Values & Principles

  • JOIN always has been and always will be organic—living and evolving—because no one has all the answers.
  • Organizational simplicity—because responding to the complex issue of homelessness requires flexibility and creativity.
  • JOIN’s philosophy is one of inclusion—restoring connections and rebuilding community—because the experience of being without a home is of one of alienation, degradation, and dehumanization.
  • Homeless people themselves must be the primary agents of change—because paternalistic approaches are devoid of respect and devalue the strengths of the homeless people upon which long-term stability depends.
  • Relationships rather than rules—because in the end, it’s about the people.
  • Board of Directors

    Name

    Chris Bonner, President, Hasson Company Realtors

    Margaret Bryant, Vice President, Bryant Garcia Benefits

    Nathan Beatty, Treasurer, Umpqua Bank

    Anna Plumb, Secretary, Multnomah County

    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

    Financials

    JOIN’s History

    1992

    JOIN founded to bridge the gap between housed and homeless communities through unique experiential “immersions”

    1995

    JOIN creates the Community Connections Program to involve homeless voices in the search for solutions

    1997

    JOIN hires our first Outreach Worker, helping 2-3 people off the street and into housing each week

    1998

    JOIN opens the “House” to provide basic services to homeless folks through a barter system

    1999

    JOIN expands the Outreach Team to 3 workers and helps people end their homelessness

    2001

    For the first time, JOIN engages and helps to rapidly re-house families with children who are sleeping outside or in their cars

    2003

    JOIN opens the doors to a more robust basic service center in the Brooklyn neighborhood

    2004

    JOIN hires the first Retention Worker, recognizing the need for more housing retention support

    2005

    In support of the community’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, JOIN begins housing zero income chronically homeless people

    2006

    JOIN says goodbye to founder Rob Justus after 15 years of leadership and welcomes Marc Jolin as the new Director

    2008

    JOIN helps 518 people move into housing and makes over 3600 friendly visits to newly housed folks

    2009

    A partnership with the United Way allows JOIN to implement an in-house supportive employment program

    2010

    Outstanding individual and foundation support makes it possible for JOIN to open the doors to a new enhanced service facility on NE 81st Avenue

    2011

    JOIN houses over 300 households and serves 80-100 people each day with basic services on the House

    2012

    Thanks to unprecedented community support, JOIN celebrates 20 years of service and 6,500 open doors

    2013

    JOIN launches a comprehensive equity initiative in order to critically examine all aspects of our work and our organization through an equity lens.

    2014

    JOIN expands Street Outreach into East Multnomah County, partnering with the City of Gresham to hire 2 full-time Outreach Workers.

    2015

    Despite the challenges of a tight rental market, JOIN helps an unprecedented number of people – 806 total – leave the streets for permanent housing.

    Employment

    There are currently open positions with JOIN.
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    Financial and Human Resources Coordinator

    Agency Overview JOIN (joinpdx.org) is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition off the streets and into permanent housing. We are inspired by the vision of a community where everyone has a place to call home. Position Title:  Financial and HR Coordinator Position Overview: This position […]