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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Housing Search Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Transition Projects is working to end homelessness in Portland one person at a time.

Programs: Housing - the housing program operates in the day center, doreen's place, clark center, clark center annex, and jean's place. Housing assistance provides rent and deposit assistance to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless. Clients are assessed and provided case management support to ensure they will be able to remain in housing.

jean's place and men's residential programs - the agency operates three short-term residential programs for homeless adults in the city of portland. The programs provide basic shelter for up to 60 women and 180 men. Residents in the programs are provided with a variety of direct assistance and support, including clothing, an evening meal, and laundry facilities. All residents are in case management and are required to show progress toward independence as a requirement of their continued stay in the programs. The programs are alcohol and drug free. Funding for the programs comes from public support, the city of portland (portland housing bureau), and federal funds. Jean's place opened in 1997 and shelters 60 women. For the men's programs, doreen's place houses 90 men and has been in operation at the bud clark commons since june of 2011; it operated as the glisan street shelter from approximately 1988 to june of 2011. Additionally, the clark center opened in 1998 and shelters 90 men. Doreen's place, jean's place, and clark center offer specialized services to veterans through a grant from the veterans administration. Services include housing assistance dollars, specialized case management, information and referral, and trainings for staff on veterans' issues.

day center - the day center provides a variety of emergency services to homeless and low-income persons. These services include access to shelter waiting lists, housing assistance, eviction prevention, information and referral, showers, transportation assistance, identification and birth certificate assistance, and local and long distance telephone use. The day center serves as a mailing address for persons who are homeless or do not have a stable address. The day center also provides access to a variety of services provided through partner agencies, which has included cascadia, central city concern, and the veterans administration. Funding for the day center is provided by the city of portland and other public support.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board, prepared and served meals, collected coats, donated, and painted walls with Transition Projects. In every capacity, it is an organization I have been proud to work with. The importance of the work done by this organization is evident in the changed lives of its clients. The hand-up Transition Projects is able to provide is invaluable to our society. I can't individually help all those who cross my path, but by partnering with Transition projects, I make a difference. It is a fiscally responsible organization too which makes me comfortable that my donations are used to help people transition from homelessness or avoid it altogether. Go and prep and serve a meal with your friends! It is a ton of fun and you will leave more full than any dinner out could leave you.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am now in my second year of serving with Transition Projects as a board member. It has been a truly fantastic experience. If you are thinking about how to assist with homelessness in the Portland area, I encourage you to donate or volunteer with our organization. Transition Projects is committed to helping find long-term solutions to homelessness.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Although I am new to Transition Projects, I’ve been greatly impressed by the dedicated individuals who are working and volunteering here to help end homelessness in Portland. I encourage anyone looking for volunteer or donation opportunities to consider this outstanding organization. Transition Projects is truly making a difference in the lives of people who have few options and resources for secure housing, which is something that so many of us are blessed to enjoy.