Day of Dignity


When:
September 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2017-09-10T12:00:00-07:00
2017-09-10T16:00:00-07:00
Where:
NW Park Blocks ("Elephant Park")
Portland
Contact:
Bruce Fallon, JFCS Lifeline Service Program Director
503-226-7079, ext. 121
On Sunday, September 10, JFCS will once again partner with Islamic Social Services of Oregon and other local nonprofits to hold the annual Day of Dignity. Each year, we serve 500 to 600 homeless people at the event, which will be held in the NW Park Blocks (“Elephant Park”) from 12pm to 4pm.
What’s provided at Day of Dignity? First and foremost, we strive to offer acceptance and a sense of belonging to the homeless men and women we serve. We are all needed in the effort to end chronic homelessness. Clearly, more housing is needed, but so too are physical and mental health services, better food security, safety for victims of domestic violence, and shelter for LGBTQ kids who are shunned by their families — to name just a few of the many needs.
On a more tangible note, this year the Day of Dignity coalition will distribute 300 backpacks that have a built-in rain poncho to keep the wearer and pack dry. We’ll hand out socks, mittens, hygiene kits for men and women, first aid kits, and hoodies to keep people warm. Other offerings will include medical screenings and case managers from an array of organizations who can link people to services and help them start a planning process for securing permanent, supportive housing.
There are many needs, and we encourage you to make a special donation — monetary or in-kind are both appreciated.  For more information, email me at ksullivan@jfcs-portland.org, or contact Brian Fallon, Lifeline Services Program Director, at 503-226-7079, ext. 121bfallon@jfcs-portland.org.
Islamic Relief USA has organized these nationwide events for nearly 20 years, and it’s an honor for JFCS to contribute to this broad, multi-faith community coalition. We invite you to join us!
Kathleen

Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director
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