Quaker Voluntary Service opened a QVS house in Portland, Oregon in August 2013. We are thrilled to welcome Fellows to Portland every year!

Sponsoring Quaker Meetings/Churches:

QVS Portland is jointly sponsored by West Hills Friends Church, Reedwood Friends Church, Multnomah Monthly Meeting, and Bridge City Friends Meeting.

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)

Rachel Logan-Wood (she/her)

Portland Coordinator

2020-2021 Portland Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon- HIV Services

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

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.

Networking Coordinator-
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

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

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)

Christina Dunbar

Christina Dunbar (she/her) graduated from San Jose State University with an honors degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in 2018. Since that time she has been working in community organization and as a Special Education Teacher in the City of San Jose. While a student, Christina was involved in the Gender Equity Center Programming Board, V-Day, Peer Health Education, One Love Foundation, Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and her Sorority. Her involvement in many aspects of community activism, called attention to the fact that physical and mental differences are intersectional.

After Graduation in 2018, Christina was appointed to Serve the City of San Jose on the Early Education Commission and is the youngest appointment in the history of the committee at 26.

In her spare time Christina gives back by educating on urban farming, and volunteering for several youth organizations. She loves nature, hiking, yoga, art, and a good dance party. Christina is hoping to become a certified herbalist, doula, and eventually pursue a Masters in Social Work. She is excited to continue and grow in her field of work by joining L'arche Portland this year.

Ingrid Topp-Johnson

Ingrid Topp-Johnson is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota. From grades 6-8, she attended Friends School of Minnesota. The experience she had there of values based education and Quaker community has informed every decision she has made since. She is a recent graduate of Pitzer college in Claremont, California where she was a double major in Art and Asian Studies. While at Pitzer, Ingrid lead a student-run art gallery, was president of a fiber arts club, and managed a student-run events space and restaurant. She also attended Claremont Friends Meeting. She looks forward to building community in and outside the house This year, Ingrid will be working for New Avenues for Youth.

Rowen Light-Willis

Rowen Light-Wills is a native of Princeton, New Jersey and recently graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a double major in Media Studies and English. For high school, she attended a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, Pennsylvania where she completed the International Baccalaureate diploma; her experience at George School inspired her to continue exploring Quaker spiritual practices and pursue a year of service with QVS! In her time in college, Rowen was a proud advocate for sustainability efforts that resulted in launching the Scripps Scrapps dorm item recycling program in 2018. She pursued her passion for food justice through work with the Scripps Student Garden and Food Recovery Network, delivering dining hall supplies and community garden produce to Crossroads Women’s Shelter. She was also a leader for the Claremont Colleges’ outdoor club, On The Loose, where she fostered outdoor stewardship and healthy stress management through off-campus trips. In addition to Portland’s incredible access to the outdoors, Rowen is excited to explore the city’s vibrant arts scene (or whatever pared-down, social-distancing-friendly version develops in the coming year)! At the Claremont Colleges, she loved singing with Mood Swing A Cappella and was a member of Pomona College’s theatre department. In the future, she hopes to stay artistically active through performing and writing plays with the potential for social impact. Rowen is thrilled to begin working with Outside In as the Youth and Benefits Specialist and contribute positively to its communal environment as a mentor and friend.

David Pachter

Born in Brooklyn, New York, David Pachter graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Physics. He's a proud community member of the Abolition Park encampment in NYC and is enjoying his first exposure to radical organizing, education, and community. Though a newcomer to the Quaker community, David is excited to learn about how a Quaker perspective can inform non-capitalist community, meaningful human connection, and personal transformation. He enjoys sharing yummy food, long walks anywhere including the beach, outdoor adventures, meditation, experimentation, and dancing. In the other Portland (Maine) he's worked in services for people without houses and is excited to continue activity in this community with New Avenues for Youth (NAFY) in Portland, Oregon.

Celia Rayfiel

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Celia Rayfiel has recently graduated from Earlham College with degrees in History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her time at Earlham, Celia explored issues related to migration, labor, and gender. She was able to pursue these interests by participating in a semester abroad on the US/Mexico border, where she worked and lived in a refugee shelter. Celia ended her senior year by writing a thesis on the Bath Riots, a series of protests regarding public health on the border. In her time at Earlham, Celia also participated in clubs such as Action Against Sexual Violence, the Earlham Historical Journal, and Dance Alloy. After spending four years in a Quaker institution as well as attending FCNL’s Spring Lobby weekend, Celia has come to appreciate the simplicity and intentionality of living with Quaker principles. Celia is excited to explore the West Coast for the first time and looks forward to seeing all the fantastic nature in Portland! Celia is thrilled to be working with The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV day center.

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