.00

    Angel Swanson

    10/21/2019

    We are with you and your team, John. You are doing such important work for our community.

  • $50.00

    Eric A Smith

    10/16/2019
  • $200.00

    Corey Resnick

    10/15/2019
  • $36.00

    Anonymous

    10/08/2019
  • $20.00

    Teressa Barsotti

    10/07/2019
  • $1,000.00

    Anonymous

    10/06/2019

    This is what loving thy neighbor and investing in one's community looks like. Thank you for providing connection and care; this saves lives.

  • $20.00

    Karen Keating

    10/05/2019

    Hoping a new home is found soon. Thank you for the important work you do and for the incredible difference you are making in people's lives.

  • $50,000.00

    Anonymous

    10/01/2019

    Do not give up.

  • $50.00

    Julia Peattie

    10/01/2019
  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    09/26/2019
  • $575.00

    Catherine Davila

    09/25/2019
  • $100.00

    Not provided

    09/25/2019

    In a world where people say NO before you even ask, I choose to say YES. Friends, this is a cause I believe in. Homelessness may not be solved in our lifetime but we can create relief for victims of homelessness. Please consider a donation

  • $25.00

    Anonymous

    09/25/2019
  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    09/24/2019
  • $100.00

    Anonymous

    09/24/2019

    In honor of my friend R, who inspires me through her continuous acts of kindness to those who so often go “unseen.”

  • $50.00

    Heather A Beckett

    09/23/2019
  • $50.00

    Jessica Raddatz

    09/23/2019

    I believe this is important work for our community to continue to support and fund! Thank you for all you do.

  • $50.00

    Jessica Taylor Foster

    09/23/2019

    Very best wishes!

  • $100.00

    Robin Cash

    09/22/2019

    This ia a campaign that I know and trust with all I have.

  • $25.00

    Yosef Trachtenberg

    09/22/2019

    I hadn't heard of your group before, but I was heartbroken after reading the article about your closure in the Streetroots article. I hope you're able to continue your amazing acts of service.

  • $25.00

    NAOMI BLOOM

    09/22/2019

    While Immeasurable loss to Sunnyside community cannot be made whole by our small contribution, Ron Bloom and I glad to support future life of Hard Times suppers.

  • $50.00

    Maran Sheils

    09/22/2019
  • $5.00

    Zachary C Hazen

    09/22/2019
  • $100.00

    Rachel G Coben

    09/22/2019

    In honor of Reyni Racklin

  • $100.00

    Leah G. Hollingshead

    09/21/2019
  • $100.00

    Anonymous

    09/21/2019
  • $20.00

    Carolanne L Fry

    09/21/2019

    Thank you for your service and dedication to the community

  • $100.00

    Greg Frazer

    09/21/2019

    Good luck!

  • $50.00

    Alan C Bedell

    09/18/2019
  • $15.00

    Zachary D Forster

    09/18/2019

    What a shame to evict this org. Community-driven support in assisting our neighbors experiencing homelessness is so vital! They are people, too, and deserve respect and dignity.

  • $100.00

    Yasodha Gopal

    09/17/2019
  • $100.00

    Carolyn Sanders-Kull

    09/17/2019

    Thank you for all you do, & thank you for drawing my attention more directly to the need.

  • $100.00

    Maureen Porter

    09/16/2019
  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    09/16/2019

    I have helped prepare meals here and have seen closeup the good work being done. We need this resource to stay in our community.

  • $250.00

    Eddie Bernhardt

    09/16/2019

    10 years ago we lived nearby and now we have a kid at Sunnyside. We saw first hand the good work of this group and are sad to see it go.

  • $2,480.00

    Anonymous

    09/16/2019

    We are shocked and saddened that this critical community organization has, like those it serves, been thrown out in the street. We hope you find a suitable replacement facility soon.

  • $25.00

    Anonymous

    09/16/2019
  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    09/15/2019
  • $200.00

    Anonymous

    09/15/2019
  • $200.00

    Deborah Maria

    09/12/2019

    Pat and volunteers have provided a terrific service of hospitality and good food to people in Portland for nearly 4 decades. I was grateful to be on the serving end at Sunnyside for many years and will continue to support. Will you?

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