Join Us for a Free Scoop of Ice Cream!

Ice Cream SocialIt's summer, and you know what that means - the second annual Transition Projects Ice Cream Social. Please join us next month for a free scoop at the Bud Clark Commons!

What: Ice Cream Social

When: Thursday, August 18th, 1:00 PM

Where: Bud Clark Commons multi-purpose room (enter at 650 NW Irving)

Why: Free ice cream! And a chance to check out our exciting new digs, if you haven't already paid us a visit


Bud Clark Commons Donor Wall

The Bud Clark Commons is making history. It offers an innovative combination of short-term housing, permanent supportive housing, and a day center that connects people to the resources they need to end their homelessness. Environmentally, we anticipate it to be the first LEED Platinum building of its type in the nation. The Bud Clark Commons is already receiving national and international attention.

Transition Projects launched a campaign last year to support our work at the Bud Clark Donor names are for illustrative purposes only. Image courtesy of Holst ArchitectureCommons. The Transition Projects Board of Directors will honor campaign donations of $2,500 or more with inclusion on a one-of-a-kind donor wall by Holst Architecture, the Bud Clark Common’s architects. We funded the equipment and supplies that we need to offer new programs—programs such as a wellness center, a learning center, and expanded hygiene services. As we wrap-up our campaign, we are focusing on the most critical part of our work: helping people transition into housing.

For a short time longer, donations of $2,500 or more to the BCC campaign will be eligible for inclusion on our Bud Clark Commons donor wall. Donations will fund Transition Kits—kits that include household supplies, linens, application fees, deposits, and moving costs—and other services that support people moving into permanent housing. Our goal is to help more than 450 people transition into permanent housing through the Bud Clark Commons this year.

Donor Wall Options

Inscriptions will be approximately 40 characters, including spaces.

1-inch letters   $2,500 to $9,999 
2-inch letters   $10,000 to $24,999
4-inch letters   $25,000+                           

For more information, or to make a contribution to the campaign, please e-mail or call 503.280.4663. Checks may be made payable to “Transition Projects” and sent to 665 NW Hoyt Street, Portland OR 97209. You may also donate online here.



The BCC Barber Shop

Since opening the doors to the Bud Clark Commons Day Center on June 20th, seven volunteer stylists have provided free haircuts to over 130 clients.This is a service that makes a huge impact on our clients, for whom a haircut can be prohibitively expensive, but can give such a valuable self-esteem boost.

Volunteer Stylist RJ at the BCC

Now, with a dedicated space in the Day Center for a barber shop, donated salon equipement from SalonCentric, and especially the support of our wonderful volunteer stylists,we are starting to meet this need.

"I just love my job - I love making people feel better about themselves, so this seemed like a natural fit," says one of our volunteer stylists, Bri. "It's been so rewarding getting to do this."

"This is what I do - I do hair, it doesn't matter where or who for," says Richard (RJ), another of our volunteers, who comes in twice a week to open up the barber shop. "I try to give everybody I serve the same service, and give them as much care as necessary."

Appointments with the stylists have been booking weeks in advance, so great is the need for this service.

"It's huge that they come in to do this," said one client who got a haircut last week. "I've needed a haircut for a while now, I'm glad I was finally able to take care of it. I really appreciate all the folks who come in to do this."

We're still looking for additional volunteers for the barber shop. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Emily Coleman at or 503-280-4741.

In Their Own Words

Transition Projects Clients Speak Out

We received this letter last week, from a client who paid a visit to our Bud Clark Commons and was able to utilize some of our wonderful new services.

My Friends at Transition Projects,

I just wanted to say thanks for what you guys are doing. I just got through using your bike station at the Bud Clark Commons. It's awesome that there are resources such as these available. First off, I was able to fix my bicycle myself, which makes me feel less helpless. Second, with my bike adjusted properly it is easier to ride, and much safer for me and the public as well. What I'm trying to say is, I appreciate a hand up, not a hand out. I'm writing this letter to you in your Learning Center, which is also a great resource. THANK YOU.

Your friend,