Our Community Members
PHC’s community members come from a variety of backgrounds and all contribute to PHC’s life through their gifts and talents. The artwork displayed at PHC has all been produced by community members. Members support each other by sharing information about local services, and contribute to the maintenance of PHC’s facilities through lawn care, clearing snow, painting and general maintenance. Many community members currently do not have stable housing but are working with social service agencies to secure housing. Others have their own place but use PHC to maintain connections to their friends.
“I fit in here.”Pat
“Peace House Community means companionship, like a best friends. One big best friend. I know we’re not all from the same walk of life, but I feel like we’re one. I feel at peace here. And that makes me happy.”Samson
“There is so much individuality. You can be yourself!”Joe
“I don’t think of myself as poverty-stricken. I think of myself as being rich in experience.”Richard
During the Coronavirus pandemic, Peace House Community has adjusted its operations to continue providing services in the safest manner possible. We are currently open from noon to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. During that time community members can come to the front door to use the bathrooms and get hygiene supplies. Community members can also get a hot lunch, snacks and drinks in the parking lot behind the building. We have chairs set out for those who wish to spend time at PHC, but takeout containers are also available.
Once PHC can safely reopen our building, we will return to our usual schedule, which is:
- Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
- Light Breakfast Served: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Group Discussion/“Meditation”: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
- Lunch: 12:15 PM
- Doors are closed when the group discussion/meditation begins and reopen at 12:30 p.m. to serve lunch to the community.
PHC provides nutritious meals through the generous donations from local stores and commercial kitchens. We supplement these donations by purchasing and preparing the missing elements of a balanced diet.
Group Discussion/“Meditation”Each day PHC staff, volunteers and community members join in a group discussion around a specific topic. Occasionally we invite outside guests to lead the discussion. The discussion allows us to get to know each other and express our beliefs and experiences in a safe environment. In honor of our founder who named this time, we continue to call it “Meditation”, recognizing that we each gain insight into ourselves and our lives, just as we do through more traditional forms of meditation.
“It makes me feel peaceful. Meditation relaxes my mind. It’s a good place to come.”Sally Sue
“I like to listen to the wisdom of the people who come here – wisdom from struggle, pain, insecurity, sickness, homelessness.”Rose
PHC is unusual in the homeless service world in that it does not have any programming aimed at ending homelessness itself. We encourage all efforts to end homelessness and fully support the work of other agencies that offer housing to community members, but we recognize that expanding into housing provision could jeopardize our current mission. PHC does not require community members to answer invasive questions about their mental health status, criminal history, income or other information required for housing background checks. Instead, it offers a place of sanity and calm where community members decide for themselves what they want to share about their lives. Homelessness is never easy and has been recognized as a contributing factor to substance abuse addiction and mental illness. PHC addresses this by supporting community members’ mental, emotional and social health.
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