About Us

Our Mission

To provide exemplary community connections to shelter, critical resources, services, and housing.

Our Vision

To cooperatively develop a high-quality, fully integrated system of services and support that responds to the needs of those struggling in our community.

Our success depends on knowing everyone as an individual and meeting them where they are at. This is the core of each of our programs.

Our Program Model

The forces which affect homelessness are complex and often interactive in nature. Social forces such as addictions, family breakdown, and mental illness are compounded by structural forces such as lack of available low-cost housing, poor economic conditions, and insufficient mental health services. Together these factors impact levels of homelessness through their dynamic relations. Historic models, which are static in nature, have only been marginally successful in capturing these relationships. At Project Homeless Connect we look to reduce the stress of being homeless and provide basic needs services through a variety of programs, PHC Day Center, HCMS Housing Case Management, Coordinated Outreach Services, and One Day Events.

Our Philosophy

Understanding the PHC philosophy is vital, as it guides all interactions between staff and clients in the program. An in-depth discussion is necessary to fully explore the nuances of the philosophy, but it can be summarized by the simple phrase “Meeting Them Where They Are”. In order to “meet our homeless friends where they are” we start by establishing a trusting relationship built on mutual respect and non-judgment. Once we have a strong relationship established, we voice our concerns about the risks and consequences of certain behaviors and provide information, support, services, and supplies as necessary.

Our Story

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,  resulted in the planning of Washington County’s first Project Homeless Connect.

During the past 17 years of collaboration, Project Homeless Connect Washington County has grown 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, providing 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 its efforts even more!

In addition to our one-day events, Project Homeless Connect oversees multiple severe weather and emergency shelters, employs a team of street outreach workers that engage with those that are unsheltered within our community, and continues to operate a day center!

Our Day Center serves a diverse group of guests by providing a safe space to come.  The day center has access to computers, charging stations, laundry, showers, and food.  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.