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July 20, 2011

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July 20, 2011

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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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.

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

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deliver food boxes, volunteer a relevant service in our basic service center (ie haircuts, music lesson, etc), help with a building project (ie painting, building, etc).