Counties across the United States have been adopting the Project Homeless Connect model and integrating it into their communities for years. With this model, the nation is helping more and more individuals and families get critical care, services and information.
In 2006, an individual within Washington County decided it was time we adopt the program as well. With much dedication, work and passion, Kim Marshall made it happen. And with support and backing from Good Neighbor Center and Vision Action Network, Kim was able to begin planning Washington County’s 1st Project Homeless Connect.
In the past 13 years, collaboration is what has made the event grow. Washington County Project Homeless Connect was able to partner with Vision Action Network, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Pacific University, Washington County and Providence Health & Services. Working together, various volunteers and community sponsors now successfully bring the following services to the Homeless community of Washington County, each year.
In 2019, Project Homeless Connect stepped in to help operate Shelter at Orenco Station which is a 90 day severe weather shelter that was operated at Sonrise Church. In addition to the severe weather shelter, a day center was also implemented to allow a safe place for people experiencing homelessness to come to during the day to receive meals, showers, and help with resourcing.
And then, COVID-19 happened, and expanded our services even more! Now Project Homeless Connect oversees multiple severe weather and emergency shelters, has a team of street outreach workers to engage with those that are unsheltered, and operates a day center all in addition to our one-day events!
Boys and Girls Aid Society
Care to Share
Cascade AIDS Project
Central City Concern
Community Housing Fund
Department of Human Services
Department of Veteran Affairs
Domestic Violence Resource Center
Edge One Media
Element Design and Strategy
Essential Health Clinic
Goodwill Job Connection
Good Neighbor Center
Hands On Greater Portland
Hillsboro Family Resource Center
Medical Teams International
Open Door Counseling Center
Oregon Employment Department
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Recovery Homes
Portland Rescue Mission
Tigard-Tualatin Family Resource Center
Tuality Health Care
Virginia Garcia Clinic
Vision Action Network
Washington County Aging & Disability
Washington County Community Corrections
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Washington County Mental Health
Washington County HIV Prevention Team
Washington County Housing Services
Cash and Carry / Grocery Warehouse
Washington County BTC – Bike Repair
In Kind Donors for PHC:
Dave’s Killer Bread
Providence Health & Services
We thank everyone for their generous donations and support!