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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Target demographics: Adults experiencing homelessness

Direct beneficiaries per year: On any given day, we help meet the basic needs of more than 700 people through our Day 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 800 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: We provide a wide variety of programs and services, ranging from basic needs (showers, clothing, ID services, and support groups) in our Day Center to case management and employment services, short-term emergency shelter beds, and longer-term residential shelter 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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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: 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.

2

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.

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.

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.