Alley Valkyrie and John Monroe founded Nightingale. With what funds? I got this info off their site in 2015. The board has changed.
Alley Valkyrie is an artist, small business owner, and tireless supporter of the unhoused. She currently lives in Portland and sells her handcrafted clothes and prayer flags at the Saturday Market. Since the Occupy Movement in 2011, she has worked “full-time without pay as an informal liaison between homeless campers and police” (Eugene Weekly) . She founded the Nightingale Public Advocacy Coalition with her partner, John Monroe.
John Monroe–Vice President
Activist and musician John Monroe studied philosophy at the University of Montana and has recently attended graduate school in Europe. He was an early member of the Occupy Movement, SLEEPS (Safe, Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep), and the Kesey Square Revival and founded Nightingale Public Advocacy Coalition with his partner, Alley Valkyrie.
Louise Prevost moved to Eugene, OR, as a child in 1963 and attended schools here up to and including the University of Oregon, where she earned a BFA Degree. In the last five years she has been homeless or underhoused for various periods, and spent time staying at the Mission, couch surfing , and earning a roof over her head via pet- and/or house-sitting and as a live-in personal home-care aid. Her experiences have instilled in her a sense of urgent need to see that the rights and basic necessities of the most vulnerable people of our community are met through community action.
Vickie Nelson is a retired librarian who has been a social activist since the 1970s when she was a founding member of Growers Market and of the alternative newspaper the Willamette Valley Observer . As a writer and editor she gravitates toward communication tasks in most of the groups she belongs to. She is currently an editor of The Eugene Occupier and a member of the board of directors of SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulatt0n Now), a group that helps low-income people spay and neuter their dogs. She has been advocating for the unhoused for the last few years.
John McCahill joined the Occupy Movement in Eugene almost as soon as he heard about it. He organized the kitchen and kitchen volunteers , solicited donations of funds and food, and took on the massive task of providing several hundred meals a day and keeping activists and unhoused people fed. He is also a regular volunteer at the Egan Warming Centers.
Emily Semple is a political activist, and a member of SLEEPS, who has been put herself on the line for Constitutional Rights to free speech and assembly many times. A self-employed graphic designer at Semple Design with an AAS from Lane Community College, she brings a dramatic flair to all her activities, serves as a Eugene Slug Queen, and works as a pastry chef at Ambrosia, a Eugene restaurant.
Mary Broadhurst has been involved in community organizing, first in the late 70s and early 80s as a VISTA volunteer with the Jobs and Justice Project and an organizer in the anti-nuclear movement. More recently she has been involved with Occupy Eugene, SLEEPS, and the Whoville Coalition. She is an Egan Warming Center volunteer. Mary is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and a practicing attorney . For over 20 years she has represented students with disabilities, ensuring that they receive the educations to which they are entitled under federal law. A highlight of her career was as co- counsel before the United States Supreme Court. She has mediation experience and extensive experience facilitating meetings with school district administrators and staff. In 2012 she completed a three day training in Dynamic Facilitation: Conflict, Creativity , and Community. She also has been trained through the intermediate level in Nonviolent Communication.
Mission and Philosophy
Kesey Square Revival
The Federal Plaza
The First SLEEPS Deployment
The Ferry Street Bridge Incident
Peer Support Specialist Training
The Right to Sleep
Bathrooms For Homeless
Bathrooms For Downtown
Tarps For Life
Ending Exclusion Zone
Kesey Square Revival
Facts and Figures
How to Help
NHS will establish a self-governed, village-style, accessible community that will focus on health and wellness. Our goal is to provide a safe place for people who are unsheltered, and to be both accessible and inclusive. In community, residents will support and assist each other to the best of their abilities, with the support of the larger community.
When the project is complete there will be 30 units for residents, an on-site health clinic two days a week, an overnight guest program hosting the neighborhood’s unhoused providing a supervised group sleeping area and breakfast as well as a resource connection time in the morning. Activities to support health and wellness will be offered. In partnership with the neighborhood, NHS seeks to create a Neighborhood Rapid Response Team, which will assist with issues arising from homelessness in the neighborhood.
Once a sanctuary is established NHS intends to offer the larger unhoused community:
- a health clinic operating at least twice a week;
- a guest program offering people in the neighborhood who are unhoused a safe place to sleep; and
- a resource and information center assisting people to connect with community resources.
Additionally, NHS intends to offer classes and activities to support health and wellness such as:
- cooking and nutrition classes;
- peer-to-peer mediation;
- peer-to-peer coaching;
- communication training;
- music and art activities; and
- self-care skills training designed to enhance overall health and allow for the management of pain and stress.
For a more detailed description of the Nightingale Health Sanctuary Project go to
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