Category Archives: Tigard Good Neighbor Center

A local shelter in Tigard, OR providing emergency shelter to families.

The Shelter Of Humanity

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” — Irish proverb We take shelter for granted. I suspect most of us will lay down our heads tonight without a second thought to the roof above us. But … Continue reading

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Guttural Inspiration

“Nature abhors a vacuum.  And so do I.” — Anne Gibbons Gloves, trowel, buckets, hangers, trash bags, hoses, and a ladder were set out in our garage, ready for action. Not for our house, but another kind of house. The … Continue reading

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Climbing In Her Skin

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” — Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird I revisited an emergency last … Continue reading

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Little Margin For Error

“Seldom do people discern Eloquence under a threadbare cloak.” — Juvenal I received this fundraising request from the Tigard Good Neighbor Center the other day. It is a stark reminder that something simple like a day off of work isn’t so … Continue reading

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When I Am Old, I Won’t Care How Much TV I Watched

“When I’m old, I won’t care how much TV I watched.” — Gary, from the Tigard Good Neighbor Center That’s what Gary, an employee at the Good Neighbor Center, told me this morning as I finished up painting over the … Continue reading

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Patching A Hole, Patching The Whole

“Nothing can be done except little by little.” — Charles Baudelaire Even though a month has passed since our most excellent Christmas adventure, the Tigard Good Neighbor Center continued to do their good work with an army of volunteers and crack staff. Families … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 365 – It’s About Community

“We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” — Herman Melville The end of my year-long project to give time has arrived. It is only fitting that it concludes with perhaps the most important … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 363* – Giving Conduits

“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante Conduits are always moving but never move. Highways move goods across the nation. Pipes move life giving water. … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 259 – There Is More In Us Than We Know

Volunteering as the overnight host, I spent a very long, sleepless night at the Good Neighbor Center followed by a very brief, insightful moment.  Last night at the Good Neighbor Center there was, A woman sobbing for no apparent reason A … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 244 – It’s Not About What We Lose. It’s About What We Have Left

Spent the night at the Tigard Good Neighbor Center as the overnight volunteer host.  Spending the night at a family shelter is a brief look at what it might be like to be homeless. Families have lost their home, or apartment. … Continue reading

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