Join us in making a memorable day

Each year Macdonald Center provides a much needed respite from the city for our community. We load over 100 members onto school buses and spend the day at Wildwood Recreation Site on Mt. Hood. It is a joy-filled day as relationships are deepened through walks in the woods, games, naps, a big lunch, marshmallow roasting and much more!

One member said, "It is so nice to just sit in the sun
and rest without anyone telling you to pack up and move on." 

Many members mark the day on their calendar months in advance to make sure nothing stops them from their "summer vacation."  This year our picnic will take place on Wednesday, July 30th and we could use your help to make this a memorable experience for all!


  • Assist with food preparation on Tuesday, July 29th  from 10am-12pm.
  • Join us on Wednesday, July 30th from 7:30-9:00am to serve coffee and donuts.
  • Donate food and supplies for the day. For example: cookies, donuts, marshmallows, chips, granola bars, paper plates, napkins, cups, sunglasses, sunscreen, reusable water bottles, cloth bags

For a more complete list of in-kind items needed or to sign up to volunteer email Ginger:

Published authors!

We congratulate our members who recently had pieces of writing published in the latest anthology from Write Around Portland! The anthology is called A World Where the Rules Were My Own. Read this moving piece from Susan Steves.

Have we Met?

Have we met?
I'm one of the people you read about; I'm told I don't "look" homeless.
So what does homeless look like anyway?

Have we met?
I had a career, a home, enough
that I was able to share with others.

Have we met?
I've always done a lot of of 
volunteer work for the disadvantaged in my community. 
Now I am the one in need.

Have we met?
I could be your former
neighbor, mother, sister,
friend. They say I don't 
"look" homeless.

Have we met?

Enjoying Mary's Woods

We enjoyed spending time with the community of Mary's Woods on Thursday afternoon. They are a dedicated group of amazing people who care deeply about our mission. We shared laughter, food and music, and our founder Fr. Dick Berg and his sister Mary Sue Richen offered reflections on the beginnings of Macdonald Center. We were very inspired by the afternoon and look forward to the next time we have the opportunity to spend time with our friends.