Coat & Blanket Drive Starts Soon

Fall begins this week, and that means it's time to start planning for our annual Coat and Blanket drive. Each year, we collect thousands of coats, blankets and other warm winter items to distribute at our facilities, to ensure that no one in Portland suffers from the weather during the cold, wet winter months.

We will be partnering once more with Windermere Realty's Share the Warmth campaign, providing barrels to each of Windermere's offices to collect these much-needed donations. Windermere's donation drive runs from October 24Coat Driveth through mid-December. We are also looking for other sites to host collection barrels - if you are interested in hosting a barrel this year, let us know! We will work with you to help you run a successful donation drive, for however long you would like your collection to last.

The Coat and Blanket Drive is a success not only because of our donors, but also because of the dedicated volunteers who "adopt" a collection site and deliver the donations to us. Last winter, fifteen amazing volunteers adopted all of our barrel sites, to collect each site's donations and deliver them to us. This selfless work ensured that throughout those dangerously cold winter months, we had a full supply of coats and blankets to give to the people who needed them the most. We're staring to recruit pick-up volunteers for this year's drive now - let us know if you are interested in being one of them.

If you have coats or blankets to donate, we accept donations at the Bud Clark Commons, at 665 NW Hoyt Street, 24/7. We will also keep an updated list of additional public drop-off sites on our webiste at

Case Manager Honored

We’re proud to congratulate access case manager Ledena Mattox on being honored by the Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness.  CCEH, facilitated by the Portland Housing Bureau and leading the ongoing community planning for the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication to addressing and ending homelessness. Ledena was one of six honorees at this third annual CCEH Achievement Awards.

Ledena has been a case manager with Ledena with Deborah Kafoury and Nick FishTransition Projects for three years, prior to which she worked with the sexual assault program at Portland Women's Crisis Line. She works with individuals from Transition Projects' residential programs, as well as those from the Day Center, many of whom have serious barriers to housing. Ledena's compassion and committment as she works with these clients to help them achieve and maintain permanent housing is a huge asset to our agency.

"Being recognized by the agency and the Portland Housing Bureau with the award was a very gratifying and humbling experience," says Ledena. "It always feels good to be acknowledged for your work, and helps to remind me of not only why I choose to work in this industry, but how I want to perform that work."

Transition Projects Welcomes New Manager

Transition Projects is honored to welcome Andrew Brown to the team. He joined us last week as manager of the Doreen’s Place short-term residential program. Brown has been in Portland just six weeks, since relocating from Louisville, Kentucky, where he served as the assistant director of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

“I’m really excited about this job,” says Brown. “I love that it’s a ‘hand-up not a hand-out’ type of agency, where we meet people halfway as they work toward their goals, and where the clients have made a demonstrated effort to change their lives. I’m honored to be a part of it.”