Entries by Sydney Linden

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 […]

Donate Gently-Used Books And Magazines Today

Donate Gently-Used Books And Magazines Today It goes without saying that there are many benefits to reading on a regular basis. From a young age, books teach us about language and communication, while also stimulating the imagination. As we get older, books help us reduce stress, learn new subjects, enhance vocabulary, and improve memory and […]

The Impact of Homelessness on Children & Families

Becoming a new parent is full of unexpected challenges at every turn, regardless of economic status. Unfortunately, thousands of parents with young children across the nation and Multnomah county experience homelessness with their children. According to the latest data from Oregon Housing and Community Services, 16% of all individuals experiencing homelessness in Multnomah are part […]

Homelessness Statistics in the Portland Metro Area

Homelessness Statistics in The Portland Metro Area Every other January, Oregon Housing and Community Services release statewide data on Oregon’s homeless population that are unsheltered, and living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. This is part of a national effort to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the United States, and involves the participation of […]

Importance of Donating Feminine Hygiene Products

Importance of Donating Feminine Hygiene Products Transitioning out of homelessness is a challenge that people in our community struggle to overcome every day. With over 4,177 individuals experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County, individuals struggle daily to find food, shelter, and safety. But every 28 days, women experiencing homelessness (about 37% of the homeless population in […]

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 […]

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 […]