Women's Winter Shelter Opens Soon

As the rainy season begins, Transition Projects prepares to open its winter shelter for women. The cold, rainy winters here in Portland can be life threatening to those living outside, and with most shelters filled to capacity year-round, the winter shelter is critically important to women with nowhere else to go.Photo by Romi Chiorean

Transition Projects’ winter shelter accommodates up to seventy women, and serves some of Portland’s most vulnerable population. It offers a warm and safe place to get out of the elements during some of the northwest’s most punishing months. We offer blankets, mats, hot soup, dry clothing, hygiene items, advocacy for those in need of resources, and probably most important, a kind welcome at the end of a long day without a place to call home.

This year, we are looking to involve volunteers during the busy evening hours at the winter shelter, helping staff provide blankets, clothing, and hospitality to guests.  If you are interested in volunteering with us this year at the women’s winter shelter, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@tprojects.org, or at 503-280-4741.


Truckload of Coats Just Weeks Away

Transition Projects is honored to be a part of the Truckload of Coats donation drive for another year, with partners Safeway, Columbia Sportswear, and this year's new radio partner LIVE 95.5. Time to clean out your closets and help us fill two 40-foot trucks with warm coats for the homeless this winter!

Truckload of CoatsAt last year's event, we received over 10,000 much-needed items! With your help, we can make this year's Truckload of Coats even more successful. These donations go to benefit the clients of Transition Projects, and those of several other partner agencies throughout the Portland area.

Donations will be accepted at two area Safeways, at 39th and SE Powell, and in Beaverton at the intersection of Murray and Cornell. We will be accepting donations from 5:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Friday, November 4th.

Dinner is Served

The Transition Projects Board of Directors served their first meal at the Doreen's Place short-term residential program in late October. Bud Clark led fellow board members Peter Cogswell, Gloria Pittel, Jerry Burns, and friends and family in preparing pesto chicken pasta and fruit salad to serve the 90 residents of Doreen's Place.

The new facility for the Doreen's Place residential program, in the Bud Clark Commons, includes a fully stocked commercial kitchen, to allow groups to prepare their meals on site. If you are interested in learning more about providing a meal, either at Doreen's Place or at the Clark Center, contact volunteer coordinator Emily Coleman at volunteer@tprojects.org or 503-280-4741. We have openings every month for this fun team-building opportunity.