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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.

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

64 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

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.

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.

3

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

3

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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1

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.

1

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

1

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.

1

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.

2

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.