JOIN is committed to preserving the dignity, humanity, and uniqueness of each person that we work with on their path back to housing stability. To achieve this, we will:
- strive to ensure that all of our programs and services are equitable in both access and outcomes regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or family status,
- operate with the knowledge that certain communities are significantly over-represented among those experiencing homelessness in Portland/Multnomah County and that there are disparities in outcomes for members of those communities,
- pursue effective strategies and devote dedicated time and resources at every level of our organization to address these disparities.
These efforts are performed in service to the vision of a community where outcomes cannot be predicated based on a person’s perceived identity. Click here for more detailed information about JOIN’s Equity Initiative.
Chris Bonner, President, Hasson Company Realtors
Margaret Bryant, Vice President, Bryant Garcia Benefits
Nathan Beatty, Treasurer, Umpqua Bank
Anna Plumb, Secretary, Multnomah County
Fineke Brasser, Community Volunteer
Andrea Durbin, Oregon Environmental Council
Kevin Kaufman, CBRE, Inc.
Evelyn Liu, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
Aaron Nawrocki, Capital M Lending
Sara Westbrook, Portland Police Bureau
Paulette Wittwer, Community Volunteer
JOIN founded to bridge the gap between housed and homeless communities through unique experiential “immersions”
JOIN creates the Community Connections Program to involve homeless voices in the search for solutions
JOIN hires our first Outreach Worker, helping 2-3 people off the street and into housing each week
JOIN opens the “House” to provide basic services to homeless folks through a barter system
JOIN expands the Outreach Team to 3 workers and helps people end their homelessness
For the first time, JOIN engages and helps to rapidly re-house families with children who are sleeping outside or in their cars
JOIN opens the doors to a more robust basic service center in the Brooklyn neighborhood
JOIN hires the first Retention Worker, recognizing the need for more housing retention support
In support of the community’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, JOIN begins housing zero income chronically homeless people
JOIN says goodbye to founder Rob Justus after 15 years of leadership and welcomes Marc Jolin as the new Director
JOIN helps 518 people move into housing and makes over 3600 friendly visits to newly housed folks
A partnership with the United Way allows JOIN to implement an in-house supportive employment program
Outstanding individual and foundation support makes it possible for JOIN to open the doors to a new enhanced service facility on NE 81st Avenue
JOIN houses over 300 households and serves 80-100 people each day with basic services on the House
Thanks to unprecedented community support, JOIN celebrates 20 years of service and 6,500 open doors
JOIN launches a comprehensive equity initiative in order to critically examine all aspects of our work and our organization through an equity lens.
JOIN expands Street Outreach into East Multnomah County, partnering with the City of Gresham to hire 2 full-time Outreach Workers.
Despite the challenges of a tight rental market, JOIN helps an unprecedented number of people – 806 total – leave the streets for permanent housing.