JOIN is a local nonprofit organization whose main objective is to help homeless people transition out of homelessness into permanent housing. It does so by building relationships and community that reaches out to support homeless people in numerous tangible ways.
Located at 1435 NE 81st Ave., Suite 100, JOIN has a day center where people can come to receive a wide variety of services. The day center is open from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of the day center’s benefits come with no strings attached. These include things such as having mail delivered there, using a phone or computer, charging a cell phone, and receiving items such as underwear, socks, other clothing, hygiene supplies, items for pets, etc.
Some of the day center’s programs involve a barter system. Individuals who wish to take a shower, get a laundry voucher, or use a long-term storage locker need to create an account at JOIN and sign up to help with various jobs at the day center such as helping to do laundry or clean the showers or taking out the trash in order to earn barter points. Individuals are given 60 points just for starting an account so that they can instantly take a shower or get a laundry voucher.
While at the day center, individuals can also sign up to speak with a retention worker who can work with them to figure out how to make the changes that they need to make to get back on their feet again.
Why They Need Your Help:
JOIN serves an average of 85-100 individuals every day and relies on the donations of time, items, and money from volunteers to do so.
How St. Michael’s Participates:
We take food to the day center and individuals volunteer at the day center. We also hold a continuous collection drive of needed items for JOIN.
Items JOIN Needs Most Today:
- sleeping bags
JOIN also accepts sugar and creamer donations for the coffee that they serve at the day center and peanut butter donations since they are given a lot of bread.
You are welcome to drop off items to be donated to JOIN in our collection barrel. (Our church secretary is in the church office from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
For more information about JOIN, check out their website.