Entries by Sydney Linden

Mobile Housing Team Retention Worker

JOIN (joinpdx.org) is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families 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. JOIN has an organizational commitment to equity and inclusion, and to ensure […]

School Supply Drive

Help ensure the students of JOIN families have the tools they need to succeed! At our celebratory Back to School event, we’ll distribute backpacks and school supplies to youth from JOIN families who are homeless or recently homeless. Last year, we gave away 70 backpacks filled with supplies to 32 families and we hope to […]

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for Students

Paid Summer 2017 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 […]

Dining out for JOIN

              Chez Machin Wednesday, February 22nd 3553 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Chez Machin is a cozy and romantic French bistro and creperie in the heart of the Hawthorne district. From 11am-7pm, 20% of the proceeds from your meal will benefit JOIN’s important programs! Click here to RSVP (you must RSVP […]


Laura’s Story Click below to watch a moving and unique depiction of one woman’s journey of falling into homelessness and navigating her way back to stable housing. This is an entirely true story of someone with whom JOIN worked, brought to life by the creative minds at Levitate Media.


Eugene is a longtime member of our JOIN family–we housed him over 8 years ago, but he still comes in to share about the books he’s recently read. He’s a voracious reader, devours more books than anyone we know. Eugene recently underwent a biopsy procedure and is very nervous about the pending results. Some of […]


Our friend Lois, after years of living outside with her husband Mark, was just given a terminal diagnosis and told she had 6 months to live. Lois and Mark are long-term friends of JOIN, and have proudly refused most help because, in their own words, “other people need it more than us.” Now, their JOIN […]

Sauvie Island

JOIN friends and Retention Workers escaped to the tranquility of Sauvie Island last month. With nimble fingers and eager stomachs, we took full advantage of the ripe berries all the while strengthening community bonds by connecting with each other and this bountiful region!

JOIN Garden

No deluge can stop a JOIN Garden Party when it’s time to harvest garlic! Yesterday was harvest, and prep for zucchini and squash planting. It will be salad greens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (admire those massive mustard greens)! Our garden parties bring gardening’s therapeutic and nutritional benefits to our friends who may not have […]


“When [JOIN Outreach Worker] Ledena said she had found an apartment for me, I was excited and nervous. You just don’t jump into feeling free, safe, or secure. The fact is the street is right behind that door. I had lived with my parents and then my family, never imagining I could be a statistic. […]