Entries by Njeri Parker

A Personal Message from JOIN’s Executive Director

Dear JOIN Friends and Supporters, JOIN has been my professional home for many years, first as an organizer, then a lawyer working with JOIN’s community, then as a board member, and, finally, for the past eight years, as Executive Director.  To say it has been an honor to be a part of this organization doesn’t […]

December 18th: Help with Holiday Food Boxes

JOIN’s Holiday Food Box Program is a great way to get your whole family, workplace, or faith group involved in bringing holiday cheer to formerly homeless households. We ask volunteers to: 1) Assemble holiday food box(es) and bring them to JOIN, located at 1435 NE 81st Avenue, on Thursday, December 18th anytime between 5 and […]

JOIN to March in the Veteran’s Day Parade

JOIN is honored to once again show support for homeless Veterans next Tuesday, November 11th by marching in the annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veteran’s Day Parade.  We are proud to march with Street Roots and the Returning Veterans Project. More info about the parade route can be found here.  We hope to see you there! […]

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 […]