The Fourth Annual Jean's Place Luncheon
Margaret Carter and Gretchen Kafoury

There is still time to reserve your seat at this year's Jean's Place Luncheon. This year will mark the fourth annual luncheon to support, and celebrate, this wonderful program for women. Please join us at noon on May 6th at First Christian Church to learn about the issues facing homeless women in Portland, and the work Transition Projects does to help women make a fresh start.

This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Lori Morgan of Legacy Health, to discuss homeless women and healthcare. Other special guests will include Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Deborah Kafoury.

To reserve your seat at this year's luncheon, visit www.jeansplace.org, or call 503-823-4926 x4.

Volunteer Stylists Give People a Fresh Look for a Fresh Start

Transition Projects staff does an amazing job connecting clients to housing, employment resources, and other services. There are many services, however, that we can only offer through volunteers willing to donate their time and skills. A haircut can be an important step in preparing for a job or housing interview, but can also be a costly barrier for an individual without an income. Transition Projects is lucky to have several volunteer stylists who donate their time to help residents look and feel better about themselves.

Stephanie at Jean's PlaceLocal stylist Derek Thompson and his wife Regina coordinate a group from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church to provide quarterly meals at the Clark Center men's shelter. While part of the group prepares dinner, several members - all stylists - set up a makeshift barber shop in a corner of the day room to offer haircuts to the men. Jean's Place, too, is lucky to have the services of a volunteer stylist. Stephanie Yates, co-owner of Salon Mariposa in Tigard, has been volunteering for nearly a year, offering haircuts to the women every month.

"I love helping people, and it's great to be able to use the skills I have to help the women at Jean's Place," says Yates. "It's true, when you feel good about your hair, everything else is a little brighter."

"It's really nice that volunteers come in to do this," said one resident while waiting for a haircut. "It helps us all feel good about ourselves."

One of the exciting features of the Bud Clark Commons, opening this June, is a barber shop to offer hair services to Portland's homeless. We are still recruiting volunteers to help us staff this space - interested stylists and barbers should contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@tprojects.org, or 503-823-4926 x4.