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Barbie's Village officially in hands of Native organization

Dozens of Indigenous elders, youth and church members filed into the former Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst on a March afternoon. It was the last time people would enter the building as a church. As they passed an abalone shell filled with smoldering sage, each person picked up a penny from a small bowl.

Inside, attendees placed their pennies on a red cloth. Next to the cloth was a stack of papers. Once signed, they would finalize the transfer of the church to Future Generations Collaborative (FGC), an Indigenous-led organization founded to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome disorder.

On Friday, March 15, ownership of the former Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst was officially transferred to FGC in exchange for $1, marking its historic return to Native hands for the creation of Barbie's Village – a tiny home village and early childhood center for Indigenous families experiencing homelessness.


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