Entries by Sydney Linden

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 […]


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. […]