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to Sunnyside Community House.

Metanoia Peace Community currently has as one of its missions, the support of the newly forming Sunnyside Community House. For more information you may call Pat Schwiebert at 503 706-6583.

To make a tax deductible contribution to this mission, through Metanoia Peace Community, just click on the button below, then enter your credit card information and the amount of your contribution. It’s as simple as that.

Our Story

How We Came To Be:

The 18th Avenue Peace House living community began in early 1986 as a joint effort of seven adults who were also involved in the formation of Metanoia Peace Community United Methodist Church. Twenty-Seven other
friends made short-term loans to provide the cash to acquire the old neglected house at N.E. 18th Avenue and Tillamook Street.  In April of 1987, after the house had been fixed up and the loans repaid with funds from the sale of property owned by John and Pat Schwiebert and Bruce and Ann Huntwork, the property was deeded as a gift to Metanoia Peace Community, and the residents
became stewards of the property, rather than owners, thus making clear that this venture was no private investment, but the medium for an on-going ministry to a larger public constituency.

The Fire:

On the afternoon of June 25, 1987, a three-alarm fire destroyed the entire third floor and subjected the rest of the house and contents to extensive water damage. Good neighbors across the street opened their home to us, providing temporary shelter for six months while we rebuilt and expanded the house with help from an insurance claim, financial contributions, and thousands of hours of volunteer labor. The reconstruction was completed in time for an open house and service of dedication on June 25th, 1988--the first anniversary of the disaster.

The Grief Watch Mission and Perinatal Loss:

In 1990 several members of the household created a new mission of Metanoia Peace Community called Grief Watch, and incorporated into this larger grief support ministry the Perinatal Loss Program which formerly had been joined with the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation. Pat Schwiebert serves as director of this program, which ministers to parents who are experiencing grief following the death of an infant.

In addition to direct personal support of bereaved parents through counseling and support groups, Grief Watch publishes and sell books, audio and video tapes and other grief related materials at Income from the sale of these materials helps to pay the expense of maintaining the Peace House, pays the salaries of several support staff persons, and provides small stipends to household members who labor in this service.