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


    Chris Bonner, President, Hasson Company Realtors

    Andrea Durbin, Vice President, Oregon Environmental Council

    Kevin Kaufman, Treasurer, CBRE, Inc.

    Anna Plumb, Secretary, Multnomah County

    Evelyn Liu, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce

    Aaron Nawrocki, Capital M Lending

    Sara Westbrook, Portland Police Bureau


    JOIN’s History


    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.


    There are currently open positions with JOIN.

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