Entries by Sydney Linden

Complicated Stories of Success

by Colleen Sinsky This morning, like every Friday morning, Jerry woke up at 6am to take the MAX from his Gresham apartment into town to help with JOIN’s weekly pickup from the Oregon Food Bank.  It’s an unglamorous task that has to take place once a week to keep our kitchen stocked with the food that gets […]

Interrupting Isolation

Colleen Sinsky is a Retention Worker at JOIN.  Read her moving piece about homelessness and isolation in the latest edition of Street Roots here. http://news.streetroots.org/2014/08/16/interrupting-isolation  

We’re sorry if we missed your call

JOIN recently transitioned to a new email and phone system, which is a very exciting change for us.  Unfortunately, in the process we have had some difficulty receiving voicemail.  If you tried to call JOIN in the last 2-3 weeks and haven’t heard back from us, please call again!  We are sorry for the inconvenience […]

Interrupting Isolation

by Colleen Sinsky At JOIN we often talk about how homelessness is as much about “poverty of relationships” as it is about financial poverty. The experience of becoming homeless and then existing on the margins of society is incredibly alienating and dehumanizing. Try this thought experiment: If you suddenly experienced some major destabilizing impact, or […]

Meet Jeanne, a dedicated JOIN Volunteer

Jeanne agreed to share her experience of organizing JOIN’s monthly Book Club! The Book Club is a welcoming place for our folks to come and connect over coffee and pastries. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for people to share conversation not just about books, but to build community together. About 4 years ago I started […]

A Reason to Celebrate Despite the Crisis

By Colleen Sinsky You can’t tell in the picture, but we had all just wiped away happy tears and those smiles continued long after we were done posing for the camera. Last week, the Edwards family got the keys to their brand new, ADA-accessible three bedroom unit at Home Forward’s Stephen’s Creek Crossing property. We […]

2014 Portland Plunge

The plunge has not only opened my eyes to all the stereotypes, barriers, and issues surrounding those living without homes, but also has given me insight into how I can make a change and address this issue as an individual. -Lidya, 2014 Plunge Participant