In 2006, an individual that lived in Washington County decided it was time to adopt the Project Homeless Connect program and with much dedication, work and passion, Kim Marshall Gordon worked diligently to make this happen, with the support and backing from Good Neighbor Center and Vision Action Network, that resulted in the planning of Washington County’s 1st Project Homeless Connect.
During the past 15 years of collaboration, Project Homeless Connect Washington County has gown its partnerships to include, Vision Action Network, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Pacific University, Washington County and Providence Health & Services. Together with these various community sponsors, they have successfully developed services for the homeless community of Washington County, each year.
In 2019, Project Homeless Connect was asked to operate Shelter at Orenco Station, which served as a 90 day severe weather shelter at Sonrise Church. In addition to the severe weather shelter, a day center was also established, to provide a safe place for people experiencing homelessness to receive meals, showers, and assistance with resources.
When the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly transpired, Project Homeless Connect expanded their efforts even more!
Now, in addition to our one day events, Project Homeless Connect oversees multiple severe weather and emergency shelters, employs a team of street outreach workers who engage with those that are unsheltered within our community and continues to operates a day center!
Our Day Center, now serves a diverse group of guests by providing a safe space, that offers access to computers, charging stations, laundry, showers, and food. Here our staff work towards building trust and connecting our guests with critical resources they need and would otherwise be without.
We believe that walking alongside our guests to help them become self-sufficient is key to their success.