JOIN

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1435 NE 81st Avenue Suite 100 Portland OR 97213 USA

Mission: JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition off the streets and into permanent housing. We envision a community where homelessness, if it exists at all, is a short-term circumstance rather than a long-term or chronic condition.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

JOIN helped my daughter and I more than anyone could imagine. After a DV incident with a roomate, we ended up in our car, broke because I had just paid rent before getting locked out, when all seemed bleak, an outreach worker showed up where we were parked, and 4 days later my daughter and I were in our own apartment. Working full time I was still not able to afford move in costs, join took that barrier away from me. I OWE JOIN a very heart filled THANK YOU!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

Join is an incedible link to our homeless individuals in Portland. They stretch every dollar as far as it can go and it is amazing what they accomplish. Saying no isn't an option, they find a way. Wish more non-profits could be as productive as Join.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Join is an organization that does amazing things and continues to do amazing things at all hours of the night and day. Their objective is to end homelessness and they make every effort to help those who are homeless find subsidized housing and a new start to life. The staff at JOIN are there for every kind of person solving every possible problem that comes up. JOIN staff quickly become family and that is the definition of commitment. If there were more groups in this country like JOIN, things would be a little easier to handle.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that everyone rolls their sleeves up and works hard toward helping people. From the Executive Director down, everyone chips in and doesn't look at their title. Great place to work and great people to be around.

Ways to make it better...

if there were more volunteers to help out

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

JOIN partners with people experiencing homelessness and helps them rebuild a system of support to move forward on their journey of recovery. The staff do this through developing authentic relationships with the people they serve, their friends. The feeling of non-judgement, partnership, empathy, understanding, and support permeates the space at JOIN and spreads throughout its community. JOIN's approach is unique in Portland and their success is proof that peoples' lives can change when we create space for them to heal. It is the perfect vision of how I would like to see social services provided-- one where everyone is treated with dignity and respect for the simple fact that they are a human being.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with JOIN for two years. I can't say enough good things about them. After a career in social services, I am so impressed by the JOIN model, which is so heart centered. It's all about relationships. Relationships with each other; the volunteers; the folks who drop in at The House in need of a warm smile, a friendly face, a place to rest, a bite to eat, a shower. You know when you have the fortunate experience to have an encounter with a person who is completely genuine, warm and kind? How you walk away feeling seen, acknowledged, and with your heart a little more open? Well, that seems describe all of the JOIN staff, particularly the young Jesuit volunteers. It's not an US and THEM model. Rather the model is It's all Us, and let's do what we can to help our brothers and sisters. And they do. Watching it in action is amazing, and gives me hope.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I don't have a lot of money, but I like to share what I have with JOIN because I feel like they make a real difference in the lives of homeless families, WHILE the same time working on the root causes of homelessness. I know their director Mark Jolin for two decades has been a key player in Portland's efforts to make ending homeless a priority. When I've gone to JOIN, I've seen homeless parents and children and other individuals being treated with respect, trading barter work for locker use and showers and laundry, playing with their little ones in the lovely children's area, and getting referrals, resources and other support. Also I like supporting JOIN because they have a very unique model of sending outreach workers into homeless camps to build relationships with the marginalized folks there, and then works directly with landlords to get folks into housing. The combo of direct service and systemic change is hard to find, and JOIN does it really well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I worked with people experiencing homelessness I often referred people there, and heard them talking about JOIN. They gave it high marks for being treated with respect and getting help they needed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly can't think of any, although I wish we could clone Marc Jolin, their director. :)

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with JOIN for over four years. I always look forward to being there because, even on difficult days, I'm inspired by the dedicated staff, volunteers and "folks" JOIN serves. JOIN has cultivated a strong sense of community and it works.
I've watched this small non-profit struggle to meet growing challenges but not lose their integrity and quality of service .
Their mission is different from many organizations helping the homeless. Instead of providing temporary services, they focus on long lasting solutions. They believe in "housing first" and then work with individuals and families to gain stability and self-sufficiency.
In spite of the challenges, JOIN's statistics are commendable. They spend 87% of their budget on program expenses and less than 7% on administration. Last year they housed almost 500 individuals, including families, and they show an excellent retention rate. I'm proud to be part of the JOIN community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working and talking with the people who are served.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more funding

Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at JOIN when I was in high school and they were in a small house off St. Francis park. After nine years away from Portland I am back volunteering again. In those nine years JOIN has gone through two buildings, created many new programs and hired many new staff but they have held on to the spirit and integrity that makes them such a wonderful organization. The work they do to help people find housing is rooted in a deep respect for people and for community and it shows in how they treat both volunteers and the folks they work with. It also shows in their tremendous housing outcomes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating in the Portland Plunge as a high school student, volunteering, meeting with recently housed people and hearing them speak of the difference JOIN has made in their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it a lot more money.

Rating: 5 stars  

Through my role as a case manager in Multnomah County I have worked with JOIN numerous times. They have really made my clients lives better by providing them with furnishings and much more. The staff are always very friendly and helpful which makes my job easier and the experience for the client really exciting. It has been an honor to work with JOIN and I hope that it continues to grow so it can serve even more families in Oregon.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways with clients getting their children returned to their care with stable, appropriate housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the referral process more smooth.

Rating: 5 stars  

JOIN is a wonderful organization that focuses on building relationships with its folks (they don't refer to them as clients). They understand each person has their own story and that each person's situation is different. They work with people on an individual basis, finding what help and resources suit that person best, unlike other housing organizations that place people in categories and help them on the basis of that.

Their housing-first approach allows for people to get off the streets first before attempting to kick bad habits and addictions, providing them with the security and support that is needed.

JOIN maintains a consistent presence on the streets, building trust and relationships amongst those outside while reaching out to individuals in need of help (physically going out and finding them) that may not know where to find it.

JOIN really is a remarkable organization and I have never seen a more dedicated staff.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know so many individuals that have greatly benefited from JOIN's help, giving them the tools and support to actively live their lives (in housing). JOIN brightens peoples' days.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more funding to continue doing what they do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I became aware of JOIN through Marc Jolin, the executive director. He invited me to take a look at their work. That was 3 years ago. I was then, and continue to be, in awe of the work that gets accomplished there. I think because the staff and board focuses on personal relationships rather than broad policy, they are able to effectively identify what will really help folks in the moment, and get them to that place. I have never worked with another organization that has as much spirit and dedication. I am currently on the Board Of Directors, and am also very impressed with the low overhead and the focus on getting resources to the folks they serve versus the organization itself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen first hand how someone's life can be changed just by someone taking a chance on them and their success. I have heard many stories from folks that they have helped outlining how other organizations put barriers up, and how JOIN did not.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I always have fun when I interact with the staff. They have a great way of doing their jobs with humor and dedication.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create and manage housing so that they could immediately offer permanent housing to folks, and not have to rely only on subsidized housing or private market landlords.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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