Help NHA residents tell their stories
$295 raised
98% of $300 goal
15 contributors
4 Years running
You can help Oregon families and who earn low incomes express themselves through the written word.  In partnership with Write Around Portland, Northwest Housing Alternatives is seeking to help our residents tell their stories through a process ...

You can help Oregon families and older adults express themselves through the written word and connect to their community.  In partnership with Write Around Portland, Northwest Housing Alternatives is seeking to help our residents tell their stories through a process that is therapeutic, healing and reduces feelings of isolation.

NHA families and seniors come from diverse backgrounds. Some have transitioned from life on the streets, and some are young families who can’t find jobs that pay a living wage. Others may be new to the United States or have moved away from friends and family, and feel isolated and alone.  By creating an opportunity for them to tell their story, stress is relieved, insights can occur, and community is built.

Write Around Portland will provide creative writing workshops to NHA residents in a safe, understanding and caring environment.  Children, seniors and adults will write stories, poems, memoirs, letters, and essays while experimenting with imagery and character development.

Participants then have the opportunity to share their writing and give and receive positive feedback to grow as writers and build a respectful community. At the end of each writing series, a community reading is held to promote and exchange stories, and a book of collected works is published.

Storytelling is a valuable form of expression and connection.  With your help, we can provide families an opportunity to tell their stories in their own words.

A contribution can help us coordinate the program, provide supplies, offer childcare and go towards the production of the book.  Thank you for considering a gift!

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