Peer Support Specialist Fundraising

Are you troubled by the lack of support and resources available to people who are unhoused? So are we. You can do something about it.

You can help! We need to raise $23,000 for this project. You can make a tax deductible donation via PayPal or by check to NPAC, PO Box 1556, Springfield Oregon 97477. Please note your preference for the money to be used for the peer support specialist program.
Please join with Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective as we launch a certified peer support specialist training program aimed at providing skills and support to 45 volunteers, both housed and unhoused, who are working with our neighbors experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. We hope to spread tools of empowerment throughout the houseless community so that individually, and collectively, the voices and ideas of those most affected are heard and resources are committed to address our community’s housing crisis.

We are partnering with Project ABLE to train volunteers from a variety of local organizations, each which rely on volunteers to fulfill their missions, including Occupy Medical, Community Alliance of Laner County, Square One Villages/Opportunity Village Eugene, Community Supported Shelters, Nightingale Health Sanctuary, Cornerstone Community Housing, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.… Read the rest


PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST TRAINING

Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective’s Peer Support Specialist Training Project is sponsoring a, free, Oregon Health Authority-approved, training opportunity for people working with unhoused neighbors in our community. We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing ones. We hope to spread tools of empowerment throughout the houseless community so that individually, and collectively, the voices and ideas of those most affected are heard and resources are committed to end our community’s housing crisis.

The project’s goal is to provide training for 45 individuals in 2016. We anticipate offering the first class for 15 people this spring. The 40-hour course will be provided by Project Able http://projectable.org and will be held locally 5 days over a 2-week period. Applicants should expect to spend some study time outside of class.

For those completing the course and obtaining certification, explorations are underway to provide opportunities to work part-time hours.… Read the rest


NPAC Now Supports Two Protest Camps

As we head into 2016, NPAC is proud to be helping to support two protest camps through another winter. We are helping to provide bathrooms and sanitation for two unsanctioned rest stops: The OURS camp and the Ninth Ward.
The beginning of what is now the OURS camp started over a year ago. The first year was difficult with the camp moving over 30 times. It took many moths to build infrastructure and community with the help of committed second-level supporters. OURS is the longest running self-governed unsanctioned camp in Eugene.
The Ninth Ward is still in early childhood in comparison, but proves that this model can be replicated. Building another camp from the ground up takes time; community and trust don’t happen in a week or a month. The Ninth Ward is currently hitting its stride and has become another example of people learning how to live together and be treated with respect.… Read the rest