IN THE NEWS
Portland Business Journal: Novick Backs Needle Exchange
Dressed in a pinstriped navy shirt with an extra-wide, orange tie, Novick listened closely and nodded his head often as Outside In Director Kathy Oliver explained the importance of the needle exchange program: a half a million needles each year to 3,676 IV drug-users (60.5 percent of whom are homeless), with an exchange rate of over 100 percent, meaning more dirty needles coming in for safe disposal than there are clean needles handed out in exchange. >>Full Story
Lady Gaga selects Outside In to receive $5,000
Lady Gaga supports homeless youth during her tour. She generously gave 50 tickets to her concert along with a $5,000 donation! >>Full Story
Oregon News Service: A Life-Changing Prescription for Homeless Oregon Teens
Oregon may be working to transform its health care delivery system, but one Community Health Center has been transforming young lives for more than 40 years. "Outside In" serves the Portland homeless population, with a special emphasis on teens. >>Full Story
Oregonian: Portland Youths Show Films on Big Screen
Fourteen homeless or formerly homeless youth from Outside In's Guerilla Theatre spent three weeks creating original films based on their personal experiences. Their work debuted at the Gerding Theater at The Armory on January 30, 2012, with renowned director Todd Haynes serving as emcee. >>Full Story
Oregonian: "Outside the Frame" Available Online
A sellout crowd of about 600 filled The Gerding Theater at the Armory for "Outside the Frame," a premiere of six films written by, directed by and starring homeless and formerly homeless youth. The films are now available online. >>Full Story
Oregonian: Homeless, but not Helpless
Alec Bates was one of those homeless kids you see panhandling on Portland's street corners. His sign, "Trying to get home," told a lie. If he didn't shoot heroin twice a day, panic smothered him. >>Full Story
Oregonian: The Gift of Transportation
It's the time of year when people of grace and goodwill gather gifts for the suffering and struggling. As if we needed reminding, the hurting is huge these days. But amid the donated turkeys, and toys, Dr. Jeff Guardalabene says one necessity is too often ignored: transportation. >>Full Story
Oregonian: Day Care Serves Dogs, Trains People
Working a shift at Virginia Woof Dog Daycare, Delilah Stevenson gently scrubbed strawberry-scented shampoo into a French bulldog's fur while listening carefully to her supervisor's instructions: Wash gently under the dog's arms. Hold her chin up. Scour between the toes. But Stevenson, 22, is learning far more than how to bathe a bulldog. >>Full Story
BePortland.com: Homeless Artists Show Portland Where They Hang Their Hats
On August 5-6, Launch Pad Gallery opened its latest exhibit, “Where I Hang My Hat”, an exploration of homelessness through the eyes of artists that are either currently homeless or at risk of being put out on the street. >>Full Story
OPB: Thomas Lauderdale from Live From Nowhere Near You
Eight years after the release of the first such volume benefiting homeless youth non-profit Outside In, Kevin Moyer's Live From Nowhere Near You Vol. II is out July 19th on local label Greyday. >>Full Story
Oregonian: Students go from homelessness to graduation with help from Outside In, New Avenues for Youth
Moments after receiving her diploma, Adrianna Davis walks to her seat at the graduation ceremony for social service agencies Outside In and New Avenues for Youth. Davis found out she had passed her last exam hours before the ceremony. "My favorite thing is writing," she said. "I really like poetry. I'll probably write a poem about this graduation." >>Full Story
Oregonian: Among Oregon Health & Science University's graduating doctors, a woman who overcame heroin addiction
Among the 104 students graduating from medical school in Portland today are the straight arrows who flew from loving homes across the top of their high school and college classes, past examinations and rotations, to Oregon Health & Science University's most hallowed stage. >>Full Story
Global Endeavors: Street Kids Have Hope
It is cold outside these days. We had a low of 32º last night. The sun is peaking through today, but its been raining for weeks. If you live on the streets the simple act of sleeping isn’t all that easy. There are multiple factors that go into your decision: where is there a place out of the rain, what do you have to keep you warm, where can you find a safe location where you won’t get beat up, robbed or worse, where will the police not find you and make you move. >>Full Story
Portland Monthly: Our Own Matt Eide Wins Light A Fire Award
During the five years he spent teaching in a large public high school in Los Angeles, Matthew Eide, 37, watched countless teens get let down by the educational system. “When there are 35 students in a class,” he says, “all the kids who might have unique needs end up slipping through the cracks.” So when Eide became the education coordinator for the Urban Ed Alternative School at Outside In—a 42-year-old nonprofit that provides health services, counseling, housing, employment opportunities, and ducation for low-income and homeless youth, he decided to tailor the system to the students, meeting with each one individually and building a custom program around how each kid learns best. >>Full Story
Oregonian: Through Street Soccer, Homeless Woman Earns Spot on National Team and Ticket to Homeless World Cup
Aisling Rose O'Grady has been homeless for seven months, but Outside In, a program for the homeless, and its soccer team have given her a new chance at life. After competing in a national street soccer tournament in Washington, D.C., last month, she's heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to compete against other homeless women from throughout the world in the Homeless World Cup. >>Full Story
KATU: Homeless Woman Selected for International Team
Meet Aisling O'Grady, a homeless youth at Outside In who has been selected to represent team USA in the international street soccer cup in Brazil. >> Full Story
OPB: Homeless Portland Athletes Compete In Street Soccer Tourney
This weekend in Washington, DC, a soccer team representing Portland will play in a national tournament. It's an unusual kind of soccer, and it's played by unusual athletes. The Portland Torrents will join teams from 17 other cities playing in the Street Soccer USA Championship. The players are all young homeless adults. >> Full Story
Oregonian: Milwaukie High students and administrators work together to increase health care access
Milwaukie High students and administrators work together to increase health care access. For Allison Anderson, the price of not having health insurance was about $1,000. That's how much she was charged after a broken glass in the kitchen sink sent her to the emergency room. >> Full Story
Our stories capture the voices of some of the people we have helped become independent. While these stories are both inspiring and heart-breaking, they demonstrate the true life situations that people in Portland are dealing with and how Outside In is doing its part to help.
"Rarely in life are we given the opportunity to return to the places and experiences in our lives that have helped shape who we have become. Fifteen years ago, I was young and homeless. It was a time defined by loneliness, scarcity, and fear. Outside In helped me by providing meals, housing, counseling, and medical care. But what I also desperately needed--and received--was the opportunity to form supportive and appropriate relationships with adults who I felt genuinely cared about me. I am happy to tell you that Outside In helped me transition out of homelessness for the last time.
Today, I am a college graduate, a successful professional, and a member of Outside In's Board of Directors."
It was 1969 when Morgan knocked on our door with a 10-month-old baby in her arms. After four years of homelessness, she received shelter the first day she came to Outside In. Once she was stabilized in housing and the new mother and her baby boy were safe, she set out to get a job. A new idea at the time, Morgan recalls, "I had never seen a resource board before! There, in black and white, were jobs!" Through that board, Morgan found a job at a food co-op, and was able to utilize Outside In's medical clinic when her infant son got sick.
After 41 years, Morgan's time at Outside In has stuck with her: "I have always listened to a person, I mean really listened, as the people at Outside In listened to me. Your staff taught me to empower myself. I like teaching that to others too."
Gregor was born in Colombia and adopted by an American family. But when he came out of the closet at age 17, his family disowned him, forcing him out, because they considered his gayness a form of mental illness. He had nowhere to turn until he discovered Outside In. With positive support from staff members and volunteers and a place to live, he studied every week for his GED. Gregor pursued his dreams and was accepted to every college he applied to - New York University, Julliard, and the City University of New York. He got a job at Nordstrom once he finished his GED and then moved to New York City to attend college.
In 1988, Tineke was living under the Burnside Bridge. She needed to see a doctor, but was scared to go, afraid that she would be treated badly. When she arrived at the clinic, she recalls, "We were surprised to find people who simply wanted to help us stay healthier." Though the interaction was brief (a doctor cleaned her cut, then she received antibiotics and a bandage), she says the impact was great. "I think a seed was planted that if I did want to change the way I was living, there were kind people in the world that could help make that happen. This was a revolutionary concept to consider. I will never forget the lesson."
Tineke graduated from medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine in 2010.
At age 16, Alex found himself sleeping inside newspaper drop boxes. When he admitted to himself that his lifestyle was unsustainable, he came to Outside In for help. Alex worked with his case manager to obtain transitional housing and he got a job at a food shop in Pioneer Place. Today, Alex has graduated with honors from Portland State University. He's majored in communications and holds a certificate in community mediation. Alex currently works at City Hall in Commissioner Dan Saltzman's office.
When most teenagers are going on first dates and doing homework, Emily was battling clinical depression. She even attempted suicide. Then, she was kicked out of her house. Bouncing between friends and other family members didn't last long and Emily ended up on the streets. Luckily, Emily found Outside In. While living in transitional housing, Emily got a job and became a college student, working toward a degree in political science.
Today, Emily is an advocate for kids in her former situation. She used to call herself a "street kid," but she says at Outside In, they didn't think of her as a street kid, but rather as a "youth who lacked positive support and role models, in desperate need of being pointed in the right direction and given opportunities."
Hali became homeless at 16. On the streets from 1991-1994, she was struggling with drug addiction and turned to survival sex. This negative pathway ended when she came in contact with Outside In. She was given an apartment, psychological and drug counseling, and was helped to get a job at Street Roots. For the first time in several years, Hali could see a doctor. She writes, "Outside In showed me the care that I wasn't able to get from my mom or my family. If it weren't for Outside In, I would probably be doing the same thing I had always done-selling myself for money, being used by men... Because of them, I got my self-esteem back."
Today, Hali is clean and sober, happily married, and the proud mother of two boys. She's in the process of becoming a substance abuse counselor, owns two homes in Oklahoma where she lives now, and with her husband and sons, she restores classic American cars for fun.
"I went through a tough period in my life. During that time I did not make very wise decisions and I was not thinking about how any of those choices and decisions would affect me in the future. My tattoos were a reminder of that time in my life. It is hard to look at yourself in the mirror and have a constant reminder every day.
I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Tattoo Removal Program at Outside In. To see the tattoos fade after each treatment is fabulous! Now when I look at myself I do not see that person from so long ago, I see me!"