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July 14 Updates

Happy Tuesday, Village members and volunteers! Here is your biweekly dose of news, ideas, events, and humor.

Do you have ideas, funny videos, or pointers to share? Please send them to so we can share with the group!

Metro HomeShare Now Operating in Washington County
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This program is sponsored by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), which has long operated in Portland. EMO is now working in Washington County to find housing for unhoused adults, linking them with others in the community who have spare rooms available.

EMO works with home providers and home seekers to find a good match. Home providers may either own or rent, and usually want someone to share their home who is close to their own age. Home providers set the rental amount, which averages about $600 a month, plus they may ask for some household help. There is no fee for the home provider.

Each home seeker pays a $20 processing fee and must pass a criminal background check. Most home seekers are on a fixed income or attending college. Home providers typically seek a single individual, so this program may not work for a couple or family seeking housing.

The home provider and home seeker each fill out a 27-question profile to help determine their compatibility. For more information, go to the EMO website at

Ask a Contact Tracer

Coming in August! Village Without Walls will hold a Zoom session with an actual Washington County contact tracer. She will talk about what is happening in Washington County and answer your questions. Stay tuned for more details later in the month.

I Didn’t Know That!

Here are the meanings for some commonly used phrases or words:

“Buying the farm”

This phrase is synonymous with dying. During World War 1, soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000, which was about the price of an average farm at the time. If you died, you “bought the farm” for your survivors.

“Staterooms” on a ship

In the past, traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day, cabins on ships are called staterooms.


The word “curfew” comes from the French phrase “couvre-feu,” which means “cover the fire.” It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as “curfeu” which later became the modern “curfew.” In the early American colonies, homes had no real fireplaces, so a fire was built in the center of the room. To ensure that a fire did not get out of control during the night, it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called a “curfew.”

Thank you to Village volunteer Gilda Morgan for contributing this article!

Virtual Village Happy Hour (on Zoom)

cartoon of woman toasting with a wine glass and man toasting with a beer glass

Join us every Friday at 4 PM.

Click or call 253-215-8782 (audio only). Everyone welcome.

Are you or is someone you know experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line (1-833-736-4676; se habla español) and the Oregon Senior Loneliness Line (503-200-1633) are available at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. 

Video: Life Lessons from Three Centenarians

video: three centenarians share the secrets of their longevity
Three centenarians were asked the secret of their longevity. With simple grace and wisdom, they give us insight into the optimism and humor that sustain them as they endeavor to "keep right on to the end of the road."

Video: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Humor During COVID-19

The Puyallup Police Department (PPD) recently posted this tongue-in-cheek message for the criminal community on the PPD Facebook page.

“Due to local cases of #COVID-19, PPD is asking all criminal activities and nefarious behavior to cease. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation in halting crime, and thank all the criminals in advance. We will certainly let you know when you can resume your normal criminal behavior.”

The department followed the post up with "Until then, wash your hands and behave yourselves."


And finally... here’s a way to get some social interaction at a physically appropriate distance:
photo of a man smiling and waving while driving with a coffee cup on the roof of his car

That's it for now. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at

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Village Without Walls
1333 NE Orenco Station Pkwy., #572
Hillsboro 97124

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