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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Temporary Housing

Mission: Transition Projects provides individuals with the services, resources and tools they need to end their homelessness, secure housing, and maintain that housing.

Results:

Target demographics: Adults experiencing homelessness, with a special focus on veterans, people with disabilities, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color

Direct beneficiaries per year: On any given day, we help meet the basic needs of more than 500 people through our Resource Center. On any given night, we provide a safe place to sleep for more than 800 people with nowhere else to turn. In any given year, we help place more than 1,000 people into affordable housing, and then support them in retaining that housing.

Geographic areas served: Portland-Metro area, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County

Programs: Transition Projects provides individuals with the services, resources and tools they need to end their homelessness, secure housing, and maintain that housing. We provide a wide variety of programs and services, ranging from basic needs (showers, clothing, ID services, and support groups) in our Resource Center to case management and employment services, short-term emergency shelter beds, and supportive housing. Whenever and wherever we can, we advocate for policies and initiatives that affirm the right of all people to a place they can call home.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

over a decade ago my husband and I were in the midst of our addiction and thanks to the hand up from TPI we were able to get off the street, start to feel human again and find our way into treatment centers that have allowed us to now have over 13 years clean and sober. I thank the Lord every day for the services that have been offered to so many by TPI

Donor

Rating: 4

We give to Transition Projects every year because we believe they use our small donations wisely, and because of their excellent, long record of serving people in need and on the streets. They deliver quality services based on their experience in the field and on the current research-based best practice. They also play well with others, coordinating services with other agencies, and are at the table whenever local and regional leaders convene to work on these complex problems.

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TransitionProjectsStaff 02/13/2019

Thank you for your kind words! Your support means a great deal to us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Transition Projects is an expert in this field, always ahead of the game in planning how they can combat homelessness and building long term solutions to systemic problems. They have services helping folks at every level. I'm proud to donate to them.

1 Peter W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They really DO help people ! EXCELLENT ! Just be patient, though. That´s all !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TPI compassionately provides much needed services for the Portland community. Proud to work for them and further their mission of ending homelessness one person at a time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have found that staff at TPI are deeply committed to the use of the equity lens when it comes to offering support and services to those in need. This includes the staff as well. Training courses and even financial support is also available to staff. This provides true connection between the staff and People participating in services. Thank You Transition Projects and congratulations!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came back to social services after a 16 year break and had the opportunity to work at Transition Projects. What an amazing experience! For me, the commitment of the staff and the amount of services provided to people in dire situation is unbelievable. It is hard to believe how much this agency does in a short amount of time. I don't think you will experience a group of people more dedicated to helping people to make change and rebuild their lives. This year I have witnessed people coming from living on the street, coming into shelter and with staff support, gain good jobs and housing. It's extremely hard work and TPI does is extremely well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a great agency to work for and with!!!!! I am proud to be an employee and a past participant.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I was looking to gain experience in the social services field, so I found out about Transition Projects and applied for a position. I went in for the interview, and at some point in the interview process, the managers of the shelter I applied for believed that I wouldn't be a good fit for this shelter, but they knew of an open position at another shelter that they believed that I would be a better fit for. They asked me if I would be okay with allowing them to pass on my information to the manager of another shelter within the company and I said "yes." The other manager got in contact with me, interviewed me, and called me back the next day to officially hire me on as a Residential Advocate, even after I had believed that I had bombed the interview.
Nine months later, I am still so appreciative of how much the managers care about you and are willing to give you a shot.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So there I was, after spending 20 years in the Military, able to manage 100s of men and women and millions of dollars of assets, and do it well, both at peacetime, and in combat zones, homeless.. A combination of many things led me to this, poor decisions, stupid mistakes, medical conditions, bad luck and a couple of wrong place wrong time kinda scenerios. Already hit bottom, or lower, I went to a veteran outreach, and I was refered to Transition Projects to see if there was anything they could do to help me pull myself up and get back on my feet. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I know it was not even close to the help I actually received.
They didnt just help me up to my feet, they held me there until I could stand on my own. Even after, they assured me they would be with me if i waivered.
This was not easy for me, asking for help, every individual i came across, treated me not only with compassion, but with dignity and respect. I cannot express the gratitude i feel, or the respect I have for her (and the whole transition projects team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first started working with Transition Projects, I was living in a spare family member's room, 6 months pregnant and facing homelessness as my family member's home was being torn down and turned into a strip mall. They couldn't afford to let me live when them after they moved. Transition Projects, gave me the opportunity I needed to get back on my feet. I worked on-call, and made enough to find housing just 8 days before my son was born. Working for Transition Projects is the highlight of my working life. Its the best job I've ever had!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer art teacher at the Willamette Center, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring a few hours a month of fun and self-expression to residents who enroll for my workshops. It is clear that the center is a great resource for our community, helping those
experiencing homelessness to have a safe and welcoming place to be while awaiting placement in housing. Southeast Uplift awarded me a grant to provide art supplies for classes and these funds have enabled me and my co-teachers to continue this experience for the shelter residents. I am happy to be able to give back to my community in this way.

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TransitionProjectsStaff 02/13/2019

Thank you! Your art groups are something our clients look forward to each month. Your time and hard work running the groups is very appreciated! (:

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful learning experience, great organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

Transition Projects helps people experiencing homelessness transition successfully into housing. At almost 50 years old, they provide shelter, housing, and the supportive services needed for the most vulnerable in our community. They are recognized for their tremendous work with veterans, women, people with disabilities, and other highly vulnerable groups. I am truly proud to be a donor to this organization.

Two years ago they grew from operating and managing four shelters to eight and doubled their staff to help our most vulnerable citizens throughout the Metro-area. Their locations enable them to assist more than 10,000 people each year through programs and services designed to help people experiencing homelessness survive the streets, find housing, and then retain their housing. Over the past year, more than 1,000 formerly homeless people found safe, affordable housing in the four-county area with their support.

Transition Projects provides people living in affordable housing with essential support services including case management, life and employment skills, support groups, and services designed for veterans and survivors of sexual assault.

Transition Projects is the largest provider of publicly-funded shelter services in the state of Oregon. They host over 800 people experiencing homelessness, including men, women, and couples every night. Most impressive is the Day Center, where roughly 500 people - every day - 365 days-a-year arrive for services ranging from hygiene and medical support to shelter and housing assistance. Transition Projects is a life-saving and life-changing organization that truly makes a difference in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never worked at a place that cared more about every single person that it served, than Transition Projects does. Our organization does amazing work, and centers the work we do on a beautiful foundation of equity. Sure, we have areas for improvement, but I am so proud of what we have accomplished and what we continue to do for our community.

Client Served

Rating: 1


Hello my name is danyelle wright i was staying in the willamette shelter up until aug 22nd i have personally experienced alog of traumatic situations the last few months well in july actually july 19th 2017 my house caught fire while i was asleep one night and it was a total lose for me losing everything i owned and for the first time forcing me to be homeless on the streets well i had found out about the shelter and moved in maybe 2 weeks before aug 22 for the first time i had hope my situation was going to change for the better unfortunately it was short lived cause another pirticipate of the program had stole from me and my husband and the guy had an altercation that ended up my husband having to leave and the other guy staying with all of that the guy started sayinv things too me and intimiadating me and made me feel very uncomfortable so i left to be back on the streets with my husband when i left i had everything i owned their including all my clothes shoes pictures of my kids and a few suitecases i mean alot of clothing personal hygiene alot of nice things duffle bags that were expensive well i was told by staff that they would lock my stuff uo for me and i told them when i got a place for it to go i would be back well i called 3 times up until yesterday when i went to get my items and not in my wildest dream i would imagine everything i owned had been shuffled throught everything on my bed was gone except for 2 bags someone had put some stuff in those bags that werent their so that tells me they seperated what they wanted and left me with basically nothing all my husbands clothes are gone like im totally in shock everything in my lockers gone my shoes my kids pictures nice brand new shoes i mean you name it i had leaving it with staff made me secure it was ok well no now i feel like i have been robbed and to think i put my trust into people that i should never have to question their integrity cause they are suppose to help but no i dont feel so good i am so depressed about it all and at this point i know im not the only one this has happened to and im here today to say im going to put a stop to it all just cause im homeless doesnt mean people have the righg to take my only worldly posessions and im suppose to except it no im not i am looking for someone from the agency to compensate me for my total lose so my trust in agencies like TPI is no longer felt as a set up for failure i would like to talk to whoever i have to at this point im willing to take this as far as i have to not cause of my items but restore my faith in other humans who do i need to speak to if im not talking to the correct person by all means forward my email to who it should go to but i figure this is a start thank you in advance

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The services TPI provides to the homeless community are so necessary. By providing those in need with the ability to shower, do laundry, get a hair cut, collect mail, and connect to social services - typical things that most of us take for granted - shows how much TPI recognizes the humanity of the homeless. The staff at TPI have a tough job, and those I have had the chance to interact with have done so with the best interest of those they serve in mind -- honorably and compassionately in a non-judgmental manner (my experience with TPI is from a friend who became homeless and uses TPI's services). Very thankful that there are at least some caring, competent staff members at TPI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grateful for everything Transition Projects does for our community to bring people from homelessness to housing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former participant, and now I work for Transition Projects. I am truly grateful for the services and the kindness of the staff. I am so happy to be on the other side now providing services to people in need!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects is the most amazing organization designed specifically to aid the homeless in whatever way possible. They are Portland's largest and best facility with a staff that puts itself on the line for those that they are serving. I highly recommend them for any homeless services.

Eowyn R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TPI provides essential services to people experiencing homelessness, providing excellent services, advocating for their clients, and expanding services as needed with weather and other calamities. They are an invaluable member of the social service community in Portland.

Kristin W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as a meal provider with TPI for about 5 years. This is an organization I am absolutely committed to as a volunteer because I believe in their mission to help people out of homelessness. I have watched many faces come in and go out of the transitional housing program, and the transformations are truly inspiring. Portland is very fortunate to have such a wonderful organization working for our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Transition Projects does a spectacular job helping people experiencing homelessness in the Portland community in a dignified, holistic way. Every staff member I've encountered there is extremely passionate about the work they do and works overtime to help the people they serve. With more funding and resources, I have no doubt they could end homelessness in Portland for good.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

tpi is another fine example of goverment espending to much and doing to litle they serve the same 12 people every day and are always pushing for people to participate in nonsense like meditation classes!their laundry machine hasent been dispensing soap for months and they keep using it like that the worst is that the very few helpful people i've seen dont seem to last while the assholes are rigth at home

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a nurse working with the medicaid population, the homeless, and Oregonians who are in real poverty. When they need help, 211 info is my most trusted resource to provide folks. Also 211 saves all of my peers and I millions of hours of research because we know that 211 has the most current information of the available resources through out the state.

1 Donald E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Transition Projects, mainly the Bud Clark Commons, for about a year. Mainly this has been working with a group that provides a dinner twice a month, but more recently collaborating to start an employment program as well. TPI has been very supportive and is in the process of hiring staff to strengthen their effort in job training and placement. The whole staff is dedicated and professional. I have very high expectations on the success of the employment program.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with TPI for over a year at both the Bud Clark Center and Jean's Place and have had nothing but positive experiences. I am constantly impressed at the how dedicated staff and and other volunteers are to assisting and helping clients succeed. TPI is a great organization that cares and gets results!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at TPI for over a year and have consistently been impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm TPI's employees and other volunteers have for assisting their clients. They go above and beyond to ensure client's success in transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing, and I am happy to be a part of their team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects has been a great organization to volunteer for. Providing meals at the Clark Center has been an amazing team building tool and a great opportunity to provide for those in need. I appreciate the communications Sam Haffey sends out to inform us of other ways to get involved.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Transition Projects as a volunteer for several years now, helping to feed the transient men staying at Bud Clarks Commons their evening meals each month; leading a clothing drive through my Pearl Rotary club to collect warm clothes for these homeless men, and meeting with some of these men to help them search for work. All these activities and more services are offered in a highly organized and effective way by the staff of Transition Project with the assistance of many volunteers such as myself. Transition Projects is a leader in addressing one of the more critical social problems in this community -- homelessness.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been BLESSED to help serve meals at Portland's Transition Projects. It is a work we do because WE KNOW it helps so many people! We are in the process of combining with other companies/churches to fast for 24 hours raising money for each hour we don't eat so others can eat on the weekend of Feb 21-22, 2014. We call it "The 1440 Project" in honor of the 1,440 minutes in a day... and trying to feed one homeless person every minute of one day. We are a small church and we could use some help with this. please contact us at 503-632-5554 and ask for Larry. TOGETHER we can reach the goal of feeding the less fortunate. I absolutely would never put so much into a non profit if I didn't see what it does to truly SAVE LIVES! I cannot express enough the importance of Transition Projects Inc. They are life savers.

Larry Deyoe
Director of Youth and Education
Trinity Lutheran Church
Oregon City, Oregon

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TPI is a fantastic organization. I have worked with several staff members on a variety of projects and am constantly impressed with the level of effort and commitment. They are professional, dedicated and hard working, which makes TPI one of the most effective agencies in this arena. I hope to always stay involved in some capacity.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been volunteering at the Clark Center since my daughter was in kindergarten. Most of the time it is meal preparation and serving. BUT, my son did his Eagle Scout project for the Clark Center. And my daughter belongs to NCL, which works with Transition Projects. Of all the places we have ever volunteered, the Clark Center is by for the most satisfying. When you are done, it really feels like you have helped. My children (now teenagers) actually get excited when we are going to serve a meal there! How is that for a recommendation.

Carl9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at TPI each week for about a year in their housing facility at the Bud Clark Commons. Their organization is outstanding. Each week the amount of people that are helped through their efforts is truly amazing. In the Portland area from housing to winter coats, TPI makes a BIG difference. I'm constantly amazed by the wonderful services they provide and will continue to volunteer in the years ahead. God Bless.

Rick34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Transitions Projects several times to assist them with some specific areas of need. I always get a joy of helping those in need and the folks that use their services are so appreciative. I've helped individuals write resumes so they can have a good chance of entering the workforce. I've always had a positive experience with this nonprofit!

Rick Benevento

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving dinner at Transition Projects since 1992. I have brought my daughters campfire group and my son's cub scout troupe to serve as well. This is one of the best volunteer experiences you can have. You cook and serve a dinner to men (or woman if you are at the woman's shelter) and are able to see the impact your work has immediately. The shelters are always very organized and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful. The mission of this organization, to help individuals transition from homeless to housing means you are part of a positive change in many lives. I recommend volunteering at Transition Projects for adults, families or groups seeking a positive, impactful experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has volunteered serving meals for several years. We are always impressed with the quality of critically needed services they provide and the professionalism and commitment of the staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been volunteering providing meals to the residents of the Clark Center for the past several years. Transition Projects has done an outstanding job providing housing and transition services to the homeless men at the center.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects is an oasis in the lives of those who care just enough about themselves to make their lives better. The staff is a community of caring, hard working individuals. They pull together strong toward a steady force for change, in every aspect (emotional, physical, job sets) of the transition from homelessness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The commitment and dedication of the Transition Projects staff is an evolving force in the city of Portland. They continually find ways to reach people, exploring ways to help their lives move in a positive direction. This is a great organization providing support and connection.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer preparing and serving food in the men's shelter several times a year for 20 years. The great work these folks do to help people who are victims of homelessness is truly remarkable. The respect, dignity and compassion of the staff and their commitment to help others is evident every day at TPI. They work with thousands of people every year to help lift them up. They also work on advocacy at the State and City level to improve services and expand reach.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Hillsdale Community Church we have donated supper monthly, for 90 homeless men for 30 years. I help with the cooking and sometimes with the shopping. This is a fulfilling effort to help those who are in need and hungry. Many times we get a standing ovations for an excellent delicious meal!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The lengths that the staff and volunteers go to in order to help our homeless community members is amazing. Transition Projects engages the individuals that utilize their resources in a variety of ways. I was really impressed to see that they had client art work up for First Thursday(S) and invited the public to come in and take a look. I really enjoy the variety of volunteer opportunities they have as well, from coat drives, to sorting donations and cooking meals. I am very proud that my Partner works for such a great organization and comes home fulfilled each day. Keep up the good work everyone! PS: I just got back from volunteering today! :0)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

TPI serves the most vulnerable Portlanders with dignity, compassion and creativity. They are key partners in effectively sheltering people, while providing the services to move people from the streets to permanent housing. Beyond providing essential shelter and services, TPI breaks down barriers and connects the broader community of "housed" Portlanders with those experiencing homelessness through its outreach and volunteer opportunities.

Victoria K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Transition Projects through a school club and it was honestly one of the best volunteer experiences I've ever had. As a club, we've volunteered a lot for other food service charity organizations, but with the Transition Projects, having the ability to also cook and plan the meals we served added a whole new dimension. The Transition Projects provided me with a truly valuable experience!

Misha4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! I am president of a club at our school and we will have volunteered at Transition Projects 4 times by the end of this month. Everyone has a great experience every time they volunteer with Transition Projects. It encourages more volunteering and club activity and has been labeled as the most rewarding experience we provide by almost all of our members that have participated in this event.

Phil S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects is the best chance a homeless person has to getting their life back on track. These guys give housing, food, clothing and inspiration to homeless men so they may get back in the work force and make it on their own. They a responsible for many men who can say they were once homeless but found a way out. God Bless these guys.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Transition Projects povides help for those that normally would not get help and are often ignored and looked down upon. Their new facility The Bud Clark Commons is a clean and beautiful building. Unlike other shelters I have visited that are dark and depressing, the Bud Clark Commons is so nice it looks like a new hotel. Their positive friendly staff is great and provides an uplifting environment for people who need to feel better about themselves. I volunteer for their annual Coat and Blanket Drive. Every year many companies around the Portland Metro area take donations of Coats and Blankets, so that men, women, and children stay warm with coats and blankets throughout the winter months. They also have other drives throughout the year the supply hygene products and other supplies to people in need. Their services include shelter, clothing, food, and job skills to people who could not get help otherwise. I cannot say enough about the Transition Projects and their help to the homeless. They are the Best!!! Cathy B

Lynn H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects does amazing work with all homeless people regardless of age, gender, lenght of time on the street, etc..... I have been a volunteer team leader for 8 years and I love it. To see them mens smiling faces while serving dinner and to see the faces light up when you talk to them and treat them like the human beings they are is an awesome feeling. TPI has helped so many in so many ways, big and small. They offer people a place to take a shower, wash their laundry, a computer room with volunteers to help with resume's and job searches all the way up to helping people find permanent housing. I really appreciate how much they work with our Veterans too! Thank you TPI for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects is a non profit provider of homeless services. It is an awesome place to volunteer time and serve Portland's most needy. The staff is amazing and always a pleasure to work with. I look forward to each opportunity to work with them. Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. I always feel blessed by the experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've toured several of Transition Projects buildings and volunteered at one of them. I'm impressed by their phenomenal facilities, fantastic and friendly staff, and abundance of services offered to their clients!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Transition Projects, Inc., is an amazing resource for the homeless in the greater Portland area. Professional staff, incredible facility (Bud Clark Commons). TPI provides a variety of services to help people transition from homelessness to housing by providing basic needs (food, clothing, training, self-care, laundry facility, storage, mailboxes). It's an honor to be involved both as a volunteer and a freelance designer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For twenty plus years I have volunteered at Transition Projects. I have cooked and served meals, taught classes and served on the board. I have seen the outstanding care and skill of a remarkable staff. These folks truly do help people transition from homelessness to housing. People are offered access to new skills, respect and opportunity. The agency has grown from the basement of an urban church to three dignified, clean, safe and respectful buildings offering services and compassion to all. Transition Projects, Inc. consistently changes lives for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great place where we help people help themselves. They offer laundry, showers, training, counseling, and so much more. I have great pride in the time I spend there helping my fellow people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This incredible nonprofit serves as a life-changing organization to so many clients in the Portland Metropolitan area. In a small, but significant, way we are able to help support this wonderful organization as we provide meals to clients at the Bud Clark Center, Jean's Place and the Clark Center. Volunteers are eager to help as the reward of appreciation is outstanding. The Staff is friendly, helpful and do an amazing job to support their clients as they prepare to move their lives in a positive direction. Ginny Utti, volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago I was a resident at TPI's womens shelter. At that time I was working with the A&D counselor to modify my behavior and to create a goal that I could be accountable for. This has helped me to not only gain sobriety but it has enabled me to remain Clean& sober for more than six years now. I have been enrolled in college and remained consistant in my efforts to gain education and one day return to TPI and work with other women who are faceing life challenges. I am currently once again being assisted by TPI because they are letting me do my internship at the same facility that I used to live at. I hope to one day be employed at TPI and I am at this time a candidate for employment in several positions there. I will be working toward my masters degree and one day soon I will be able to say that through the programs and efforts offered at TPI once again I am able to live an independant life free of my past mistakes. As a student at Marylhurst University I am learning how faceing our past and accepting our mistakes we are able to help other to do the same. At TPI and the many branches of help they offer I believe that I will one day realize my dream.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This center helps people change their lives from being part of the problem to part of the solution. What could be better than that? Mike

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to cook and serve meals once a month for the Clark Men's Center in Portland and got to know several of the staff very well. The organization is very well run and the staff truly care about their clients. They worked very hard to meet the needs of the men and to make the center a warm and comfortable place. They also made it easy for groups to come in and cook meals in their kitchen, and helped us throughout that process.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a middle school and high school teacher both in the secular and religious community, I have taken many groups to serve meals at each of the three Transition Projects' shelters: Clark Center, Jean's Place, and what used to be the Glisan Center. Not only did the TP staff make it easy for us to arrange to volunteer by responding quickly to scheduling requests, but all the staff was welcoming once we arrived at the shelters. The truly exceptional part of these experiences came from serving the residents. Each time they were polite and appreciative and made our teens and preteens feel at ease. The applause at the end always made our group feel special. Often my students recount years later how meaningful the shelter feed experience was and how it transformed their views about volunteering and put a face to homelessness. Often they approached the experience with trepidation, but by the end of the evening expressed surprise at how comfortable they felt while interacting with the residents and how motivated they were to continue helping in this way. There are so few opportunities for young people to directly serve people in need in our community; more often they are left to do fundraising or donation drives. Taking students to Transition Projects is my "go to" when trying to teach the value of volunteering!

Donor

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our youth group was looking for a way to help others. As young people they felt helpless seeing needs around them and not being able to serve. We have been serving dinner for over a year, every month. One 7th grader (who has not missed a single month of service) told me this is the best things she does all month. She loves it so much she changed her birthday party because we were serving on that date. Our kids cook everything from scratch (including dessert), take it down, serve it and then have dinner talking with the men. It has put a face to helping others and given us ALL way more than we give in service! We feel so blessed to have found not only a way to serve others, but a place where our youth are welcomed, encouraged and taught the joy of service to others! What wonderful life lessons! Jody J.

Larry18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is absolutely nothing that compares with serving at Transition Projects. Our church youth group have been BLESSED to serve meals to many homeless men in the Portland area. In all circumstances the men have been so appreciative. Sam Haffey the volunteer coordinator is one of the kindest hardest working people I've ever met. This is a well run, highly gratifying place that makes you feel so fortunate to have what you have in life and so thankful that you've shared your time to help so many.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been priviledged to volunteer at Transition Project's Bud Clark Commons since opening. I walked by it everyday to work and home during construction, and knew it had potential to be Portland's most progessive programs and facilities for the less fortunate. Showers, restrooms, lockers, clothing, shoes, laundry, mail boxes, kitchen, hair shop and a computer lab are available to walk-ins. And that's just the day center. There is also short term housing for 90 men on another floor, and 130 studio apartments on upper floors for the city's most vunerable and needy. I started out in the hygene center a few evenings a month handing out everything from towels to tampons. I am now in the computer lab once a week and I might assist visitors filling out job or housing applicaptions on-line, to goggling area codes they need to complete submissions. And last night I even helped with this kid's tie. No, not an interview, but I wonder how his date went?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello I would like to stay anonymous because I'm not looking for a handout. I was homeless for over 15 years suffering from depression and drug addiction. I entered tpi and a young man name Tyrone Greeted me with a smile and told me that it did not matter what I've been through that whenever I needed any help that his hours were Monday thru Friday 11am to 7pm. That made me understand that somebody finally cared about me. At that time i was not ready to get my life right so i went back to the streets the place I only new about. I came back to tpi 7 months later looking for Tyrone for help but I could find him at all. I came for a whole week and never seen him. I finally ask a young lady name Kyla what happen to Tyrone she told me that he was a case manager. I called Tyrone and he was able to do goods thing for me. Tyrone got me into Hooper detox. when I got out of Hooper he had me set up with a bed at a treatment facility. from the treatment facility I was able to find work and get housing. I was also able to get my kids back in my life. I am not longer homeless, I do not use Drugs, and I feel good about life today. if tpi didn't have there doors open for me when i was ready I would probably be dead or in jail. thank you tpi