Entries by Njeri Parker


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. […]

Everyone can help

“Samuel” saved his money to help our homeless friends and gave his mom $21 worth quarters and crumpled dollar bills. She sent us a check with her son’s note. Notice the mom translation below: “Donate money to people without houses.”

Shannon Singleton to Serve as JOIN’s New Executive Director

JOIN is pleased to announce that Shannon Singleton has been hired to serve as Executive Director, effective April 6, 2015. JOIN’s Board President, Chris Bonner, stated: “I could not be more pleased that our extensive and intensive hiring process resulted in us identifying Shannon Singleton as the best candidate for the job of Executive Director […]

Job Announcement: Retention Worker Position

Retention Worker Position at JOIN JOIN is a non-profit social service agency that houses people experiencing homelessness who are actively sleeping on the street in Multnomah County.  The vast majority of our work takes place out on the street in people’s camps and, once housed, in their apartments.  But JOIN also operates a basic service […]