Values and Vision


The staff and Board of David’s Harp:

  • VALUE the unique spirit of all individuals regardless of their mental illness or any other qualifying factor.
  • VALUE the dedicated volunteers and community organizations whose philanthropy helps us achieve our mission.
  • VALUE the role of family, residential care providers, mental health professionals and physicians who support and comprise the treatment plan for each of our members. We aim to complement their role by providing a service that contributes to a holistic continuum of care for our members.


David’s Harp soon celebrates its 39th birthday! As we reflect on our successes of the past three decades, we are energized to achieve new goals for expanded partnerships, program growth, and visibility in the coming years.

Please join our mailing list or learn how you can help to “Get Involved” to support our continued success.

“Having spent much of my career advocating for services in support of people with severe mental illness, I am confident when I say that the program at David’s harp is among those that truly make a difference in people’s lives. David’s Harp is a gem among the many services and programs in the Portland area; it stands out as unique, essential, and that most important thing of all – providing joyful and kind human interaction. I truly believe that if all of us had a David’s Harp in our lives, the world would be a better place.”

– Derald Walker, PhD, CEO of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

From Our Members

A member shares what he likes most about working in the garden at David’s Harp:

“I like the real beautiful flowers and all the different colors of the flowers and planting things. It makes me feel wonderful; it is wonderful for you, too, and for everybody.”

Happenings at the Harp

David's Harp is gearing up for gardening season! Generous vegetable starts and flower donations from The Portland Nursery are currently being planted by members.

Get Involved!

David's Harp is currently seeking donations of arts and music supplies for our Art and Music Therapy classes. We accept all donations but have a particular need for the following: hand drums, fabric scraps, colored paper, regular paper, paints, brushes air-dry clays, recycled goods, sewing materials, beads, adhesives, markers, and embellishments such as feathers and glitter. At David’s Harp we appreciate the little things and make the most out of everything! Please contact us for more information.

Volunteer Spotlight

Betty Kennedy has volunteered and served as a David’s Harp Board Member since it was founded in 1978, over 30 years ago!

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