Nightingale Health Sanctuary to Run Double Rest Stop

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Eugene City Council approved Nightingale Health Sanctuary’s plan to operate a self-governed, village-style community on county land near the Lane County Behavioral Health building through April 2015.

Nightingale welcomes new volunteers with skills in communication, construction, fundraising, health and wellness, and more. We need people to take the trash to the dump and to write grants. If you want to help, please use our volunteer form or contact us at

If you would like to help with a financial contribution, you can donate here.  Thanks to everyone who has offered to help and also many thanks to all our allies who have helped us get this far.

The two new rest stops will focus on health and wellness and will be accessible and inclusive. Both able-bodied people and those with disabilities will be welcome and able to camp there. NHS plans to maintain a balance so that campers who need assistance can find it among the other campers.… Read the rest

NPAC Supports Two Local Efforts in Eugene Right Now!

thumb_NHSlogNightingale Health Sanctuary (NHS)

—A project of NPAC to establish and operate a self-governed village-style community focused on health and wellness.  NHS will provide a safe and supportive community for people who are unhoused and will be both inclusive and accessible.

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—An independent, unsanctioned tent sanctuary organized and governed by Eugene’s unhoused community. Whoville is protesting for the right to sleep as a basic human right.  NPAC regards sleep as an unavoidable consequence of being human and sees the criminalizing of unhoused people for sleeping as inhumane and unjust. NPAC supports Whoville by providing port-a-potties and sometimes hand-washing stations. We also encourage public support through volunteering, financial donations, and contributions such as blankets, warm food, tarps, socks, etc.

To offer your help go to:

Donate      Speak Out

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Nightingale Health Sanctuary (NHS)

Nightingale Health Sanctuary (NHS) is a group of individuals organized for the purpose of establishing and operating a self-governed village-style community focused on health and wellness, providing a safe and supportive community for people who are unhoused. It will be accessible and inclusive in recognition that 40% of unhoused have disabilities.

Once a sanctuary is established NHS intends to offer the larger unhoused community:

  • a health clinic operating at least twice a week;
  • a guest program offering people in the neighborhood who are unhoused a safe place to sleep; and
  • a resource and information center assisting people to connect with community resources.

Additionally, NHS intends to offer classes and activities to support health and wellness such as:

  • yoga;
  • meditation;
  • cooking and nutrition classes;
  • gardening;
  • peer-to-peer mediation;
  • peer-to-peer coaching;
  • communication training’
  • music and art activities; and
  • self-care skills training designed to enhance overall health management of pain and stress.

The NHS project is a response to the unmet needs of people who are unhoused in our community.… Read the rest