Kenton Women’s Village Newsletter for September

Check out the latest updates from Catholic Charities on the Kenton Women’s Village below:
Kenton Women’s Village News & Updates
Wonderful things are happening for the residents of Kenton Women’s Village! Here are a few highlights:
Calling all volunteers!
Please attend a training session at Catholic Charities. Lead by Margi Dechenne, Housing Transitions Program Manager. Required for Community Partners.
Friday, September 22—2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Register here or email
Village Tours
Village Residents, through the General Assembly, have adopted a new visitor policy—available here. The first of the planned monthly Village Tours began last Saturday afternoon.
Our next public tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd – 1pm. Register by contacting Kenton Women’s Village Tours.
Community Activities
  • Food By Design held a small cooking class for the Village residents, preparing a wonderful meal with donations from the Kenton Community Garden and food from the Village garden.
  • Residents volunteered at the Expo Center drive-in movie event to raise money to Paint Paul and enjoyed having a small part of revitalizing their neighborhood mascot.
  • The PAW team is helping the Village pets stay healthy, and has offered free spay/neuter services as well as ongoing pet health care.
  • Several women participated in a street outreach event in support of their brothers and sisters who are still on the streets. They packed lunches and brought hygiene items, and remarked on the wonderful feeling of being a giver rather than a recipient.
  • Oregon Public House will hold a fundraiser for Kenton Women’s Village on Monday, September 25th. Proceeds will help support winter weather clothing and footwear for residents.


Details for Tall Paul Fest Released!

The 1st annual Tall Paul Fest arrives September 9 12pm–7pm on N Willis Blvd between N Brandon and N Denver!

Get ready to see a restored Paul, have a pint of Widmer Brothers limited edition “Tall Paul Lager” and root on the Timbers in the their live telecast game vs NYCFC.

And get this: Timber Jim is coming out of retirement to cut log slabs during the game!

Slabs will be available to buy in the live auction at half time along with other great items like Danner Boots, 107ist Limited Edition 5th Quadrant Timbers scarves, Miniature Paul Bunyan Dolls and more.

Top bidder in the live auction will have the opportunity to remove the veil from Paul right after the game.

All proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of our beloved icon.

Learn more about the restoration of Paul at PaintPaulPDX

NET Open House & Potluck

Arbor Lodge & Kenton

Neighborhood Emergency Team

Open House & Potluck


Come enjoy an evening in the garden with neighbors – kids are more than welcome. Bring a dish to share or something to grill, or just stop by to say hello.


Monday, August 14th, 6-8pm

Historic Kenton Firehouse

8105 N Brandon Ave


Meet your local Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)

Learn what we’re doing to prepare the community for a major earthquake


Get advice about:

Restoration of Paul Bunyan Begins

The restoration of Kenton’s Paul Bunyan statue has started with scaffolding going up! Thanks to Safeway Scaffolding for donating their time and equipment to start the process.

With the help of neighbors and business partners, #PaintPaulPDX has raised 71% of the funds, but $25,000 is still needed to finish the restoration this summer. Please considering donating to keep our momentum going!

Kenton Women’s Village Newsletter for July

Catholic Charities has released the first issue of their monthly newsletter for the Kenton Women’s Village. See the newsletter below:

Kenton Women's Village Update July 2017 & Needs

How to Donate to the Kenton Women’s Village

With so many neighbors wanting to donate to the Kenton Women’s Village, a new system has been implemented with the help of neighbor Terrance Moses, who recently joined the KNA’s committee on the Kenton Women’s Village.

Step 1: See list of needed items from Catholic Charities, which is provided below.

Step 2: Do no attempt to drop items off at the Village.

Step 3: Contact Terrance Moses at 503.490.2598 or for donation drop off. Terrance has set up facilities at his Kenton home to store and distribute items to the Village.

Twin bed Frame                Flashlights

Twin bed sheets                Pillows

Small chairs                      First aid kits

Shower curtains                Small indoor rugs 2×3

Out door welcome mats    Hangers

Wash cloths                      Female hygiene products

Silverware                         Plates, mugs, pots, plastic storage containers,

Toilet paper                       Paper towels,

Coffee maker                    Solar lamps, solar fans

Picnic tables                     Outdoor chairs or benches

12-Smoke detectors         14-Co2 detectors all battery operated

Fire extinguishers             Microwave

Cordless vacuum             Surge protectors,

Batteries all sizes             Heavy duty on command wall hangers

Gift cards for communal use by staff.

Annual Board Elections and Open House Tomorrow

The Kenton Neighborhood Association (KNA) welcomes all neighbors to participate in the annual KNA Board elections during an open house on June 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Twilight Theater Company (7515 N Brandon Ave), Kenton’s home for theatrical entertainment!

Besides neighborhood voting on board and officer positions for the KNA, the event will feature an open house with representatives from REACH Community Development, Kenton/Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Emergency Team, Catholic Charities and Portland Parks & Recreation along with some fun snacks from Green Zebra.

Around 7pm, REACH Community Development will be giving a short presentation on their development of a mixed-use affordable housing complex across from Nelson Plaza at 2133 N Argyle while Kenton/Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Emergency Team will follow with an overview of earthquake preparedness.

Village Opening Soon: Pods Set to Arrive Starting Friday

Since the Kenton Women’s Village, formally known as the POD Village, was approved during a neighborhood vote in March, it’s been a slight mystery as to when the village would actually open. However, thanks to a tentative schedule unveiled to members of the Kenton Neighborhood Association’s (KNA) committee on the village this evening, we might finally have the answer.

For starters, the sleeping pods for the Kenton Women’s Village are scheduled to be delivered to the village site in Kenton over a three-day period beginning on Friday, the 2nd, by The ReBuilding Center. Shipping containers offering community facilities like hot-water showers and porta potties should follow by the early part of next week.

With the pods on-site, City Repair and PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design are hosting work parties as part of Village Building Convergence on the 5th and 7th to build berms, planters, stairs and a fence for the village. Neighbors are absolutely encouraged to volunteer to help out on those dates.

While unforeseen issues could delay the overall opening, an open house for neighbors to come and check out the village will definitely take place on the 9th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the site.

So when should the village be expected to finally open? Following the open house, residents should move in around the 12th. Of course, that’s subject to change, but for now, the village open date is in roughly two weeks.

Other notes:

-An onsite manager for the village has been hired and will be at the site 40 hours of week.

-9 residents have been selected and are on the last steps of the intake process. 5 additional residents have selected to go through the intake process.

-Finalized versions of documents like the Village Manual have been requested by the KNA and should be provided soon.

-Water tanks will be used to provide running water.

-Electricity will be dropped to the site by PGE, but outdoor lighting will be powered via solar lights.

Kenton Street Fair Hits N Denver on Sunday!

The 8th Annual Kenton Street Fair takes place on N Denver Avenue this Sunday, the 21st, from 10am to 6pm! This year will feature over 80+ vendors, 21 bands playing across 3 stages and a kid’s area with tons of great activities in the Wells Fargo parking lot. There’s also a Kid’s Parade kicking off the fair at 10am sharp followed by the Coaster Car Demo!

Be sure to stop by the KNA booth where we’ll have the latest batch of Kenton hoodies and tees for sale!

For road and bus impacts caused by the fair, go here.

May Update on the Kenton Women’s Village

Since the neighborhood vote back in March that moved the proposal toward implementation, the POD Village in Kenton, currently being called the Kenton Women’s Village, hasn’t appeared to make much progress: Passing by the site at 2221 N Argyle St. today offers the same experience it did back in March of an empty lot.

But looks can be deceiving.

The project is still happening, and progress is being made; it’s just taking longer than originally expected to make the village a reality. How long exactly? Current speculation points toward June.

In particular, here are a few of progress the KNA has been made aware of:

On the Good Neighbor Agreement (Partnership Agreement), the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is still awaiting some signatures, but the KNA Board has approved the agreement and will sign pending ONI obtaining the outstanding signatures. has completed the agreement, and all parties have signed it, including the KNA.

As always, please contact us if you would like to be involved with the KNA’s committee on the village and/or if you have questions, concerns, etc. All Kenton residents are eligible to participate in committees.

Tyler Roppe

KNA Chair








Paul has been restored!

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