COVID-19 Support

During this trying time, Transition Projects continues to serve individuals experiencing homelessness in our nine shelters, in our Resource Center and through our mobile outreach teams.  Our staff provide essential and life-sustaining supporting to hundreds each day.

Beginning in February, Transition Projects has taken a series of steps to help protect the health of people served in, working in, and visiting our spaces and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. These steps include rigorously adhering to universal basic precautions, transferring half of our shelter guests to temporary social distancing shelters to enable us to achieve recommended distancing between our remaining shelter guests, and requiring the use of face coverings in all our sites, among other measures. Given the susceptibility of people experiencing homelessness to this health threat, we continue to explore additional ways to safeguard both those we serve and our team members.

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Support our Work:

Transition Projects has provided shelter, housing and supportive services for very low-income people for over five decades.  We are recognized across the region for our work with veterans, women, people with disabilities, and other highly vulnerable groups. Founded in 1969, we operate out of 11 Metro-area locations, enabling our team of over 325 employees to assist 10,000 people each year through programs designed to help people survive the streets, find housing, and retain their housing.  We continue to host hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in our nine shelters across the Portland metro-area. Our organization is heeding the call to serve in the most trying of circumstances and are relying on our trusted community of supporters to join us in making a difference.

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Sponsor a Meal:

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many unexpected costs. Due to public health recommendations, we're unable to have volunteers make meals for participants in our kitchens and have had to seek out more expensive meal options. The cost to provide a hot meal has almost doubled. Donate today to help us to provide healthy, nutritious meals for the residents in our nine shelters.

$50 = 15 Meals
$100 = 30 Meals
$200 = 60 Meals
$300 = 90 Meals
$420 = 120 Meals

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Provide a Meal:

Usually, individuals and groups can sign up to prepare a meal in our shelters. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, we're asking volunteers to prepare and simply drop off meals at one of our shelters. These donations will supplement the sponsored meal program. Meals can be sack lunches, home-cooked food, store-bought prepared foods (e.g. frozen lasagnas), or even restaurant take-out or delivery! For more information on providing food to a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact our volunteer coordinator today.

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Create Masks:

Please enter your information the form below to help us meet our goal of procuring 1,000+ masks from the Portland community. Masks will be provided to Transition Projects' front-line staff and participants.  Your donation will help keep our staff and those we serve healthy and safe during this crisis.

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Donate Supplies:

With people leaving home less often, donations of much-needed items like clothing, hygiene supplies, and linens are dramatically decreasing, but the need for these items is as great as ever.  Help individuals experiencing homeless by donating key items to Transition Projects. Donations can be dropped off at 665 NW Hoyt Street.  Alternatively, items can be purchased off our Amazon Wish List for quick and easy delivery.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you have any questions about donating supplies.

We are in urgent need of the following items:

For adults, men and women, varied sizes:

  • Pants
  • Jackets / rain coats
  • Underpants (especially men’s)
  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Belts

Any size, unused:

  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox wipes

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Need Help?

Please review the information on our resources page detailing the kind of support we offer.  You can also call us from 8 AM - 4 PM Monday-Friday at 503.280.4700 or visit our Resource Center at 650 NW Irving Street.

Helpful Links:

Multnomah County | COVID-19 Resources

Oregon Health Authority | COVID-19 Updates

Centers for Disease Control | COVID-19 Information