Quaker Voluntary Service opened a QVS house in Portland, Oregon in August 2013. We are thrilled to welcome Fellows to Portland every year!
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There are many ways for Friends to get involved and provide ongoing support for the QVS Portland program. Want to get involved with the local QVS program? Reach out to Rachel, our Portland Coordinator.
Rachel Logan-Wood (she/her)
Portland Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)
Committed to mutual respect and understanding, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon brings together diverse communities of faith to learn, serve and advocate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
The HIV Day Center is a drop in center for low income people living with HIV/AIDS. The Day Center provides hot breakfasts and lunches four days each week. Staff are available for counseling, information and referral, and help with problem solving. Day Center clients have access to phones, a mail drop, computers with internet access, WiFi, washer and dryer, clothing, a shower and hygiene supplies. The Day Center also provides therapeutic and recreational activities. Massage, haircuts, foot care and acupuncture are provided by volunteer practitioners.
The HIV Day Center opened in Portland in May 1990. Created in direct response to needs outlined by a coalition of healthcare providers in 1987, the Day Center was the first free-standing, community-based program of its kind in the United States.
Clients can self-refer to the Day Center; the only requirements are that they are HIV positive and have incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. There are no fees for any Day Center service.
The Activities and Event Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of on- and off-site psychosocial support activities for clients at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center. The Activities and Events Coordinator will also coordinate the Holiday Giving Tree program, attend events such as Pride and World AIDS Day, and manage the activity calendar monthly. This position will assist in the cooking and kitchen duties when needed and assist the project Coordinator with tasks such as contributing to the Day Center social media sites, client newsletter, and outreach opportunities. The Activities and Events Coordinator will record activities and participation to HIV Services Storiicare software and assist in tracking attendance on the software.
This position will monitor and coordinate services related to client basic needs, including laundry, showers, toiletries, mail, and clothing closet. The Activities and Events Coordinator will encourage a spirit of hospitality, organization and community within the HIV Day Center. This position will concurrently ensure the safety of clients, staff and volunteers by enforcing client compliance with HIV Day Center rules and policies.
L’Arche Portland is a faith-based organization in which people with and without intellectual disabilities create home and build community together. The focus of life in L’Arche is creating home with adults with disabilities, rather than just providing services to them. L’Arche believes in the power of relationship in community to transform lives and bring real home and genuine love to those whose deepest suffering is not their disability, but their experience of isolation and loneliness. L’Arche is a leader in demonstrating to Oregonians the quality care and companionship that is possible. It distinguishes itself by caring about people, rather than caring for people. L’Arche imparts to the broader community its vision of the unique value of every person, our need for one another, and the transforming power of mutual relationships.
During the first three months of orientation, QVS Fellows can expend to spent up to 70% of their time learning caregiving tasks with the support of the Live-in Assistant (caregiver) team. The rest of their time will be evenly split between relationship building with members of our communities (both based in the homes and at L'[email protected] gatherings), and researching socializing opportunities in the Portland area that reflect current interests. Once orientation is completed, the QVS fellow will work with house teams and gathering circles to create a schedule of ways for people to connect and build friendships in 1-1 or small group settings. This brainstorming will need to account for home-based ways to connect, community-based activities, and even ways to connect long-distance.
However, the particular emphasis of this role will be bridging social activities across our new Westside L'Arche community, and our more established Eastside community. It can involve events that bridge relationships between our homes on the Eastside. In addition to the Site Supervisor, the QVS fellow will work directly with the Community Coordinators to learn about community traditions, celebrations, and events. The QVS fellow will work with the Outreach Coordinator to organize a way to share any scheduled activities that have an open invitation, and expand upon existing community partnerships with local businesses. The QVS fellow will be supported by the Care Coordinator and House Coordinators to learn care routines and discuss possible accommodations to ensure all core members are able to participate in activities as desired.
New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.
Our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide young people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.
SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist
The SNAP Benefits and Administrative Specialist will work with New Avenues PAVE job training program supporting homeless and at-risk youth ages 17-24 who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They will connect youth to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and applicable resources, and will work with the Administration Team to support critical back office functions. The position performs weekly data entry, direct youth support, and SNAP program enrollment assistance. As a part of the PAVE team, the SNAP Benefits Specialist will help maintain a structured, supportive and safe milieu in the PAVE Career Lab and Drop-In spaces, and will collaborate with staff across New Avenues in order to create a model that provides effective, comprehensive services for program youth.
A well-qualified candidate has the ability to swiftly build trust and rapport with youth. They also possess a strong desire to foster equitable food access, work with diverse staff and youth, problem solve, and they excel in a multi-cultural environment. Group facilitation and relationship-building skills are key to a successful QVS experience.
The Fellow will join a well-structured team environment that values youth voice, equitable program access, and the adaptability needed to sustain a dynamic job training problem for young people. They will also join an agency with more than two decades of experience providing services through multiple systems of care— housing, case management, meals, drug and alcohol recovery and mental-health supports, education, job training, culturally specific LGBTQIA+ youth supports, and more annually to 1,600+ individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Outside In‘s mission is to assist homeless youth and other low-income and marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Outside In, established in 1968, has continually revised services to respond to changing client needs. We operate a Federally Qualified Health Center and are state-certified for both mental health treatment and alcohol and drug treatment services. Current programs include a Clinic and Homeless Youth Department. The Clinic is a cutting-edge blend of western and alternative medicine. It is a teaching site for Oregon Health Sciences University, and provides western medicine, naturopathic, acupuncture, Chinese herbal, chiropractic, and dental care. The Clinic provides healthcare five days per week and 28,000 visits annually. The Youth Department serves about 800 homeless youth annually. A Day Program provides safety off the streets and basic needs resources, including 3 meals per day, 6 days per week. It also offers other wraparound supports including case management, QueerZone supports for LGBTQ youth, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, 30 units of on-site housing, 50 units of housing in the community, our “Urban Ed” Alternative School, an employment center, and the Virginia Woof Dog Daycare/Job Training Center. This past year, 7 youth obtained their GED, 32 enrolled in college, 126 were employed, and 124 youth were supported in our housing options. 92% of youth graduating from Transitional Housing did not return to the streets.
Youth and Benefits Specialist: The goal of this position is to support homeless youth in transitioning from street life to self-sufficiency. The Youth and Benefits Specialist helps facilitate day-to-day services offered in the Day Program, a drop-in program for homeless youth. They will assist youth in accessing basic needs resources (food, showers, laundry, etc.) as well as actively work to build relationship and engage youth to access other needed resources and supports. Position responsibilities include: initial orientation of new youth; educating youth about resources and supports; crisis counseling (harm reduction counseling); assistance to ensure youth access eligible benefits (SNAP and Medicaid); supporting youth in identifying and accomplishing their goals by assisting them in successfully engaging and connecting with resources and supports; facilitating youth development activities; and tracking services provided to youth.
Portland Fellows (click on any picture for more information)
Most Recent Blog Posts from QVS Portland
In Spring 2020, QVS conducted a major outreach survey to gather stories and impact from QVS Alumni. The following report offers testimonials, statistics, and learnings across the three pillars of the QVS experience: Community, Spirituality, and Service.
Learn more about summer staff transitions at QVS as we say goodbye to two beloved staff, and welcome two new staff members and QVS Alumni.
We’re excited to introduce you to the 2020-2021 QVS Fellow cohort! Check out the links to learn more about these amazing young adults.
Lydia Mansfield, a 2019-2020 Portland Fellow, shares reflections from her search to know and see God this year.
Maria Fernanda Landin, a 2019-2020 Portland Fellow, shares reflections on exploring the link between spirituality and activism.
Last year, three current Fellows and a QVS Alum sat down and shared their stories with Spirit In Action, a weekly radio program. They shared reflections about discerning vocation, why they chose to do QVS, and the impact of living in intentional community with strangers.
We are honored and excited to welcome Caitlin Gaylord Churchill to QVS as our Portland Local Coordinator! She is excited to step into the work of supporting young adults in the work of community, spiritual exploration, and justice work through this role....
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