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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Every year my family sits down and determines how our charitable giving dollars will be allocated. My wife, son and myself look at the many local options. One such program that has drawn us to support it for several years now is Transition Projects. Their commitment to helping their clients succeed in the real world is amazing and refreshing. Everyone is held accountable for their actions and expected to be an active part of their transition to real life. The staff is very caring and committed. The Leadership, both Board and Director are committed to their principles and they stand by them. A truly excellent program worthy of financial support.


Rating: 5

I was able to be part of the team that built Bud Clark Commons where Transition Projects operates. I have been going as often as time allows since their first dinner and seeing the expressions on the peoples faces as we help them have a better life. This is an amazing group and the work they do for people in need is priceless. The team that Doreen works with probably doesn't get all of the recognition they deserve. What a great program!