Entries by Sophie Jaggi

Wanted: Cold Weather Gear!

Wanted: Cold Weather Gear Contrary to popular assumptions, hypothermia, and many other cold weather-related issues can set in when temperatures get below 50͒ F. Meaning that the temperature doesn’t necessarily need to drop below freezing to cause severe and lasting damage. This is only one reason why individuals experiencing homelessness have a significantly higher risk […]

First Aid Kits – Life Saving Tools For Survival

When it comes to taking care of ourselves, there are so many things we take for granted on a daily basis. From the simple act of putting a bandage on a papercut, to applying protective lip balm, there are so many things we do each day that help keep us safe and protected from the […]

Why It Matters: Donating Backpacks & Tote Bags

For individuals and families experiencing homelessness, backpacks and tote bags play an incredibly important role in daily life. For adults, teens, and children backpacks can serve a variety of purposes. For adults, 4,177 of whom experienced homelessness in the Portland Metro area last year, backpacks help keep all personal items together. Without a permanent place […]

Summer Heat Impacts Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

In most of the United States, the weather changes dramatically with the seasons. This fact may not seem worth stating, however, for many Americans, being mindful of changing weather conditions is incredibly important for their health and safety. While the experience of homelessness is challenging in every season, the hot summer months can be especially […]

The Importance of Donating Pet Food & Supplies

Throughout history, humans have kept pets for a variety of reasons. Pets are loyal and non-judgemental. They can also provide a deep level of comfort, companionship and protection. For these reasons, it is not uncommon for individuals experiencing homelessness to also have pets, like dogs or cats. The National Law center on Homelessness & Poverty […]

The Effects of Hunger and Food Insecurity on Housing Stability

In the United States, 12% of households (15.6 million households) are estimated to be food insecure. Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Here in Portland, where JOIN proudly serves, this condition occurs in just over […]

Fighting to End Homelessness Among Veterans

Currently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that in 2017, 40,056 veterans experienced homelessness on any given night throughout the country. This makes up just over 9% of the entire population of homeless adults. These statistics represent a slight, but noticeable increase in homeless veterans from the year before. According to HUD’s […]

An Interview with Our Student Designers

JOIN was fortunate to be able to partner with an amazing program at the PSU School of Graphic Design called Studio 5.  Studio 5 pairs graphic design students with local businesses and non-profits to provide high-quality and beautiful design at no cost to the client.  It helps the students gain experience and hone their skills.  […]

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for Students

Paid Summer 2018 Internship at JOIN WHAT: JOIN is offering a paid internship opportunity in the Day Space. Interns will gain experience working in a drop-in center by building relationships with the folks who visit JOIN, helping people access mail, showers, laundry vouchers and clothing, and connecting folks to other services. Interns will also have […]

Action Alert: City Council’s Proposed Budget

Action Alert: City Council’s Proposed Budget Not only does JOIN address individuals’ immediate housing needs, but we also play a powerful advocacy role at the systems and policy level. We are passionate about making an impact today, while also thinking strategically about tomorrow. This is why JOIN is the fiscal sponsor of the Welcome Home […]