The organization of Dignity and Peace builds relationships while providing houseless friends and neighbors with daily necessities with dignity and peace. The van makes a trip each week but will add routes when other partnering organizations cannot provide services. The goal is to provide consistent services. The volunteer team is made up of six to eight people. These are those stocking the Dignity and Peace van, organizing and inventorying donations at the garages in Ladd’s Addition, and then setting out to provide service. When conditions are harsh, the flexibility of the delivery model allows the teams to be out there serving people.
History Dignity and Peace has its roots in the 40-year history of the St. Francis Dining Hall, whose mission was: To serve a meal to those in need in dignity and peace. Its founders are formerly staff and/or long-time volunteers at the Dining Hall, which served three meals a day, five days a week in the Southeast Portland, Buckman neighborhood. It also provided necessities for those living on the streets. When the Dining Hall closed in March of 2019, staff and volunteers were concerned about the welfare of those who could no longer access services or supplies. Those familiar with the houseless community noted the mental and physical deterioration of those who had previously frequented the Dining Hall. The former director of the Dining Hall, Dinae Horne, initiated a discussion with longtime Dining Hall volunteers and supporters about a mobile service delivery model. By September 2019 the concept was clarified, and a van was purchased. An open invitation was issued to a wider group of Dining Hall supporters to join a planning/work team which began meeting once a week, to start a new organization – Dignity & Peace. Call to Action NW Oregon became the sponsoring 501(c)(3) non-profit to provide mentorship until Dignity & Peace became an independent organization in 2020.
Board members as of July 2023: Don Roach-Acting President Marietta Schlumpf- Secretary Judy Custy-Treasurer Al Altar-At Large Dianna Shaffer-At Large Jan Rose-At Large
Advisors working on work teams: Karl Hammann and Kathleen Glover