Project Dignity began on February 14, 2022, as a way to build a sense of community between housed and unhoused community members by sharing food, resources, and community conversations. Since our first “Mondays Matter”, where we served cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate to a small handful of unhoused neighbors at McArthur Park in Central Long Beach, California, we collaborated on resources and supplies.
Over the past year, our efforts have become a reliant source of mutual aid, connections to city-led resources, system navigation, and neighbor-to-neighbor connections with community volunteers who also simply listen.
Project Dignity efforts created collaborations between neighborhood associations, community organizations, faith-based groups, and the government to bring dignity to neighbors experiencing homelessness. While we are aware that these efforts are "band-aids" where a tourniquet is needed, it is better to make connections and bring dignity and hope while we advocate for a city-wide or regional Strategic Master Plan for Homelessness.
Bras / sportsbras
Commercial kitchen to make lunches
WeHope Shower and Laundry Truck
June 2022 - November 2022
Project Dignity sourced and advocated for county funding for a trailer that provided an average of 25 showers and 12 loads of laundry per 4 hour visit. Coming weekly June - August 2022 and every 1st and 3rd weeks from September - November.
Unfortunately, WeHope needed to pull out of their Southern California hub and move their operations back to the Sacramento area. However, we learned a great deal about homelessness outreach and the community's role during this amazing partnership.
While we work to return this needed service to the city and MacArthur Park, we continue to provide food, water, supplies, connection to resources/services, and most importantly, community to those experiencing homelessness.
If you would like to get involved, contact us below.