Second Annual Jean's Place Luncheon

Transition Projects is pleased to invite you to the Second Annual Jean's Place Celebration Luncheon, to be held Friday, May 29th from Noon to 1:00 PM, in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral's Kempton Hall (147 NW 19th Avenue). Chief Rosie Sizer

This year's keynote speaker is Chief Rosie Sizer, of the Portland Police Bureau. Chief Sizer is a long-time advocate for homeless issues, having served on the City of Portland's Commission on Homelessness, and worked on establishing relationships between the Police Bureau and community organizations. 

The Jean's Place Luncheon is an opportunity for the community to show their support of this innovative program for women. Jean's Place, now in its 12th year of operation, has been home to thousands of women working to rebuild their lives and move out of homelessness. In 2008, Jean's Place served 282 women.

"Jean's Place has been working hard this year on helping women transition from homelessness into permanent housing," says Megan O'Keefe, the director of Jean's Place. "We have been able to help women work on and achieve their goals while they are at Jean's Place, and feel more ready and stable to be in their own housing when they leave us."

The money raised from this luncheon will help fund the programs that enable these women to make that transition. There is no charge for the luncheon, but guests are asked to bring their checkbooks or credit cards to make a gift. Space is limited, so RSVP early at 503.823.4926, x 4 or



New Look for 40 Years

This year, Transition Projects celebrates its 40th Anniversary of serving the homeless in Portland. In honor of this occasion, a group of Transition Projects' staff, board members, and volunteers came together to redesign our look to better express our identity, and to better inform the community about the good work that Transition Projects does.

On the documents that you see from us in the coming months - including this newsletter - you'll see a new design, updated logo, and our new tag line - The Bridge Home. Bridges have a great deal of significance in the work of Transition Projects - from the bridge in the logo to the title of this newsletter, we have used the symbolism of a bridge to represent the transition that we help people make, from homelessness to housing.


In Their Own Words

Emily Hutchison has been a housing case manager at the Glisan Center for the past year. One of her clients recently sent her the following letter to thank her for her hard work and dedication.

Dear Emily,

For the record, this wasn't my first time in the shelter. If my memory serves me correctly, it was my fourth time. While each time I've done my best to work the program and have a job, this time it was different - the difference being you. You see, at times I get off track, full of negativity or self-pity, but when I did that in your presence you set me right back on track. You told me, pretty much, to quit my whining and focus on the problem at hand, finding and getting me into long-term housing. I'm not sure if it was your honesty and direct approach that did it, or the fact that I have so much respect for you as a person and I value your input. Whatever it was, it worked.

I want to express my deepest heartfelt gratitude for all you did for me. It was a real pleasure working with you, and the sincerity and professionalism you put into your job was refreshing. Believe me when I tell you that in my fifty-two years, I've dealt with many, many agencies, case workers, advocates, etc. You shine above all of them. I never had to ask twice when I needed anything from you.

Also, I might add, I know you won't get rich doing what you do, so I have to think you want to help people. This letter is to say "good job," thank you so much, and keep up the good work! I'm glad I met you and I'll never forget you or what you've done for me. God bless.

T. T.