It’s no secret we are in uncharted waters right now. Recognizing that it’s important for each of us to do our part during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’d like to share our approach to the services that we will continue to provide during this public health crisis.
By recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health advocates, JOIN is taking proactive and preventative action to help #FlattenTheCurve.
COVID-19 affects all people. This is a human crisis that does not discriminate. We are one community, whether housed or houseless, and we are all equally susceptible to this virus. It is our responsibility to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and to be conscious of the impact we have on our neighbors that may not have access to medical care and the safety of housing.
Recognizing that our services are critical to our friends, we are implementing social distancing recommendations in the way we provide services. As a result, we are modifying access to JOIN’s Day Space, a congregate site. Our teams will instead mobilize to provide outreach and supportive services that prioritize the safety of our houseless neighbors and our staff. We are working in partnership with Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services and coordinating with our community partners.
Below is information for service users, partner organizations, and donors:
Day Space services and mail pick-up:
The Day Space is providing mail service, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm. Please visit during these hours and bring photo identification. Friends who are visiting will also have access to hygiene items and nutritional support (sack lunches, snacks, coffee, water, etc.) through our ADA entrance at 1435 NE 81st Ave, Portland.
Check pick-up and delivery:
Pick up: Representatives from partner organizations can pick up checks through our administrative office Monday – Friday, 2:30 pm – 4 pm. Please email [email protected] with 48 hour notice if you have questions. Please expect at least a 24 hour turnaround time on check requests and plan accordingly.
Delivery: If you currently receive financial support from JOIN for rent or other housing expenses, your case worker will contact you to arrange check delivery. Please contact your case manager via phone or email if questions or additional needs arise. Staff contact information is available at joinpdx.org/contact.
COVID-19 will likely have lasting impact on income and housing stability. Please consider making a donation to JOIN to help us support our community from the impacts of COVID-19. We will be continuing to provide rent assistance and housing support.
Ways to contribute:
- Make a one-time gift now.
- Become a monthly donor to provide on-going support to our community.
- Coordinate an emergency grant from your donor advised fund or IRA.
- Please visit JOIN’s Needs List for information around our current needs and drop-off instructions.
For questions about donations, please contact Sophie at [email protected]
Timing and more information:
JOIN will provide modified services for the next 30 days, and will monitor developments to inform operations at the conclusion of 30 days. We will share updates via our website at that time.
Here are some helpful resources about COVID-19:
Lastly, wise words have been shared by WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during this time of fear and uncertainty that we’d like to now share with you:
“Let hope be the antidote to fear.
Let solidarity be the antidote to blame.
Let our shared humanity be the antidote to our shared threat.”
Thank you for looking out for each other,