One of the core beliefs at Maybelle Center is that as people we share more similarities than differences.
We live out this belief by creating relationships with our members, who may seem to have very different life stories, but at their core, are just people. And like all of us, are in search of connection and community.
Our Visitation Program builds community and lessens social isolation in Old Town and Downtown Portland. We do this by inviting people to volunteer to visit and build relationships with residents in our neighborhood.
Every week pairs of volunteers head out from the Center on foot to visit our members. All of the individuals they visit live in single room occupancy hotels or low-income apartments that dot our neighborhood.
The visits are about nothing and about everything. Mostly they are about building relationships and spending time together.
Through these visits, our volunteers get to know each person as an individual. This includes honoring the person’s choices and offering unconditional respect. Our volunteers commit to listening emphatically and to bringing their whole selves in order to build genuine relationships with those they visit.
Will you consider joining us in our mission to improve the health of our community and to combat social isolation? Also, this is a great way for you and a friend to volunteer and serve your community.
As a visitation volunteer with Maybelle Center, you will have the opportunity to:
- Build relationships and share stories with residents of single room occupancy hotels and low-income apartments in Old Town
- Learn about and experience the issues surrounding poverty and low-income housing from those who live it
- Break down stereotypes and fear of the “other”
- Participate in community-building and social activities with our members
To become a volunteer, please visit our volunteer page.