Fall Updates at the Kenton Women’s Village

What’s happening in KWV this fall?

Happy November, everyone! The Kenton Women’s Village has had a remarkable fall with everything from generous community donations, volunteer awards, and featured fundraisers. Take a skim through to see what’s going on in the Village and how you can help!

Moving on up!
Three clients have moved onto permanent housing from the village, and six more clients are on track to move to permanent housing by the end of 2017! Referrals for clients may be made to Housing Transition Program at Catholic Charities at 971-222-1880.
Winter is coming…
… and we’re prepping for it at the KWV. To prepare, workers have installed new walls, windows, doors, and canopy structure in our community space. Several of the villagers have started caulking windows, doors, and cracks in their pods to start the weatherization process.Columbia Sportswear has generously provided our clients with new cold weather sleeping bags and warm winter coats that the women have already been putting to good use! Each of the women also received a new pair of winter boots, thanks to the Femme Fête event fundraiser. Thanks to all who have contributed to help keep our ladies warm for the winter!
We have a new office!
Our village managers have a new on-site office thanks to Krysty Kuni’s kind donation. When the Kunis heard about the Kenton Women’s Village on the news, they decided they wanted to put their now-grown daughter’s former playhouse to good use and donate it. It took two flatbed trucks, a forklift, and three attempts to get it into place. A big thanks to the Kunis for their kind donation and to Randy and Terrance for their hard work getting everything in place for our village managers!
Around the table with our Volunteers
Holy Redeemer Church parishioners prepared a delicious homemade dinner for the ladies of Kenton Women’s Village on Oct. 16. HRC hosted the lasagna dinner in their basement space and topped it all off with an ice cream sundae bar. The volunteers went above and beyond to allow the ladies the rare opportunity to feel nothing short of restaurant connoisseurs.*To become involved and support this effort, contact Holy Redeemer about their ministry fair happening November 11-12.
Femme Fête feat. KWV
Femme Fête, an annual Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP event celebrating exceptional women in business, selects a different charity-beneficiary each year to receive the proceeds from their fundraiser event. They honored Kenton Women’s Village this year for their housing transition solutions benefiting women in need. The event raised over $1,200, including gift cards and winter items for the women.
KWV Volunteer Terrance wins the Spirit of Portland Award!
Our volunteer Terrance Moses is being recognized as this year’s Spirt of Portland Community Leader of the year award recipient for his contribution at Kenton Women’s Village. Terrance began volunteering with KWV in May and has since put his incredibly resourceful building and repair skills to work. He has become the general handyman for the village, helping repairs repair and improve pods and community spaces.  He has also made several safety improvements to the Village and helped the women feel empowered to keep their pod neighborhood in good condition. He is a patient, kind mentor who treats the clients with the utmost respect and dignity. We are beyond grateful for his work and contribution to KWV! Congratulations, Terrance!
Help with our Collection Drive!
Want to help out? Donate or volunteer today! As our women move into their own housing or new clients move into KWV, the list of needs is growing to help them get established. Check out how you can help here!