Thousands of people in Portland, especially in our Old Town neighborhood, live in social isolation. Yet they are virtually invisible to most of us due to living in very small rooms in single room occupancy hotels (SROs) and low-income apartment buildings. To complicate matters these living situations provide little opportunity for social interaction and can feel physically confining, heightening the sense of isolation. They face serious challenges, such as a severe lack of resources, chronic mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, physical disabilities, and criminal histories. Many feel pushed away by the larger Portland community, and often lack family or friends to share life’s joys and struggles. They face life, and its many opportunities and challenges, alone. In the absence of authentic companionship and community, loneliness often turns to hopelessness as people question the value of their lives as human beings.