Entries by Join PDX

Domicile Unknown

By Colleen Sinsky Last week a 2011 Multnomah County report called “Domicile Unknown” was published, bringing to light for the first time the number of deaths in the county among people experiencing homelessness.  I recommend reading the actual report, which includes methods, detailed data, and, importantly- recommendations for avoiding the number of deaths in Portland’s […]

Happy Friday!

By Colleen Sinsky Just sharing a cute picture of Outreach Worker Liz, on a new family’s move-in day!  Have a great weekend!

Broken Bootstraps

By Colleen Sinsky Acknowledging generational poverty isn’t popular in America, where we emphasize the ‘can-do’ independent, rugged individualism that liberated our forefathers from the British and Manifest Destiny-ed our way across the Great Plains. We love “rags to riches” stories that tell us that anyone who puts in enough effort can climb up the economic […]

Funding Woes

By Colleen Sinsky This will not be a political post. But I need to express somewhere how much I wish that more people in our community could be involved in the implementation of how public money is allocated. It’s often easy to report statistics of success, and talk about the number of clients served. What’s […]


By Colleen Sinsky JOIN is unique in many glamorous and exciting ways. We do outreach in Forest Park and Thousand Acres, and areas where other social service agencies wouldn’t go. We’re flexible and put relationships first. I wear jeans every day. We always have kombucha on tap in the break room, and a beautiful community […]


By Colleen Sinsky The culture I’ve grown up in relies almost entirely on the written word for communication. E-mail, annual reports, Twitter, Power Point and case files are tools of a world that has forgotten oral tradition. Most of the information I’ve digested throughout my education was read off of a screen or page. I […]

Cleaning Out

By Colleen Sinsky I’ve been meaning to do a “day in the life of the Outreach Assistant” blog post. To be honest, I was going to wait for a day with a long list of exciting activities to report on, but I realized that even today’s ordinary morning merits a reflection. I met Quinn at […]

Last Minute Christmas at JOIN

By Colleen Sinsky Happy Holidays JOIN friends! This morning I saw an email from our Executive Director Marc Jolin- who’s going to be very embarrassed for me writing this. Marc, at 6:30am sounded chipper and upbeat, letting the staff and board know that JOIN would be open for families today- Christmas Day. Because of some […]

Winter Weather on the Streets

By Colleen Sinsky For the past week, temperatures in Portland have been dipping below freezing each night. Being from Southern California, scraping ice off my windshield in the morning is a pretty exciting battle against Mother Nature, and about as close as I’d prefer to get to the elements at this time of year. This […]

This Year’s First Immersion

I just had my first immersion. I hosted a group from Newberg, Oregon called GodSong Church. The group was great and super fun. They brought their own icebreakers for us to all do together! I was impressed by how open the kids were to letting the immersion affect them. And they were really into the […]