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Portland Loos

In researching the best type of public restroom for the streets of downtown San Diego, we turned to Oregon where two Portland Loos have made successful entrés into the streets of Portland -- the last christened by the City's commissioner. These snazzy public facilities are solar-powered, self-cleaning, durable and cost a fraction of most outdoor restrooms. And they're hip.

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Celebrating San Diego City Council's approval of $700,000 for public restrooms

Upwards of 8,500 people live on the streets of San Diego, estimates the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. That’s an increase of nearly 8 percent from last year. Some are veterans -- even from the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- while others are families displaced by the turbulent economy. Many struggle with mental health issues. Most will tell you they are ashamed of living on the streets. 

City Council recently approved $700,000 in funding for downtown public restrooms. As logistics are worked out, our minds are on the faces that solemnly watch passersby, hoping their... Read More

First Basic Dignity Meeting of the Year! Jan 6th 6:00 PM @ 655 W. Broadway, Suite 1900

Happy New Year! We are pleased with the results of the basic dignity campaign for bathrooms and water in 2010 and are looking forward to a new campaign in 2011. Come out to weigh in!

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UNION TRIBUNE: Think Dignity has emerged as key voice for the homeless

Think Dignity has emerged as key voice for the homeless By Elizabeth Aguilera Monday, January 3, 2011 at 12:49 p.m. SAN DIEGO — What started over wine with a mission to distribute winter survival backpacks to the homeless four years ago has evolved into an organization working to empower those on the street. Think Dignity, a grass-roots advocacy group, successfully worked last year to convince city officials to set aside $700,000 for four public toilets for the homeless. The toilets are slated to go up next fall. Think Dignity volunteers recently passed out winter survival backpacks to... Read More

Fifth Annual Backpack Distribution Begins Thanksgiving Day!

We are kicking off our Fifth Annual Winter Survival Backpack Drive on Thanksgiving morning to assemble and distribute backpacks full of all things warm to men, women, and children displaced on our city’s streets. We will be working together with student volunteers of Embrace to stuff donated backpacks with blankets, hand-knitted beanies, gloves, socks, tooth brushes and other necessities. We’ll also put together bagged lunches, then canvas the downtown area to hand everything out to those in need. Bring your kids… bring your pets… and let’s get the holiday season started on the right foot... Read More

City Council Voted to Install Four Portland Loos Downtown!

We are excited to announce that, on October 18th, City Council unanimously voted to immediately place 4 Portland loo restrooms at specific sites in downtown San Diego. Specifically, city council directed CCDC to finalize and place 24/7 public restrooms in East Village where the need is greatest, at 11th & Market and 14th Ave. & Imperial Ave. City council also directed CCDC to place two restrooms in Little Italy. City council members also emphasized the need for additional restroom locations to be developed. Thanks for all your support on the bathroom project — with your active... Read More

Basic Dignity Coming to Town! City Council Unanimously Approved Outdoor Toilets for Downtown San Diego

We are proud to announce that Basic Dignity is coming to town! The San Diego City Council in June voted unanimously to approve $700,000 for outdoor toilets in next year’s CCDC budget, thanks to the leadership of Marti Emerald and Carl DeMaio, and the support of the other city council members, particularly Kevin Faulcolner. With your help, San Diego will have 24/7 public toilets downtown, particularly in East Village — a victory for residents, homeless community, business, and tourists alike!

The Think Dignity, David Ross, and the Basic Dignity Coalition are pushing for Portland... Read More

Basic Dignity Campaign Launch A Huge Success! Plus, BREAKING NEWS about City Council Memo

Council Member Marti Emerald, Think Dignity President Rachel Jensen, and Pamela Fabien pose with our box of 5000+ petition signatures at the May 22nd Basic Dignity Picnic and Launch Event in Balboa Park We just received a copy of Marti Emerald’s memo to City Council, which requests 6 public restrooms for downtown San Diego, including East Village and Little Italy! Marti Emerald spoke at our Launch event on May 22, 2010 and so did council member Todd Gloria. Think Dignity showed up in force at the City Council meeting on May 25, 2010 and presented the council with 5000+ petition signatures... Read More

YouTube Video: Think Dignity's Rachel Jensen & Jon Elliott

At the Basic Dignity campaign launch, May 22, 2010 in San DIego's Balboa Park. Campaign spearheaded by the Basic Dignity Coalition, Think Dignity and David Ross in order to bring more 24/7 public bathrooms and drinking water to downtown San Diego for the homeless. Video produced by Jennifer C. Douglas.

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Register for the Annual Picnic and Launch May 22 Here!

SEE EVENT DETAILS BELOW. Your ticket purchases are donations and are tax deductible. We will email you a tax deductible receipt before the event.

Get One Ticket – Give One Ticket ($15):
$15 suggested donation (add a T-shirt $15; T-shirt separately is $20)
For a suggested donation of $15, get a ticket that gives you a meal AND gives a meal to a homeless neighbor
(Children 5 and under: FREE; Ages 6-12: $5)

Sponsorship Level/Table on the Green ($200):
Supporters will be recognized on Think Dignity’s Website and Event Program and Choose one of the... Read More

Join Think Dignity May 22nd for Annual Picnic & Entertainment in Balboa Park Don'y Miss this Launch Event for our Basic Dignity Campaign!

Basic Dignity: Thirst for Solutions, Quest for Relief Water & Bathrooms for All San Diegans IMAGINE THAT! We are at it again — on May 22, Balboa Park is the place to be as the Think Dignity Homeless Coalition launches a new campaign, Basic Dignity: Water & Bathrooms for All San Diegans. Come to 6th Avenue & Laurel Street on May 22, 2010, any time between 12 – 4pm for food, live music, Street Stories videos, art-making, kids activities, dancing, and much more! Invited speakers include Congressman Bob Filner (Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee), City Council members Marti... Read More

A Moving, First-Hand Account From Maurice Martin About Our Distribution Wednesday, January 20, 2010

“Maurice is a veteran who lives at St. Vincent’s. He left the warmth there to get to our last distribution in the pouring rain. He helped load and schlep, and brought positivity and kinship to so many of the folks we saw huddled under bridges that night. He is amazing and we’re so proud to work with him and others who don’t have a lot but still give back to the community. Here is his account of our trip to the streets for last Wednesday night’s distribution.” – Rachel Click here to see more of Maurice here on Mike Copass’ fantastic blog, The Copass Report... Read More