Women's Winter Shelter Open
Freezing temperatures have hit, and the forecast tells us it's going to be a cold, wet winter. For people without housing or shelter, severe weather can be life-threatening. As a rule, Portland's shelters tend to be full year-long. For instance, Transition Projects' shelters always have a weeks-long waiting list.
Transition Projects is particularly pleased, then, to announce that on November 17th we opened a women's winter shelter, in partnership with the Portland Housing Bureau and the YWCA of Greater Portland. The night shelter will be open through mid-April and can house up to 70 women.
In addition to providing a safe, warm space for women to stay each night, the winter shelter is also an opportunity for residents to connect to resources that will help them end their homelessness. "Our staff is knowledgeable about homeless services, and women's services, in particular and can make effective referrals based on each resident's needs," says Annie Rosen, returning for her second year as Winter Shelter Manager.
"A lot of the people who find us come to rely on us, and get a chance to know each other while staying with us," Rosen says. "They come to adopt jobs around the center to help staff out, and they help each other, connecting others to resources they know about."
For information on getting into winter shelter, call us at 503.823.4930, or call 2-1-1. To support winter shelter and our other programs, you may donate here.
Stocking Up for Winter
Truckload of Coats a Huge Success!
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Truckload of Coats, a one-day donation drive benefiting Transition Projects, sponsored by KINK FM, Safeway, and Columbia Sportswear. The turnout was amazing this year, with nearly 9,000 items coming in - more than twice the donations than we received last year!
Donations from this event go directly to the clients of Transition Projects, as well as several other nonprofits in the area. Huge thanks go out to everyone who came out to donate this year, and help keep the homeless warm this winter. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers and our partners at KINK, Safeway, and Columbia, without whom this event wouldn't be possible.
TisBest: Donation Gift Cards to Benefit Transition Projects
Looking for a great gift idea that offers an alternative to material items? Give your loved ones the chance to make the world a better place with TisBest charity gift cards. The cards work just like other gift cards, with one meaningful difference: the recipient directs the funds to one or more of the 250 national organizations, or many local agencies, that TisBest has chosen to feature.
The good news? Starting this holiday season, TisBest is adding Portland to its local charity options, and Transition Projects will be one of the agencies featured on the TisBest site. If you use this link, TisBest will donate an extra two dollars to Transition Projects for each card purchased and will let your recipients know that you support the mission and work of Transition Projects. Even if your gift recipient chooses to spend their gift on another charity, Transition Projects still benefits!
Season of Sharing
And speaking of holiday giving, Transition Projects is honored to have been featured in the Oregonian's Season of Sharing Wishbook this year! If you didn't see their wonderful story about us in the paper, you can check it out here. Transition Projects was one of twenty agencies selected to be featured this year, out of over 350 applications.
You can submit a gift to help Transition Projects meet our wish list needs through the Oregonian's website here, and select one of Transition Projects' wishes (18a, 18b, or 18c).
A Veteran's Day Tradition
This will be Stoel Rives' eighth year providing a lunch at the Clark Center on Veteran's Day. Phil Moran, who's been serving with the Stoel Rives crew since the very beginning, says that the date was an accident at first, but a fortuitous one.
"The first year we came, staff said that we should only plan on serving 40 or 50 people, since a lot of the guys are out during the day," says Moran. "We hadn't realized it was a holiday, so the guys weren't going to work, or going to meetings at government offices, as they would on any other day. We almost ran out of food! Once we put two and two together, we decided we should keep doing it on the holiday - it gives us a chance to serve even more people."
Their annual meal service at the Clark Center coincides with the company's Combined Giving Campaign, with the United Way. All 425 employees are encouraged to serve in some capacity through the week.
"We try to find a variety of volunteer opportunities and get people energized about serving," says Moran. "People love doing the Clark Center - there's nothing better! We've got four or five core people who sign up for this project every year."
Stoel Rives' commitment to service is great - many of their partners have served on the board at the United Way, and Managing Partner Robert Van Brocklin is co-chair for this year's United Way Giving Campaign.
"It's inspiring to have our leadership in those community roles," says Moran. "It feels good to be proud of the firm that you work for and it's commitment to service."