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I met Professor at Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon. Even with three engineering degrees he still ended up homeless. Professor told me he felt safer sleeping in the woods than he did in homeless shelters. […]

Professor

I met Professor at Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon. Even with three engineering degrees he still ended up homeless.

Professor told me he felt safer sleeping in the woods than he did in homeless shelters. Just another reason for homeless services to look at Dignity Village as a model for healing and support.

For more information see my interview with Bradford Powell here.

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  • Powest1931

    I am a student of Mental Health Counseling. When I look at folk who are in the condition of this gentleman, I often wonder how we live in a country that is so busy helping other countries sustain their natives, and our natives are homeless and hungry even with quality contributions to society (3 engineering degrees) are allowed to fall into this state. I listened and learned that within every situation power and control rears its ugly head in the name of order (LAW). This gentleman has been given a position of authority based solely on his ability to remain in this community for 90 days… Our preseidents are chosen for how long they have been of service to the government. It sounds like a goverment like occurance happens at DIgnity Village, and are there all the same ethnic group living in this village or are other ethnicities allowed to live there???? I allpaude the effort to provide stable living situations for homeless individuals and their families, but I wounder if power and control of life decisions that effect others is a position that will produce the condition that initally placed these folk in the position they are in right now? Just a question or food for thaought. If I were to become homeless today, could I live in this community?

  • Twabster

    Totally believable. Normally I’d be appalled and in disbelief. Instead I’m disgusted. I too have two degrees in Engineering, have taught a class, and worked professionally for about 10 years over the past 16 years. I earned just barely enough to pay for my vehicle, shelter, and one meal a day.

    The overwhelming majority of police looking for their next promotion, has led to an otherwise innocent man, being locked up and raped financially. Sure, I was innocent, and eventually dismissed by the idiotically overwhelmed courts. But the implications cost me my job, plus $1,800 of my last savings. I am now reduced to “broke”. Where do I go, where do my dependents go ? Where do I safely store our prized possessions (photos, home crafted items, etc.) ???????????????

    I think the US is in for a rude awakening.