Anyone interested in becoming part of our community (in any of the following ways), should email simoneweilhouse@gmail.com or give us a call at (574) 213 – 5468:

  • External Community: People in/around Portland interested in joining us for prayer and community, building relationships, supporting projects, attending events, helping out around the house or garden, etc.
    • [Digital Community: Live outside of Portland? A number of our events (and even more now due to COVID), are held online with folks across the country, including our agronomic university discussions and other conversations. Check out our Facebook page for details!]
  • Community Support: People with counseling, life skills coaching, or case management skills willing and able to support resident guests
  • Administrative Support: Folks willing to share their expertise (or time, energy, and patience) in all aspects of cooperative business, organizing, and finance
  • Intentional Community Staff: Become a Catholic Worker! People who are interested joining our small intentional community and becoming live-in staff at either the Simone Weil House or Dorothy Day House


  • As a 501c3 non-profit entity we are “In My Backyard” – id# 84-2773889
  • To donate through Paypal: search @InMyBackyard or url: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=AHRSNX3V8N5Z4
  • Send a check to In My Backyard at 5311 NE 15th Ave Portland OR 97211
  • Or, here is our ​needs list​ for the non-financial things we could use