David’s Harp was founded in 1978 through the grassroots efforts of members of the Parkrose United Methodist Church and over 100 volunteers and mental health professionals, making it the first (and oldest) operation of its kind in Multnomah County. Today, David’s Harp is an independent nonprofit serving low- and no-income adults who have a severe and persistent mental illness.

David’s Harp’s mission is “to provide a friendly and peer-supportive environment in which adults with a major mental illness come together to achieve an improved quality of life and the highest possible level of independence in the community.”

David’s Harp achieves this mission by providing a daytime clubhouse setting where members (rather than clients or patients) are provided with socialization and skill-building activities such as art and music therapy, occupational therapy, gardening, cooking, meal-sharing, cultural events, and daily community outings. David’s Harp services reduce re-hospitalization, recidivism, and chronic homelessness among some of our most vulnerable community members.

David’s Harp offers a refuge…

“Many people assume that an individual with a mental illness chooses to be socially isolated. Few of us can imagine what it would be like to have no friends, no money, no transportation, no job, no family contact, pets or recreation. We take for granted the comfort we receive from going out to coffee, driving our car to a movie or browsing through the library. David’s Harp offers a refuge for people to feel safe and comfortable, to eat and visit, to be known by their names, and to be accepted just the way they are.”

Sandra Chisholm
Board Alumni and Volunteer