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Portland Mercury - Who’s to Blame for Oregon’s Overdose Deaths?
John clearly remembers the night, more than a decade ago, when a friend overdosed in his car. The two men were driving across Portland, on their way to buy heroin to use and sell. John’s friend was out of his own supply, so John lent him some heroin to tide him over until they purchased more. Read the full article here.

Virginia Woof featured in Pet Connection Magazine
We are excited that Virginia Woof was featured in the Mar/Apr 2019 issue of Pet Connection magazine.

From the article (which is on page 7 of the magazine)…

“Looking to send your dog to daycare and make the world a better place at the same time? Portland’s Virginia Woof is more than just another doggie daycare it is also a program of the nonprofit organization Outside In, and provides job training to homeless youth in the Portland area while providing a fun, enriching, and safe place for dogs to play while their guardians are at work. As a formerly homeless youth myself, I know just how important dogs can be to the lives of youth who are experiencing housing instability.”

Read the full article in the MAR/APR 2019 issue of Pet Connection

Also, be sure to check out virginiawoof.com for more details about our wonderful dog daycare program.

Libraries saving lives: Pilot program trains employees to administer naloxone
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – These days, libraries are more than just a place you can check out a book or surf the web. Now, libraries are taking on a whole different set of responsibilities, trying to save lives.
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“Removing the tattoos was the last stop on my recovery from traumatic circumstances that led up to them,” one client said. “It’s not just erasing tattoos, it’s closing the book on the
trauma that came with them.” >> Full Story

The federal grant will allow Outside In to triple the number of young adults it treats for mental health and substance use issues and to offer a new evidence-based counseling program to young adults who have experienced complex trauma. >> Full Story

The Outside In Board of Directors has named Patricia Patrón Executive Director effective July 30, 2018.  She comes from Native Health, a federally qualified health center and urban American Indian health center serving the Phoenix metropolitan area, where she oversaw the integration of a system of care including primary care, dental care, behavioral health, psychiatry, recovery, and community health, prevention and wellness programs.  >>Full Story

When Kathy Oliver came to Outside In, she wasn’t expecting to become the Executive Director and stay for 38 years. Hired as a grant writer in 1980, she became one of just five part-time staff members bound by their passion for social justice. >>Video

With her neon pink hair, knuckle tattoos, sarcastic sense of humor and open-minded approach, Pettet, 32, stands out from a lot of care providers whose more formal methods can be alienating. >>Video

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    hali "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. Not that long 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 served as a member of Outside In's Board of Directors."


    Morgan 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 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.


    tineke 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, she 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."

    Today, Tineke is in medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine and she volunteers several times a week at Outside In, providing medical care to patients.


    Not so long ago I was homeless, alone, and suffering from depression. I couldn’t find a job and I didn’t know what to do. As you can imagine, it is difficult to work through mental health challenges when you can only focus on where you are going to sleep that night. I didn’t have any options or resources -- but Outside In helped me learn that I did. They provided me with housing and a safe place to live. They helped me get insurance and the best medical care I could ask for. It was transformational for me to learn how to write a resume, complete a job application, interview, and land a job. With those skills, I completed job training at Outside In’s Virginia Woof Dog Daycare.

    I became a certified dog trainer at Virginia Woof, teaching staff and youth how to work with dogs. I loved coming to work every day and teaching. You can modify one small thing and change happens. It was amazing to see someone on their first day, when they are nervous, and on their last day, when they have gained confidence and learned how to accept and integrate feedback.


    emily 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, she 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 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.


    elizabeth"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!"