Upcoming 40th Anniversary Events

Transition Projects is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. This landmark will be commemorated by a number of events this fall, including open houses at our transitional shelters, the groundbreaking for our newest venture, the Resource Access Center, and more surprises!

The first in this series of 40th Anniversary Events is a photo exhibit opening at the Pearl District's First Thursday Art Walk on August 6th. This event will be at the American Institute for Architecture at 403 NW 11th Avenue, and will feature page spreads from our forthcoming book of photos, "Where I Slept: Being Homeless in Portland." These powerful photographs were taken by residents of our Glisan and Clark Center shelters of places that they had slept before coming to Transition Projects. You will also be able to get a sneak peek at images from the design of the Resource Access Center, at the AIA.

The culminating event of our 40th anniversary celebrations will be a dinner at the Tiffany Center on September 12th. This dinner, sponsored by Pacific Power, Walsh Construction Company, Providence Health and Services, and Holst Architecture, will feature entertainment from Portland supergroup the Usual Suspects, along with some amazing special guests. Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard will be joining the group on vocals, with support provided by Multnomah County Commissioners Deborah Kafoury and Judy Shiprack. And Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish will emcee the show. You don't want to miss this special event! Tickets can be purchased on our website at www.tprojects.org, or by calling 503.823.4930 x205.

The Usual Suspects with Randy Leonard

Comedy Night to Benefit Transition Projects

Also, mark your calendars for a side-splitting night of comedy to benefit Transition Projects. Local comedians Dennis Williams, Don Frost, Kyle Harbert, Cody Smith, Shane Torres, and Whitney Streed are joining forces for "Keep Portland Funny," a comedy benefit for Transition Projects. This event will take place at 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 6th, at Kelly's Olympian at SW 4th and Washington. All proceeds from the five dollar cover charge will go directly to Transition Projects for their work in helping people end their homelessness. 

Volunteer Appreciation Party a Delicious Success

Transition Projects' annual Volunteer Appreciation Party took place on July 22nd at the Clark Center Annex, and was a fun and tasty time for all! The staff had created some wonderful desserGrand Prize-winning Lemon Lavender Bundt Cakets to honor our dedicated volunteers- and to make it interesting, we had volunteers vote on the finest of the desserts. (Jean's Place case manager Megan Schulz "took the cake," pun intended, with her elegant Lemon Lavender Bundt Cake, pictured here.)

About 30 volunteers from our computer rooms, meal provider teams, board of directors, and employment forums were in attendance to meet and mingle, sample the desserts, and share stories from their volunteering efforts. On display were the many letters and thank you cards that we receive from clients each year to thank our volunteers for all their hard work and dedication. The many volunteers who couldn't make it were missed, but we hope to see you all at next year's party!

In their own words

Transition Projects has been one, of only a few, in the challenge to help with so many needs. We are trapped in stigma, problems and hurdles that come with poverty. You set us free from those traps. I am only one that has benefitted from your humanizing approach. You deliver services with an integrity unmatched by none. I do not have the words to express the depth of gratitude for such an unparalleled agency.

I am alive due to TPI.
So are countless others.

Sincerely,

S.