"The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law."

Galatians 5:22-23

All people have value

Our mission is to create viable long term home and work alternatives for people who are not permitted, willing or able to utilize the options existing in the community today.

Who we are: We are a community of volunteers ministering to the forgotten, homeless and hurting in the greater Portland, Oregon area.


We believe a valued place in our community can be found for every person, and that every person is worth the time and effort it takes to create a valued place. We believe broad societal weaknesses contribute to broad social issues such as child and sex abuse, chronic unemployment, homelessness, drug use, and crime, that in turn lead to more suffering and further weaken society. We believe there are no shortcuts. Individuals build society over a long period of time. Only a community of healthy individuals who care for others can sustain a society that is healthy and self-healing. We believe this work cannot be delegated organizationally to our government or humanitarian agencies and implemented “top down”. This work can only be done “bottoms up” by individuals, families, churches, community groups, businesses and neighborhoods who share the ongoing effort and cost to engage and care for people struggling within a community.

What we do: Our mission is to create viable, enduring home and work alternatives for people who are not permitted, willing or able to use existing options. As we find and validate new alternatives, we share what we’ve learned.


We seek to address the underlying causes of an individual’s journey into isolation and alienation. We do so by learning each person’s story over time, gradually developing mutual trust and safety through consistent positive relationship. Only then can we progress to a sustainable solution together. As a member of our community, Fruitful Spirit proposes to model this process and to encourage others to do the same.

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