July 12, 2011
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.
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.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give it a lot more money.
Volunteer & Helped run the front desk of the day center.