Four homeless people died in Portland during the record breaking winter. PC: KOIN6
Stories of cold-related deaths scattered the headlines during one of the worst winters in Oregon’s history. The weather, coupled with a nationally recognized housing-crisis, caused overcrowded warming shelters and serious problems for the homeless population.
Portland Adventist Academy and Hoodview Seventh-day Adventist Church joined the voices of concerned Portlanders and responded with action. Collaborating on a Mission Focused Learning outreach, they built a Tiny Home for Dignity Village, a homeless community sanctioned by the city of Portland.
As an official non-profit organization, Dignity Village’s mission is to provide a place where people can have their basic needs met in a stable, sanitary environment free from violence, theft, disruption of peace, drugs, and alcohol. Homes in the village are small, sturdy, shed-like buildings. They are simple but can be life-saving.
Charbonneau’s words affirm PAA’s goals to provide Mission Focused Learning. “Mission Focused Learning gives PAA students a purposeful approach to education,” says Bibb. “By coupling knowledge with compassion students are able to find meaningful solutions to big problems. It’s helping them to more deeply understand what it means to be Christ-centered and character-driven.”