Programs

Learn more about JOIN’s programs and services here

Outreach Program

OutreachOver 1800 people sleep on our streets, under our bridges, and in our parks each night. The need for effective responses to the tragedy of homelessness in our community is clear. JOIN’s 8 Person Outreach Team addresses this urgent need by engaging homeless individuals and families with children who are physically sleeping outside or in their cars. Outreach Workers work with people to identify and overcome their barriers to housing, partnering with local agencies and advocating with local landlords to open the doors to permanent housing. JOIN’s Outreach Program strives to emphasize the strengths of the people we serve and support their efforts to move into permanent housing.

Click here to watch two short multimedia documentaries about JOIN’s Outreach Program.

Housing Retention

Retention EventJOIN’s 5 Person Retention Team offers newly placed households the individualized support they need to succeed in their housing long-term. This includes job-finding assistance, benefits advocacy, transportation assistance, medical and mental health referral, food box delivery, and a variety of other services that support people’s efforts to truly end their homelessness. The transition from homelessness to housing can often be difficult, leaving new tenants with overwhelming feelings of isolation. Helping individuals re-establish healthy and meaningful communities is a vital aspect of our retention efforts. With the support of volunteers, community groups, and local businesses, retention workers provide several opportunities to engage with the community each month.

Click here to watch a short multimedia documentary about JOIN’s Retention Program.

Basic Services

The HouseJOIN’ Day Center, or what we call ‘the House,’ provides critical basic services to 80-100 people every Monday through Friday. Services include restrooms, showers, a mailing address, laundromat vouchers, hygiene items, clothing resources, referral information, coffee, conversation, and a refuge from the weather. Many of the services at the House are provided through a barter system where those accessing services exchange their time in return for what they need. This system fosters a sense of dignity among those accessing services, and creates a community where everyone is investing their time and opinions and talents.

Click here to watch a short multimedia documentary about JOIN’s Basic Services or “House.”

Immersion Program

Immersion (1)At JOIN, we believe the best way to learn about the issue of homelessness is to talk to the people who are experiencing it. Our Immersion Program inspires personal involvement by bringing together diverse elements of the community. Over the course of a day, a weekend, or a week, you can learn about issues involved in homelessness by engaging in dialogue with folks living on the street.

The Immersion experience will provide you with the tools you need to confront your stereotypes and fears, and help you overcome them. Immersions are an excellent way to help people educate themselves about poverty and social injustice through relationships and conversation.

If you would like to be a part of an Immersion experience, contact our Immersion Coordinator at (503) 232-2031 ext 111 or immersion@joinpdx.org. To download a sample immersion schedule and price list, click here

Click here to watch a brief multimedia documentary about JOIN’s Immersion Program.